Ever since my biggest girl was born, the one thing that people will often say when they meet her for the first time is something about her hair. She was born with a huge head of dark hair that looked like it had been sun kissed with highlights, so much so that the midwives laughed when we were in hospital and said that she looked like she had already been to the hairdressers. As she has grown her hair has changed, it went very blonde and with developed some beautiful ringlet curls.
The curls have proceeded to get curlier and curlier, with these stunning ringlets that hung down her back and swayed from side to side when she walked. It was the one thing that people used to comment on, her beautiful hair, which her sister now has too.
Inevitably as she has got bigger, her hair has got darker and not quite so golden blond, but the one thing that has remained is her curls. However over the last few months I have noticed that they are slowly going, while her hair still has a wave to it, the tight ringlets were only at the very bottom. It also was in very bad condition, looking extremely straggly and also hard to manage. While she was a brave girl, hair wash day was always a bit of an ordeal, even with a tangle teaser hair brush it would hurt her and take ages to comb through.
For ages now both my Mum and Mr E have said that we would should cut it, but I have resisted, knowing from experience with my own hair when I was little, that cutting it would lose the last of those beautiful blond ringlets. It has been a running joke in our family for a few years now that I wouldn’t let anyone near Mads hair, apart from to trim her fringe. A couple of weeks ago she went to a school disco and I took a photo of her before she went. When I looked at the photo later her hair looked so out of condition and straggly- I decided enough was enough and that I would book her in for a hair cut in half term.
It sounds a ridiculous thing to be emotional about, but I really was so sentimental about getting it cut. It really felt like an end of an era and to me her curls were such a part of who she was. But on Friday of this week we decided to make a morning out of it with Grandma. We went out for some lunch and took her to get some new school shoes, (major expense seeing as she only got a pair in September but she has completely worn them out) before going to the place where I get my hair cut.
She was such a good girl in the hairdressers and she made me very proud as she sat still and got a wash and condition, a cut and then a blow dry. It doesn’t even look like she has had a lot off, but she has had about 3 inches, I chickened out of doing anymore. It does look better, although she has lost the last of the tight beautiful blond ringlets, there is still a bit of a wave to her hair. It looks in a lot better condition now, although I think I need to really get a little bit more cut off next time.
It’s definitely a milestone for us as for years I haven’t even entertained the idea of getting it cut. I’ve even made an appointment for her in the easter holidays to have a little more off. My little girl is growing up and I guess I just need to accept that those beautiful ringlets are a thing of the past.
Speaking of growing up, I often speak about how my children seem to go through phases. For a few weeks before Christmas I was finding Mads quite hard work, she was just generally being a bit cheeky, grumpy, over tired and not listening. But the last couple of weeks she really has been such a wonderful little girl, of course she still has her moments, but it is like she has has grown up a little. She is kind, caring and considerate, exceptionally polite and just such a pleasure to be around. She is doing so well at school, with her reading and writing, and she loves it there too. She really seems to be listening, (most of the time) is just so affectionate and generally it is like having a little best friend around. She is such a funny little character and I just love the stage we are at at the moment. I often feel like I get a little glimpse into the future of what it might be like when she is a teenager- and I hope that we will continue to have such a great relationship.
I just feel so very proud of her at the moment and will miss her now half term is almost over.