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.


Kidney reflux.


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!