Wow, what a big milestone for Elijah, and even more so, for Mommy!
The day my little one went from looking like a baby to looking like a boy.
I would have to say that there were three physical characteristics that make Elijah look adorable to me. Firstly, those beautiful big blue eyes. Secondly, the beautiful locks of hair. And thirdly, the fact that he is so darn small, and as cute as a button.
This boy still fits into a lot of his 6-9 months clothes. Others his age are taller and bigger, but he still barely weighs 20lbs. In my family, boys having long hair is a norm. My dad has long hair, and my brothers both had long locks until they started school. I didn’t imagine that we would cut Eli’s hair for quite a long time still, but unfortunately it has gone from “Business in the front, Party at the back”, to plain ol’ crazy mullet on many days. Of course, we only grace you with the cutest pictures but I have a number of cray-pictures on my phone that would probably explain the recent decision to cut his hair. Another reason was that, despite his bowties, vests, and clearly obvious boy-style, people think that he is a girl. And I’m not just talking about Chinese people – it happened over and over while we were in the States, and back then his curls weren’t even that long.
I asked Justin why he wanted to cut Eli’s hair, and besides the above reasons, he didn’t like that Elijah dislikes the hairdryer. Daddy does bath-time and most of the bedtime routine. In these winter months, you would think that more hair is better, but all that hair took quite long to dry.
Anyway, on the day that we FINALLY decided to bite the bullet and cut those soft baby curls… I got really nervous! Justin was ready though, so as he gathered the scissors, comb and clippers, I ran after Eli taking as many photos as I could. Insane – I know – it’s just hair!! It felt like such a big step to me. Elijah is, in many ways, still my baby. I still breastfeed him, he still needs and wants snuggles, he loves when we rock him, and of course, he has the same beautiful locks of hair that he was born with. I didn’t know it then, even as I was snapping photos of him, that cutting his hair would be such an emotional occasion for me. It felt right that daddy would cut Elijah’s hair, so we did it here at home. We put on a movie, placed Eli in a comfy chair, and I took pictures (as I do) while Justin began cutting off all of Eli’s curls.
Before his first haircut…
Here it goes!
Mommy cuts the first curl…
As you can see, this was super easy for Elijah. He barely moved an inch!
We wondered when he would notice what we are doing, but he’s super chilled when his favorite movie (right now that would be “Inside Out”) is playing, so we are basically free to do whatever we want, and he couldn’t care less.
What a good child!
Daddy did a really good job with a comb and the clippers, but we didn’t have any guards so he had to slowly smooth out the back by hand. By that stage mommy was a little bit of a nervous-wreck because her baby was clearly looking more like a boy than a baby. I wanted the back to be really smooth and neatened up perfectly so we put on our jackets and went downstairs to Justin’s hairdresser. For less than $2 he did a quick buzz of the back so that Eli’s haircut was finished off perfectly. Justin could have done it himself, but he knew that I was nervous so I know he only took Eli downstairs to give me some peace.
Five minutes later we were back upstairs, and Elijah was finishing off his movie. The kid barely even noticed that all of that hair was gone. It was too dark then to take the “after” pictures, so the following day I snapped up a few pictures to show the comparisons:
The next morning, when I went into his bedroom to say good morning, I really did get a shock when I saw Eli. Even hugging him feels different now. I really do like how he looks with the neater hairstyle, but I must admit that I cried the day after his first haircut. I was watching him play, and talking to some friends, and I realized that he no longer looked like a baby. My first – and only – baby had gone from looking like a baby to looking like a boy. It was so heart-wrenching… the first of many more of these moments, I’m sure!
Look at him!
From baby to boy!