Why my shop is named “Hip Violet”

23 Feb

Have you ever wondered why I named my business Hip Violet? There is actually a story behind it!

When my oldest daughter Violet was 6 months old as we went to her well-child visit, the doctor did the “butterfly” of her legs to check her hips and CLUNK, her hip went right out of the socket (and the doctor’s face turned WHITE!). That was just the start – we went for an x-ray and soon she was in her first hip spica cast.


First Spica Cast after a closed reduction
7-9 months


Cutie pie in a body cast! My husband called it her “hard candy shell”


Cast tricks with Daddy!

That one was from 7-9 months old, and then she was out for about 3 months. When we went back for her 3-month post-cast checkup, they found that her hip had dislocated again. Next she had an open reduction (surgery, as opposed to a closed reduction the first time where they just manipulated her hip back into place) and was again in a cast from 14-17 months old.


2nd Cast – this time we got to have part of her good leg out! 14-17 months


Crawling in her cast – she had the STRONGEST stomach muscles when she was done! She also could stand up in this cast.


It was during this second trip in the spica cast that I started making baby bibs. I had ordered some bibs from a friend of mine and they were HUGE – I loved them because they really covered her and her cast up. When I wanted to order more she was no longer making them, and since I did know how to sew a little bit, I decided to give it a try. I made myself a pattern for a huge bib, and the rest is history!


The very first Hip Violet bibs!

Every year since we’ve had an x-ray to see how her hip was growing. Unfortunately her socket was remaining pretty flat instead of forming a nice round socket. Even though Violet, who is now 7, was not in any pain or had any outward signs of an issue (besides the fact that her right leg was 1″ longer than her left!) we decided to go ahead with a pelvic osteotomy on February 7th. This is where they do a bone graft into her pelvic bone to make her a rounder socket that will not slip out. And it comes with another 6-week stay in a spica (body) cast. It’s pretty different than when she was a baby!


At the hospital the day after surgery


Getting the hang of the wheelchair so she can do her favorite – crafts!


She is so happy she can still wear her dresses – and I stocked up on knee socks!

We are slowly but surely getting the hang of it this time around – she is obviously much heavier than when she was a baby so lifting her is a challenge. But over the last 2 weeks we’ve figured out the potty, wheelchair, eating, sleeping, and she’ll start back at school on Monday for half-days.

Washing Hair

Bathtime! Washing her hair in the sink. I thought she would love having a “spa day” but instead she was terrified i was going to get water in her eyes!



Playing on her tummy with her little sister

So that’s the story of Hip Violet! If you want to keep up with how things are going this round, we set up a Caring Bridge site which I try to update every few days.

Until next time!










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