Ok maybe jumping from pigtails to prom is a little extreme on the time line of life but that’s how fast it feels life is going at the moment. It feels only a second that I gave birth to MM and yet she will be two years old soon. Each milestone she hits and passes I think, “you are growing up too fast”. This past weekend abroad, MM hit another first and for some reason as little as it sounds it felt like a huge milestone.
Her very first pigtails.
She finally had enough hair for me to do something with it. It wasn’t just her having her hair up for the first time that made it such a big milestone but somehow over a weekend in France she changed SO much more in such a short period than she ever has before our very eyes. She all the sudden felt so grown up. She was talking more and communicating more clearly. She looked older and held herself more confidently. It just seems like she jumped in time in one weekend.
I have to admit I got emotional over her pigtails, over her recent milestone. Doing my little girl’s hair each morning has always been a dream of mine. She sits so still each morning after getting dressed. We pick out her hair clips and hair bands together to match whatever she is wearing. She immediately runs to the bathroom for me to pick her up so she can see them in the mirror. I am bias as her mother but I think she suits pigtails so much. I love that she is my girlie girl with her dresses on and wanting her hair done. Those moments of getting ready together are magical to me this past week.
While sometimes she still looks very much like my baby (she will always be my baby) I think this time of her being so young and innocent won’t last long. I will soon be watching her do her own hair for prom. I know I will look back and wonder how did we get from pigtails to prom so quickly. I pray time slows down each day so I can cherish this little moments of our morning routine and hair play.
Even sat next to her brother lately she looks older. It’s like she is catching up with him somehow. I think even B has noticed it too although he really gets upset when we say MM is no longer a baby. He says she is his baby which I think is so sweet. But I have to admit there is no longer a baby in our house now. Weep!
The photo below was her very first pigtails and it only came about as she was watching me put my hair up in a bun and took my hair bands and asked me to do hers. (which is why this black hair band is so big on her below). Once we realize we could get two complete pigtails in her hair, we immediate headed for the nearest department store and stocked up on her own colorful, vibrant, small hair bands and barrettes. I think shopping for her own hair accessories was another highlight and milestone of our week for her (and me). I couldn’t believe I was standing in a store asking my daughter which hair accessories she wanted already. A week ago, that seems like years away.
I love both my children equally, but there are things we bond more over for each. With B he loves me playing cars, soccer, and tickle monster with him. With MM she loves me picking out clothes and doing her hair with her. I love that I can bond differently with both of my children and I really am so grateful to have the best of both worlds having a boy and a girl. Although B keeps asking if he can wear a barrette in his hair too. (shhh, don’t tell Mr P). Don’t get me wrong MM loves a good kick of the soccer ball and B loves picking out his own clothes too but I really do get the best of it all. I am so happy and grateful for it.So our mornings have changed with a new tradition, a new little moment of doing our hair together. A moment that I will cherish forever with my little girl. As she goes from pigtails to prom to the future, I hope she will always let me play with her hair. It’s something I did with my own mother and I STILL love playing with my momma’s hair as much as her playing with mine.
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