Big Day for Landry! Swim Lessons next week ….

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Monday was a big day for little miss Landry.

Enough is enough - get this thing off me!

After approximately four months of wearing her cranial band for 23 hours a day, every day, she had her “Graduation” ceremony, taking off her helmet for the final time.

Landry in the technician's office

The purpose of the band was to help shape Landry’s still forming noggin, as one of the downsides of her being such a great little sleeper was that the back of her head developed a flat spot.  This is becoming more and more common today as the instructions are for babies to be placed on their backs to sleep instead of on their bellies as was the case when I was a little guy.

The thought is that by placing infants on their backs when they sleep will help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death syndrome or SIDS.  Statistics and studies bear this out, but who really knows as that horrible phenomenon remains a mystery to the medical profession.

Landry was a great patient once again as the technicians placed a stocking mask over her face to take 3D images of her little round head.  They use these images to compare the progress she made over time.  Pretty interesting stuff actually.

Look at that round little noggin.

Mom and Dad are very excited to be done with the process of getting Landry in her helmet, out of it for baths, cleaning the inside of the band with alcohol, washing her hair every night and especially being careful about how much time Landry would be spending outside with her helmet on.

Due to the fact we are experiencing the hottest Austin Summer on record since the 1940’s, it has been tough to have Landry out for walks and outdoor activities.

But perhaps the most exciting news is that Landry will be starting swim lessons with Dad at Aqua Tots here in Austin next Thursday!

Landry is officially enrolled in the Tadpole class and will be taking lessons once a week with her soon-to-be triathlete Dad. 

Landry has always loved her bath time and her limited experiences with the pool and ocean, I’m betting that she loves her swim lessons and will hopefully take to learning how to swim a lot faster than her marathoner-Daddy did. 

Go Landry!  Exciting times right now as Daddy and daughter will both be trying something new this week.  I hope I remember to have as much fun as Landry does this Sunday when I look out onto the TX Ski Ranch Lake for that 500 Meter open water swim.

  1. connie73 says:

    There is a face that belongs on the cover of a magazine
    My My How she has grown.

    • Joseph Marruchella says:


      She is getting so big, so fast. I know it sounds cliche’ but I have no idea where this first year has gone.

  2. Jodi says:

    She is absolutely adorable!! Congratulations to Landry on her “graduation”. I have a feeling she is going to love swim lessons. Like father, like daughter. Have fun Landry! Make sure your daddy has fun on Sunday to because afterall that is what it is all about!!

  3. Okay, I cheered out loud when I read that Landry got to graduate from her helmet! And the thought of her in swimming lessons with you is just so sweet! She’s a beautiful little girl and I love hearing (reading) the adoration in your words about her!

    • Joseph Marruchella says:

      Hi Jill! So exciting to have Landry all done with her cranial band. Although not everyone will automatically know her name wherever she goes now, I’m convinced that helped her learn her name a good 50% earlier.

      She’s such a cutie, can’t wait for her swim lessons to start. Best to you from Austin! J

  4. onelittlejill says:

    Joe- I missed so much of this in the last month or so and I am happy to hear she is helmet free! She is getting more gorgeous by the day!!!

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