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Paul's First Haircut: The Backyard Edition
Out of all my kids, baby Paul was born with the most hair, which isn’t really saying a lot considering my others three kids were born basically bald and stayed that way until their second birthday. But nevertheless, Paul’s head of hair at birth was the darkest and thickest of my bunch.
But it didn’t take long until most of it fell out, and slowly but surely came back in thinner and lighter, just like the others. Paul’s now almost 17 months old, and just a couple days ago we decided it was time to clean things up a bit around his ears. You know the saying “business in the front, party in the back”? Yeah, baby Paul was rocking the party in the front and the party in the back. It was long all over, and in desperate need of some TLC.
So it was time. Time for baby Paul’s first trip to the backyard salon. We dug out our $9 barber shears from the drugstore and asked our best beauty school drop-out babysitter if she would do the cutting honors.
Paul’s First Haircut, via the backyard salon:
It only took two hours and 18 different locations (ok, slight exaggeration), but baby Paul is finally looking handsome for the summer.
The backyard barber shop is open for business!
We stripped Paul down to his diaper and moved his chair to the backyard. Best idea ever? Or worst mistake ever made? You be the judge…
I see a squirrel!
Note to self, next time take down the bird-feeder across the lawn.
Hey, I wanna play!
And then Paul noticed his brother playing with a soccer ball. Who wants to get a haircut when there’s a ball to be kicked?
Yup, totally done sitting.
Three snips of the scissors in, baby Paul was done being pampered.
Not gonna happen.
Like, DONE DONE DONE.
Get me down now.
We decided to take a breather once we got to a good stopping point. One side done, one side to go.
Let's try it with a popcicle...
Trips to the salon are always better with a popsicle, right? It proved to be a great distraction.
How about a couple snips on the steps?
And then we moved to the deck. Basically, we found it easiest if we let baby Paul roam, and just followed him around with the shears.
And then the sandbox.
We finished up the cut in the sandbox. This hair cutting technique might not be conventional, but it did the trick!
The results are in!
After the longest haircut ever, the makeover was finally complete. He’s totally handsome, and aged countless baby years in just one haircut. Hello toddlerhood, I think we’ve arrived!