Saturday, February 9, 2008

Our Boy Gets A Haircut

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My sister in law, Suzy, cut Aaron's hair last week. Here are some photos of the big event.

Get Ready...
Suzy is showing the colorful shield thing to Aaron Jr. to get him excited to be there.

Get Set...

She has sprayed it and combed it down to get it ready to cut. Wow... that is quite a head of hair. When you comb it that way... Help!

To keep Aaron Jr. distracted, Suzy let him spray her water bottle into his own mouth throughout the haircut. It kept him pretty still.

Suzy and Aaron Jr. CHEESE!

This was another day, but I wanted to put a photo of his hair after it had dried to show the true haircut. It is still SO cute I have to say. Still has curl and a lot of body. I love it. He doesn't look that thrilled. He had just woken up and was enthralled in one of his favorites movies.

This post reminds me of an experience I had with Aaron a couple of years ago. He was cutting his own hair with those hair clippers that a lot of guys have. Well, when he did this, he would usually call me in to finish up for him and get all of the stray hairs that he had missed and then also to trim the neck area. Well, when I got in there this time, he handed me the clippers and I started down at his neckline and started going up his head like I usually did to find all of the stray hairs. Once I was about two or three inches up his head, I realized that he didn't have an attachment on it anymore and it was cutting so close, almost as close as shaving it. I stopped at once and said, "oh no." So Aaron said, "Leslie, what did you do?"
Well, what had happened was... he took the attachment off and had just planned on me trimming the neck. So, it was a total miscommunication. But I ended up having to just shave up around the rest of his head to make a line where I had left off. I think it was only up to about the middle of his ear. It did look wrong, but I did offer to try to just blend it and make it look okay. He didn't want that, so he said just to make the line up that high... so that is what I did. Needless to say, I don't think I was ever asked to help with his hair again. Actually, I think maybe once or twice, but he was very clear from then on to make sure I knew what he wanted me to start on first.
Luckily, Aaron was able to wear hats to work, so he wore a hat most of the time. He still got teased by a lot of his friends, but he took it well. He never got mad at me... he was a little frustrated, I could tell... but he never got mad. He knew it was an honest mistake and forgave me for it.
It was fun after that happened to offer to cut his hair, though... it would make us both laugh.

I have been a little under the weather lately. I finally went to the doctor yesterday and I have bronchitis. Luckily, I am no longer contagious, but I have to use an inhaler until my lungs are feeling more normal... supposedly 6 to 8 weeks.
Aaron would get bronchitis pretty much every year that I knew him. Last year he had it around this same time and it even turned into pneumonia. I have only ever had it once about ten years ago. It is strange that I never got it from Aaron all of those times he had it, but now I get it this year. I guess it is my turn.

It is strange how EVERYTHING I see or do reminds me of Aaron... even an illness. Time doesn't seem to be healing the sorrow, it still just seems so fresh. But the love and support being shown to us by those who love us and care about us is helping us to feel not quite so alone.
Aaron Jr. is bringing joy to me daily. I am grateful for our sweet little boy. He is a precious gift from a loving Father in Heaven.

We love you Aaron...

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An Australian Belle said...

Hi Leslie,

Little Aaron's hair looks lovely. What a good looking little fellow he is.

I'm thinking of you.



LL said...

His hair looks so cute, I'm glad he still has his curls!
He's adorable and you continue to amaze me with your strength and testimony!
You're a good mom to this sweet little guy-You're blessed to have each other!

Mindy said...

The haircut looks great! I made the no attachment mistake once on my son's hair... it was all my fault though, I just forgot that I had taken it off. Your story was so funny!

I love you, Leslie!

Seesalou said...

absolutely adorable photos. how did you get so lucky?...having a little boy with such dreamy hair! i'm sorry about your sickness. make sure to take care of yourself. love you...

Karlyn said...

I remember when we cut Teague's curls off! Unfortunately, they never came back, you are lucky!

He is incredibly adorable!

Karey said...

Cute haircut. He's sure a sweet little guy. Hope you get feeling better. Try and get some sleep at night! Love you!

Amber said...

I am thinking of you and can totally empathize with you and your sickness. It is no fun! I for one, am totally ready for this Winter to be over..... I hope you feel better soon.
I love that Aaron Jr.'s curls are still there (if only I could have passed my awful naturally curly onto my children and have the straight hair I've always dreamed of :-))!
He is going to love that you have documented so much of his life - you're awesome!

K&K&kids said...

Man, he is cute. Love the pictures from his appointment with his stylist. So cute. Sorry you aren't well. Some horrible illnesses are definitely going around. Hope you feel better soon!

Kristi said...

It is amazing how a haircut can turn a toddler into a little boy. I love the haircut. Suzy did great. It looks like he was sufficiently distracted with that water bottle.
The story of you cutting Aaron's hair is so funny. I love those little stories that become a source for teasing.
I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself and that cute little guy. We love you lots.

Joann said...

Aaron Jr's hair is so cute. I am glad you put a picture in of when it was dry. Personally, I think you should have left it and combed it all staright like the picture before Suzy cut it ;) He really does look do grown up now. It is amazing how that seems to happen overnight. I am sure I don't have to tell you to enjoy every second at every stage of his life. Love you, Leslie!

Amberly said...

the hair is completely darling. I hope you get feeling better... feeling physically lousy does not help with the sad depressy feelings that I know are still so real. I'm so glad you are finding joy with little Aaron- he seems to be a precious miracle to a lot of people right now.

April said...

I remember that accidental haircut you gave Aaron. It looked so goofy! Dave loved to tease about that one! I didn't tease though, because I had done something similiar to Dave's hair... those tricky razor's!

Brenda said...

Aaron Jr. looks cute with his new haircut! I messed up Troy's hair a little bit once. I think one word you never want to hear when someone is cutting your hair is "oops".

Emma-Kate Castricum said...

Oh Leslie,

What a good boy little Aaron was for his haircut. Both of my babies cried thier eyes out and had to be basically held down for their first cut. Kitty has curls and like you I was worried they would be cut out but they are back and very bouncy.

I'm so glad your starting to feel even just the tiniest bit healed or more at peace with your loss of Aaron. It's still such early days yet. Take every hour and every day as it comes.

Always in my thoughts,


Steve and Becky Orton said...

Leslie - you don't know me, I happened to find you through my friend Laura Lewis' blog. I don't usually visit other people's blogs when I don't know them but as I was reading some of the comments on one of her posts - I came across your comment. I guess what struck me was that even though I have never met you, I could tell that you were so sad. I wanted to know why. I clicked on your name and quickly found the answer to my question. I spent a little while looking through your blog and crying. My heart breaks for you and I hope that your pain will lessen a little bit each day. I have a son (my youngest) who will have a very short life span and so I know just a little bit of the anticipation of losing someone you love so dearly. I am so glad you have the gospel. I don't know what I would do or where I would be without it. Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to let you know that all the way over here in NH I am thinking of you and praying for you. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tribute to your husband. With love, Becky

schooldens said...

I have never met you, but we just heard about Harks death yesterday from Chad. I wanted to tell you how much he meant to my family. My son was at Discovery Ranch for a year and developed a strong relationship with Hark. Hark had a big impact on Phil's life. He was able to develop a relationship with Phil when we could not. He was a positive role model. He helped Phil with fixing up his snowboard, & let him ride Gunner in equine therapy. Hark and his brother went snowboarding with Phil and my husband on one of the parent weekends. Hark was one of the people at DR that Phil always went back to visit. Phil was at DR for a full year and then transferred to another program for more specific care. He continued to visit DR every time we came out to visit. He has been home for 6 months now, and because of people like your husband, and their hard work, we have our son back. He is alive and doing well, and that would not have happened without people like Hark. He will be missed.
I wanted to let you know of what a positive impact Hark had on our lives with the hope that one day Aaron Jr. will know what a good person his Dad was. I can not imagine the pain you must be in right now. Please know we will keep you in our prayers, for comfort and strength. Hark was a remarkable person and he will always be remembered in our lives as someone who had a role in saving our son from self-destruction.

Gail Schoolden

Sheye Rosemeyer said...

Oh Sweetie..Your post took me right back to the early months last year. I had such a TERRIBLE, painful cough that would not go..the pain radiated down my back. I found out that in chinese medicine, grief is held in the lungs. It was not until I went and had acupuncture that it started to lessen and over time it disappeared. I will never forget the pain though, I could not lie flat for fear of coughing and what it would do to my back...I'm glad you've gotten some help for it but if it persists, maybe consider acupuncture? It truly helped me on some very very bleak days...I would actually leave smiling up at the sky.
Thinking of you always.
Love Sheye

Sheye Rosemeyer said...

I just looked this up for you Leslie but obviously you could find a lot yourself if you're interested..I know it struck such a chord with me when I found out about it..
S xxx

悲 Grief

The lungs are more directly involved with this emotion. A normal and healthy expression of grief can be expressed as sobbing that originates in the depths of the lungs - deep breathes and the expulsion of air with the sob. However, grief that remains unresolved and becomes chronic can create disharmony in the lungs, weakening the lung qi (vital energy). This in turn can interfere with the lung's function of circulating qi (vital energy) around the body.

T said...

Hi Leslie,

I found my way here from Sheye's blog.

I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words I can offer that will help but I wish you peace and lots of understanding on your grief journey. It is a long, bumpy and at times lonely road.

I just wanted you to know across the world there is someone thinking of you and Aaron Jr.

"What you have once enjoyed you can never lose...All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller

Mindy said...

Leslie, I hope the pictures I posted on my blog didn't make you too sad! My kids so enjoyed riding the pony, and I appreciate Aaron's efforts in that! Love you!