Wednesday, November 5, 2014

eleven fingers

soon after simon's birth, we were taken down to our recovery room and a nurse took simon to the nursery. phil's parents arrived shortly and phil took them to the nursery to see our new little fellow. as his parents gazed through the glass and into the nursery at baby simon, phil's mom began to motion something to phil (inside the nursery). phil gave her two thumbs-up as if to say, "yeah! he's great!," but bonnie continued to motion, pointing to her own hand to indicate simon's. after a quick look and count, phil realized that simon's right hand had SIX FINGERS (an extra thumb!) instead of the normal, you know, five. they headed back to the room to give me the news of our newly minted, eleven-fingered child and, in all honestly, at first I was a little horrified. clearly, I loved our sweet simon, but this was a little unexpected, you know? after the initial shock, the pediatrician came in to see us and told us that the appearance of an extra digit (finger or toe) was called "polydactylism" (first thought: "flying dinosaur baby!") and that it wasn't as rare as we thought. every now and again, babies are born with an/multiple extra fleshy or bony digits. in the case of a fleshy digit, you can tie a string around it and it'll fall off over time. kinda sounds awful, I know. simon's extra thumb, however, had a bone in it and would require surgery if we were considering removal. after weighing the options, we decided that the surgery was the best choice. it just made sense to us in light of the fact that simon cannot move his extra thumb independently of his regular thumb (so no potential extra-amazing piano skills. darn.) and that it simply gets in his way. in the end, we don't want his dexterity to be affected, and the surgery is quick and the recovery fast.

so, before his surgery tomorrow morning, we wanted to document
the short-lived life of the extra digit of the boy that, as we like to say,
"we gave everything to AND a little more."
^^ soon after birth
^^ it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I realized that "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"
has a page that talks about one of the creatures having eleven fingers. I just couldn't not take advantage of this perfect photo opt.
^^ translation: "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, 
nine, ten. he has eleven of them! eleven! that's very original!"

^^ we made this salt-dough handprint the other night so we'll
have a memory on hand (yes, pun intended) for simon to see
when he's older - and to show his future girlfriends.


  1. Love that sweet Simon AND his extra little finger. We love him so much! (and of course his parents, too ;)

  2. Tiny hands are so adorable! Even those with extra digits. :) Good luck with the surgery!

  3. I'm so glad you documented it! It's cute and sweet and makes him a real individual!

  4. He is so sweet and precious. Plus, he'll always have a great one for the game Two Truths and a Lie. Also, Princess Bride Halloween costume? 6 fingers on his right hand! :) We will be praying that surgery goes smoothly. Sending love!