the first cut is the deepest



I got Brynn’s hair cut today. I know, GASP. First haircut ever.

Part of me is sentimental, like, oh, it’s her baby hair and I should never ever cut it and if we look like a) those kids getting slapped at Walmart or b) that fundamentalist Mormon sect in Texas, that’s okay. Because it’s her baby hair.

The other part of me is like, this kid looks scrungy. Let’s do some stuff. In fact, I wish I could cut it and dye it and perm it and straighten it, like my own personal Hair Care Baby Doll™. But I just stop it right there, because you can’t do that to real live babies even though it probably wouldn’t hurt them.

SO anyways, I decided to go for it. She was happy and excited about the idea, until she got up in the chair. Then the famous Clark scowl came out and she was crying and arching her back and sliding out of the chair and drama drama and all the staff was coming around and trying to read her books and tell her how pretty she was and she was not having it.


Finally one of the ladies brought her candy, which I am so not about bribing with candy. But it worked. Bean just went to her happy place and completely zoned out for the rest of the haircut.


We got a little card with her curls in it, and if I think about it too much, I will cry. Again.

Saying goodbye to you
but not really
goodbye to who you are now, to me

the beauty is, I get to say hello
right away
to who you are becoming


14 thoughts on “the first cut is the deepest

  1. misskerri says:

    there’s something bittersweet in watching them grow and hit those milestones… but you have to admit, they are 2 of the cutest things on EARTH!


  2. Beth says:

    aw! sweet little girl! she looks great, but i could’ve kept looking at those curls for a little while longer.


  3. Hey GREAT idea putting a white sheet on the couch for a photo shoot…I miss your kids…… Come to TEXAS!!!


  4. Anonymous says:

    Well…so I am a little behind and have been catching up on my reading…at work. The video with the mini-Clarks. Priceless. How is it that the two younger females of the Stanley family get blessed with these kind…? If it was going to happen to anyone it would be you two. :o)Banana


  5. Shannon2-24 says:

    she looks sweet!..after the ‘cutting’ pic you have 2– which is the after? straight or curly?um.. actually chemicals {perm and dyes} will effect young even more than adults. with their rapid brain and body growth and they breathe at more rapid pace- bringing in more toxins.. i’ve read this. speaking up for her sake in future. now you have knowledge to love her with: )it’ll be a struggle for you — that beauty in your eyes is not worth itlove yaoh- what’s the walmart deal?? : D !!!


  6. Shannon2-24 says:

    meant: *that kind of beauty*


  7. Jess says:

    straight and curly are after… it’s a bob at about her chin.


  8. Anonymous says:

    Sweet! very very sweet. Mama


  9. she is adorable.Will you please take a picture of her with her bangs combed down and straight so her Bedste can get a good look at this new doo on my doll baby Brynncess


  10. Anonymous says:

    What is it that makes a person stay up at midnight and watch a slide show on her niece’s haircut?Nonetheless, Berry, berry cute! -G


  11. Josh says:

    G- it must be love. = )Jess- She looks very cute.


  12. oooooonow I can see it……She is a doll baby …!!I dare you to go to KC WalMart and get a picture of her all by herself…….Next month… the same with JUST Tobias….Richy gets pic at school……I did NOT volunteer to take them to Texan WALmart…when you visit….. NO I did not!


  13. Jess says:

    That will be great if you take them all while we’re in Texas, thanks!


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