I Disappeared!

I’M BACK!

Our first official day in our house was Saturday, April 21, and I was lucky enough to wake up the next morning on my birthday in my wonderful new house!  Since then it has been a whirlwind of moving, unpacking, organizing, house projects and general craziness that comes with moving.

Hudson will be 9 months old this Friday, ahh!  He is a crawling machine and pulls up on everything.  His Doc Band is going fine and we will hopefully be done with it in a month!

Hudson trying to escape

Andrew has been busy working in our yard with his dad and brother almost every weekend since we moved in!

The beginning of a fence!

We really live in the COUNTRY now and it takes some getting used to, but we love it!

That would be a turkey just chilling in the backyard right after we moved in.

My little country boy!

Hudson and I have settled into a nice routine and things are falling into place, which is a relief after a few months of craziness.  There will be plenty of posts coming up with our projects and what has been going on, so keep an eye out!

Doc Band Update – Week 2/3

In my last update I told you that Hudson had a week off from his helmet while they were making him a new one. Last Monday we headed back to Charlotte to start over!

At the office trying on the new helmet. They adjusted it a little more so it didn't cover his eyes, but as you can tell it didn't bother him any!

We ran into a snag when Hudson got a heat rash. After a trip to CLT to check it out he didn't wear it for 24 hours and it healed quickly!

Hanging with Dad!

He can't quite crawl but he can scoot backwards! I think this is the perfect time for him to wear his doc band, while he is getting into everything!

At our appointment yesterday they brought in a dummy of his head from when we started treatment, and after only 2 weeks in the doc band there is such a difference already!  It really is remarkable how easy and effective this process has been so far, even with a few snags.

Where’s Hudson?!

On Monday Hudson and I headed to Charlotte for his Doc Band appointment to get his new band, which was successful.  Afterwards I figured I should go sofa shopping since I was already in the “big city” and Andrew and I hadn’t found a chance to go over the weekend.  So I headed to Ashley Furniture and Rooms to Go with Hudson in tow.  He’s so stinkin’ cute that everyone always wants to talk to him and he makes shopping even more fun!

Whenever I saw a couch/sectional I liked I took a picture so I could show Andrew later.  Because Hudson likes to eat everything, including my phone, I would position him on the couch when I took the picture so I didn’t just snap a photo of his mouth.  Last night when I was showing Andrew the pictures and we died laughing.  Here’s why…

Do you see Hudson?! I blocked him in with the pillows so he couldn't fall, not even thinking about how funny the picture would turn out!

 

Here I scooted the ottoman up against the couch in case he tumbled forward! He looks so stern in this one!

Just checking things out!

I’m still cracking up at these pictures!  He was a wonderful shopping companion and I wish I had gotten a picture of the couch set I think we are going to end up purchasing, but there was no way to block him in so he wouldn’t fall.

I’m headed to the Rooms to Go outlet (the sales guy let it slip that there is one in Charlotte!) on Thursday, so maybe I’ll have some more funny pics, but these may be the best because they were unintentional.  I can’t wait to show them to him someday, maybe to a potential girlfriend!

Doc Band Update – Week 1

Last Monday marked 1 full week with Hudson’s Doc Band.  Click Here to read my first post about our decision to go forward with the treatment for plagiocephaly.

The first two days Hudson wore the doc band for 3 hours and then we took it off for a little while to check for any irritation.  By Wednesday he was wearing it for the required 23 hours a day.  From the first day he was wearing the band he barely even acknowledged it he was wearing it.  A few times throughout the week he would put his hands on the helmet, but otherwise he didn’t pay it any attention, which was a giant relief for me.

A little blurry, but playing in the jumperoo!

The only major “thing” we dealt with regarding the doc band is sweating.  Hudson already sweats whenever he eats, sleeps, sits in his carseat, etc.  Sweating is one of the main issues I was informed of when he got the band and since his body already participates in this activity, we have to be extra careful to keep his body temperature regulated.  With the weather quickly warming up he will only be wearing onesies.  I’m allowed to remove the band for a few minutes to cool him down if he gets really sweaty after eating or a long car ride.

Fast asleep!

So last Monday we headed to Charlotte for our 1 week checkup.  I had been a little concerned about the band slipping too low over his eyes throughout the week, but knew they would make adjustments once we got there.  Our therapist didn’t like it either, and they ended up taking pictures of him wearing the band and sending them to the headquarters for the company.  They decided the band wasn’t fitting Hudson’s head like they had hoped and they needed to make him another band.

WHAT !?!?  Each band is made from a series of 3D pictures taken of Hudson’s head.  A model of his head is also made from these pictures.  The bands are unique to each baby and must fit perfectly for the correction to take place.  I was a little upset about starting over at first, but quickly appreciated the care they are taking with Hudson’s treatment.  His head is being reshaped and I am so glad that Cranial Technologies is making sure the helmet fits him just right.

So… I will go back to Charlotte tomorrow to get his new helmet.   We will be one week behind in treatment, but after just the first week he already had noticeable improvement, which was awesome!  I decorated with some Gamecock stickers and will have to do that again, but no big deal.One of the things I thought a lot about was what other people may say.  On the way home from getting his Doc Band I stopped by the grocery store.  On the way in a little girl was about 5 feet away and goes “Mommy, what’s wrong with that’s baby’s head?”  I wanted to scream “NOTHING!  He’s perfect!”, but I restrained myself.  Then when I was inside, a lady stopped me and told us how her grandson had a helmet and it really helped him.  For the rest of the week I had people commenting on how they all knew someone whose baby had worn a helmet also.  It was really encouraging and also surprising at how popular the helmets are!

So in conclusion, Andrew and I are really happy we have decided to go through with this treatment for Hudson.  I will only help him and I know we are receiving the best treatment, so it’s a win-win situation!

Pictures and Videos, Oh My!

With all the craziness that is happening in our lives, it is time to share some pictures and videos of what’s been going on recently!

Playtime with dad!

I can sit up all by myself!

So sweet...

Relaxing in the recliner!

Visiting with my parents!

Auntie Darby

When I visited Spartanburg Darby and I went to Weecycled Wear, a huge baby/kids consignment sale.  Darby was a ninja and went up and down the racks grabbing everything she knew I’d want before anyone else had a chance to snag anything!  This was my second time going to this sale and it was awesome!  I was able to get some great smocked outfits and church clothes for Hudson.  Most of the items I purchased ranged from $1-$15 each.  I’d never buy these clothes brand new because of the prices, so this is a great opportunity to get things for a lot less!  Any of you with kids need to google consignment sales!

Naked Boy!!

Hudson LOVES to wear only a diaper, and if I’m brave I’ll “treat” him with some nakey time- he always giggles the entire time!

Before we got the Doc Band!

Testing out the sofas at La-z-boy

Andrew and I visited La-Z-Boy last weekend and Hudson had a ball climbing all over the sofas and just being cute in general.

This one is comfy!

VIDEOS:

1. Hudson’s favorite teething toy… a carrot!  We keep one in the fridge for him at all times!

2. Hudson playing on the floor with some toys in the beginning of March

3.  Another one from earlier in the month… “practicing” standing with dad!

4. Hudson playing in his new “jumperoo”. He loves it (and I do too, since I can get things done while he’s busy playing!

5.  The most random things are the most entertaining… Hudson loves to play with a bear that Andrew has hanging from the ceiling fan!

Life is a Highway…

The past few months have been extremely exciting for our family.  Hudson’s birth, Andrew’s new job in Charlotte, me leaving my job to stay home with Hudson, a move into Andrew’s parents house in York, and now we’re building a house.  That is enough to exhaust anyone, but I don’t see our lives slowing down anytime soon!  Now we have another big decision/event we have been working on and it’s time to share it.

As a parent you want everything to be perfect for your child, no matter what.  Now don’t get off your rockers, Hudson is absolutely fine.  There are no tissue boxes needed, just a little support!  Around the time Hudson was 3 months old I noticed the back left of his head was a bit flat.  After asking my pediatricians about it, they both mentioned it was cosmetic and not to worry about it.  Well, I wasn’t a fan of that answer and had been thinking more about it.  Then about a month ago I was going through my Google Reader and Erin at Blue Eyed Bride posted about her son and the decision they were making to correct the flatness on his head.  I truly felt like God was giving me a sign.  Right away I started doing a lot more in depth research and after discussing it with Andrew, we made an appointment with Cranial Technologies in Charlotte.

Before the appointment I repeatedly asked Andrew “what’s the worse thing that will happen, they tell me I’m nuts?”  So we went to the appointment and they confirmed what we’d been thinking.  Hudson has moderate plagiocephaly and would benefit from receiving a Doc Band.  After much thought, discussion and prayer we decided it is definitely what we are going to do for him.

He will get his Doc Band March 19 and will wear it for 10-12 weeks for 23 hours a day.  At first it is pretty daunting to think about, but what I keep asking myself is what would I tell Hudson when he comes to me in 10-15 years and is being bullied because his head is misshapen and I turned down the opportunity to fix it when he was an infant?  I would be heartbroken.  The treatment therapist we met with compared it to braces;  if your teeth are crooked you wear braces to correct the problem, this is no different.   The helmet weighs only 6 ounces and is specifically made to fit his head shape.  It doesn’t bother him at all and all the parents who have posted online say the babies don’t even notice they are wearing it!

I’ve seen babies with helmets before and didn’t really know what they were for, but I am now better educated to know it is to help re-shape their heads.  Hudson’s brain is not affected by this and if we didn’t do anything to correct it he would not have any problems later in life other than his head not being symmetrical.

I’ve already started brainstorming how I will “decorate” his helmet and he will be sporting a gamecock theme- duh!

Gamecock from birth!

I’m sure we’ll get some weird stares and lots of questions, which is fine.  I will be battling with myself over not wanting people to think there is something “wrong” with my baby.  But in my heart I know this is what’s absolutely best for him and I am thankful we are able to do this.

So when you see Hudson in pictures with a helmet, don’t worry, he will be the same cute monster we all know him to be!