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Ben: No Helmet Needed!

Summary: Ben doesn’t need to wear a helmet!
Details:
We must have something going on in our genes.

Son #1 (Finn) had surgery for craniosyntosis when he was 1.  It’s a condition where the skull fuses too soon and growth is restricted.

Son #2 (Stephen) We had no concerns with his head.

Son #3 (Sam) is still being evaluated for possible craniosyntosis and/or abnormal head shape.  Follow up appointment this summer still.

Son #4 (Ben) was evaluated today.  We knew he didn’t have full-blown craniosyntosis due to head CT scans last fall; his skull hadn’t fused yet.  But our pediatrician was still concerned about his head shape.  So, off to the Helmet Clinic to be evaluated.  That was today.

A Physical Therapist evaluated him first and she had no concerns at all.  She was looking to see if he was (in general) meeting his milestones – particularly around head & body movement – things his head and neck muscles would influence.  He’s meeting them (even crawling and quite mobile).

Then the Surgeon came in with 2 of the nurses to evaluate him.  They looked at his head shape and reviewed the CT Scan.  He had no concerns at all.  Ben doesn’t have a flat spot on the back of his head (which could be fixed by a helmet).  Ben doesn’t have an irregular forehead where one side would protrude farther than the other (which could also be helped by a helmet).

Ben’s head shape is symmetrical – it’s just really long.  You can measure it and it’d still measure just as “long” as any other baby’s.  But it’s shaped like a football instead of more like a basketball.  Long instead of round. It isn’t distracting or anything.  We all feel that as he gets older, it’ll get even milder.  Let him grow some hair.  Let the hair get darker and you probably won’t even notice it. No helmet for him!

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Ben: 7 months old!

Ben’s 7 months old!

His scrapbook page:

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A recent photo:

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Ben – 6 months old!

Baby Ben is 6 months old!  (Well, he will be tomorrow.)  He is not a great napper, but is usually in a great mood, so I won’t complain about that.  This was a rough month for him as he developed a cold with a bad cough for a couple of weeks – that threw him off his routine!  But he’s on the mend and the cough is on its way out.  Just in time for Christmas – which is awesome!

His scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

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Ben – 5 months old!

Ben is 5 months old!

Here’s his scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

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And a video taken a couple of weeks ago:

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So, here’s how our Halloween went this year:

About 2 weeks before Halloween:

  • Stephen wanted to be Thomas the train for Halloween.  So I ordered him a costume in time for him to open it for his 3rd birthday.
  • Finn kept changing his mind on what he wanted to be.  I got all kinds of answers: mashed potatoes, a super hero, a bad guy, a monkey, a puppy, a bad guy who eats people (what!??!)  I finally pinned him down to a super hero lion because we already had a lion costume and I’d just make a cape.  He picked red for his cape.
  • Sammy was going to be either Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) or a puppy, depending on the weather.

1 week before Halloween:

  • It was Stephen’s birthday.  He opened his costume.  Unimpressed.  Still said he wanted to be Thomas though.
  • I made Finn’s cape.  Didn’t do that great of a job, but he liked it.

1 hour before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn put on the lion costume.
  • Stephen refused to put on the Thomas costume.  “I don’t want that.”  So on went a puppy costume that he also got for his birthday.
  • So Jeff put the Thomas costume on Sammy.  Fit great.  He refused to wear the neckerchief thing and the hat.  Kept ripping it off. Oh well.
  • Ben got put into the dalmatian costume that we had.  Very itchy costume so it was on just long enough to take a picture.

30 minutes before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn said the lion costume itched too much.  But he still liked the cape.
  • So we debated if he could go trick-or-treating with just a cape.  We nixxed that idea.
  • But we didn’t have another costume that fit him.
  • We went down to the basement to grab another lion costume that I had planned on giving him for Christmas.  But now he no longer wanted the cape.

 

So..here’s our picture:

(Not a great shot, but it’s the best I got!)

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And here’s Finn in the costume-he-really-went-Trick-or-Treating-in:

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Ben: 4 months old!

Ben is 4 months old — as detailed already, we just had his check up yesterday.

He’s still an incredibly easy going baby!  A couple of times a week, he goes to the church nursery and even those ladies comment on his good nature.

He’s been sleeping through the night for a good couple of months now and with having 3 brothers, I don’t get much cuddle time with him.  Except for at night after the other boys are in bed. Ben will often take a “last call” bottle before dozing off, so that’s our time to cuddle.  Also having a 4 1/2 year old is a good reminder to me of how fast this all goes, so I try to cherish the time!

His scrapbook page:

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A recent picture:

He was being babysat by Papa Bill and he fell asleep on his legs.  Apparently, Ben likes the jazz music that was being played on Papa’s phone!

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All kinds of check ups!

Definition of Insanity #1: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Definition of Insanity #2: Taking 4 boys to the doctor’s office for 3 of their appointments at 8 am in the morning.

As you might have guessed, I took all 4 boys to the doctor’s office today – bright and early!  Stephen had his 3-year-old check up.  Sam had his 18-month check up.  Ben had his 4-month check up.  Only Finn didn’t have to be seen – I guess he just got to go along for the fun.

It went well – having the first appointment of the day probably really helped us as they were ready for us and running on time, which was wonderful.  I’ve learned a little trick and that’s to hole up in the doctor’s office and let the nurses do the running.  Mostly when its time to weigh the little ones, the nurse just takes the baby to the weighing station, does her thing and brings them on back.  It keeps me and the others from causing trouble, which is great for everyone.  Win/win!

(And, of course, I bring the double stroller – I don’t go anywhere without that thing!)

Here are the latest stats:

Stephen:

  • 37 1/2 inches tall (51st percentile)
  • 28 1/2 pounds (15th percentile)

Samuel:

  • 34 inches tall (87th percentile)
  • 22 pounds (5th percentile)

Ben:

  • 26 1/2 inches (90th percentile)
  • 13 pounds, 10 ounces (21st percentile)

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