August 4th, 2012
If you follow me on Instagram or Flickr, you’d probably noticed lately that Elliora’s hair was getting kind of long. It wasn’t crazy long, but it was long enough for me to pull back the top into a little ponytail or braid to keep it from falling in her eyes all day long.
Elliora didn’t really need a haircut. (Come on, those little curls are adorable!) But I thought it would be really cool if she had her first haircut before we moved. That way Libby—my amazing Maryland hairstylist—could be the one to give Elliora her first haircut, just like she gave Annalie her first haircut five years ago. When you’re a military family who moves every couple of years, opportunities like that are few and far between, so I figured I’d better grab this one while I could.
Elliora sat unsmiling in my lap, wrapped in the same pink-and-green dinosaur cape that Annalie wore at her first haircut, as Libby started to snip away.
Even though she looked somber the whole time (“Little kids always look so worried while they’re having their hair cut!” Libby commented), Elliora stayed calm.
When it was done, she admired herself in the mirror with a big smile, and posed happily for photos in the chair. Even though I’ll miss the curls, I think she looks adorable with a little bob and baby bangs. And when it grows out (as it will, because with the move coming up we will be between hairstylists for a while), it will look so much neater than it would have without the trim.
Thanks for all the great haircuts, and for being both my girls’ first real hairstylist, Libby! We’ll miss you.
When I got home, I found the photos of Annalie getting her first haircut on Flickr, and had to laugh. There was one photo in particular that was very similar to one I’d taken of Elliora. I showed Troy both photos at once (Annalie’s on my laptop, Elliora’s on my phone) without explaining them, and he gazed at them for a moment and said, “Did you take that with two different cameras?” Yes…five years apart, of two different kids!