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September 13, 2010

Two Miniature Wetsuits, Please...

For a long period of time, I’ve contemplated whether I could wrangle the girls into wearing shower caps while they eat.

They’re so bad to run their precious little hands…caked with not-so-precious avocado, or peanut butter, or spaghetti sauce…right through their beautiful golden locks.

And that of course yields not-so-beautiful…and not-so-golden…clumps of messy hair.

And Heaven forbid that I say, “Don’t touch your hair,” as that only prompts them (both!) to proudly show me they know right where their hair is.

But I worried that pint-sized shower caps – or maybe literally pint-sized bowl covers – would only draw more of their attention to their heads.

And then I thought about a wetsuit.

The head-to-toe covering would be difficult for them to disrobe, and I would protect not only their hair – but their entire bodies! – from the wrath of my homemade Alfredo sauce. And I think the rubbery nature of the wetsuit would allow me to just hose it off after meals.

Hmmm…difficult to disrobe, yes…but also probably difficult to enrobe, especially for each and every meal occasion.

Alternately, my husband has suggested we just give them buzz cuts to match his ‘do. Sadly, between his love for efficiency and weak stomach, I think he’s only half joking.

I’d better think some more on this one…or just accept that I’ll have to deal with this situation until the girls learn to use utensils and keep their hands on the table.

14 comments:

Quadmama said...

For awhile I had to put my daughters' hair in ponytails when they sat down for a meal. This seemed to solve our "hair in the mouth while we eat" issue. I don't know if that will solve your "spaghetti hands in the hair" problem, though.

MultipleMum said...

Nothing that a quick bath after dinner won't fix! Can you seriously imagine trying to put twins into and out of wetsuits three times a day. I am tired just thinking about it :)

Helene said...

Oh man, I sooooo remember those days! Everything they ate ended up in their hair!!! I say just scoot them as quickly as possible to the bath right after every meal.

Jayme said...

We eat naked. We get funny looks in restaurants though.

Courtney said...

Haha so funny! :). I'm jealous! I might have to go take henry to get one too! And lol I don't hold it against you for being an al fan! I will add you to my google reader...your girls are precious!

Cuz I'm the mama! said...

PLEASE let me know if you come up with a solution because you would be one amazing mama and possibly RICH, too!! This is so difficult in our house, too, and we are only 12 months so I have a long haul ahead of me apparently. :( I love after a bath when they are all clean and smell so good...and then an hour later they put their hands in their hair. ARGH!!!! And when you go out in public it looks like you don't bathe your children b/c they have grease ball hair. What a pain. Love the swim cap idea!!

Deanna said...

I try so hard not to say "Don't put that in your hair"...because you're so right; that's the first place their hands go! My two love to put their lima beans, grapes, crackers, etc. on top of their head and balance. Budding ballerinas, maybe?

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I often say to D, "let's just hose them off"

I plan messy meals for supper so that straight after, it's bath time and they can get clean :)

JenM said...

Our messiest meals are only allowed at dinner on a bath night - it is a pain to get stuff out of hair! Just wanted to let you know I'm going to start following you - love your posts!

Andrea said...

I have nothing! :( I didn't have that issue with Molly. Luke on the other hand thought it was too funny. At least it was easy to clean up his hair. Good luck! I feel for you! I would have hated Molly getting her hair all dirty! ;)

Dolli-Mama said...

What about a rain poncho? Would that work? They have hoods on them and you could still hose it off after meals... Let me know if you come up with something good! :)

reanbean said...

Mine still occasionally touch their hair with messy hands at meal times. It used to drive me nuts, but doesn't seem to bother me as much any more (I suppose, over time, we get used to those sorts of things). When they were first learning to eat messy foods, I would strip them down to their diapers for mealtimes. After a while, I reduced it to just talking of their shirts. Now, they eat fully clothed (with a bib, of course) and are able to do so without getting too much food on their clothes. But I'm still armed with OxiClean and the Stain Stick with Resolve for those times when they do end up with food all over. :o)

Sadia said...

That is the downside of toddlers with a nice head of hair! Fortunately, they outgrow this phase. My husband manages to get food in his buzzed hair though ...

Jen said...

My daughter is 2 1/2 and when she was about your daughters' age up until a few months ago, she was notorious for smearing her food through her hair, lol. Or just touching her hair while she was eating. And yes, the more I told her not to, the more she did it. I'm SO happy to say she's outgrown that. LOL.

By the way, my name is Jen. I can't remember how I came across your blog, but I've been reading for a few months :-)