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Do You Want to Cover it Up?

May 6, 2020 in Warrior Princess - No Comments

“Do you want to cover it up?”

I had taken Callie to a photography studio to have her six month photos done.  We didn’t get to do new born pictures or even maternity pictures due to her early arrival and subsequent stay in the NICU, so I wanted to make sure that I made up for lost time.

I had planned out her adorable outfit changes, brought her favorite stuffed bunny to make her laugh, and scheduled it post nap time to ensure she would be her normal sunny self for the photographer.  We were prepped and ready to roll.

I wasn’t prepared for that question though.  The photographer was referencing her leg.  When Callie was born, her left leg was markedly shorter than her right and her little foot turned in at the ankle.  It didn’t look “normal” by any means but I didn’t quite understand the question.

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“Cover what up?”

“Um, her leg,” the photographer said quietly.

Did I want to cover up her leg?

To make others comfortable with seeing something different?

Was I ashamed of it?

Did I want to hide that imperfection away in the dark?

Pretend it didn’t exist?

Would she not be accepted as she was?

Tuck away that unique part of her?

Hide those imperfections, the season, the story, and the journey we were on?

Baby Callie5

I looked at the photographer and smiled.  Callie looked up at me with her big blue eyes and clapped her hands.  In hindsight, this was the first step of onto the path of advocating for Callie and I imagine our life would be drastically different had I responded any other way.  I’m so thankful that even though I didn’t know what lay for ahead for us, I knew in my heart what the right answer was.

“No. She’s perfect just the way she is.”

Baby Callie 4

 

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Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Jaime! Wife to my better half, James, who is my moon and all of my stars. We are parents to our little warrior princess, Callie Grace. We started this blog to share our journey as we navigate through our crazy beautiful life. Callie is a lower limb amputee and I am a Type One Diabetic. We are hoping to change the face of beauty one step at a time! We hope by sharing our story, you leave with a little bit more inspiration and hope! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining our tribe!

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Hi Y'all! I’m Jaime, a proud working mama, author, girl boss and wifey to an ultra-adorable husband. I am a huge book nerd, I drink coffee like my life depends on it, and run on dry shampoo and Amazon Prime. Leopard print is my favorite color. I am a story teller at heart and this blog is a virtual scrapbook of our crazy beautiful life. I'm a Type One Diabetic and our little warrior princess Callie is a lower limb amputee. By sharing how we’ve chosen to flourish in the garden we’ve been planted in, we hope you can take some small nuggets of hope, inspiration, and laughter. We are so grateful that you’ve found us—welcome to the fam. We embrace our perfectly imperfect lives and don’t let the doctor’s appointments, spreadsheets, speaking engagements, 10th birthday parties to plan, housework or date nights overwhelm us. Those things are just the beautiful reminders of all the blessings in our lives. Read More

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