In which I learn to leave some things alone.

I have been sewing up a storm lately (a new hat and baby jammies are complete and pieces of a shirt are scattered over the table), but before I can show you any new photos of the babe I have to give a word of explanation about the tragic hair situation.

I cut it.

You see, she used to look like this.

Her lovely baby locks were perfectly layered and slightly sunbleached by nature itself. The only problem was that they were getting too long in the front.

Sometimes she huffs her bangs.

I know this because Camilla had developed the (adorable) habit of huffing upward to blow them out of her eyes.

I tried pulling them back with the cute little hairbows that are all the rage down here in The South, and I really thought the results were adorable.

Pre-haircut, with hairclip.

Camilla, however, became very adept at sensing that something was on her head. And as soon as she thought about it, she would start patting her hair with both hands until she found the it. And then she would put it in her mouth. And seeing as baby hairbows come in prime choking/swallowing size, this made me pretty nervous.

It got even better if her hands were wet and sticky. And sometimes there wasn’t even anything there, she just thought there was. And then there was wet and sticky hair, all for nothing.

I happen to love short bangs and bobbed hair on little girls, so one day I thought, Aha! I will just give her a little trim and then all my hairbow woes will go away.

So I took out my scissors and went “snip!” and some bangs went away. But it didn’t look right.
And then I went “snip, snip!” again, and it still didn’t look right.
And then “snip.”
And “snip” some more.
Until she looked like this.

The bowl cut. :(

And I felt like this.

Mom, what have you done to me?!?

Because I had inadvertently given my precious child her first Bowl Cut.

To his credit, husband wasn’t half as horrified as I was. And, to be honest, I don’t think the idea was all bad…I had just forgotten to take into account the fact that she has baldish spots on both side of her head, so it looks like her bangs wrap all the way around, a la “little monk in training.”

When the sides grow out, it will hopefully be pretty darn cute.

At least a silly haircut doesn't keep her from getting down to business.

But until then, it is my daily lesson that some things are better left alone. The more you try to “fix” them, the worse they get.

So let that be a lesson to you all.

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7 thoughts on “In which I learn to leave some things alone.

  1. I hadn’t checked your blog daily as I usually do because of getting used to our new MAC. Just saw this post. Amazing how different a hair cut can make us look. I’d far rather Camilla have short hair than a bow stuck in her throat! And, I’m sure she is happy to see more clearly. =) The look on her little face in the first picture of her new doo really made laugh, in spite of how surprising it was. Have to admit, I understand your shock, but what the heck. She’s darling no matter what. Trying to cut a babies hair is a feat in itself!! Good effort! And, by the way, hurray for Josh. He’s always had an amazing sense of humor about hair cuts. He was even willing to come back to me for more hatchet jobs. I still laugh when I think of his humorous comments back then. Such a great spirit. =)

  2. She is still a cutie! The experessions are on her face are priceless. And hair will grow back… Thanks for posting these.

  3. She’s so cute! I love all of her teeth. I used to cut Sam’s hair by sitting him in front of the TV with the remote control. I could do anything if he had that remote in his hand (now it’s his cell phone or his iTouch!). Bangs seem to be the most difficult to cut because they are right out in front for all to see. We’re looking forward to seeing you all this summer!

  4. Love the way you shared this. I still think she is a livin’ doll.

    Believe me, it could have been a lot worse. My mom cut the shortest bangs you could have and not call it a crew cut. HA!

  5. Paula – this made me laugh so hard. Daily I tell Mike that I’m going to cut Ellie’s bangs (for all the same reasons you mentioned). And daily he tells me that I better not! I’ve been so tempted. This post was just what I needed :). Although Camilla is seriously CUTE no matter what her bangs look like! She is one adorable little girl!

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