Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leapin' Linus

Happy Leap Day!  Linus enjoyed the snowstorm today. He spent the last day of February warm and cozy.  If Linus could talk, I am sure he would have been asking for hot cocoa with marshmallows.  Warm Neosure with rice cereal will have to do.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Now I know why we were told to buy some fragrant shampoo for Linus.  That helmet gets very sweaty.  23 hours a day is a long time.

I brought Linus to gymnastics so he could watch the girls.  One of the moms there listed a bunch of kids she knows that needed to wear helmets for Plagiocephaly.  She said it seems to be very common these days.  Honestly, Linus is the first baby I know to have a helmet.  She also told me about her cousin, who needed to have surgery to correct her Plagiocephaly at 18 months, back before they used helmets.  I am very thankful Linus can be treated non-surgically.

Waiting for snow, wondering if we will have a snow day tomorrow, or Thursday.  It all depends on the timing and how much we actually get.  Maybe snowboarding or skiing will be in Linus' future.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Viking Warrior

Linus had his first physical therapy session this afternoon. Miss Diane came to play today and the helmet came off for the hour. Now, whenever he sees Diane, I am sure he will be kicking his feet with happiness. Physical therapy went well, and after some stretching exercise, we saw that Linus, does indeed, have a neck.

As he has proven before, Linus was a warrior today. He took everything Diane gave him with a smile.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Start your engines

Dad, Can I borrow the keys?

Linus needs to wear his helmet for 23 hours a day from now on.  He seems to be doing well with it, and I think he is used to having it on.

Linus went to the Pinewood Derby today to cheer on his brother, Evan.  All the moms were happy to see Linus and there was hardly a mention of his helmet, except to tell me how cute he looked in it.  One of the boys asked what the helmet was for.  After I explained it, he told Linus how cute he was and that "he was going to be a great kid some day!"

There was a little bit of excitement this afternoon. While at the Pinewood Derby, Abigail went to the playground to hang out with her friends (who have younger siblings in Boy Scouts), fell climbing a rock, and broke her leg.  So as Linus raced around in his race car today, I had the opportunity to speed through town in an ambulance.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Amazing Linus

Today was a cranky day. Linus needed to wear his helmet for 8 hours at a time with a 1 hour break. I am not sure if the crying was from the helmet or from those teeth that are soon to break through. Once he had a break from his helmet (and a little bit of Tylenol) he was happy. He started blowing raspberries at me, flashing those big gummy smiles and laughing. That's my boy!

Linus is like a (human)cannonball. He came barreling, full speed ahead, into our lives 16 weeks early. It was scary and exciting, not knowing what we should expect. Once he successfully completed his journey, we stood in awe and celebrated. Thank you, Linus, for amazing us every day.

Friday, February 24, 2012


1st Down

Home field advantage
Today was Linus' second day with  his helmet.  He had to wear it for 4 hours at a time with1 hour off .  When I took the helmet off of Linus last night to get him ready for bed, he breathed a loud sigh of relief.  Tomorrow, Linus will wear it 8 hours at a time with a 1 hour reprieve.  I still haven't let him know that once Sunday comes, it needs to be on his head for 23 hours.

Maybe, when Linus gets older, he will be a football player like his big brother, Evan.  Evan lives and breathes football.  He can't wait for his season to start in August and now, he will have his biggest fan cheering him on from the sidelines.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blast off!

Astronaut Linus reporting for duty.

Lost in Space

Today is Linus' first full day in his new helmet.  He needs to wear it for 2 hours at a time, and then we are allowed to take it off of him for 1 hour.  He doesn't need to keep it on for naps or sleeping today.  Tomorrow, we go to 4 hours on and 1 hour off.

Hoping that zero gravity will help it to weigh less!