Last week-end we went to Vegas for the LPA fall regional conference. It was so great to see our friends again. All our LPA friends are from Vegas and California so even though we officially live in an other district, District 12 is our home. These are the people that we first connected with after Anaïs was born and they have all become dear friends.
The conference was at the Red Rock Hotel, our old "hang out place" when we lived in Vegas. We even got to enjoy some warm weather and enjoy the pool.
This picture of us was taken at the Welcome Reception:
The Vegas chapter organized a Dwarfism awareness race. Jeff ran the 5K and the girl and I did the one mile walk.
Here is Anaïs about to cross the finish line:
They also had a raffle and we won a $100 gift card for Amazon.
Then the last night, we went to the banquet for some dinner, conversation with friends and of course dancing!
Another great LPA conference! Anaïs had a good time and I think it really helped her get a better understanding about what being a little person means. A very positive experience all around!
I am originally from France and have been living in the US since 1999. My husband Jeff is american and speaks fluent french so we are a bilingual family. We have 2 beautiful daughters Samantha born on 5/27/04 and Anaïs (pronounced Ana-eese) born on 6/6/08. Anaïs was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
If this is your first time reading our blog, read about how our journey with achondroplasia all started by reading Anaïs' story.
What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is the most common form of short-limb dwarfism. It occurs in approximately 1 in 26,000 to 1 in 40,000 births. The characteristic features of achondroplasia are apparent at birth. These include typical facial features, disproportionate short stature, and rhizomelic (the proximal ends of the limbs) shortening. Diagnosis of achondroplasia is made by physical exam and skeletal x-rays. Most individuals have normal intelligence. Infants and children often have motor delays but cognitive delays are not present. A special infant developmental chart has been made for children with achondroplasia. Final adult height is in the range of 4 feet.