Over the past few months I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people asking about my twins’ helmets, why Hayes goes to physical therapy, why Hart has an eye patch, etc. I’ve gotten requests to write a blog about how I handle all of these things and how I feel about them. But I haven’t written one… until now.
“Why should I write a blog on something so normal?” is the question I ask myself. But is it normal?
I had three kids in 18 months, I don’t have the luxury of dwelling on problems. I do notice inconsistencies or abnormalities, I do address and treat them, and I do move on. And I think of myself as proactive – not reactive -which, to me, means I can mitigate and balance mommyhood more efficiently and effectively.
With more kids comes more problems, this is a fact of life.
All three of my kids have had helmets. Aspen and Hayes both had torticollis from being lodged in the same spot in my pelvis and Hart from being an early, crowded twin. And here’s what I think about them wearing helmets: they look cute, they smell horrible, they make it difficult to kiss your baby’s head, they actually do help cushion some head bumping moments in the crib and on the floor, and that’s about it. I never got sad (or even came close to being sad) or thought “why me?” (By the way, “why not me?”)
Hayes’s torticollis didn’t improve on its own so we had to do outpatient physical therapy.
Hayes got bronchialitis as a side effect of his RSV (that the whole family contracted) and had to do breathing treatments.
Hart had a bilirubin light.
Hart tested positive (turned out to be a false positive) for a congential adrenal disorder.
Hart’s eyes are crossed and I was most recently told that if they don’t improve in 6 weeks he will likely need surgery in order to prevent permanent damage to his ability to perceive depth. (And this is after the incredible and marked improvement he has had from seeing a chiropractor every week.)
But you guys, my kids are healthy! And we are all so happy! I roll with the punches and say a lot of prayers. Because I am a mom-WARRIOR not a mom-worrier.