Aloha and Welcome to Little Pumpling's Baby Shoe shop!
Little Pumpling's is a side project that I have created to help spread awareness for children and families that have had to go through different types of medical situations. We often think to ourselves "Well that won't ever happen to me" and then the day comes where your baby or child is born with a health issue and needs immediate help. My son Emmitt was born on August 30th, 2018 at the Kona Community Hospital. He was quickly flown by a medical plane to the Kapiolani Childrens Hospital where he was diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence. In an instant our lives were changed. I mean, this is something only 1 in 30,000 children are diagnosed with. My husband, Chris and I were at a loss for words. How could this be happening? What was going to happen to our precious baby boy? Is he going to be okay? How long will he need to be in the hospital and when will he be okay to come home? Where are we going to sleep and what about our other two eldest children? These are all the questions that ran through my mind.
Over the next year we had traveled from Kona to Oahu where we spent a month trying to get Emmitt transferred to the mainland since Hawaii doesn't have any specialist to do the major surgery that Emmitt needed to get. We then spent another 6 weeks at UCSF medical center where Emmitt had surgery and all of his cares done. Of course we were out of work, blessed to get lodging at the Family House in San Francisco, finding our way around in the big city, one of our children finished up school back in Hawaii while our toddler came with us. Potty training...well that had to be put on hold. You can imagine the confusion, feelings of sadness and major home sick feeling our little ones were having. My husband and I became even closer and stronger but also went through many personal challenges and are honestly still coming down from it a year later.
Pierre Robin Sequence happens when the Jaw (or Mandibular) doesn't fully develop. And since your tongue is attached to your jaw it can cause the tongue to fall into your throat often leading to a cleft Palate due to the tongue blocking the airway. This creates major and I mean major feeding issues. Emmitt had an NG tube (feeding tube through the nose) for almost 2 months. Before his surgery he had to be positioned on his belly or sideline to let gravity do the work of helping him breathe. He was put on a flow of oxygen and eventually a cpap machine. I was not able to nurse Emmitt so i started pumping, hence the name "Little Pumpling's." I also spent so much time attached to an outlet that i wasn't able to do much so i began sewing these little shoes to keep myself busy. I started getting compliments of them and thought wow maybe I could make these, sell them and donate money to the two charity houses that helped us with lodging. I love making these and I look forward to sharing many more to come!