"You will cry out of sadness and frustration and will look at your child and think, 'how can they possibly be happy like this?' But they are, and catch onto their infectious smiles and giggles and make them your own."
"After having two girls with hip dysplasia both diagnosed at different ages, Summer was in the cast at 3 years and Daisy was in the cast from 6 months. Early diagnosis is key."
"My favorite memory was when we got the first cast off and got the shorter cast on. She was kicking her legs around like crazy, made me so happy!"
Favorite Gear or Must Have Item: "Spica chair. Bean bag chair. Duct tape."
"Try and take every day as it comes and remember, mums know best!"
What do you wish you knew: "This will be a long haul. I did a lot of research ahead of time so felt pretty well prepared with supplies, furniture, etc. Kids are incredibly resilient and this is so much harder on the parents than it is on them!"
"Hang in there and keep your head up. Your little one is going to be much better off and things could always be much worse. Time goes by way faster than you think, and it won't be long before you're over this and on to helping someone else out that is now in your same situation!"
"Throw out the milestone charts and get rid of the apps that tell you where your baby 'should be' at this point, because your child will overcome obstacles much earlier than most others. And when your child is out of that cast, the first time they crawl or walk will be even sweeter, even more special than you could ever have imagined... Have faith. You and your child are much stronger than you realize."
"You can never prepare yourself for something you've never experienced, so don't be shocked to find that you don't know what you're doing. It's like having a new baby all over again, but this time you have the advantage that you know them well, and they know you."
Favorite Spica Journey memory: "The day Kaitlyn learned to 'army' crawl and walk in her casts - she was one determined little girl."
"I thought I was going to miss out on her firsts, since my friends with babies the same age were doing so much more. But once the cast was off, she hit milestones pretty quickly."
Favorite spica journey memory: "I love the fact that it didn't hold him back!"
"Appreciate the things others take for granted, watching your child crawl, run, hop, climb, for the miracle that it is."
Favorite Spica Journey Memory: "Lola learning to 'crawl' in her cast. She was every where after only 5 days ☺☺☺☺"
"Looking back, I worried too much before her surgery/cast. Spica babies are so adaptable and resilient - they will amaze you!"
"I made a paper chain, one for each day she was in her cast. We took a ring off each day... The picture of her taking off the last ring right before we headed in for the cast removal will be etched in my memory forever!"
"Take things one day at a time is all you can do, ask for help as often as you can and don't forget to look after yourself so you're in the best position to look after your child."
"One of my favorite memories from our spica journey was coming home from my daughter's surgery and seeing her eyes light up and smile when she saw her big brother at home."
If you're here, you are probably a parent just beginning, or about to begin a spica journey with your baby. In addition to showing you how to do many spica life tasks and connecting you with other resources, we want to show you the light at the end of the tunnel.