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Saturday, September 26, 2009

All in a Day's Work: Part 3...Won't you take me to---HELMET TOWN??

So the final part of this day was getting our much anticipated (or possibly dreaded, depending on whether you're the adult or the baby) cranial remolding helmets! Let me just say that Liz, our practioner is a saint. And like I said in the head scanning post, THANK GOD she is so good with babies! As soon as we arrived, we were met in the waiting room and brought back to our "regular" room. There, Liz showed us the 3 tiny helmets! (OMG, SO CUTE!!) But they still needed to be fitted even more specifically to each baby, so one by one, we started....

Again, good that Liz does this for a profession because I would've just slapped that helmet right on their heads. But no, the appropriate thing to do is let the baby become somewhat familiar with it. She let each baby touch the helmet, feel it, listen to the velcro strap several times so it wouldn't be so frightening.


"Hmm, what is this?"

"Gramma, look at my shiny pink ball thing."

"I better see what happens when I pull this fuzzy thing."

But before long, get acquainted time is over. And the tough part (for me) begins. Liz showed us how to most efficiently and least painfully open the helmet and get it around their heads.

"Hey, why are you putting my head in that pink ball thingy??"
"'Scuse me, it got a little dark here..."

Now, if you were thinking to yourself, "That helmet looks HUGE on her!" You were right. It's not done yet. After she gets it on their heads, she then takes a marker and marks where their eyebrows are, and where each ear is. From there, she takes the helmet back to the workshop area and essentially shaves the helmet up to the lines she marked. That way, it actually fits, without overwhelming the entire face.

If you look closely, you can see the black marker lines.
This picture is post shaving...now it doesn't overwhelm her face or butt up to her ears.
But...she still doesn't love it.
"Oh, but I do like that white clicky thing in your hand!"


Ethan checking out his helmet
"Hmm, lemme see that fuzzy, noisy thing...
"Hey! Whoa, whoa, what're you doing putting that thing on my head?"
"Daddy, help me!! It's squishing my cheeks!"
Obviously this a 'before' picture. It hasn't been shaved yet.

Now it's been shaved to fit Ethan's face better.

Dad, so proud of his future linebacker.
"hey, that's a fun clicky thing...lemme see that..."
"Ok, I'm done. Get it OFF OF ME!!"


Checking it out...

"smooth...I like it...."

"Hmm...I liked it better before she put it on my head..."

"Whoa! Who's pinching my cheeks??"

"Scuse me, could we get a little light in here?"

"I can't see!!"

That's ok, Bubba. Mama will make it better.

"Ok, now this time it's fitting much better.."

"That's right. Call me Mr. Studly."

This was just one of the many tactics we resorted to during the times we had to wait.

Gramma and Ethan

First day wearing them at home....uugh. I hope I get used to it. Oh-and I hope the babies get used to it too! :)

Hunter posing, helmet and all! That's my girl!

Colton finally gave up and fell asleep. Sucking his thumb. Poor little man.
I shall call him "Guido". This is what his hair looked like after ONE HOUR only!! Imagine after 23 straight hours! Poor thing...
Well, food always makes everything better for me at least!
Ok. stay tuned for more of our adventures!


Anabelle said...

Of course they are still as cute as can be in their helmets!!Can't wait to see them in person in 2 days!

Mary said...

It's amazing how they seem to forget they have them on :) And they are just as adorable as ever...

Marci said...

I asked for helmets for both of my boys but the pediatrician said their heads wern't bad enough. I still wish they got helmets.
The babies are still so cute!

Anonymous said...

why do they have helmets on...is it for changing their head shape. I am curious, thanks.

vanessa said...

Today I have my first appoint at Cranial Tech for my four month okd. I’m so nervous. Thank you for sharing your story.

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