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Families that Inspire: Meet the Bauman’s

09/26/2016 11:15AM ● Published by Hood Magazine

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By Jessica Brovold, 'Hood Editor




As an expectant mom, all you want is news that your baby is healthy. For one Sioux Falls family, a diagnosis during pregnancy left them feeling devastated. But devastation quickly turned to determination as the Bauman family prepared to meet their little girl.

 

“I had an ultrasound at 21 weeks and something was showing abnormal with the baby’s brain,” said Christa Bauman. “I know ultrasound can be beneficial, but I also know that things can show up that aren’t necessarily a problem. I just couldn’t help but be scared.”

 

A second ultrasound confirmed Christa and Steve’s baby had Spina Bifida.

 

Spina Bifida means “split spine” and is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all of the way.


“Our initial reaction, we felt like we got punched in the gut,” said Bauman. “It was a floating in outer space feeling, like the world was spinning and we were punched in the gut.”

 

Christa and her husband Steve quickly decided to focus on what they could control. They found out their baby was a girl, and while they went home with devastating news, they were also determined.

 

“We went home and cried and told our kids right away because we didn’t think we could hide it from them because I was not holding it together very well,” said Christa. “At that point we needed to start figuring out how to take care of her.”

 

Halle was born a couple weeks early and was airlifted to Minneapolis 12 hours after her birth. She was prepped for surgery to close the opening in her back to prevent damage and infection. Surgery was done when she was just 36 hours old. Along with her diagnosis of spina bifida, Halle was also born with club feet. Despite the challenges, from the moment Halle was born, her parents have learned so much from her.

 

“The diagnosis is not your child and diagnoses are really scary, but your child is not,” said Christa. “I was scared to meet Halle, which is hard to admit, but the instant I saw her, I was like oh she’s my baby. Just like all my other babies. I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much time being scared. My love for her is no different than the other kids.”

 

The older siblings, Carter (15), Maddy (12) and Max (9) have found a special bond with their sister who is now 4 ½.

 

“Halle has had a wonderful affect on our family,” said Christa. “Her siblings all love her to the moon and back. I think for them, they didn’t know what to expect. She came and they were like, oh, she’s just a baby, and they didn’t see she was different. The difference is more apparent the older she is getting. It has brought out the best in all of them.”

 

Halle’s diagnosis has also brought about change for the family, 

 

“We recently had to move as Halle was growing older and we realized she would need to use a wheelchair,” said Christa. “It was a process of finding a house that would be accessible enough that we could afford.”

 

Christa stays home, while Steve works outside the home. Before having children, Christa used to work for people with disabilities and says she’s now found herself in familiar territory.

 

“It’s been interesting entering some of the same systems,” said Christa. “I’ve always considered myself an advocate for people with disabilities; a friend for people with disabilities and it has come full circle in my life.”

 

As for others going through a difficult diagnosis, Christa has this advice to offer.

 

“Build a support network, let people who want to help you help you,” said Christa.

“You’re going to need a lot of help and it’s hard to accept that. It feels weak to need help, but allow yourself to accept help and be vulnerable.”

 

Christa has found herself doing this often, even recently as Halle underwent another major surgery.

 

“It’s been hard,” said Christa. “Even this most recent surgery and the complications. She had it in her mind that it would help her be able to walk.”

 

As she gets older Halle also has visions for herself and her parents are always trying to help her stay positive.

 

“When she turned 4, she woke up and said I’m a big girl, now I’m going to be able to walk,” said Christa. “She asks such precocious questions. She has expressed a lot of frustration and grief about not being able to do what other people do. I tell her it’s ok if you don’t like it, you aren’t alone. A lot of people have bodies that are different.”

 

By staying positive and focusing on the good, Halle’s parents hope it impacts her outlook on life.

 

“I want her to grow up and be able to experience all the feelings and look at the positive,” said Christa. “Halle is a very joyful, sparkly amazing little human being. I think when people meet her, they are attracted to her, which is kind of cool. Everyone that meets her loves her and remembers her. Her life has a lot of meaning and purpose.”

 

Halle’s family is always reminding her of the meaning and purpose she has, even when they face some tough questions.

 

“It’s been hard, even just her most recent surgery and the complications,” said Christa. “She (Halle) had it in her mind that it would help her be able to walk. It’s hard the older she gets. When she turned 4, she woke up and said I’m a big girl now! Now I’m going to be able to walk. She asks such precocious questions. She has expressed a lot of frustration and grief about not being able to do what other people do. We reind her it’s ok if you don’t like it, you aren’t alone. A lot of people have bodies that are different.”

 

Even as a parent the emotions can be a challenge, but the Bauman’s are always able to find joy Halle brings.

 

“As a parent you ask why did I get one made different,” said Christa. “I remember thinking why is my baby broke? But you see there is something to be gained by people in this world that are different. We might not understand it, but she’s wonderfully made. She has a contagious joy that most people wish they had!”


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    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Toddler Jump

    01/29/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Make it Monday Kids!

    01/29/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Make it Monday Kids! $5 off any Christmas Items!* Under 15 years old. All day! Restrictions Apply.


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    01/29/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    01/29/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    01/29/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Hood Night at the Sioux Falls SkyForce

    01/29/2018
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Come join The 'Hood Magazine at the SkyForce game!


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    01/30/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    01/30/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Ladies Night

    01/30/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Ladies Night! Receive 20% off your purchase.


  • Kindergarten Round-Up

    01/30/2018
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Sioux Falls Lutheran School invites you to get acquainted with our kindergarten program at our an...


  • A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

    01/30/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead ...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Toddler Jump

    01/31/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for one of the highlights of our week, Toddler Jump at Air Madness. During Toddler Jump, ...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    01/31/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Open Skate Discount Night

    01/31/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Open skating session for all ages at a discounted rate! Admission is $3. Regular skate rental fee...


  • Discount Skate Night

    01/31/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Skate for $1.00 an hour every Wednesday during our Discount Skate Night! Wednesdays • 6-9pm A...


  • A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

    01/31/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead ...


  • Tot Time

    02/01/2018
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • Walking Program

    02/01/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/01/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    02/01/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Toddler Time

    02/01/2018
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Little All Stars

    02/01/2018
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Wee Play & Learn

    02/01/2018
    10:00AM — 11:15AM

    Come with your child to play, meet other families, and talk one-on-one with child development exp...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/01/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • New Baby & Me

    02/01/2018
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Creative Kids

    02/01/2018
    03:15PM — 04:00PM

    Elementary-aged children are invited to join us for books, activities, and a craft. For more info...


  • S.T.E.A.M. -N- Thursdays

    02/01/2018
    03:30PM — 04:15PM

    Discover science, technology, engineering, art and math through activities. This month's theme: S...


  • A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER

    02/01/2018
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead ...


  • Walking Program

    02/02/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/02/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/02/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • First Free Friday

    02/02/2018
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Little All Stars

    02/02/2018
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Teen Night at Skate City

    02/02/2018
    08:00PM — 11:00PM

    This session is directed toward, but not reserved for, middle to high school aged skaters.


  • MallWalk 2018

    02/03/2018
    08:00AM — 10:30AM

    Pre-register your team for MallWalk 24--Saturday, February 3rd at the Empire Mall! Here's how! ...


  • Walking Program

    02/03/2018
    08:00AM — 10:00AM

    Location: Morningside Community Center, 2400 South Bahnson Avenue Walking is one of the best w...


  • MallWalk

    02/03/2018
    08:00AM — 11:30AM

    Join us as we Walk and Roll for people supported at LifeScape. 100% of Mall Walk proceeds will he...


  • 2018 Spring Classes

    02/03/2018
    08:00AM

    Register for spring classes at the Community Learning Center at your Washington Pavilion! We want...


  • Ice Fishing 101

    02/03/2018
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    Winter is the perfect season to explore your frozen waterways while enjoying the cool calming atm...


  • Little All Stars

    02/03/2018
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    LITTLE ALL STARS (Walking to 6 years )


  • Tai Chi

    02/03/2018
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    f you are looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Tai chi is a gracef...


  • Decorating Days

    02/03/2018
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Call us by Friday and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie decorati...


  • Saturday Morning Family Skate

    02/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Spend Saturday morning with the whole family at Skate City! Parents skate for FREE admission with...


  • Morning Skate

    02/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    This session is directed toward, but not reserved for, beginner skaters and their parents.


  • Pioneer Day

    02/03/2018
    10:30AM — 12:00PM

    Bring the family to experience our prairie heritage. Churn butter, make newspaper twists and butt...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    02/03/2018
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Open Gym

    02/03/2018
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    OPEN GYM (Ages 6-18) $80/10 punch card


  • Bookworms Reading Program

    02/03/2018
    01:00PM — 01:30PM

    Join local celebrities and Zoo Educators for a free story time and animal encounter. Bookworms Re...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    02/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    02/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    02/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    02/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    02/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    02/03/2018
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • SUPER SATURDAY

    02/03/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for SUPER SATURDAY each Saturday from 6-8pm! 2 hours of RUNNING, JUMPING, PLAYING FUN! ...