Combing out the ends had become a chore, filled with tangles, and I even saw a few split ends, so we made an appointment at a kids' haircut place last weekend. We showed Em the photo gallery on the salon's website, and she was literally squealing with excitement.
We arrived early, which was fine as it gave her a chance to enjoy the abundance of toys.
Then it was her turn to meet her stylist and choose a fun car to sit in during her cut. She also chose to watch WALL-E while the gal did her magic, although it was over in about 15 minutes so she didn't catch to much. It was still a nice distraction for her, though.
I told the stylist that while I'd be sad to lose the curls, I wanted her to trim enough to keep her tresses healthy. She took a couple inches off, and we still have the curls. Huzzah!
So all in all we came away with no trauma. Em absolutely enjoyed the experience, and I've got my baby girl's first haircut over and done with, no worse for wear.