Yesterday Clara and Kate got their first hair cut. As you can see below, their hair is quite different. Clara’s is brown, longer, has a hint of curl, and is a bit thinner. Kate’s is blondish, shorter, straight as a board, and a little thicker.
We needed to clean up Kate’s mullet (for a good laugh listen to The Ballet of Eddie Mullet) and Clara’s stringy-ness. So off to the mall we went since I trust the team at Regis with their hair. I honestly didn’t plan this more than a day out because I knew I’d find an excuse to not do it. Just call me the queen of procrastination.
Garen was out of town so I was going at it alone. Every once in a while I get the urge to do things with them like this by myself just to prove to myself that I’m capable. Sad? Maybe…
But I did get a few tips to share out of the experience for first haircuts with twins at two years old. Here they are, in no particular order:
Go somewhere they know you. This may sound trivial but the whole team at Regis knows me and my family, so they welcomed them in, which made the girls feel special. It did cost more than I typically would want to spend on a kids haircut but it’s better than having a freaked out kiddo.
See if they’ll give you a free chair for one of the girls to sit in and watch close by while the other gets her hair done.
Let them observe someone else getting their hair cut first so they can know what to expect.
Get them excited about it before you go.
Take toys like a drawing pad and little stuffed animals. We let the girls take their backpacks that have a couple of diapers and wipes each, small Sesame Street characters, and a chalkboard set from Aunt Haley, plus a snack catcher of Cheerios. Of that, I’d reconsider the Cheerios, which ended up going everywhere at some point. I’d probably do pretzels or veggie sticks.
Let them hold a comb or spray water bottle. This worked well to keep them occupied during the actual haircuts.
When the hairdresser needs them to look down to get the back of their hair, tell them to look at their belly button.
Make sure they’re high enough to see the mirror. They like to watch themselves.
Decide ahead of time if you want to keep a lock of their hair or not. If so, bring something to keep them in separately and label them ahead of time to make it easy.
I’ve seen a lot of friends who hold their kids if they’re too scared. This could be an option to consider the first time, although it does make it more difficult for the hairdresser.
My girls did great. It was actually way easier than I anticipated. Here’s a few photos from the experience. So serious always!Clara enjoyed lounging around until her turn!Kate enjoyed snacking too. This is the best we could do to get them both to look at the camera. Imagine that. You can see that now Kate has a bob instead of a mullet and Clara has bangs.
If you’re planning your kids’ or kiddos’ first haircuts, the above tips will likely help.
What other tips do you have? I can always use them for the next round!
Almost once a week Garen or I have to work out of town or have a work dinner at night. With four kids, people always say “I don’t know how you do it.” Honestly, what choice do you have but to figure it out?!? With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few tips on how we survive with our busy work and family schedules.
Top Tips for Mananging a Busy Work and Home Schedule:
Find One or Two Trusted Regular Babysitters– We love our babysitters. Not everyone can afford to do this but we pay someone to come in for a few hours to help out whichever parent is at home with all four kids at night. This allows us to get everyone’s homework, reading, and bath fit in before bedtime (without losing our minds). We typically plan our overnight trips after we’ve checked her availability. We have two babysitters that are best friends and together they can handle all four kids, which is great for nights when we both have something.
Keep a Shared Calendar– We use a iCloud calendar that we share between the two of us on our phones. We also have one that we share with our babysitter. I know a few people that also use a google calendar which works the same way.
Plan Ahead– A shared calendar is great but failing to plan ahead can leave you without someone to help with the kids. Garen and I both plan our work schedule a minimum of two weeks out. When we have an out of town obligation, we plan that with our babysitters or family members as soon as we know about it, usually at least a month or more out.
Just Say No– If I know that Garen is already going to be out of town or there is a school or extracurricular event for the kids, I may have to say no. And that’s ok. You can’t be everywhere all the time. This is harder said than done sometimes for a workaholic like me but I’m fortunate to be working with people that understand that family comes first.
Divide and Conquer– When both Garen and I are going to be out of town we sometimes send the kids different places. For example: On a weekend trip we will try to plan a night out when the big kids are at their Joe Daddy’s and find someone to keep the twins. One person keeping all four by themself can be done but it’s tough and we never expect that of a family member or one babysitter.
Packing List– We use an app for packing the kids bags for when they are going to stay out of town while we are gone. It helps us to make sure we don’t forget anything and we can use the same list over and over again quickly.
Keep Convenience Foods at the House– I’m all about saving money and eating healthy homemade meals but there are times when we need something fast. We buy a few frozen dinners such as chicken strips and steamer packs of vegetables so that they can be quickly made. We also always have frozen pizzas in the freezer for babysitter nights. This will ensure there’s always dinner at the house and it’s easy for whoever is staying with the kiddos.
It’s not always perfect but at least these things help us to make things as smooth as possible. I hope these tips can help you if you’ve got a busy schedule like ours.
Warning: This post is dedicated to preparing for poop. After all, double the babies, double the dirty diapers. This may be TMI (Mom, if you’re reading this it stands for too much information) so, if it is, please stop now.
Today Clara had a blowout. Lucky for me, she was with Daddy this morning since I had to teach a class today.
I got this text message and I couldn’t help but chuckle:
In the words of Forrest Gump, “It happens.” $hit, that is. And a blowout is bound to happen when you’re out and about or in a hurry, so it’s important to be prepared.
Here’s how to prepare for a blowout disaster:
Get a piddle pad (or similar item) for your car seat. This saved the car seat itself from being yucky many times. All you have to do is pull them out and you’re good to go. Just throw the pad in the wash. But don’t forget to put it back in.
This is elementary parenting 101 stuff but ALWAYS have a change of clothes. Don’t forget socks if the weather is cool. And shoes if you’re a real overachiever. Consider an extra outfit for you too if you’ve got an explosive pooper that makes a habit of this.
Have a trash bag or wet bag for clothes to be laundered, plenty of extra wipes, a towel, and some Clorox wipes in your car. Should a massive blowout occur and obliterate the car seat, you’ll be glad you had this stuff.
Bring a sense of humor. It may be disgusting but it’ll make for a good story….someday!