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Quin’s First Haircut

I had a dream last night that I was suddenly staring into the bright, beautiful face of a 7-year-old Quin. When, in the midst of my dream, I realized that the past 6 years had absolutely flown by, I called Quin over and made him stand in front of me.

“Son, mommy doesn’t want to scare you, but come here” I said. I grabbed his face and held it right in front of mine with both hands. As I studied every square inch of his face . . . his bright blue eyes, red eyebrows, sweet little freckles, and pearly white teeth . . . . tears streamed down my face.
“What’s wrong, mommy?” he asked.
“Nothing, Quin. Nothing at all. I just want so badly to remember everything. Every single thing about what you look like right now – forever.”

Even as I type this, tears stand in the corners of my eyes, threatening to fall. I’ve had broken relationships, painful losses, and stinging disappointments in my life, but nothing – and I mean NOTHING – has broken my heart like becoming a mom. I feel like a walking pile of mush all day every day. And though at times I feel like you could knock me over with a feather, it’s a lightness and a vulnerability that somehow feels just right. I love the way Quin has made me a more tender, loving, sensitive, and compassionate version of my former self. Is this what it is to grow up? It’s not nearly as bad as they say.:)

So, on the subject of my ever-breaking heart, Quin received his first haircut on his 7 Month birthday a few weeks ago. As much as Stan and I wanted to put it off forever, it became painfully obvious that it was high time he get a trim. Not only was he constantly mistaken for a girl (we honestly didn’t care too much about that), but his hair was literally stabbing his eyeballs all day long and his fat little hands were constantly on his forehead in an attempt to clear hair from his eyes. It was the cutest thing ever – but we want our boy to see! We were left no choice. But if we had to do it, by gosh we were going to have some fantastic pictures to document the event!:)Without further rambling, please enjoy Quin’s first haircut . . .

I was amazed at the job Stan did! What a great barber! The “before”:

Yes, our 7-month-old required detangling spray.:)

Then things started heading downhill . . . poor Quin.

It wouldn’t be a “first haircut” without some tears, right?

Friends with Daddy again! The “after”. What do you think? I love these boys so much!!

Tira J - May 26, 2010 - 10:18 am
OMG!!!! I started tearing up reading this post and just love any images you put up of Quin! Stan did a great job! Quin looks so happy now that he can see! :)
Lily - May 26, 2010 - 12:01 pm
What a great series of photos to have… for those days in the future when you want to remember! Love the new hair cut. He looks adorable.
amanda - May 26, 2010 - 5:17 pm
i teared up reading this! i feel the exact same way about the ways anthony has changed me…it’s hard to even put into words, but it’s the most amazing thing in the world. you just don’t know until you’re there :) quin looks fantastic!
Chelo - May 27, 2010 - 3:19 pm
I love this post. What an incredibly powerful dream. I think I know exactly what you mean, about being heart broken all the time. This is such an awesome memory you captured. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him :)
Robyn - May 28, 2010 - 1:54 pm
Those are adorable!!! OMG that just made my day. And PS: I love your new website :) Hope all is well!
Jennifer Nichols - May 30, 2010 - 11:11 pm
Oh my gosh! I’m dying for cuteness overload!! Quin is adorable. But then again, I’m partial to redheads:) LOVE these photos!!!
Katy Regnier - June 14, 2010 - 12:19 am
Stacy I feel exactly the same way – I’m so much more of a mush pile than ever before :) I also feel like I blinked and all the sudden my kids were almost two – it goes by SO fast! He is such a handsome boy and Stan did an awesome job on his haircut!

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