Clubfoot Journey: Hitting the 3 Years Mark

9 more days till my first born turns 3. Just like any other toddler, his emotions run high and low, he is energetic, playful, sensitive and dare I say it, exhausting. However, he is full of love and that's all that matters.  There is so much to celebrate for this boy. He has come so …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: First Review in 2017

Last Friday, Theo had his review with the Orthopedist. As much as I was looking forward to knowing how he's progressed after physiotherapy, I was also feeling the pressure. I was afraid they won't be pleased with his feet. However, I'm really delighted that both his heels have dropped and they've adjusted the angle of …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 4

This week's session was all about balancing. It is not so much about Theo learning how to balance, but more about making him use his leg muscles MORE while balancing.  The therapist placed the trampoline ball by a chest of toys and Theo stood on it to play with puzzles and cars. While playing, he …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 3

We're half way through the 6 prescribed sessions of Physiotherapy. So far it has been going well in terms of Theo looking forward to be there and getting along with the therapist. I do wish he would sit still for 30 minutes at home for me to work on his feet though. He'll be happy …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 2

I was set 3 exercises to work with Theo from our first Physiotherapy session. We did it with him everyday but as the days went by, we had many questions for the therapist.  1. How many minutes a day should we be stretching his feet bearing in mind a toddler won't sit still for long …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Physiotherapy Session 1

In the next 6 weeks (to begin with), I'll be documenting what I've learnt from our physiotherapy sessions with Theo. This is our first time seeing a physiotherapist who is trained in "3-dimensional foot therapy nach Zukunft-Huber" and specialises in children. When Theo was really little, we did ask his Orthopedists if physiotherapy would be …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: A Tiny Step Back

It has been a while since I last wrote about Theo's feet condition because ever since he started walking last Christmas, everything has been smooth sailing. Doctors were pleased with his progress, they said his heels have dropped which is a brilliant thing and hence we were told to only return for check-ups every 6 …

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All Over the Place

On 11th Nov 2015, Theo voluntarily walked from the sofa to Dan the entire evening. Those were his first steps. We were over the moon. No doubt that clubfoot babies do walk normally with the right treatment, I wondered when ours would properly take his first step as he was almost 18 months. December wasn't …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: First Independent Steps

A few mums who have or are expecting babies with clubfoot have contacted me via the blog. Sometimes they want to know what the Ponseti treatment is like, if Theo has issues with his boots and bar, whether the tenotomy operation went successfully and so on. I'm more than happy to answer their questions because …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Growing feet

 No one could ever guess that Theo was born with bilateral clubfeet. Just look at my soon-to-be 1 year old standing up in his playpen confidently. The coffeeshop aunties in Singapore who saw his chubby feet said Theo's destined to have a fulfilling life and be a big boss in the future (old wives' tale)!  …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Part-Time Boots and Bar

23 May 2014: The day Theodore was born and before starting the Ponseti clubfoot treatment. Goodbye casts! I remember being really upset when Theodore got his shoes fitted. After 12 weeks of 23/7 boots and bar, the Orthopedist said Theodore's progressing extremely well and he's down to 12 hours bnb daily! His feet are now …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: 30 Days to Go

And we'll be in part-time boots and bar! On 30th September, we'll be having a check up with the Orthopedist to evaluate Theo's progress. It's all very exciting! We can't wait for him to be able to move his legs freely during the day - not that the bar stops him from rolling over or …

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8 Weeks to Go to Part-time Brace

Time does fly by with a baby. Theodore turned 10 weeks old last Friday. The first week he spent in Intensive Care was the toughest, slowest and most intense period of my life. However once we brought him home, time slips through my fingers each day. I wouldn't lie to you. Motherhood, though lovely, is …

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Happy Weekend – Staying Strong

For the past 7 weeks I've been asking myself this question "Why is my son born with clubfeet?" Even though his feet have been corrected by a series of casts, I find it hard to talk about his treatment. Every aspect of my life seemed so perfect and worry-free till I saw his feet. I …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Bracing On

Yesterday morning Theodore had his final set of casts removed. I was so happy to see and feel his legs again. He was then fitted with bar and brace to ensure he won't suffer a relapse. Just when I thought the casting phase was difficult, the first day in bar and brace was HELL. Nothing …

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Our Clubfoot Journey: Casting Phase

Theodore's legs have been in casts since he was 3 days old. He is being treated with the Ponseti method. The casts cover his tiny feet and half way up his thighs. We call the casts "astronaut trousers". I was devastated when I learnt about his clubfoot condition. No matter how many times doctors reassured …

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