Thursday, January 14, 2010

Too Long Between Posts!

Wow! It has been way too long since I did a post! I am making it a goal this year to do at least one post a month! I know that doesn't seem like much of a goal but think about how long since I have done anything! It is a little harder to come up with stuff to blog about now that we are into our "life after the helmet"!
As I have started this new year I have thought about the many things I have to be grateful for. Here are just a few and in no particular order:
1) We didn't have to do surgery!
2) We didn't go over the allowable for physical therapy!
3) The insurance paid 90% of the helmet!
4) I have a healthy and happy 15 month old baby girl!
5) I have a healthy and happy 4 year old big girl!
6) I have a healthy and happy 9 year old boy who thinks he is an adult!
7) I have a healthy and happy 10 year old boy who changes more diapers then his big brother!
8) I have a healthy and happy 13 year old boy who doesn't complain about babysitting! (Maybe that is because he gets his little brother to change the diapers!)
9) The helmet did it's job!
10) I have a wonderful husband who loves being a dad!
11) I can kiss my baby's head!
12) Maycie's wonderful sense of humor! She is always smiling!
13) All of our family and friends who have been so helpful and supportive!
14) A good team of doctors! Especially our pediatrician who got the ball rolling in the first place!
15) My Father in Heaven who has watched over me and my family!

I know there are a few things in there that might seem silly. I included all of my children separately because I couldn't have done it without them! They were so wonderful! I know kissing her head seems silly but that was one thing that I really missed while she had her helmet. Her sense of humor was what made it all possible! I don't know if I could have handled it if she wasn't so easy going about EVERYTHING! I also know that my Father in Heaven was there with me the whole way helping me do the things I needed to do. Not to mention that He was with Maycie holding her in the palm of His hand.

I hope this is helpful and I will figure out something to write about next month! If you have an idea or a question that you think I might be able to answer let me know! I would love the help!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Graduation Day!

Today Maycie graduated from physical therapy! She has been so close to graduating for the last 3 months or so. But then she would start to tilt or she wasn't doing a motor skill she should be and so we would make another appointment. But today there was no tilt. And everything they had her do today she did almost perfectly! Every time she would pull herself up to something or bend down to get a toy her therapist would say, "look at her! Look at how wonderful she looks!"
We have come so far in the last 8 months. In some ways it is hard to believe it has been that long. In others it feels like an eternity! I remember our very first appointment and our therapist looking at Maycie and the shock in her voice when she said what a tilt we had going on! And then when I told her it was actually an improvement and that it had been worse, wow! I look back at the pictures and it is the same kind of thing.
Today I talked with our therapist about how glad I am that we did this. When I came home from Maycie's 4 month well visit and had to tell people we were going to have to do therapy I couldn't say it without bursting into tears. I remember how the thought of a helmet at that point made me sick to my stomach. And what in the world could they do with a baby for "physical therapy" for an hour?! And at our first therapy appointment I remember our therapist going over the steps and mentioning a helmet and thinking "please, please, please don't let her have to do a helmet!" I remember an overload of information! The x-ray's of her neck and head just to be sure. The first visit with the Plastic Surgeon. Getting the helmet process started. By this point praying the insurance would cover the helmet. Funny how I had come full circle from, please don't let her have to have one to please let her get it. The awful absess on the back of her head and then a scan to make sure we didn't need to do surgery. By the time we got the second helmet I was so grateful that was all we needed to do that it really seamed like no big deal! And helping me through it all was our physical therapist! Our pediatrician is amazing and so is our Plastic Surgeon. But when you start out seeing someone every week and end up with only once a month they are more like a friend.
Our therapist kept saying today that it was all me and my hard work that got Maycie where she is now. I have to say a great big NO to that! We had a wonderful team that made sure we covered every base and kept me doing what I needed to do. We had an amazing support system of friends and family that never quit praying for us. Who, when they would hold her would ask me if she was looking/tilting the right way! Who helped me realize and understand this was not my fault. And most of all there was Maycie! I have to say (again!) she really has been a trooper through all of this! She has worked hard and it shows! The last big piece of the puzzle was my Father in Heaven. His peace was with me continually and I know the reason she did so well with everything was because He was with her, helping her with this.
I know one thing that helped me work through this was talking about it. Not being afraid to say this is what we are going through and then finding a way to try and help other people who might be going through the same thing. Starting this helmet blog was one of the best things I did! I think it taught me a life lesson to not try and hide my problems away and pretend they aren't there but to face them head on and then mow them over! You never know who you are going to meet that can help you (or that you may be able to help) if you just let it out there!
Thank You again for all of your prayers, love, support, I could go on all day! I have felt it lifting me continually! We could not have done this without you all! I hope this blog has been able to find someone who has needed it. I hope it has helped someone, anyone in some way! Again, if there is something you would like to add make a comment and share with us! We would love to hear!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Year Different From Any Other!

Maycie had her 1st Birthday last Saturday. Having a helmet changes things, that is for sure! My dad and I were talking the other day and I wondered where the year had gone. He said it went into a helmet. And that is true! So here are some of our helmet memories to celebrate Maycie's first year!

Friday, August 14, 2009


One thing I would highly recommend is having some professional pictures done! We had some family pictures taken and had her do some pictures of Maycie in her helmet. I am so glad that we did! They are so wonderful and I am so glad that we will have these forever.

You don't have to spend alot of money on them. Even some place like Target or Wal-mart, but something to make it special. You want them to know about this part of their life. And at least for me, embracing it has made it so much easier!

Ours were done by a friend and she really is amazing and does a wonderful job with all kinds of portraits! If you are interested in seeing some more of her work you can find her at: Thanks again for everything Emily!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

There is Life After The Helmet!

Maycie had her 6 week appointment with the plastic surgeon today! It was a good appointment! She no longer need to wear it. It isn't perfect (but who has a perfect head?!) but he feels any more changing that needs to take place will happen naturally!

I came home and was met by my other kids and when they saw her without the helmet they first asked to make sure and then let out quite the yell! It was so cute! My oldest son is just getting ready to play football so we joked that we were trading Maycie's busy helmet season for Jaxon's busy helmet season! So we put the helmet back on and took our last pictures in the helmet! I also took some after pictures for myself. I thought it might be kind of fun to see some before and after shots. Another reminder that what we have done and been through is totally worth it! I can't imagine where we would be if we had decided not to do this.

This is Maycie at our first appointment at Fit Well.

She was about 5 months old.

This is Maycie now! After 5 months and 2 helmets what a difference!
The first helmet put too much pressure on the back of her head. (I think her head shape changed between when they did the mold and when we got the helmet so then it put too much pressure and caused an infection. But that is just my thinking!) This is a picture at it's worst! This is why we needed a 2nd helmet. They allowed room for the bump on the back of her head and then put the padding in so the pressure still had some give to it!

This is the back of her head now! I should have taken it from the side! But you can't even tell anymore! The plastic surgeon was telling the intern (I think it was an intern!) with him today about the bump on the back of her head because they wondered why we were so excited over the back of her head!

Everything looks so much better it is almost hard for me to believe! It has been a long road. I will not deny that. This has been the last 6 months of my life and almost 2/3 of hers! We are still doing physical therapy. I am hoping we will see a drastic improvement there now that the helmet is off. I will go and do until we are done. I don't want to give up and then have her regress. Besides that therapy hasn't been bad! They are more like a friend then anything else!

Thank you to everyone for visiting and your comments! I think I am going to add a new gadget so we can "converse" a little easier! If anyone else has wisdom ideas for decorating the helmets anything else they would like to share I would be glad to do a post with your insights. Please e-mail them to me at the address on the right! Also is there anything specific that I should be blogging about? Keep the comments coming! I need your help to know if this blog is helping! Thank you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Make it Yours!

We have had so many comments on Maycie's helmet! I knew one of the things that would be hard for me with the helmet was no bows and cute stuff. I talked to a friend who makes bows to help me figure out how to put bows on the helmet. She was amazing and came up with Velcro! Don't you just love Velcro! We put the soft side on the bows so they wouldn't stick together. That way you can have a bow for every outfit just like "normal!" The other thing we did was vinyl flowers! We have gotten lot's of great comments about those too! I can't take credit for those either, my sister totally took care of them! But what I learned with the flowers is that you can do anything with vinyl! And it holds up really well to the heat they have to use to adjust the helmets. We were in for a check today and one of the flowers was in the way so he needed to take it off. He was way surprised in the trouble he had getting it off! I have talked with people who for boys have made them into "football helmets" for their favorite team! So the vinyl is good for more then just being able to do what you want it will really stand up to what you have to put the helmets through too! So I say make it yours! I would have had a bow in Maycie's hair everyday so I found a way to put a bow on her helmet! When I told someone we were going to put the flowers on they told me not to. They said it would draw attention to the helmet. I figure, it's a helmet, people are going to notice! I might as well make it cute! And for the outfits I didn't have a bow for it was still cute! And I think doing fun things makes it easier for people to talk to you about it. And for me I would rather people ask me about it then just look at my baby like there is something wrong with her. I would love to hear all the fun things you have thought of to make your baby's helmet personalized and unique!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


To Inquiring Mind,
I would like to thank you for your comment! It is so good to hear from someone who is done and can say that this is but a moment and it will seem so short in the big picture of it all. I would like to know how you found us! I hope this means that this is getting out there! If you know of others in your same situation please let them know about it also. I really feel you can help us! So again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I just can't say it enough!

To Chelsea,
I hope all is going well with you and that you are adjusting to life with the helmet. Keep it up! And my advice to you is the same as Inquiring Mind's was to me, don't be so hard on your self! Find the humor in all of this. It is those things that will help get you through.

I would love to hear from both of you. Please e-mail me. It would be really great to be able to "talk" with you!

Thank you again for helping to lighten my load a little!