And now, without further ado, making her first helmet debut, I give you....
Not even a helmet can keep that smile off her face!!
The appointment yesterday was looooong and very tedious. We were there about 3 hours. It took a long time to shave down the helmet to fit Caroline's head perfectly. Caroline didn't seem to mind until she got really tired then it was all over. She even fell asleep on my shoulder which she NEVER does (she's a crib kinda girl :-) Anyway, we're only putting Caroline in the helmet a few hours today then we'll build up everyday so that by the weekend, she's wearing it 23 hours/day. So far, she doesn't seem to mind at all. As far as I can tell, she doesn't even know there is something on her head. However, the true test will be sleeping in the helmet. We try that with naps first on Thursday. I really hope she does well, but I don't see how it will be comfortable for her to sleep on her stomach in that thing. We'll see.
I'll be honest, even though I'm trying REALLY hard to stay positive, this experience is not easy. The helmet covers up much more of Caroline's face/head than I thought it would. It's very difficult to see her that way...all covered up. I know this is all in Caroline's best interest but it's still hard. Definitely not something I ever thought I'd be dealing with, that's for sure. I think I just need to get used to it and I'll feel better.
Oh, one more thing, we ordered a white helmet because we're having it painted on Thursday. There is a lady in our neighborhood who paints these things. Who knew?!? I have no idea what I'm going to have painted on the helmet. Anybody have any ideas?? If she was a boy, it would be easy, half of it would be decorated like a Cowboy football helmet and the other half would be the Giants (I'm a Cowboys fan and Matt is a Giants fan...Fall football brings a whole new level of competition into our home). But of course I wouldn't do that to my girly girl. The painter lady says she has lots of designs to pick from so I guess I'll just have to see. Anyway, her helmet won't be plain for long. Thanks for all of your sweet prayers, calls, and emails...so far, so good with this new adventure.