Surviving the life of a "High Needs" child & parent.

thefamilyExploring the joys of new parents with a particular child from our home in Englewood, Colorado! The Habanero is our first born child and second pregnancy – he’s our Rainbow Baby. In case you are wondering where that nickname comes from, when he was in womb he was very active. He did a lot of kicking and what we called “Salsa Dancing” when we would check on him with ultrasounds throughout my pregnancy.

Our Habanero was born via C-Section in April of 2015 after several hours of labor and getting stuck on the way out because his head wouldn’t fit through my pelvis! Needless to say, this boy had a rough start to life as we have to parenting. He was born with club foot on both legs, which meant that for the first 3-4 months of his life he was in full leg casts to correct the direction of his feet. We were given Ponseti bar and shoes and instructed to have him wear them 23 hours a day in addition to physical therapy stretches to help lengthen his achiles tendon. At the age of 11 months, it was determined that his heels were not as developed as they needed to be and his range of motion in his feet had declined so we had to put him back in half leg casts for a month during a time when he was learning to stand on his own and walk.

We are a couple in our early 30’s who met during our time in military service. We’ve since become civilians and started our family. We’ve got one 3 year old half Beagle/half Corgi dog named Ruby Lou and a 13 year old Ragamuffin tortie cat named Roulette or Rulie. We hope to add to our family in the near future despite the challenge of having a high need child for our first.


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