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Friday, March 16, 2012

My bald son


I would expect something like this to happen to a preschooler, or maybe a kindergartener - but an almost 10 year old - no way!

My son is on the brink of his pre-teen years, and now officially wants his "privacy" when taking a shower. I no longer get to run a cute bubble bath for him, or wash his hair. Bath time used to be a time when we would talk about his day, and anything that was bothering him. It has been hard for me to let go of, but I have to accept that he is growing-up.

Last night I was playing a board game with my other children while my older son took his shower. When he came out of the bathroom, he exclaimed, "Mom - we need to go to the emergency room. All of my hair is falling out!"


When I looked at his head, there were major patches of hair missing. Instead of going into full panic mode, I started asking him some questions. After only a few questions, he broke down into tears. He said, "A stick fell off the shelf, and I thought it was a head scratcher. I used it to itch my head, and then all my hair started falling out." I asked him if it was a yellow stick, and he said, "yes." It was my razor!

We were so lucky that it did not cut his skin, and only destroyed his hair. I explained to him about my razor, and what it is used for. I talked to him about the dangers of touching it, and what could have happened if it was not dull.

The next big concern was - how do we fix it?

I put all the kids back into their clothes, packed up the car, and headed to our local Supercuts. All the hairdressers gathered around my crying son, as they delivered him the news that they would have to shave off the rest of his hair. I have never seen him cry so hard as they buzzed what was left of his hair off.


We are lucky that it will grow back, and he will only be temporarily bald.

What we learned was - although he is growing-up, he is still just a little kid.

29 comments:

  1. Awww...he's cute as a baldie and it is only temporary. Think of it this way--I've seen lots of kids shaved for lice--at least it wasn't that!

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    1. I had no idea that kids had to get shaved for lice. Yikes! We had lice a couple of months ago - what a nightmare!

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  2. It will grow back in no time and I think it will be a good story to tell when he grows up :)

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  3. Oh Shelby, I know you are sad...but this is funny stuff. This is the kind of stuff you'll tell his future wife and kids all about over dinner. This is classic. It's only hair, he learned a good lesson and you got a great post out of it. xoxo

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    1. You are so sweet! Thank you so much for the pick-me-up!

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  4. I'm so glad it's just a shaved head. But that is a funny story to hold onto for his first shaves ;)

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    1. I never even thought about that. So true!

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  5. This is certainly one that will be laughed and talked about in years to come with a valuable lesson learned. :)

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    1. Yes, we all learned an important lesson. We are just so lucky that he did not get hurt. I'm going to have to get him some cool looking hats for the next couple of weeks.

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  6. Jeez, the title scared the crap out of me. So glad it wasn't anything serious! This is one of those stories you can tell his future girlfriends about, to embarrass him. :)

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    1. Me too! Yes, it will be a story to share - for sure!

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  7. Thankfully he tried to scratch his head with it and not some easy-to-bleed body part. He totally rocks the shaved head :)

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    1. That is so true! Awww..thanks!! That makes me feel so much better about it.

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  8. Thank God it was just a razor, I was terrified it was lice from a faraway planet that provided super powers (kind of like Jalel!)

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    1. We were there earlier in the year - just thank goodness we did not require a shave for that!!

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  9. LOL! He looks so good with a shaved head! We were going to do that with out son, but halfway through he looked like he had leukemia. We ended up giving him a mohawk that took painfully long to grow out.

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    1. That would have been a great idea to make a mohawk!

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  10. I think he is cute with the shaved head. Glad it was only his hair and the razor was dull. I'm sure at some time in the future you'll be re-telling the story and laughing about it.

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  11. aww poor thing! but he still looks adorable!

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  12. Wow! Ok....great lesson to be learned for me to not keep anything dangerous in my own bathroom. Poor guy : ( But he still looks adorable.

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    1. Yes. It is a good lesson to still be extra careful - even when they are becoming pre-teens.

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  13. he's still adore-able... plus, think of all the time he'll save in the morning. My hubby shaves his head & i love the feeling of the stubble.

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    1. It does feel pretty cool! He has been wearing a hat until it grows a little stubble. :)

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