Thursday, March 26, 2009

P is for Ponytail

As every mama of a little girl probably knows, one of the best parts to having a little princess of your very own is dressing her up and doing her hair! Well we had a major set back in the cute girly dos department when last winter (2008) the little one began pulling out her hair on the top sides. Unattractive and very noticeable nearly baldish spot were the result and as you can imagine I was very upset about it.

It didn't help that everyone including complete strangers felt the need to comment on it, and they weren't always nice caring inquiries and some were quite rude. Can't tell you how many times I was told, that I should tell her to stop. Um yeah, don't you think I tried that! Plus from all the online research I did and from my conversations with her pediatrician what we were supposed to do was ignore for the most part and not discuss or bring too much attention to it. Hard to do when people in the grocery store ask you about it.
It had started to grow back a little in this picture from last spring but you can see the slight mohawk look she was rocking for awhile. Mind you, I am perfectly aware that this is not the end of the world and there are a lot worse things that can happen to your daughter and I told myself that over and over again. I was still upset.

We did figure out that she did it only in her crib on her way to sleep, as a calming type thing. She'd pull and twist and the baby fine hairs didn't have a chance. We wore a lot of hats that spring and summer, mainly to keep her little head from getting sun burn but mercifully they also meant that there were less comments about the whole thing too.

This past fall and winter she has gotten really into princesses and I mean really into princesses. She tells me she's not my baby anymore, she's my princess. I'm her queen mommy and Brad is the knight. I think he's a bit miffed at not being at least my prince consort!

The whole princess thing really helped with the not pulling out our hair, once she found out princesses have long pretty hair and get to wear fun hair accessories it stopped. A big thanks to her best friends, Margaret's little girly girls for helping to reinforce that. Every little girl wants to be just like a princess, in ER's case like Cinderella, who is her favorite one of all.

So after this long wordy introduction I give you...my own little princess complete with her first tiny little ponytail!

16 Friends Said:

dougandcheryl said...

So cute. I'm glad she stopped pulling it out.. that seems like it would hurt! What a cute little ponytail.

Procrastinator Crafter said...

Yeah for ponytails!! She looks so cute!! I bet you have been waiting for this day for a long time!! I remember reading you like big bows, it won't be long until she can support one of those!! My daughter never wore them until she was 3 (no hair)!!
BTW- why is it when hubbies go on a cleaning rampage they throw away all of OUR stuff!! "It's not JUNK it is going to be decoration one day!!" I always explain to tell him! Good news for you, all you have to do is eat some delicious clementines and you have another box! Me I am still missing old windows, flower pots, shelves, etc. Have a great day!

Holly said...

Aw, how sweet! What a patient queen mommy you are! ☺

Missy said...

Very sweet! She's rockin' that ponytail!

Norma said...

Love the little pony tail on the little princess! Brad may be her knight but he is a very kingly one.

Norma

Courtney said...

WHOO HOOO! What a cute ponytail that is!

And, what a great mama you are!

Vickie said...

She is so sweet!

People need to mind there own business. One lady was pissing me off with her comments, that I stopped talking to her and turned my back to her.

When Adela is resting she wraps the lose lace that is on her babydoll around her finger. Well she will forget and fall asleep and then it turns purple! I am so fortunate I have caught it a few times. Who knows what might happen. I had to cut the lace, so she couldn't do it anymore.

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I cant believe that strangers would say rude things about it. Some people are just so rude and nasty. I would never say something to someone about it. Well...her ponytail looks cute. She would be just as adorable bald. She such a cutie!

Dawn said...

Cute ponytail!! It looks adorable!

Mama King said...

:-) It is the seemingly little things that make all the difference. She is adorable and every inch a princess!

Annie said...

Wow, definitely it was a hard thing for you as a mom. But, she stop doing that and she had a beautiful ponytail.

Shey said...

I agree, totally adorable. I want to give her a squeeze. Can I?

Have a happy day!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

Adorable for sure! Now you can start making a whole new slew of hair clippies;)

Alicia said...

Whooo hooo!!!!!

k-e-household said...

Thank you for sharing your story. You know you aren't the only one with a child who does that, but its good to talk about it because people often don't. I understand it must have been very difficult for you :(
But, look at her now!! Big girl princess!!
Congrats ER!!

Joy said...

You go, girl, with your fresh ponytail!

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