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    The Darndest Things: A.’s First Haircut?

    August 19, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    Daughter A. has never had a haircut, even thought she is three-and-a-half. She wasn’t quite as bald as our firstborn, whose photos we could undoubtedly have used to raise money for childhood leukemia, but her hair was quite sparse. However, it grew in fairly even. And it had those cute little baby waves that disappear if you cut them off.

    So I’ve just let it grow. It’s finally past her shoulders and we’re getting to do fun things like put it in a ponytail.

    On Saturday, she apparently got quite the knot in her hair. It was her own fault, I’m sure. After all, she habitually twists her hair, plus she puts it in her mouth. That combo is sure to cause a few tangle disasters.

    But I, The Mama, always take the time to gently comb them out.

    I do not cut them out.

    Do you see where this is going?

    On Saturday, I did not see the knot. My dearly beloved did. And he’s getting quite handy with the tools around here, so he did the manly thing and grabbed the scissors and whacked that knot right out of her hair.

    I was slightly heartbroken. After all, does this count as a first haircut? And, if so, did I miss it? And was I supposed to save the lock?

    I was aghast! I insisted that all future knots be referred to me for immediate attention.

    And this morning, when I was putting her hair up in a ponytail, there was a suspiciously short section that stuck straight out into the air…

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  • Reply Kansas Mom August 21, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    We haven’t had problems with knots, but Kansas Dad’s reaction the first time I cut First Daughter’s bangs was “What did you do to my daughter?” (He wasn’t home, but isn’t sentimental about first haircuts and stuff like that.)

    Admittedly…it wasn’t quite straight. But she didn’t quite stay still, either.

  • Reply Si August 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    It was the tightest, thickest, most drool-drenched knot you’ve ever seen. It was the kind of knot that would break a broom handle or perhaps a saw. We’re fortunate that the scissors I used are still operable.

  • Reply Jeana August 19, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Did your mom ever get mad and say, “I’m gonna snatch a knot in you!”

    I’ve never heard of snatching a knot OUT of a child.

    I may have heard of snatching a knot in a husband who cut the baby’s hair without asking. 🙂

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