Callen was born with an extra thumb on his right hand. In medical terms it is called preaxial polydactyly. Doctors say there is no real reason why. Just happens and does happen frequently in many births. Callen's extra digit was a little special with a joint and bone. So because of this it could not be taken care of at birth, but instead he would require surgery. Of course being the mommy, I had wondered what happened during pregnancy to cause this. What did I do? That is the question I have asked many times. When we had our first visit with Callen's hand surgeon, I asked do you know the cause of this. I have read and researched it and of course it is not heredity and there are no other abnormalities associated with it. The doctor answered my question by saying that the hand and finger buds are formed before the 6th week of gestation. Which made me have goose bumps when he told us that. How many of us even know we are pregnant before 6 weeks! Reminded me of how precious and miraculous the beauty of life is. God is so awesome and powerful! Because the formation of the hand happens so early during gestation the research is very little and cause is unknown. Some say it might be caused by a virus the mother might of had during pregnancy. The fact is we don't know why or how our sweet baby was born with an extra little thumb, but what I do know is he is special for more than one reason and I love that little thumb! My favorite thing is to kiss it! We have nicknamed it Hook and of course he gives High Six instead of High Five! One more extra is always better, right?
In his Texas Children's PJs!
Not so happy on the car ride home!