This “baby’s first” was really hard for me. I absolutely was not ready for it.
This is one of those times when I think it would be easier to have a little girl because you don’t have to worry about a first haircut for years, and by then it’s probably easier to deal with. But my baby boy is already growing up too fast, and I was afraid a haircut would surely take away that last bit of his “babyness” I’m holding on to. He would all of a sudden look like a big boy, and that I’m not ready for yet. Are there any other moms of boys who felt this way?
Yes, my son’s hair was approaching mullet status, and I totally would have let it! But my husband had been on my case about getting C’s hair cut for a while. He had asked about a hundred times (not an exaggeration)—seriously every day for several months. At first I was able to dodge the “He really needs a haircut” remarks with variations of “Oh, that’s right, I keep meaning to look into that and haven’t had time …” but he caught on to that charade eventually. I was desperate to dodge the haircut, and he was relentless, haha.
Then my husband’s birthday came around, and he said all he wanted was for C to get a haircut. SO MEAN. Admittedly though, his hair was getting harder to manage, so I was warming up to the idea anyway. ;)
It was a day shy of C turning 18 months old. One of my sweet mama friends who has a little girl C’s age and works at a men’s salon came over to cut his hair so he would be in comfortable surroundings. It was so wonderful of her to offer to do that for him (and me)! He just sat in his high chair, and she gave him an extra comb to play with.
Other than fussing at the beginning when we unsuccessfully tried to put the cape on him, getting his hair cut didn’t faze him at all. He was too preoccupied to shed a tear. In addition to the comb, I also conveniently distracted him with Cheddar Bunnies and the television.
I thought I would cry, but it was over before I really even could get too upset about it. Going into it though, I went back and forth on canceling so many times!
I’m so thankful my awesome friend gave us a great first haircut experience. She assured me she would just even it up and take off some length but that it wouldn’t look much different other than that. She was right. He still looks like my baby boy with his cute curls and wispy waves—minus the mullet!