My son Noah was born on January 16th 2007. After a marathon labor, he was born via C-Section. Immediately after he was born I heard him cry and I was so relieved! Afterwards, the OR got silent and I knew something was wrong. They did not show him to us right away and I was getting extremely nervous. When they finally brought him to us they didn't say anything. He was so beautiful!! A few minutes later the doctor walked over and said there is something wrong with one of his hands. She said a few awkward things and then walked away. When my husband unwrapped his hands I was in shock. I just was not expecting it! His left palm and thumb were much smaller than the right and he just had nubbins in place of the other four fingers. I laid there in the OR in complete shock. I was so overwhelmingly happy that he was here but was instantly filled with so much worry. My husband and I cried a lot that first day. The next night my husband disappeared for a short while. Later he told me that he went to the chapel and prayed that God would help to accept his hand the way it was and move on. He told me the prayer was answered instantly. I, however, cried everyday for a least a month. Don't get me wrong, I loved my baby unconditionally so much more than I even knew I could. I was just so very overwhelmed with worry for him. All I could think of was the things I thought he wouldn't be able to do and hardships he would have to face. Than finally one day God sent me an angel and with comment, my whole outlook changed.
It is our job to make him confident and secure NOT to make him feel that he is different or less able than anyone else. It's funny, now I find myself annoyed with people who make an issue of it now. It's just not a big deal! I know that he will be able to do everything that anyone else does. How he does it may look different, but he'll do it just the same!
I am so blessed that he is healthy and he is the sweetest baby in the world. He has the best personality, always laughing! He is right on target with all of his developmental tasks. His hand difference hasn't slowed him down one bit. He's amazing and is already making us so proud. He is perfect the way he is and I will always make sure he knows that.
I love this website and seeing all of the other beautiful children with limb differences that are so happy and doing so well! I have found myself coming to site often for comfort. I would love to chat with anyone who would like to! Just send me an email.
May God bless you all!
Update: October, 2008. Noah is almost 2 years old now has constantly amazed me with all he is able to do with his little hand. He is such a happy and sweet little boy and I am so blessed to be his mother. As far as his hand goes, the only thing I worry about is any teasing that he will face as he gets older and goes to school. I can not and will not dwell on that though.
I do know that my responsibility is to make sure he knows that he is loved and perfect just the way he is. I hope to instill confidence in him so that he will be able to handle any difficulties that he may face.
I love hearing from other parents of SuperHands kids and have even heard from a few superhands kids! Thank you so much and I do look forward to any future emails!
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