Thursday, September 13, 2007

I did it!

I've been debating cutting my hair for a long time. Cutting my hair, not just trimming. I don't know why; I've just wanted to try short hair. So here I am! I dropped Kate off at daycare, and took McLaren with me. I thought for sure when I went to pick Kate up she would have some kind of ... reaction ... but no. Nothing. She just ran to me to give me a big hug. "Mommy!" Claire, I'm not sure about. I think she is skeptical, but I at least still sound the same, so I think she's accepting me. My husband, I'm not so sure about. I like it, though. That could change when I have to do it myself. My hairstylist can make any cut look good in the shop. Me? I'm not that patient or talented. I hope I haven't ruined my hair.

We're all starting to feel better. There's still a lot more snot around here than I like, but we're on the mend.

Yesterday Kate fell in the pool. I was already in, and close-by. She was reaching for something in the pool, and suddenly: splash! She kind of tumbled in, and bit her tongue and (I just realized this afternoon) also scraped her chin on the way in. But I was really calm. I think it helped that I was right there in the water already, in case she needed help. She floated to the top in no time and righted herself on her back. After some coaxing from me, she flipped over and grabbed my hand, just like in swim lessons. Awesome. That is why we are going through the pain of swim lessons. Way to go, Kate!

My friend Amie commented the other day that she envied me a little on the family front. I understand her thoughts, but just wanted to give a glimpse into my daily life:

Tim got home on Tuesday. Then he had to work late last night, so it was just the girls and me for dinner again. This is not meant to tell you that Tim is an absentee father; it was just pretty much mealtime standard.

Imagine a rectangular, glass-topped table. I sit at the head of the table so as best to see and attend to both girls. Kate is to my left in her booster seat. Claire is in the highchair on my right. Kate eats a few bites of food with her utensil, and then tilts her head to the side cutely and wipes her garlic pasta-covered little fingers across the table, stopping momentarily to admire her work. She then stuffs pasta into her mouth, forgoing the nice fork I have provided for her.

Claire nonchalantly drops her plastic cup off the side of her tray and then looks at me sideways as if to say, "gonna pick that up for me, lady?". She sucks her thumb noisily, eyeing my bread, and converses with her sister:

Claire: Mmmma!
Kate: ABC, weeeee ah way home, icky pea! Icky pea! Icky pea! UH-OH. Icky pea! Mommy beee (big) hug. More dip, Mommy! More dip more dip more dip! (shoving bits of olive oil-covered bread across the table at me) UH-OH. (bread dropped on floor) Ice keem cone! Ice keem cone! Aaah done, Mommy, aaah done. Git dow! Git dow! Aah done!
Claire: Aah Mmmma! Mamamamamama! (banging cups)

Tim arrived home right as the girls were settling down to bed (post dinner, post clean up, post bath, post teeth brushing, post story time, post whining about not wanting to go to bed, post endless runny noses...). They were so happy to see him, and quieted right down after he tucked them in. How do you like that?


Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I don't know what your hair looked like before, but I'll bet it looks even better now, based on the pic you've furnished.

See what happens when you take a chance?

Andrea & Ben said...

Love the hair!!!!!!!!!! Your hair was always cute before, but I love it!
Ahhhh, motherhood as a military wife, I can't wait ;0)

Niki said...

Great hair, Jen! You know how much of a fan I am of cutting, growing out, cutting, growing out... Hair grows, we're girls, it's there to play with. Looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Love your hair!! I have been wanting to do the same thing lately. I don't know what it is but I am a chicken! The most I cut off was 3 1/2 inches!!! Look great on you!!!!!!!


Carrie said...

I like the hair! Can't wait to see more pix of it. Miss you!

Katie said...

First of all, you look GREAT! I love your skeptical expression, too! The haircut is really, really cute and sophisticated!

The pool thing is really incredible. I'm just amazed she can swim. Good for you for following through on the swim lessons.

Motherhood as pilot wife is just interesting. No matter which way you slice it, you do most of the work. And, actually, after talking to all my friends, I think just motherhood in general equals ALL THE WORK. ALL THE TIME. Period.

Fabiana, Rafaela e Marcelo Reis said...

I loved your hair...
looks like younger!!!


Anonymous said...

I like the hair.
Way to go Kate!
I have fond memories of similar mealtimes.
We miss you all tremendously!!!


Jen said...

Glad you all like my hair. I'm getting used to it, slowly. I keep reaching up and find that I've forgotten that it's short. That's always weird!

Julie McCracken said...

Your hair is adorable!!!! Last April I cut 13 inches off, (to dontate to Locks of Love. I picked Joey up from this day he has never noticed or said anything! Too funny!

amie said...

Hey, that's ME referenced in your post. :) Thanks.

And yes, I do so envy you sometimes. I thought you were going to say something about the lack of adult conversation, and I was going to say it's better than what I've been getting in the online dating world.

Ex: I posted on CL (yes, I know CL is the bain of human society) for someone to go geocaching with. (If you haven't heard about it, check it out, sounds SO fun I get a reply that is literally this: "Geocaching? is that where we fuck on a pile of rocks?"

Yeah, I'd take "mahmee, bee hug" any day over that.

Jen said...

Julie - isn't that too funny? Kids.

Amie - yes it is you referenced here! Sorry to hear about the dating thing. I'd rather take my kids over trying to find a decent date, too.