my boys 2012

my boys 2012
Coleman is 6 Carter is 7

What is hypochondroplasia?

Hypochondroplasia is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. This condition affects the conversion of cartilage into bone (a process called ossification), particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs. Hypochondroplasia is similar to another skeletal disorder called achondroplasia, but the features tend to be milder.

All people with hypochondroplasia have short stature. The adult height for men with this condition ranges from 138 centimeters to 165 centimeters (4 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches). The height range for adult women is 128 centimeters to 151 centimeters (4 feet, 2 inches to 4 feet, 11 inches).

People with hypochondroplasia have short arms and legs and broad, short hands and feet. Other characteristic features include a large head, limited range of motion at the elbows, a sway of the lower back (lordosis), and bowed legs. These signs are generally less pronounced than those seen with achondroplasia and may not be noticeable until early or middle childhood. Some studies have reported that a small percentage of people with hypochondroplasia have mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, but other studies have produced conflicting results.

Me and Carter and Coleman

Me and Carter and Coleman
easter 2011

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Carter 5yrs /Coleman 3yrs

Carter 5yrs /Coleman 3yrs

Friday, July 23, 2010


My mom got Coleman a fold up stool. It has a handle so he can carry it around and reach things he might not be able to normally. Im actually watching him right now take the stool around and turn off the lights he's able to reach.
We went to colemans brothers school, TL Rodes. Carter bis going to be in kindergarden next year and we went to see the school Coleman noticed that they had things his size. The tolits were low to the ground, the counter had one for adults and one smaller, coco can reach. The coolest thing he saw was the water fountian that he could reach, he smiled and said "my size". Its funny the things you don't notice when your looking at things from normal sizes. Everything changes your point of view when its your child.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

what to say

Coleman has been paying more attention lately. When someone asks how old he is and the we get a "oh, he is so little" or something like that and I have noticed him listening to every word spoken. He has been saying things and asking questions about height and age more than normal the past week or so. I know its coming, and I tell him everyone is different. Some are tall,like Carter his brother(extra ordinarily tall) and some are not so tall. Some are blond and some are red headed. But it seems I am talking to someone who is figuring things are different for him, and he is strong. I hope I do a good job making him confident in who he is and not what sets him apart physically but only time will tell. Any suggestions to explain things to a four year old in a life changing way? I wish I knew what to say...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Atlas of Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling

by: Dr. Harold Chen
Diagnostic Investigations

Clinical Features
short stature
stocky build
facial appearence
skeletal features
1. disproprtionately short compared w/ the length of trunk
2.mild limitation of elbow extention
3.broad short hands/feet
4.bow legs(usally mild) onset osteoarthritus
slight lumbar lordosis with a sacral tilt

some common features
short proximaland or middle segments of the longbones with mild metaphyseal flare.
narrowing or unchanged lumbar
short broad femoral neck
shortening of the distal ulna
prominence of muscle insertions on the long bones

Co Co is four

We had a Peter Pan Party for Co Co's 4th Birthday Party. He had a blast and his cake looked awesome. He said a couple times, "am I tall now"? How do you respond to that? I don't know. He played and opened his gifts. I forget sometimes that he is so small until he is with his peers. His cousin is only 6 weeks older and a good bit taller. Anyway we sang Happy Birthday twice since that is his favorite part. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Mount Rushmore

We drove 23 hours to see South Dakota. Loved the weather( no humidity)and seeing everything was life changing. Coleman did everything everyone else did except when we hiked for miles at a time he had to be carried. His legs would be to tired to go on. He hiked the whole Wind Cave on foot and a waterfall hike. It seemed like the smile would not leave his face. When he would whine all my family would pick him up, I know they mean well but I'm trying to push him. He slept in the pop-up with us and Carter slept with my in-laws in their fifth wheel. We had a great time and I think Coleman grew up a little while we were there.

same ole same ole

Well we waited in Shriner's to see Dr. Chen for what seemed like a lifetime(6 hrs) for a 30 min visit to tell us we are doing great. He is in the 25% for a two year old when he is four years old. His spine looked good, even though swayback was still prominent it is not an issue at this time. Same news, stay on growth hormones, get tonsils out and keep him physically active. We don't go back to genetisist for two years.
Head Circumfrence-52cm


spring 2011