This was Punkin shortly before leaving for the salon. She seemed excited, but I was certain it was all a ploy, the calm before the storm if you will. Don't ask me what's up with the hot pink visor. She's got a fashion sense all her own.
You'll notice in this picture the obvious discrepancy in hair length.
Once we arrived at the salon, things continued to go far better than I had prepared myself for. Punkin was adorably talkative, complied with every request, and strutted her way back to the chair like this business was old news. She hopped right into the chair and was the model child for the entire half hour it took to cut, and even style, her hair.
Watching Punkin getting her hair cut was a riot. It was ridiculous how impressed she was with herself. You could tell she thought she was hot stuff, and the constant praise from Mallory, Shortcake and me probably only contributed to the inflated ego. Really, though, I was so proud of my baby and a little choked up watching all those curls fall to the floor.
Now, any woman knows that sometimes we leave the salon feeling a little discouraged by our new style. Punkin didn't seem to suffer any of those feelings of regret, but after looking at this picture from home hours after the fact, I'm wondering if I made the right call in having her hair cut. I didn't think I'd walk in this afternoon with a piggy tailed (albeit lopsided) baby and walk out with a member of the Beatles circa The Ed Sullivan years, but from the looks of this picture it appears as though that's exactly what happened.Rising Star? More like Ringo Starr.
After returning home from our traditional celebratory meal at McDonald's, however, all order was restored. (PS - Click on the previous to see the vast differences between Punkin's and Shortcake's first haircuts. My word that child has a lot of hair!). What's a girl to do when she's feeling a little down and out about a new hairstyle? Accessorize! The barrette was just the touch needed to bring back the cuteness of my little girl.
Her new "cheese" face. Isn't it lovely?
She told me after taking this picture, "That was a big cheese, mommy".
And yes, she's sitting on the potty. It's the only place I can force her to sit still for any length of time.
Watch out, Suri Cruise. There's a new contender in town for the cutest two year old sporting the bobbed haircut, and I have no doubts she could kick your butt. If you don't believe me, just ask her older sister what Punkin's capable of.