People say parenting is bittersweet. I’ve heard the stories of parents crying when their babies go to school for the first time. I know there are so many big milestones along the way and this is only the beginning, but y’all, my baby got his first haircut. HIS FIRST HAIRCUT! I don’t even know how I’m typing this right now, I’m still feeling emotional about it. My son was born with a full head of hair, and it’s always been full for its age. I knew this day would come sooner than I desired, but all the emotions have hit me hard at once.
Look at his little curls. There they go! Those precious locks started growing in my womb. They survived cradle cap and several washings. Those tresses have seen the likes of sweet potato, spaghetti, peanut butter, chocolate and birthday cake. I’ve run my fingers through those curls when he was sick and put them in a man-bun when we were being silly. And now they are gone, gone, because he had to have his first haircut. Well, not gone. They actually handed me a baggy with his curls. I’ll keep it forever.
We went to JJ’s Kids Cuts in Raleigh, recommended to me by my Raleigh Jewish Moms Facebook group. It was great. First, they have you pick out a movie. I forget the name of the movie we picked out, but it had a dog right on the cover, so I was sure it would be a hit (and it was!). The salon chairs are little cars, so they can hold on to the wheel and watch their favorite movie while gets their hair cut.
Our hair stylist was Shakeshia who was wonderful. She asked what we’d like, and, much to my husband’s shock I spurted out “can you give him one of those hipster undercuts?” She was like “Oh yeah, we can do that!” Shakeshia was so patient and quick too! She even got the nape of his neck straight when the clippers scared him and he began to fuss.
Oh, can we talk about this pic with my husband in the background? I think this is one of my favorite pictures of all time. He’s not a good dad, he’s a GREAT dad. I love watching him love our son.
So here’s his cool new cut! Looking good, right? If you are Jewish you may be wondering why we didn’t grow it out until 3 years to do an upshernish. Well, the truth is he has such a baby face, he’s often mistaken for a girl. Also, he has very curly hair, but with the dry winter rolling in, it was kind of laying weird and flat on his head and getting in his eyes. While an upshernish would have been special, we found this alternative to be pretty special too, and now our little boy looks so grown up!
Hello there, little boy. You survived your first haircut. Now, don’t grow up too fast!