We can finally fill out the “haircut” page in the baby book

David has had a total of two “haircuts” in his life, but he has never had a legitimate capital-H Haircut. This summer his hair got a little long and shaggy, which we thought was cool, except that he had a very important gig as a ring bearer and I wasn’t ok with him walking down the aisle with the “Kurt Cobain in a bowtie” look.

I’ve cut his hair in the past, and I would have done it again, but I didn’t want to risk messing it up since we had a special event coming up.

I thought I prepared him really well. Before we went, we talked about what would happen, and I even drew pictures of the haircut experience.


I drew as I talked — “There will be a special chair, and you’ll sit in the chair, then they’ll wrap a blanket around you…”

He asked for detailed images, up close pictures of the scissors cutting the hair.

And that in the bottom left corner? That’s his post-haircut ice cream treat. I drew cherry on top but he asked me to erase it because “I don’t like cherries. Only Daddy likes cherries because they’re spicy.”


Oh, and I can’t take credit for the drawing thing. I stole the idea from Daniel Tiger’s mom.

We went to what David calls the “haircut store” and had to wait a bit, which I thought was awesome. We watched other people getting their haircut, we scoped out the chairs and the stylists. I had a moment where I thought, “Is this overkill? Because David is usually totally cool and a complete professional in situations like this.”

We sat him in his chair, and he seemed to be all about it until we put the cape on him. That’s when he said, “I WANT MY BLANKETS” and then made this face for the next 10 minutes.


It was terrible. I tried songs and I showed him the cartoons on his cape. I even stuck a lollipop in his mouth and it just fell out.

He wailed and I teared up and Mary Virginia chewed on David’s rejected lollipop.

I actually took my nice camera to document the whole thing, but I couldn’t leave his side. It wasn’t that he was mad or refusing to sit…he was scared. So I squatted by him and held his hands and tried to think of something, anything that would take his mind off the stranger standing in his blind spot wielding razor blades.


The haircut took five minutes. All she had to do was clean up around his ears and take off his rattail. The top of his hair has still never been cut. David continued to sniffle the whole time I paid, apologized profusely, and tipped the stylist.

He was still crying when I stepped over the threshold and then, safely on the sidewalk, with crocodile tears still wet on his cheeks, he looked up at me and in a completely calm and composed voice, asked, “Mommy can we get ice cream now?”

Yes, we can get ice cream now.




We often walk by the place we got his trim, and he always says, “Is that the hair cut store, Mommy?” And when I tell him it is, he says, “I don’t like that haircut.”

It’s ok, David. It’s hard to get used to a new length. But I think he looks completely handsome.

And he looked so great in his bow tie that, I dunno, maybe the drama was worth it.

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  1. Meredith August 8, 2014

    It is SUCH a cute haircut!!! He looks super handsome. The great thing about Addie’s hair is that it just gets longer and longer and longer….. and doesn’t actually APPEAR any longer because it gets tighter and tighter. Not that girls usually get their hair cut this young, but she has come with me to the stylist and completely rejected the idea of getting in the chair for a shampoo, so I can imagine a cut would go similarly to this. Will’s hair is already curling so I’m guessing he’ll get sister’s same hair. Can’t imagine what will go down on his first haircut but I’ll remember you! The ice cream looks totally worth it.

  2. stasia August 8, 2014

    Oh my… that picture of the hair cut… priceless! I also love you comment about what would Daniel the Tiger’s mom do 🙂
    Maybe I missed it… how old is he here. Out little is almost 17 months and we are still waiting on that first hair cut!


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