We just finished watching all of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (created by Tina Fey) on Netflix and wowwww, it’s uncomfortably hysterical.
Having grown up in a cult-like environment, it feels weird to watch the Internet laugh about the oddities of this show while knowing that was actually what my life was like.
For years, I measured my neckline by four finger widths, doodled end-time charts in my blank books, shunned family members and friends who left our congregation, and felt such gratitude that I had more spiritual light than everyone else in the world.
I still hum nineteenth century hymns while rocking Amelia to sleep in the nursery. Sometimes it feels like I will never leave that life.
But watching Ellie Kemper’s character break out of that mindset and explore the world is absolutely fascinating.
(If you’ve watched the show and remember the episode about Spirit Cycle - well, that was pretty much me. I left Independent Fundamentalism only to fall in love with the patriarchy and completely weirdness of Vision Forum and Visionary Daughters. When you are used to living life by a set of rules, it is really easy to jump on the next bandwagon of beliefs.)
At the beginning of the week, Amelia’s pediatrician diagnosed her with plagiocephaly. Since she was two months old, I’ve noticed that when placed on her back, she prefers to lay facing a certain way. We’ve tried repositioning her, dangling toys in her face, and holding her differently and it seems to have corrected itself slightly. But her skull hasn’t rounded out completely so her pediatrician referred us to the U of M Orthology center.
Basically, they place babies in these cute little helmets which help correct their skull formations. For some babies, it is just cosmetic and for other babies it can affect their ear canals (causing more ear infections) and TMJ as adults.
Obviously, I wasn’t excited to find out that she was going to be in a helmet (the babies have to wear them 23 hours a day for two months or longer and they get stinky and hot) but after I got over the reality of it, I had decided we could either have her helmet painted with Beatrix Potter characters or I could mod podge all over it. Either way, we were going to rock it.
But at our appointment this morning, we found out that she has only the slightest bit of plagiocephaly and they strongly believe her skull will round out on its own.
Wooo! No stinky, albeit cute, helmet!