now hair me out

Teresa and I are currently arguing over Noah’s hair. I can’t remember the last time either one of us was so passionate on our positions in an argument. It’s a weird fight, cause both of us are completely aware it’s literally over a hair cut, but both of us are pretty much ready to take our opinions to the grave.

I’ve wanted to cut his hair for about 3 months now. You see, for the most part, his hair is fine. It’s kind of long on top, but only down the middle, but I personally like that part. The sides are still fairly thin, with a decent side-of-the-head length. The problem area is the back. The areas right behind his ears, working towards the back-center of his head, is super long and stringy. It’s pretty much to the collar of his shirt. So to sum up, my son has a mullet.

My wife had agreed a couple months ago that we would cut his hair on or around his 1st birthday. Her excuse to put it off was, “If we cut it, he’s going to look like a little boy.” Now I can completely sympathize with the feeling of him growing up too fast. I’ve mentioned it a few times here. But the fact is, Noah has looked older than he is since he was born. (Note Exhibit A)

So yesterday, literally as I’m walking to my car to leave for work, she drops the “I don’t want to cut his hair” bomb on me. She has extended the “on or around one year” mark to “when I’m damn well ready.” (not a quote) She claims that, as the day wears on, the crazy, stick-out-back-of-the-head hair becomes adorable, curly hair. So it goes from mullet to Kentucky Waterfall.

This all brings back stories of my own childhood, where my mom refused to cut my beautiful, long, curly locks, and I was often mistaken as a girl.

So now we’re at a standstill. I brought it up last night, and got a simple “no, we’re not” and that sort of ended that session of “discussion.” We don’t even know how to argue over this. It’s hair. To her it’s a beautiful symbol of his infanthood, to me it’s a horrid sign gender confusion and bad style. No idea where this one’s going to go. I mean, I’ll win eventually, right?

  • Mom

    #1 You were too young to remember when your hair was long & curly. #2 I ALWAYS dressed you very boy. #3 I don’t remember anyone mistaking you for a girl. You were a boy with curly hair. It was beautiful. Your grandparents made me cut it. And yes, you will eventually win.
    Love you all! Mom

  • Big sister

    OK, Mom, everyone called him a girl!
    Not that my opinion matters, but here it is. We also chose not to cut Sam’s hair because I was scared he would look like a little boy and I wanted my baby to be a baby. But I totally regret it, because he looked ridiculous and it really shows in his party pictures where he looks like Hitler. I was happy then, not so happy now or for the rest of time every time I look at those pics. Something to consider. Also, consider only cutting the top or whatever portion is troublesome. Honestly, we cut the sides only of his hair before we cut the whole thing, because we were having to start combing it behind his ears. You can take it slow and he will still look like a baby, just not Hitler. =)