Friday, April 26, 2013


So I've had a lot of questions about Neely's "helmet." It is actually called a cranial band and is purely cosmetic. Here's the story:

Within hours of her birth I noticed that she only wanted to look to her right. Because of everything I've been through with Maggie I picked up on this and her rather angular (nice way to put it!) head immediately. Justin made fun of me (thinking I was insanely paranoid) for asking him to reposition Neely's plastic hospital bassinet so she was forced to turn her head to the other side.

For the first few months of her life I was diligent about repositioning her and making her do tummy time CONSTANTLY in the hopes she would grow out of her preference to look to the right and that her head would "round out." But at three months of age I had a Physical Therapist examine her and she said that Neely did, in fact, have a mild case of torticollis.


After sobbing on the floor for a few days- mad at myself for not stretching her from the get go- I finally pulled myself up off the floor, convincing myself that I was not part of some cruel, cruel joke (those who have followed this blog from the beginning know what I'm talking about).

We started physical therapy a month ago and I opted to go ahead and get the cranial band to help round out her head because the earlier babies get it the less time hopefully they will have to wear it.

The first day she had the band I really worried that people who knew me would think I was starting to invent problems with my children. Because who else has all three children in some kind of therapy and have a doctor in just about every specialty? I promise, though, I'm not that crazy mom! And I had to let that nonsensical thinking go because, honestly, I don't have time to worry about stuff like that. Which I guess is a tiny blessing amidst chaos: you don't have time to worry about what people think!

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