Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Helmet Head

Today Jack began wearing his custom fitted Star Band.  The Star Band is a helmet designed for babies with less than perfectly round heads.  Over the next 3 to 5 months (3 I hope) Jack's helmet will encourage growth in the areas where his head is flat in order to give it an overall more rounded appearance.

Deciding to put Jack in the helmet was a decision that Ed and I struggled with at first, because to us our baby is perfect just the way he is.  However, it is and always has been apparent that Jack has a flat spot on the back right side of his head.  When the flat spot failed to round out on its own as I had assumed it would, we took Jack to see a specialist and of course she recommended the helmet.  While the helmet is a medical orthotic device, its use, at least in our case is strictly cosmetic.   Once we were faced with the decision of whether or not to get a helmet for our son, my husband and I both started to take notice of people's head shapes.  If you take the time to look around, you will notice (especially among men with short hair or bald heads) some very oddly shaped heads.  Obviously these baby helmets were not available a generation ago, and because of that there are some adults walking around with flat heads!  If there ever came a day when Jack was self conscious about his flat head, I would never forgive myself for not getting the helmet!   Ultimately we decided to put Jack in the helmet based on the fact that it can't hurt anything, it can only help.  So now, for the next few months, he will wear his helmet 23 hours a day.

My best attempts at photographing his head.  He does not sit still anymore, but you can see how the back left rounds out while the back right is still flat.  His head scan showed that the right hemisphere of his head has 90% of the volume that the left hemisphere has.  This helmet should encourage that right side to fill out more.

Once we decided to go ahead and order the helmet I began my research on how to decorate the helmet.  I knew I wanted it custom painted, and I came across a website for an artist in California who specializes in painting baby helmets.  Her work is amazing and she was able to give me exactly what I requested.  Here is the link to her website http://lazardo.smugmug.com/  Since it is the start of football season, and we are Houston Texans fans, I decided I wanted Jack to have his own little Houston Texans helmet.  Plus most of the clothes in his closet are blue, so it will match with what he wears!

When we got the helmet back from Paula (the artist) it was wrapped in bubble wrap, he had fun with that!

Day 1 of helmet wearing went well, Jack doesn't even seem to notice it is there.  Hopefully this will continue when he has to start sleeping in it.  So far, my only complaints were that his head was soaked with sweat when we took it off, and that was after wearing for only 1 hour!  Also, I instinctively kiss his head repeatedly every time I pick him up.  Today I was kissing plastic.  I will have to find some other sweet baby skin to kiss!

Monday, August 6, 2012

11 Months Old!

August 4, 2012, Jack was 11 months old.  The countdown to his first birthday has begun.  I still can't believe a whole YEAR has gone by (almost).  Jack continues to grow and change every day and he is really keeping me on my toes now!

Height: Not sure, people always tell me he looks long, he will have another checkup next month

Weight: 22lbs 12oz

Head Circumference: Not sure

What is Jack doing:  Jack is crawling, climbing and pulling up on everything.  Sunday morning I was sitting in the living room watching TV while Jack was playing in the kitchen like he always does (or so I thought.)  When I looked over to see him he was no longer playing on the floor, he was instead halfway up the stairs!  On his first attempt he mastered stair climbing.  He is also showing signs of a baby that has no fear - he tried to go back down the stairs head first!  I thought we had the kitchen baby proofed with outlet covers and locks on all of the cabinet doors, but today he proved me wrong when I found him trying to crawl in the oven!!  Do they make locks for oven doors??

Up the stairs he goes!

Climbing at the Children's Museum

My Big Boy!

Where is Jack going:  Jack still goes to music class once a week and we just signed up for a Mommy and Me Montessori class starting in the fall.  We also go on playdates with our playgroup.  Lately the splash pad is popular place to go!  We also made another trip to the children's museum this month.

Fun at the Children's Museum

Splash Pad fun with Isabella!

Children's Museum
All the babies at Music Class with Mrs. Ana their wonderful teacher!

Happy at the Splash Pad!

What is Jack eating:  Jack still nurses 3 times a day and eats 3 meals a day.  He still eats some pureed foods/ baby foods but he is getting better and better at eating regular food.  He still only has the two bottom teeth so most of his chewing is with his gums. 

A few more great pics of my sweet boy as he enters the last month of his first year!!!