2 October 2013

Positional Plagiocephaly: Part VI

Palmer has had her helmet for a week and a day now, and who would have thought we 'd have gotten so many stares and comments already?

How is this not the cutest little face wearing a helmet ever????

I knew there would be some staring and different people asking about the helmet. I just didn't think people were so tacky and ignorant!

Don't get me wrong, there are people who kindly ask about the helmet because they are curious and don't know why a baby would be wearing a helmet. There are those who tell us how cute Palmer looks in her helmet, and how they have known other children who have needed to wear one.

But then there are those other people...

....those who stare in the grocery store.

...those who make rude comments while walking through the Parade of Homes houses.

And you know who these people are? They are not children. They are not people our age. They are grown ups who should know better than to stare or make ignorant comments to people they don't know.

One man walked by us and rudely said "What's wrong with his head?"
Mitch and I just looked at each other, were silent for a minute, then said "She's a her."
Mitch and I were both holding back our rude reply to this man, like "what's wrong with you" or something along those lines, but that would be sinking to his level.

Oddly enough, I came across a fellow bloggers post yesterday about her baby wearing a helmet and how she got looks and comments like this too. She had a very positive attitude about it and made me realize even more that wearing a helmet is just a little "hiccup" in Palmer's life. We are fortunate that we are able to get one to correct her head shape and even more fortunate that this is the only issue Palmer is facing!

Ultimately I know that what these strangers think or say really doesn't matter, but it's difficult in that moment to not say something to protect your child.

I'm sure these next 4 months will fly by just as quickly as the last 4 months have. And we are so very lucky that Palmer has no issues wearing her helmet. She wears it like a champ!

I have actually been in contact with 2 girls from the Lethbridge area who have kids who are wearing helmets. It has been nice to be able to talk with them about what we are and what we will be going through on this helmet wearing journey!

Part I | Part 1.5 | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V

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  1. Oh my gosh! That first picture is melting my heart! So precious! And I'm sorry people are so rude. I really don't know what's wrong with people sometimes. At least she's too little to know that people are saying rude things and staring, but I know it's still hard not to go into full momma bear mode and rip their rude faces off! ;) She's adorable! :) P.S. I love her little sweater!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Jennifer! I am amazed at how rude and disrespectful some people can be. You're right, at least she doesn't yet understand how rude some people are!!!

  2. Ugh...some people!!! Hopefully you won't have to put up with too much of that!
    She's as cute as ever! :)

    1. Thanks Nancy. And I hope you're right and we don't have to deal with too much more of it!

    2. Don't know the best response other than to try and ignore the ignorance. I believe Palmer has more intelligence than these people and you can give a message by saying there is nothing wrong with her! We are correcting her head shape and she is very intelligent and never rude!

    3. Read one cute reply on the internet. The dad said "She is a stunt double baby on the weekends!" Ha ha!

  3. She looks adorable!!! Don't let those jerks get you down - Palmer will be so much better for this and hopefully it can prevent any issues from developing in the future because you are making her better now. You are an awesome mama!

  4. I just don't get people these days. There is more to that sweet girl than just a helmet. I have absolutely loved getting to see her on instagram! She is one of the cutest baby girls I have ever seen (and I'm not just saying that to be nice, I really mean it), and I think she rocks that helmet like nobody's business. If only those people could have some respect... Who cares about helmet, you're doing the right thing as her parents and she can only benefit from it. It's what's under that helmet that counts, and let me just say that from what I can tell, what's under that helmet is one happy, beautiful, and smart baby girl! :)