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June 27, 2006

Gwen's hair

Daddy_gwen_june_06 When Gwen came to us, she was practically bald <click here to see her referral picture>

In the 9 months she's been home, her hair has grown and grown and grown! It's super thick and glossy and gorgeous but it's also in her face all the time! To make things worse, it grows straight toward her face at a very sharp angle so any attempt to pull it back and contain it with a barrette or clip is really unnatural. It just won't "bend" that way!

We flunked inspection this morning at our local park where Chinese Grandmothers take their little grandkids to play. They know us well and they call Gwen "MiMi". Today, they smiled at her but frowned at me as they made the sign of scissors and pointed at her bangs.

But I am trying! We own so many barrettes and bows and hair clips! I've even attempted to appeal to Gwen's sense of vanity (she has none, apparently) by telling her that I'm putting a "pretty" in her hair. I got that tip from Sophie's mom since Sophie loves to get dolled up and always looks adorable <click here to see how adorable>. But Gwen doesn't care about "pretties" in her hair. In fact, I might as well be telling her that I'm putting oatmeal in her hair because she immediately finds the offending thing and throws it on the floor.

Pigtails are super cute on her but they never last more than two minutes. Sometimes, they've lasted long enough for me to grab the camera but not much longer.

"The Pebbles Doo" (pictured above) seems to be the exception as she'll actually leave this silly thing alone. It's nice to be able to see her face even though she looks like she has a fountain springing from her head! Actually, she blends in pretty well with the tree in the background!

Daddy's not too fond of this style but it's about all we can do until her hair is finally long enough to capture in one ponytail at the back of her head. That's our goal. It's going to be a challenge to ride out this shaggy look between now and then.

I wonder what Maddy's hair looks like.....

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