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Bye bye baby mullet February 15, 2011

Filed under: Milestones — dayna @ 2:03 am

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I, of course, must post on the most obvious of topics. You guessed it: baby mullets.

Yeah, so I am not too big on Valentine’s Day. Not that I’m not a hopeless romantic (because I am). I just think all the Valentine’s stuff feels a little contrived and commercial. I’m so sorry if this is one of your favorite holidays. I hope we can move past this and just agree to disagree. Maybe we can find common ground in chocolate 🙂 I guess a day with so much chocolate can’t be that bad, right?

Anyway, back to the pressing matter of baby coiffures.

Last week I decided I couldn’t take it any longer and simply had to remedy what seems to be a familial problem around here. My fourteen month old had been growing her hair into a full-fledged baby mullet. You know, baldish in the front and gradually thicker and longer in the back. (Seriously, you have got to go back and click on that hyperlink for a smile or {gasp!} memory).

This strange phenomenon happened with my first-born as well. The transition went something like this…  Baby girl born with what seems to be a full head of dark hair. Patchy baby hair falls out as baby head grows. Blondy peach fuzz emerges, but seems to be very slow-growing in front. Increasing fullness in back and finally- scraggly growth down the back of the neck and even poking out over (the most) adorable ears.

Now don’t get me wrong, somehow these girls seem able to pull it off, but at some point a mom must breakdown and admit that her baby needs a first haircut.

Over the past few years I have gotten somewhat comfortable cutting the big sister’s hair. It just seemed silly to go in for trims and, thankfully her gently curling ends made her hair pretty forgiving. But her first haircut was done at a salon. And there was a certificate involved. With a lock of hair taped to it.

I just couldn’t bring myself to skip over what seemed to be a essential fun entry in the baby book (ok, so it’s more “baby Rubbermaid bin” than book at this point). I mean I really couldn’t stop documenting these sorts of things for my second-born so early, could I?

So an appointment was made. I actually called around to a couple of different cheap haircut places to find one that gave out the all important certificate. I decided that if baby sis and I were going to the salon, the three-year old would probably enjoy a “real” trim, too.

So we waltzed into our local Great Clips in all our girlish glory.

The big sister went first.

She held really still and followed directions so well.

When the patient but efficient Nancy was finished, she told my daughter that she had “princess hair.” Smart lady! Not sure what tipped her off to the key word.  I think it might have been the crown the big sister was wearing when we arrived. Bonus points (and appropriate tippage) to the brilliant Nancy.

Next it was time for the babe. She was so good as well. She is just the bravest little thing ever.

And that was it.

Pretty quick and relatively inexpensive. My baby was suddenly the picture of baby chic. More dainty pixie than ever. 

And we have the certificate to prove it.

I’m sure glad they enjoyed themselves, because it will probably be back to “mom clips” for a little while at least.

Do you document the same “milestones” with your latter-born children as you did with your firstborn? Do you cut your kids’ hair or take them to a salon? Any tips or recommendations?


3 Responses to “Bye bye baby mullet”

  1. Kasey Skala Says:

    Thank you for sharing these photos and your story. A child’s first haircut is such a precious moment, so thank you for allowing us to play a small role in this great event. Your girls are adorable (no wonder they can pull the baby mullet off). With your permission, I’d love to share these photos.

    Again, thanks for sharing.

    Kasey Skala
    Great Clips

  2. Kim Says:

    I too feel compelled to document the same milestones for the second. I was so happy to be done with the baby book (round two). I think that was the driving factor behind no more babies, no more baby books haha! I take the girls for hair cuts every 6 months or so. I did bang trims myself with the oldest and went for trims every few months when the mommy trims got to be too uneven. With the little one I am growing out the bangs right off the bat!

    • dohadden Says:

      Thanks for commenting Kim. I know I would be incapable of keeping up with bang trims so we do a lot of barrettes and headbands around here. (When they stay in 🙂

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