You better get yourself a haircut or a dog tag!

I've been psyching myself up for weeks. Every morning when I combed his shagginess I would think to myself - Seriously, he needs a haircut. Food gets stuck in it, it bothers his neck, and God forbid people think he's a girl. I would even periodically say it aloud – for emphasis. I am certain Jeff thought I would chicken out for at least another 6 months. But I gathered my confidence, my composure, and my clippers – and I jumped.

Before:

Before Before

Before Before

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During:

During During

During During

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After:

After After

After After

I don't think I realized what a mop he had until it was gone. And I'm pretty sure he aged about 6 months in the five minutes it took to shear him. He looks so OLD. But handsome. Such a little guy. 

The whole thing went miraculously well. We were bracing ourselves for wailing and gnashing of teeth – but – nothing. Colt sat mostly still and didn't really make a sound – he was concentrating pretty hard on what I was doing. I had prepared myself for the probability that I would get halfway through his haircut and be forced to stop for one of various nightmarish reasons – and I would have to send him to daycare on Monday with jagged, half-cut hair that looked like a pig chewed it off. But instead, we pushed on through – cutting off his little blonde wisps – and before I knew it, there sat a little boy where my baby had just been. I'm probably being dramatic. It's not that drastic. But he just looks – different. 

First Haircut

3 Responses to You better get yourself a haircut or a dog tag!

  1. Nancy Bunch August 24, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    You are not being dramatic–the first haircut is a particularly traumatic parental experience. It’s shocking how much they grow up in 20 minutes.

  2. Mom August 24, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Are the bruises on his forehead from “before” or “during” the haircut? He looks adorable — oops — handsome!

  3. Lori S August 25, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    I love this kid!

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