It Shouldn’t Be So Difficult

It’s a pigtail for crying out loud!!

It wasn’t long after Ella’s hair started to grow that Sam put her in what I call “the Pebbles pigtail.” Remember Pebbles Flintstone? She had that one pigtail on the top of her head (held in place by a bone).


Ella looks especially cute in this pigtail – when mommy does her hair! I attempted this around the same time, but felt like her hair wasn’t long enough for me to get it right. Needless to say, that first attempt was a complete disaster.

Fast forward to this morning. Ella’s hair is so long now. How could I possible mess it up, right? I mean, there’s a lot of hair, and all I have to do is wrap it in this little rubber band! Me, feeling like Super Dad, decided that I was going to put her hair in a pigtail. I had the whole thing played out in my mind:

  • Ella sits still and allows me to put in the perfect pigtail
  • Sam wakes up for work and sees this perfect pigtail
  • Sam gives kudos to her amazing husband

That’s how it should have all played out, but it didn’t. First of all, Ella was not about to sit still. Second, getting the hair through that rubber band is not as easy as I thought. Third, I could only get it to wrap around about three times.

This was the result of my first attempt today:

What in God’s name is that?! I am cracking up at it just looking at it. The rubber band is all twisted in there. It’s not even a pigtail! It’s more of a knot!

Ella did not find it humorous!

For what it is worth, the second try was a bit better. Ella would not let me attempt a third try.

I’m sorry, honey. Daddy will eventually get it right. I promise to keep trying. I love you, princess!

Another Ella Milestone

Here’s One For the Baby Book

Somewhere in my house, I have my Baby Book. My mom and dad didn’t keep up with it completely, but there are some things that are in there. One of the things is a plastic bag with a lock of my hair from my first haircut.

Today, we put a little bit of Ella’s hair in a plastic bag from her first haircut. Sam kept telling me that I could stay home and sleep because I worked last night, but I wanted to be there. I wanted to get some pictures!

In all honesty, her first haircut was just a trim. Her hair kept falling in her eyes, so we wanted to trim it up. She also had some crazy curls in the back that were trimmed up.

We had no idea what to expect. If you have ever taken your child to get a haircut, you know it can go very well or very bad! I know that I used to cry and throw a fit when I had to get a hair cut! My dad actually had a pair or trimmers and tried to cut my hair. While he had the trimmers on my head, I moved and it left one huge bald spot. The only fix was to shave it down to my skull, I was probably in 3rd Grade and I had the Curly Howard from the Three Stooges look until my hair grew back! Served me right for moving around and throwing a fit!!

Anyway, we went to the gal who does Sam’s hair and it went very well! She was all smiles from the get go!

Even when Mrs. Shari started trimming, she was still calm.

Did she ever get upset? Yes. I don’t know if it was because we were trying to hold her head still or what, but there was a total of about 20 seconds of crying and that was it!

Naturally, I had to get a picture of this! You know, for when she is 18 and I need pictures to embarrass her with….

All joking aside, I am glad that I was able to go to see her first haircut. She did so well! Thank you to Mrs. Shari for trimming her up. Maybe it is now time for me to attempt putting her hair in a ponytail again….

We have witnessed so many firsts over the past year. She is growing up so fast. We love her so much!