Monday, June 15, 2009

Everything changes

This weekend we got J's hair cut. This is an old picture from around 1 year of age. Ironically, the picture was from his first hair cut and he did great.
All the other subsequent haircuts from that point on have been torture for him and me. Screaming, crying and general freaking out (his) was what I could expect when his hair grew too long. I dreaded getting it cut, I really did. It got to the point where I would have to sit in the chair and hold him, getting covered in hair right along with him.

Yesterday, it was all different. He sat in the chair like a big boy. He sat still the entire time the lady at Cartoon cuts worked on his head. It's the best haircut he has ever had because he actually sat still. He watched the movie Cars in the chair. He was so good I was close to tears because I felt like someone should cry there, it was tradition after all. 
It was so thrilling to see him shine in public like that. I'm so used to saying to strangers in an apologetic tone "he's two' on my way out of a store as he is throwing a fit. Today, I excitedly turned to strangers in the haircutting place and said, "He's two!" with a grin on my face. Gosh, I was proud. So proud of him. 
He's come a long way, and it hasn't been easy for him. His language delay set him up for all kinds of tantrum/frustrated behavior. He is so much better now that he can talk. He's been released from the Speech/therapist program, he adds to his vocabulary every day and is starting to talk in small sentences. I think that some of the program's diagnoses were premature, but only time will tell. He only had 1 therapy session total, the program has some serious flaws in my opinion. The most serious being that it took 4 months from the beginning of assessment to seeing an actual speech therapist. Children change remarkably in that time, thankfully J did. He was normal, just frustrated from being unable to communicate. 
A moment that took my breath away, and me without my camera. C'est la vie. Happy Monday! Until tomorrow.

9 comments:

janel said...

Happy days...and always remember they do everything in "their own time" and we are here to guide and hold their hands along the way. Yea, life!

Pamela said...

Congrats! :) I've never had that problem with haircuts...but I certainly know how a kid can act out in public...and how proud you feel when they don't. :) Have a great day!

Crystal Brothers said...

So cute! Glad for a good haircut day. And, he's got a lot of hair! Caeden just got his first hair cut like a month ago...and that's b/c it was barely even long enough to cut and he's almost 2! lol. He's finally getting some though.

Houston said...

WooHoooooo! What a huge triumph with a two year old! I'm so glad that his speech is coming along and he can communicate better now, that must have been very frustrating for both of you. Hope the rest of your week goes this well!

Lisa T. Howard said...

What a wonderful moment! And I totally agree with janel about each child doing things in "their own time". Take it from the lady with grown kiddos who developed at such random paces! All worked out in the end! Hugs to you and your little man! :)

Sarah said...

I am so glad that things are going so well for the both of you! It is a nice change isn't it? Enjoy every moment. My 4 year old currently has us on a drama queen routine. Looking forward to getting off that train!

Mandi said...

Wow, that picture is adorable!!!

Ally said...

"I felt like someone should cry there, it was tradition after all. "

That made me smile! :)

Susan Beth said...

I am not the least surprised - about the hair cut development and the speech therapy flash in the pan development. You're a great mom, and I think it is great that you have been able to roll with the punches on these issues. They come and they go, and your kid gets the love he needs. How perfect is that?