Saturday, February 19, 2011

At what age do we consider mustache removal?

And no we are not talking about me... Rylee has been obsessed with what she calls her "moose-stachio!"

Let me back up a little bit.

A couple of weeks ago Rylee asked us (while in a restaurant eating dinner), if she has a mustache?  I being the brave soul that I am, said "Ask your Dad." So she turned her questioning gaze on her father.

"DAD!  I don't have a moosestachio do I?"  We all look down at the table, and busy ourselves with the suddenly fascinating dinners that are sitting before us.

She stares us down.

Hanna caves first:  "Yes, Rylee you do have a moosetachio, but really it's okay because I have a uni-brow!"

Rylee looks at her Dad:  "DAD???"

He said "Don't look at me, your mother is the one that said you have a mustache!"

I consider dumping my dinner over his head...

I turn to her and said "I DID NOT say that you have a mustache, but if you really want to know you just need to look in the mirror yourself.  What I am saying is that you are incredibly beautiful and perfect."

She looks at me "I know that Mom, but do I have a moosestachio or not?"

I sigh... "Rylee, eventually everyone has some form of a mustache - some are just easier to see than others..."

Why, oh why are we even having this conversation???

She puts fingers on her upper lip, rubbing up and down her brow crinkles and she announces in an extremely loud voice "I DO HAVE A MOOSETACHIO!!!  WAAAAAAA"

People are looking... a lot of them...

I tell her we are done talking about this for now.  Thankfully, she lets it go.

But not for long...

Two days later we are standing in the bathroom, doing her hair.  She brings it up again.  "Mom, do I really have a moosetachio?"  I look at her for a minute trying to decide what I should do.  Finally I hand her a little mirror and say "you tell me".

She studies herself from every angle.

Than she glares at me "I DO have a moosestachio, and it is big, and dark, and you can see it really good!  WHY didn't you tell me this mother?  We have to do something about this right now!  Make it lighter Mom or I know, lets pull it out..."  She runs for the tweezers.

"No Rylee, we are not pulling it out! Listen to me... Everyone has this, your hair is just really dark, so it shows up a little bit more.  But it really is not very noticeable at all baby, and you are perfect just the way you are."

She narrows her eyes at me, with a stubborn look on her face that tells me in no uncertain terms - she's not buying it!

"Think about it Mom, think about it!  We need to do something about this!"  I distract her with other things, which works for a while. But not really...

She has now been studying the upper lips of all the girls at school.  I now know which ones have nothing there, which ones have very light hair and I also know that there is not another girl in THE ENTIRE school that has a moosetachio like Rylee.  I know this because I get a daily report from her.

This morning as she heads out the door, she brings it up again.  "We ARE doing something about this today Mother!"  I groan... she growls...

Suggestions?  Advise?


  1. I'm sorry that I'm giggling about this . . . no, I don't think I would do anything about it for at least 6 or 7 years. My 12 year old complains about her arm hair (and she has started shaving her legs this year). Don't you think Rylee will forget about it in a month or so??

    Gotta go look in the mirror 'cause I've never even thought about if I have a moosetachio :)

    Please update us as to how this goes!

  2. I have had quite a few chuckles about this myself but she sure is serious about it! Although she does do some joking too. I can't seriously consider that we would need to do anything about this until teenager years. But whenever she sees a commercial about hair removal she jumps all over it. It might be a very long 6 or 7 years :)

  3. I forget how old she is? Anyway, we have had similar things with ZuZu over the years. And we waited as well. But eventually we gave in and when we started waxing her eye brows the woman that did/does it is a friend and she gave her this thing, I will try to find a link and you use a circular motion 3 times around to the right and then to the left or maybe same direction, anyway, it doesn't get rid of it totally, but it does work and it made ZuZu feel better. If you go to google and type in "as seen on tv smooth away products" and click on images, you will see pictures of a product that is grey pads with pink holders, all sizes, big for legs and small for lips. the grey pad goes on the pink holder. They sell them at stores. $5.99 for the kit, some places maybe $9.99. We got ours at a Walgreens

    Anyway, ZuZu was/is young, but the hair is dark and this was not invasive. And she kept comparing herself to the other girls. Now keep in mind we stress that she is beautiful the way she is. Beauty marks and all. But for this we felt it was ok. Now I know Rylee is a bit younger so you might want to wait. Or you might want to try it.

    And as the other poster said, you can wait and see. Maybe she will forget in a month or so. ZuZu didn't forget about it. It kept coming up over and over. If she doesn't, this could be your back up plan. For us, ZuZU didn't forget and at the time she was 10, so it wasn't as big a deal at age 10. Although I didn't think I would be dealing with stuff like that at age 10 and for sure wouldn't want to do anything invasive at age 10.


  4. Oh heavens, another thing to "face" in a few year (but truly funny!). Hope she moves onto something else soon!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy


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