In 2016, we embarked on a journey to find beautiful, stylish, and high-quality shoes for the tiniest of feet. Sadie, our daughter, was the driving force behind our shoe venture. She came into this world at 41 weeks, weighing just 5 pounds and 14 ounces. At three months old, Sadie wasn't following the expected growth trajectory, prompting us to delve into the search for answers.
It wasn't long before Sadie's tiny feet touched the ground at 10.5 months. She began walking, climbing, and mastering the art of using her low center of gravity to her advantage, even taking on her brother's skateboard. Thus, Sadie Baby, dedicated to crafting baby shoes, was born.
Just before Sadie's first birthday, we received the long-awaited diagnosis: Sadie had dwarfism, specifically Hypochondroplasia. Interestingly, there was no family history of dwarfism in our genes, making this journey all the more unique.
A Glimpse into Dwarfism
Hypochondroplasia is a type of short-limbed dwarfism that primarily affects the conversion of cartilage into bone, particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs. While it shares some similarities with achondroplasia, the effects are generally milder.
People with hypochondroplasia, like Sadie, have shorter stature. For men, adult height typically ranges from 138 centimeters to 165 centimeters (4 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 5 inches), while women tend to fall within the range of 128 centimeters to 151 centimeters (4 feet 2 inches to 4 feet 11 inches).
Celebrating Our Unique Journey
I consider myself the luckiest mother in the world to have my "little pocket rocket" in Sadie. Our hope is that all our children, including Maggie and Daphne, know that they are special, unique, and wonderfully made.
As Shakespeare aptly put it, "Although she may be little, she is fierce."
Since Sadie's arrival, our family has grown, and we now have Maggie and Daphne alongside us on this remarkable journey.