"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity,
it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
~ Agatha Christie

Alex, Cole and Braden - At 2 years, 2 months

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The First and The Third

That's the third haircut for the boys...but the first....at home.

What were we thinking? ;)

I'll tell you - we were thinking, "let's save some money and be even more closely involved in our kids' lives." Right? It sounds reasonable, even after watching tons of You Tube videos on how to cut your child's hair and getting personal instruction from your own hairstylist.  Looks difficult, like an art form...but we can do it!  Right?  How hard/bad can it be?

Well, Cole was our first guinea pig.  Well, mine really.  Mike did Braden's hair.

Let's just say...we're glad we don't really have to go anywhere for a few weeks.

Here's the progression:
First haircut - with Joe the Barber - remember?

Then, a second haircut with Rachael, the woman who does my hair.  I asked her to "teach" me how to cut it myself.


Are we THAT poor that we have to humiliate our kids in public with the haircut that is obviously from their momma?  And...the answer is...yes. Even for an $8 haircut, times 3, anything and everything is expensive. Thank God they are only 2 and we can only get better.  :)

So, Cole was first up in the chair...we distracted him with the clipping shears.  Dad's idea!  He did love it though.  I couldn't cut a straight line to save my life.  So, his bangs are a little crooked. Does that mean he is any less loved?  (What I tell myself every time I look at him.)  I cut the back WAY too short, his bangs also WAY too short and crooked and over his ears a tad too short. I kept telling myself, this is only the first time!  You'll get better.


After: (if I swept the bangs to the side, the crooked line was less noticeable) ;)

I kind of look like I know what I'm doing, right?  Wrong.  Sooooo wrong.


But then, Mike cut Braden's....and he did awesome.  The first time.  I was crushed.  Jealous, ashamed and beaten.  If this were a competition (which it certainly was...), then Mike won, hands down.  So, he gets to keep the job!  As bummed as I am to not be able to do it as well as him, which means I won't be doing it at all anymore, he really enjoyed it.  I felt a bit like a failure as a mother, but that gives him another way to bond with the babies.  And that makes me happy I "lost." 

Before:  Mommy!  Cut my hair!  Funny how his hair resembles the crazy doll's hair that he is holding...but anyway...

Vaseline on lips + a very runny nose = a sticky, hairy, tickly mess!

Daddy the Barber

Cutting Away!

After:  Perfect!

I do love those curls, which Braden was just starting to get back again, (*sigh*) those ringlets forming in the back...but they do look so handsome all neat and tidy as well, don't you think?


Anonymous said...

They look awesome! I can't wait to see them! Good job guys!

~ Erin ~

Christine said...

I think they both look great! My mom always cut both of my brothers hair and my dads. She did me a few times as well, I was the ONLY one she messed up on...of course.

Amy said...

The best part of doing the boys hair yourselves is to buzz them in the summer. I take my boys to get cut during the winter, but summertime. BZZZZZ! Not bald, but nice and short. Makes hair washing easier. The other trick with bangs is to cut up into them instead of straight across. My hairdresser showed me that for trimming my bangs.

Aunt Roey said...

Add another skill to your resumes!! You both did great--of course, take into consideration the perfect specimens you had to work with--you'd have to "go some" to make them look bad.