Little Man With A ‘Tude

in Kids

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He colored on his face…again.

Jayden has been doing a very good job at convincing us that he doesn’t need any siblings. His lil’ male diva (in a non feminine way) attitude has taken over this house. He’s very particular about his wants. He wants cereal, with milk, in a bowl, in that order. Sandwich, with meat, on bread. He has to have covers with his pillow. His covers have to completely cover his feet and must be tucked around his neck. We must fix (pull apart) his duplo blocks after each new creation. Of course things could be worse. He could be beating up other kids, falling all out in the grocery store, and doing things that would score us a solid spot on Maury. He’s being a normal 2 1/2 year old, I suppose. This stage shall pass and my sanity shall be restored. Not.

Tuesday, we decided to do something that we have been debating the longest. We.cut.his.hair. I desperately wanted him to have a head full of long, wavy hair, but it just wasn’t happening. His fro was getting out of control. It was different lengths all around his head. And because he can’t keep his head out of the carpet, it stayed lent-y. So Greg, with great apprehension, grabbed the clippers and gave our lil’ dude a new do. Jayden did well during the cut. We thought he’d fight it. He just sat there with his Yummy Earth sucker watching Max & Ruby. After the cut, I worked in some Bee Hold Curly Butter and aloe vera gel for moisture. Thoughts? I’m thinking frohawk for next cut ;). Can’t knock it ’til you try it. There goes our baby…

first haircut
He’s a little man now.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • kristin November 1, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Kai was that way Del and I were talking earlier today how she used to refuse to sleep under a sheet. She wanted her blanket, no sheet. He’ll grow out of it. 😉

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    • Sheena November 1, 2010 at 1:45 AM

      Waiting…waiting…waiting. LOL

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  • Jenny October 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    hehe he’s cute 🙂 i wish they’d take longer to grow up though…

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  • Kim @ What's That Smell? October 13, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    He does look so grown up! Handsome little man.

    My nephew had very similar hair (well still does…he gets it from his father) when he was little and my sister refused to have it cut until it was just so darn big he was like 8 inches taller with the hair!

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  • Lindsay Dianne October 11, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    I think it’s so incredible how your child always looks so grown up to you, and thn you look back, even six months an can see how child like they were. I just got a bunch of photos printed… Trying to catch up on 2008… And it just amazed me how quickly my daughter became a KID, and how many times I’ve really thought that.
    It never ever stops, either.

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  • Naomi October 11, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Aww, he looks cute even with a Frankenstein-colored forehead!

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  • Shannon October 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    He is handsome either way! My daughter is entering her “two stage” and she is becoming more defiant than ever. She, too, is also very particular about what she wants and how she wants it. She’s very quiet in public but when she gets in the house, she tends to do her tantrum thing there.

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    • Sheena October 11, 2010 at 3:24 AM

      @Shannon, thank you :). Jay is a saint in public too, and proves to be a lil’ terror at home.

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  • Sarah October 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    The cut looks great! We (my hubs) cut our 2.5yo son’s hair into a mohawk in June. It totally erased all baby and made him look like a lil toughie. His first cut with the clippers was last Halloween. It kind of broke my heart, but he wasn’t willing to sit to get it combed.

    Good luck with the ‘tude… if you figure out how to curb it, be sure to share! 😉

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  • Laila @OnlyLaila October 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    He’s adorable! I cut my son’s hair at 1 years old and now he gets a regular cut every 2 weeks, I never thought about letting it grow out again. Hmmm…I do like the mo/fro hawks.

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  • Renee Stam October 8, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    He look so cute your little man with his new hair cut 🙂

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  • Some Lucky Dog October 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I think his new do is adorable! This two-year-old-attitude will pass!

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  • Kathleen October 8, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    He is utterly adorable! I think his new ‘do looks great. I too have an imagined hairstyle for my son in my head, though it’s always hard for me to pull it off when I cut it. If only he’d sit still!

    Jayden reminds me a lot of my son, being the same age and all. There’s much attitude in our house too!

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    • Sheena October 11, 2010 at 3:47 AM

      @Kathleen, I am reminded of when you guys cut his bangs. I about melted :). If you learn how to lessen the ‘tude, let me know!

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  • Jill Myrick October 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    I love his new hair cut.
    It shows off that gorgeous little face 🙂

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    • Sheena October 11, 2010 at 3:48 AM

      @Jill Myrick, thank you. We are seeing more cheeks and ears now :).

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  • Sheena October 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Awww. He looks like a “little” big boy now.
    And don’t worry this stage will past, but who knows what stage may come next.

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    • Sheena October 11, 2010 at 3:49 AM

      @Sheena, trying 3’s and effing 4’s is what I heard from another mother at a conference I attended, lol.

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  • Liss October 8, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    aww, he looks great! I’ve had lots of other parents say the same thing, but children (especially boys) are usually not attached to their hair like we are or like we think they will be. And it does really help the transition from ‘baby’ to ‘child’. Just know that when it grows back, it will never grow back the same way! But he looks like he has a really strong grain of hair, so we’ll see! Good luck with the mohawk!

    And as for the tude, you got it right! This is the age of exploring their independence, and their level of control. They want to test the boundaries as much as possible. Just be sensible in giving in to his demands, and gentle but firm discipline, and you’ll all make it through just fine! And don’t think about the motives too hard, your brain just might explode! They’re still more emotion than thought.

    🙂 PS, quick question: What’s that between his eyes in the first pic?

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    • Sheena October 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

      @Liss, We’re thinking this cut may aid his hair growth and maybe in the future, we can do other styles with it. He is totally experimenting with what he can get away with! He colored on his face with crayons!

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