"So... does this count as her first hair cut?"
"I think so."
"But it's just the bangs."
Keeping up with milestones can be exhausting. When, exactly does it count as a first tooth? When you see a teeny white dot break through the gum, or when it seems to be settled? Does the first step before a tumble to the padded bottom count as walking, or is it when 5 steady steps are put together? Do other parents feel this, or is it just my desire to remember everything accurately? As I write here every day, there are whispers behind me: "don't forget, you don't get this back." And so more detail, more photos, more snippets of our life together.
As you've seen in recent photos, Willa's untamed hair was starting to impede her vision. Last night she was buckled into her booster seat eating her corn on the cob when Jim and I double teamed her with a wet comb and scissors. Three tiny cuts later, she looked like she'd aged a few months. She didn't put up much of a fight. Jim held her hands and her head while I did the trimming. There is a before and after photo, which will be loaded into this post tonight, perhaps. At the end we were left with 1" clippings on the table.
"So, do I have to save this hair? I mean, if it's the first haircut, I think we have to save this."
"Or we could just save the photo of the clippings."
I put the hair in a ziplock bag and labeled it "Willa's first haircut. Bang trim. 8/20/07" I slipped it into a drawer in her dresser. I do not keep a baby book to tape the clippings into. What's the modern mom to do?