Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Beginning of Quaker Diamond-Hillside samplings
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

Todays blog entry is brought to you by my current project, Quaker Diamond by Hillside Samplings. I started this one using DMC 310. I did not like the color so I decided to do a dark brown instead, and since I was at the store . I splurged and bought a couple of skeins of silk that the pattern called for originally. I have never used silks...no wait, I have, yes it's coming back to me now...on a couple of christmas ornaments. Every time I work with them I expect to be impressed because of all the ravings about silk threads that you see on the internets. I mean there are whole boards and chatrooms where people spend alot of time trashing "inferior" threads and effusing about how fabulous silk is. Yes I will admit it feels nicer in hand , but I think it has the same coverage and look that cotton floss does once it is stitched, maybe I am missing something?

Now on to the real reason for this entry. Yesterday Ian and I took our daughter to the neurologist. I have mentioned to you all before that I was concerned about her lack of advancement in the gross motor skills arena, while everything else is chugging along quite nicely (object permanance right on schedule). And of course I kinda expected him to say what every one else has been saying, all together now, "Babies all develop differently, she will get there in her own time". Which I might add is kinda frustrating. but he did not say that! THERE IS A REASON SHE IS NOT DEVELOPING WITH HER PEERS! Yeah, I cannot tell you how redeemed I feel. I knew something was up!

Oh you want to know what it is? ....congenital ligamentous laxity or joint hypermobility, or as it is better known, being double jointed. Her ankles, hips, and elbows are the most loose, which explains why she can still bring her foot to her mouth from any position.
Annabeth has got too much slack in her ligaments, and her muscles are not strong enough to compensate. But the reflexes are there and once her bones grow somemore and lengthen her ligaments, we should be right on track. Doctor says she may not walk till she is 18 months, but till then it is just a waiting game. ~10% of kids have this and most grow right out of most of it. The doctor said he sees babies like this about once a month.

She got this from me and my moms side....it explains so much


Margaret said...

That is one gorgeous project!!!

And yay that there IS something going on with A.... only because you KNEW there was.... but that it's no big deal!!!

Kendra said...

Good to hear that A's lack of motor skills is for a good reason, and that it's not going to be a life-long problem. I'm sure, as her Mama, that YOU feel a lot better, now that you know why she's a bit behind! :-)

saras said...

well that's a relief for you, isn't it! :)

xsquared said...

What a relief it must be to know what's going on, and for it to be something she will grow out of!

Sonda in OR said...

It's nice to have an answer!!! Your stitching is lovely.

Abi said...

I'm so glad that the doctor was able to explain what was going on.

Juanita - aka flosslady said...

Glad to hear that your little one will outgrow the double-jointed thing... and glad that the doctors were able to find the problem.

Quaker Diamond is looking good. I did that one myself a while back, and it's a fun stitch.

Aussie Stitcher said...

I am so glad that you have a diagosis for your daughter, and more importantly, that it is something that she will grow of.
I had a giggle over your NN 127 post. Thanks for brightening my day!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so glad that you and Ian have a diagnosis and an explanation for what is happening with A. Such a relief to know and to know that it isn't something you can't deal with. She is growing so much and is so pretty. Will continue to keep her and you and Ian in my prayers. Quaker Diamond is looking very nice.