Spica Parent's Name:

Tabitha & Nando

Spica Baby's Name:

Brooklyn

Spica Baby's Age When He or She Was First Casted:

9 months

Weeks In The Cast:

13

Favorite Spica Journey Memory:

Watching Brooklyn's determination to move on her own. We called it her "turtle crawl." She looked like a sea turtle moving around the house.

Biggest Lesson Learned:

Patience!!! Never doubt your gut feelings. Call your doctor when you are worried. You are your child's biggest advocate!

What Do You Wish You Knew:

How to care for and treat a spica cast. The first time holding your baby in a cast. How to properly handle the looks you get while out in public.

Favorite Gear or Must Have Item:

Wagon (easier to fit than a stroller) 
Cloth diapers 
Moleskin 
Duct tape 

Final Thoughts or Advice:

Nothing will prepare you for the shock after the initial treatment. There are times I felt like a robot. Sleep deprivation, and emotions are all a part of it. It's ok to cry, but most importantly, know there is an end. You are not alone, even though there are nights where you feel like it. Ask questions, take any help that is offered. Do not be afraid to go out in public. Yes, it's difficult, but it's the best way to bring awareness. Brooklyn has made us better parents and blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

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