Friday, July 2, 2010

Cruising and Limping

(This picture has nothing to do with the blog entry, but it's awesome!)

We can't really title this entry "crawling" yet because Karsie has kind of a weird mode of transportation. She is definitely mobile. She can go pretty fast and is getting faster by the day, but it's hard to call it a true crawl.

She crawls with her right leg and arms, but she tucks her left leg under herself and it's pretty much a limp or dead leg. If she had neurological problems with her left leg it would make sense, but she just uses it to keep her omphalocele up off the ground while the right leg does all the work. We think she permanently tucks it under because she knows how to use that leg to get herself back into a sitting position so she doesn't want to risk using it and having it go somewhere too far that she can't get back into a sitting position. So she keeps that leg in sitting position while she crawls and her right leg does all the steering and moving. Therefore, we have a child that crawls with a limp.

She also has learned how to spin using her legs. At Nana and "Grampa's" house she has lots of hardwood floors and she has learned to spin around in circles. She learned it chasing their cocker spaniel around and around, but then she learned she can do that without the dog. Kinda fun!

Happy 4th to everyone if we don't get a post up between now and then.


  1. The phot looks like Karsie just had a huge sneeze, especially with Kevin's expression...

  2. Hi Michelle, Roberta Branch here...I met you at Diane Tiner's baby shower. My granddaughter crawled the same way Karsie is crawling. She did so due to a brachial plexus birth injury which left her right arm essentialy paralyzed. The arm could not bear her weight so she scooted/crawled with her left leg under her and pulled herself along with her left arm and right leg. These little ones are remarkable and truly exemplify the old adage, "Where there's a will, there's a way." Congratulations on Karsie's remarkable progress. Praying always for her!!

  3. Happy Fourth of July to all of you! Karsie is making wonderful strides. I so enjoy hearing what comes up each time I read this! I pray for Karsie all the time, and ask the Lord to watch over her as she grows each day. The Lord will be with her as she comes closer to her surgery date!

  4. My daughter crawled that way too - for not apparent reason. Everyone got a major kick out of it though. We called it her stank-leg.