As I’m sure you know by now, Simon had his third birthday party, including his first haircut, on Sunday.
“The third birthday is a significant stage in the life of a Jewish boy. It is then that he officially begins his Torah education, and starts to wear a kippah and tzitzit.
On a developmental level, three years old is a key transition time. Until now, the boy was a baby – blanket, bottle, diapers. Now he is ready to move into the world of friends, school, etc. Cutting his hair at this time makes a strong emotional impression on the child. He knows that he is advancing to a new stage of maturity, and this helps him live up to the new role.” – Aish.com
Another view of the Simon letters – I got the idea from here.
We got these Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck banks at the antique mall. We used them to have people give coins to charity when they cut a piece of Simon’s hair. They also distracted Simon and gave him something to play with.
Video of Grandpa cutting Simon’s hair.
There was a bit of a mishap when blowing out the candles on the cake. See if you can spot it in this video:
After the party, Simon had the rest of his haircut at home. First we had to pretend to give Thomas a haircut. Simon was not happy with the buzzer or with getting his hair on himself!
Now Simon keeps saying “the baby is gone.” But he’s not convinced of that enough to start wearing underwear!