|My beautiful daughter Ellie at 20 months.|
You know those advertisements that run along the side of Facebook? The ones that you pretty much ignore or if you are like me, I tend to forget that they are even there? I actually clicked on one. Did I get bamboozled by a gazillion pop-up windows that would not close?
The ad brought me to the following website: Down Syndrome Footprints
I clicked on it because of this image:
The thought running through my head: "That is Ellie's Foot!"
Sandal Gap Toe.
(I refuse to call it a sandal gap deformity because it is NOT a deformity, but rather a toe spacing variation in my eyes).
Feet that flip-flops were made for.
It is a dislocation of the big toe, therefore creating a large distance between the 1st and 2nd toes. This is a rather common plantar [foot] occurrence among those with that extra special chromosome. It is often referred to as a "soft marker" on the ultrasound. Not picked up on Ellie's by the way. The Sandal Gap Toe can also be an isolated occurrence.
I for one think that Ellie's feet are adorable. So cute with that little monkey-like toe that seems rather opposable to me. She can pick up toys with her feet!
|You can see the gap between the toes. July 2010|
New Photos! (July 2011)
|You can really see the sandal gap when Ellie is standing or walking.|
|Miss Ballerina. |
I like to believe that the extra surface area of her feet gives her added balance. Perfect for dancing!
Okay, back to the website. There is a beautiful necklace on there that I like. Hint hint Andrew . Oh wait, maybe once Ellie is older and doesn't accidentally choke me when I wear jewelry. . .
"When I count my Blessings, I count you twice."
There you go. Free advertising brought to you by The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear
Reference: "The Down Syndrome Footprint" (2011). Website http://www.downsyndromefootprint.com/ viewed on January 27, 2011