Two weekends ago, at age 3 years and 2 months, Ellie received her first haircut.
One would think Ellie would have hair down to the ground after this length of time, but for some reason, her hair just does not grow. It is almost comical at this point since we have been assured there is nothing wrong with her.
The other funny thing is that she did not even really need a haircut. In fact, Leah and I argued for weeks about whether to cut it or not. Leah argued that she had a mullet and that it needed to be cleaned up. I argued that all little girls have to go through a mullet stage at some point before having long hair and that by cutting it, we would only create a second mullet stage for our daughter.
All to say, Leah won the argument and so Ellie got a haircut. However, we probably made a mistake in letting her go with me to Dominion Barber in McLean. This amazing barbershop is a place and a post in itself, but as you can imagine from the name, it primarily serves a male clientele.
When the moment arrived for Ellie to take her turn after watching daddy get his hair cut, Ellie did surprisingly well and we did not experience any of the typical crying fits or temper tantrums associated with many kid's first haircut. Again, this is probably because most kids get their first haircut around age 18 months rather than at 3, but nonetheless, it was a pleasant experience.
The only problem was that I don't think the lady knew Ellie was a girl. She did not speak much English so I just kept trying to say things like, "Oh Ellie, your hair looks beautiful" and "you are just like a princess" to try and tip her off. However, my tips may have been a bit late as Ellie emerged with a haircut that looked surprisingly like all the little boy's haircuts on the wall.
Thankfully, I don't think Ellie knew she got a boys haircut and was very proud of her big girl status. Further, I think it is kind of trendy to have short hair these days and she thinks she looks like Tinker Bell, so all is well that ends well.