Charlee’s New and Improved Helmet!

Today we had the honor of going to Wrap Buddies for a wrapping party for Charlee’s helmet. We had been on a waiting list and we finally got to the top!

360 Wraps spends most of their time wrapping vehicles but every month they set aside a day to help families with children dealing with plagiocephaly have a little joy amidst the challenges that wearing a docband helmet 24/7 can present. Through their non-profit Wrap Buddies, countless families have been blessed by their efforts.

Although I know what a car looks like when it’s wrapped, I was very interested to see what it would look like to get a helmet wrapped. It was a really neat experience.

We went a few days ago and were able to pick out a design for Charlee’s helmet. I was really torn between a very colorful butterfly pattern and a black and white paisley pattern. I decided to go with the paisley pattern.

paisley pattern
We chose the black and white pattern

The day of the party, we arrived at noon and were able to meet other families with children wearing helmets. Everyone had children of varying ages. There was a little girl who was 10 months. 7 month old twin boys. An 8 month old on her second helmet. 10 families in all.

Their cool table banner
Their cool table banner
wrap buddy experts
Getting started

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As they worked on the helmets, the owner shared about how they got started 5 years ago when they wrapped a helmet for a 11 month old boy.

the process
Explaining the process
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Getting started on Charlee’s helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was pretty amazed with the process. They would place the adhesive pattern onto the front of the helmet, use this blow torch device to secure it, trim it up, and move to a new section.

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cutting away excess
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Using a blow torch to secure it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After it was completely secure he handed the helmet over to another team member who began the tedious process of trimming away the rest of the excess. I was amazed at how quickly and neatly she worked at this!

helmet trim
She was fast!

 

While we waited, Charlee played with the toys they provided on this really cool rug!

toys
She loves this toy!

And then before we knew it, it was done!

helmet with wrap
Sporting her new look!
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Lil Cutie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a wonderful experience and I am so so proud of the way her helmet looks now. We’ve had fun with the stickers and I’ll definitely miss changing things up each week, but this looks so much nicer. There’s a lot of challenges that come with wearing a helmet: odor, looks from strangers, the endless questions, the continual upkeep, appointments…

Thanks to Wrap Buddies, this journey has a wonderful memory to add to it. And they didn’t charge us a thing. They do this to be a blessing to families. Of course we plan to donate to this awesome cause and you can as well. Check out their website for more details.

 

 

Choose

Blah.

That’s how I’ve been feeling lately.

Doctors visits.

Car rides. Said vehicles breaking down. More car rides to get Marshall to work and home from work all while toting the 3 year old and the infant. Out the door before 8…back through the door after 5.

Evaluations. Forking over money.

More miles in the car.

Tears. Three year old melt downs.

Thirty four year old meltdowns.

Jobs that should be loved suddenly become loathed because it means getting dressed and showering and facing another day when keeping the covers over my head sounds better.

More doctors visits.

Hemangianomas.

Kidney reflux.

Plagiocephaly.

Lots of Web MD’ing.

More three year old fits.

More thirty four year old fits.

Snow. Ice.

And then sunshine.

There’s still more miles to be put on the car. Still more doctors’ visits to be had. More money to fork over.

But the decision is mine to believe that life is still beautiful. That there are blessings to be had in car rides. There are lessons to be learned in waiting rooms. There are people to be shown kindness and occasionally be the recipient of said kindness.

It’s not all bad. There’s actually a lot of good.

It is then that I begin to see my circumstances not through the lense of a rose colored variety but through the promise that although the winter has been way too long…

spring. is. coming.

What’s with the Helmet?

Just shy of a month ago, Charlee gained an accessory that will be in her possession for the next few months. She received a DocBand.

helmet fitting
Charlee with her helmet for the first time!

I know a lot of people have privately asked, while others have wondered, “What’s with the helmet?”

To be honest life has been just too incredibly busy to explain so here’s the short answer:

Charlee has plagiocephaly and brachycephaly. Simple definition: flattening of the skull both on the side(plagiocephaly) and back(brachycephaly).

The DocBand will help correct this flattening and help to shape her head more normally.

Although there are definitely cosmetic reasons for seeking this treatment, there are quite a few health reasons as well. Flathead as it’s been called can cause such health problems as vision and hearing impairment, jaw misalignment and developmental delays.

We’ve been very busy with dr’s visits, chiropractic adjustments and will very soon be adding physical therapy to the mix. Through this all, our strong little lady has been a champ.

She actually likes her helmet and I’ve been having fun decorating it with stickers.

 

stickers on docband
Check out my spring stickers

So there you have it, friends and family {and strangers googling things like plagiocephaly in the middle of the night}. In the coming weeks, I’ll explain more and let you in on little more of Life with Charlee as we embrace this part of our journey.

Life is Beautiful!

Patty