This past Tuesday, I got Noah a mini skateboard that was on sale for $3 so I thought it would hold him over until he got a real one. So, as I was leaving to go teach, I told our babysitter, "There are band aids on the table if Noah wipes out." She kind of laughed but we both remember last summer when someone got a scrape and I didn't have any band aids (can you imagine...a mom of little boys with no band-aids? The nerve...)
Wednesday morning came and as he was getting dressed, I noticed a band aid on AARON'S elbow. Here he is showing off his battle wounds on elbow and knee.
When I asked him what had happened, of course he had no clue. So I asked Noah and he told me that AARON had wiped out on the skateboard.
Now, fast forward to this afternoon. For a fun surprise, I decided to take the boys to Horton Hears a WHO at the $3.50 theater nearby. As we were coming out, Aaron wiped out, yet again. I think the sandals don't fit right...they're already in the garbage. The same knee that was already icky once again split back open, went deeper than before, and blood was pouring down his leg. Of course no crying from him but many passers by and a big brother started flipping out at the sight of blood. I didn't have anything available except...
Let me give a little background before I finish that sentence.
Three and a half years ago, I gave birth to a little baby boy. Because we are quite visible in our church, we received several gifts from friends. One of which was a gift bag with two really soft blankets. They were called "WOOBIES" and hand made by a friend of mine. At first glance, I thought, "Why do I need more blankets?" and then I read the note she included, about how they get softer when washed, they're bigger than the normal baby blanket, and make great super capes later when they get a little older (which they have).
They came to be the most important thing when we went anywhere. Aaron liked to be swaddled and we continued to do so so until he was past 6 months old. These were the only blankets that were thick enough to contain a growing baby.
We used them to cover the high chair
To lie on the floor
To keep him warm.
As time went on, I even paid her to make two more of them so that Noah could have some as well.
I loved them so much I started giving them as baby gifts...
To Baby Becca (daughter of Deb Mom of 3 Girls). Here I am holding Newborn Becca with the new Woobie wrapped around her while still in the hospital. When Aaron would see Becca with hers, he would try to grab it and suck on it. Abby and Hannah, Becca's big sisters, would panic and grab it back to give to their sister.
and my niece Kira (in the back of the stroller with a Woobie wrapped around her). Although Kira later became very attached to her pink bunnies, I am sure the Woobies are around somewhere in her VERY PINK bedroom.
I don't have any pictures of Baby Ronin with his but I remember they were really cute.
Aaron is a "chewer". He chews on everything. From what Steve's mom has told me, he was too and she always gave him a washcloth to chew.
For Aaron, it has always been about the Woobies. He has never preferred one over the others, but always a Woobie has needed to be in his reach, for three years and running. They have become so nasty and ragged that I even approached the woman who made them a few weeks ago to see if she could devise a full size blanket out of the Woobies to salvage them and get more use out of them.
Even at the puppet show at the library last night he had one hanging out of his mouth
And of course to the movie theater today. (Isn't it neat when a story comes full circle?)
So the end of that sentence way back at the beginning of the post...
The Woobie was the only thing available to stop the bleeding.
Oh so sad. I know we could probably clean it, but I have to say, it was already pretty gross...and now to try to clean out some pretty nasty blood stains on top...EWWW!
So, the sad fate of the first of the Woobies...
It is indeed a sad day.
P.S. It is now about two hours after I wrote this post and I am having second thoughts. It wouldn't hurt to TRY to clean it. Any suggestions? I guess that makes this entire post pointless, but I am going to share it anyway. The Woobies are such an important part of Aaron that I think it is still worth sharing.
P.P.S. three hours later....It came out! I have used the spray Oxy Clean Baby for everything for at least a year now and it actually got it out. The Woobies live on!!!!!