Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Helmet Day

First, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  My children were spoiled by those that love them but I'll post about that later.
Today the Boy received his helmet.  I held back tears.  I still am.  It is so hard to see him uncomfortable.  Sometime I think he doesn't realize it is there then he moves a certain way and "damn, there's that helmet!"
We ordered white because I didn't want a bright bold color. But white is very white.  I have found some really awesome stickers to put on the helmet.  Some of the sayings are really funny...I think they help when we are out in public.
I am nervous about going out alone with the Boy.  I think I am still processing the helmet and I am so scared that if someone says something rude I may burst into tears. Hopefully I will get better with this.  I can't stay home forever!

I think he is already thinking he is a superhero with his helmet.  Look at his cape ;)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Almost Wordless Wednesday
2012 - Baby Boy 4 mon/H.B.Nanna 3years 11 mon

These babes melt my heart. 

I have dreamed about this day for so long.

The day when I would have two children and the special holiday memories that would be made.

And what a difference in just a year.  H.B.Nanna is getting so big!

2011 - H.B.Nanna 2 years 11 mon

2010 - H.B.Nanna 1 year 11 mon

2009 - H.B.Nanna 11 mon old
I see tears in my future for the boy next year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

A tooth, a helmet and a 1st Christmas

Where do I begin...

First the exciting news! Baby Boy got his 1st tooth!!  Tuesday morning we discovered it.  Stephen says he found it first {so that means he buys the 1st real pair of shoes, right?!} but didn't tell me and let me "find" it first.  So kind of him ;)

Baby Boy went for his 4 month check-up at the beginning of November.  We expressed concern about some asymmetrical differences in his facial features.  The Pediatrician listened to our concerns and added that there was some flat spots on his head that caught her eye.  She put him on his belly and he flopped. He didn't bring his arms up in an attempt to hold himself up.  We also discussed how he predominantly turns his head to the right and it is sometimes difficult to get him to turn left.  We left there with a diagnosis of torticollis and scripts to start physical therapy and to see the neurosurgeon at the children's hospital.

We left in disbelief.  The next day we started PT.  The therapist recommended a corrective helmet and occupational therapy. The following week we went to see the neurosurgeon {and I woke up with a stomach bug}. The neurosurgeon didn't feel that a corrective helmet was needed right away; he sent us home with instructionsforf positional changes. The doctor was also concerned about his head size as it was a little larger then it should have been.

For four weeks we did PT and OT every week.  Progress was being made.  Baby Boy was moving his arms up when he was on his belly.  He was reaching for toys with his right hand.  He even started sitting on his own.  No rolling over yet but that will come with time.

Then we went for our follow-up with the neurosurgeon.  He said the flatness wasn't any better but it also wasn't any worse so he prescribed a corrective helmet. Head size was also still a concern as it had grown significantly since the last visit.  We went for a brain ultrasound before leaving the hospital.

Then next day we waited for the ultrasound results and Baby Boy was fitted for his helmet.  He is going to be the proud owner of a shiny white helmet 23 hours a day for 3 to 4 months. And it all begins the day after Christmas. 

The ultrasound results were good which is a relief.  So Baby Boy just has a big head because he has a big head. No reason has been identified. I think I am still wrapping my head around the helmet.  Of course everyone has opinions on how it will be.  Some say he'll be fine and won't know it is there others say it will be an awful 3 to 4 months.  We've been told to be prepared for people to stare and for rude comments.  I think that is what upsets me the most - staring and comments. 

As I am dealing with this I can't help but think about those innocent babies in CT. I am worried about people staring at a helmet and these parents are burying their babies. My heart is broken and all I can do is hug my children a little tighter and make sure they know how much I love them.

We are gearing up for Christmas around here. Last minute shopping, present wrapping and preparing to host 20 for Christmas dinner. I love it and wouldn't have it anyother way!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Free Holiday Printables - Oh I love Pinterest!

I love Pinterest!  And I love free printables!
I came across these beauties today and they are perfect for my cookie exchange next week.
If you are looking for extras for your holiday party, check these out!!
Make sure you "like" Forever Your Prints on FB!
This is not a sponsored post.  I just found them on Pinterest and thought I would share :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Out of the mouth of babes...

H.B.Nanna - Mom you have green jealous eyes.
Me - What?!
H.B.Nanna - Mom you have green jealous eyes.
Me - My eyes are blue.
H.B.Nanna - Mom you have blue jealous eyes.
Me - Where did you hear about jealous eyes?
H.B.Nanna - That's what they tell Snow White's Step-Mother.
Me - Do you know what jealous means?
H.B.Nanna - No.
Me - Do you think you should say something you don't understand?
H.B.Nanna - No but you still have blue jealous eyes.
Me - Thanks.

H.B.Nanna - Mom...I'm such a helper.  What would you do with out me?