Six Hundred and Forty-Five Days Ago, I gave birth to a baby girl.

After having two boys, and having four boy cousins on Matthew’s side, we were pretty sure that we were into the testosterone side of living for the long haul. When the doctor and nurse both screamed, “IT’S A GIRL!!!”, my mind was blown.  I wept openly with joy.

For while I have an irreplaceable bond with my boys, I wanted so very much to have a girl.  To dream dreams of ponies and of princes.  Of pink, and of purple, and of all things pastel.  Of rainbows, and of ribbons, and of ringlets of gold.


My baby girl was bald.  Seriously bald.  NO HAIR TO BE SEEN.

While I knew in my heart that she would not be bald forever (and that she was beautiful, bald or not), I sometimes wondered if she would EVER GROW HAIR.  Seriously.  I have doubted the ability of her follicles.

Lately, however, the follicles have finally stepped up to the plate.  IT IS ABOUT TIME.

Emily has been growing HAIR.  Not pansy hair, but REALLY THICK LUSCIOUS HAIR. Complete with curl. YES!

I have been working on her to let me do something that I have wished for since the day she was born.  On Sunday morning, my dreams came true.


No, not the dress (Which is from the box of clothes that Ali sent me).  Do you see what I am so excited about? How about a zoom (on the girl WHO DOES NOT STOP RUNNING)?


Still stumped?  I have more photos!  SHOCKING, I KNOW.

Miss Emily

Do you see it?

Sears pose

Emily is rocking the Sears pose in order to show you HER MINI BARRETTE.

The clip!

YES!  She has enough hair for a MINI BARRETTE.  I may or may not have done a happy dance.

She seems pretty happy about the whole scene as well.

Happy Girl

Before you know it we will be dealing with PONY TAILS and BIG BARRETTES and TANGLED CURLS.

I can’t hardly wait.

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  1. SAJ July 28, 2008 1:27 am edit

    Yayyyyy!!!! As another mother of a bald baby I know the happiness!

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  2. bethany actually July 28, 2008 1:54 am edit

    Ditto SAJ! Annalie wasn’t totally bald, but she might as well have been. I was so excited when she finally had enough hair for tiny ponytails around the 20th month. :-)

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  3. Hannah July 28, 2008 3:08 am edit

    Hooray for Emily’s first hair clip! I’m sure it won’t be long before you are posting pics of her cute little pigtails. :-)
    She is beautiful – and always has been.

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  4. Janssen July 28, 2008 4:59 am edit

    Hooray! How fun!

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  5. TheAngelForever July 28, 2008 5:04 am edit

    Congrats! I can not wait to see photos down the road of ponytails and pigtails :)

    Too bad ponytails on 14 month old little boys is frowned upon. Right now I am being pressured by DH to cutting my son’s hair.

    TheAngelForever’s last blog post..To cut or not to cut . . . that is the question

  6. Randi July 28, 2008 5:05 am edit

    Ahhhh….The older she gets she’ll probably have really thick hair like you. LOVE the little clip and that dress is adorable;)

    She is the cutest. I’ve never seen a little girl look so much like mommy. Precious:)

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  7. slynnro July 28, 2008 5:11 am edit

    Congrats Angella!

    I have a friend with a 6 month old baby girl and she has been sticking hair clips into her baldness since day one. I have no idea how.

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  8. Tracy July 28, 2008 6:10 am edit

    The hair clip is a riot! I, too, after two boys was overjoyed for a girl. And got one!! I couldn’t get any of her hairbugs to stay in until she was about three. She has beautiful hair now… if only it would get brushed!

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  9. Heather B July 28, 2008 6:18 am edit

    Actually from the first picture my thought was “look at all that hair!” Whoo! Congratulations!

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  10. ali July 28, 2008 6:21 am edit

    oh, i KNOW this feeling.
    i went through the same thing with my bald isabella!!

    ps. more clothes. i have more clothes for you!

  11. sizzle July 28, 2008 6:31 am edit

    I wonder if you will post in a couple of years that she’s screaming whenever you try to brush the tangles out of her hair? Or that she came home with blue and pink hair? hee hee! :-)

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  12. Elaine July 28, 2008 6:37 am edit

    Oh glorious day!! And yes, she IS totally rockin’ that barette! Yay for Emily & for Mommy! : )

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  13. kirida July 28, 2008 7:06 am edit

    I always thought she was beautiful and now she can accessorize!

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  14. Rhi July 28, 2008 7:12 am edit

    YAY! By the way, my mother used to scotch tape bows to my head. Likely, any hair I had at the time was ripped out when she removed the tape. It was the 70s. I don’t think she knew any better.

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  15. She Likes Purple July 28, 2008 7:17 am edit

    Oh, she’s adorable!

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  16. Jenny July 28, 2008 8:09 am edit

    LOOK AT THAT SMILE. She is frickin PRECIOUS.

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  17. teresa July 28, 2008 8:23 am edit

    Oh, I can totally relate. Eva didn’t have hair for the longest time, and I definitely threw a party the first time I put a mini barette in my hair.

    I also remember one of the first times she sported the mini barette, a concerned stranger was staring from afar, came up for a closer look and said “Ohhhh, I thought there was a bug on her head.”

    Anyhow, Emily looks adorable. Yay for hair!

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  18. Kristabella July 28, 2008 8:31 am edit

    Look at all that hair! Yay for hair clips!

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  19. Kami July 28, 2008 8:39 am edit

    Aww, too cute!

    I was bald till I was 3 as my parents like to remind me so I can sympathize with her joy over the barrette!

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  20. Elizabeth July 28, 2008 8:41 am edit

    Hee, You crack me up. And she is the cutest, she really is.
    Mr. E didn’t have any hair until he was about three, and I think he is very relieved that Senor Pants has any hair at all.
    But you know, I think there is a special place in my heart for those bald babies :) Maybe I will get one some day.

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  21. gorillabuns July 28, 2008 8:42 am edit

    Be one with not a lot of hair just yet. I cry when it’s time to brush my oldest.

  22. Sharon July 28, 2008 9:00 am edit

    Aww, she looks so adorable! I love the little barrette!

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  23. Nadine/Scarb July 28, 2008 9:23 am edit

    Dude — that is awesome. And now you need these. (Made in Canada by a Canadian designer from Montreal.)

    We have them and they are next to impossible to pull out.

    Nadine/Scarb’s last blog post..Dear Universe, why do you hate me?

  24. Camels & Chocolate July 28, 2008 9:44 am edit

    She’s so gorgeous!!!

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  25. Meg July 28, 2008 10:35 am edit

    Oh, that is just too stinking cute!!!
    Congratulations Ms Emily!!!

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  26. Andrea July 28, 2008 10:53 am edit

    I love barrettes, bows, headbands…. they are the cherry on top on the beautiful cake :) And your 645 day old Emily is gorgeous working that mini barrette!


  27. Victoria July 28, 2008 11:16 am edit

    tee hee!

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  28. Kerri Anne July 28, 2008 11:16 am edit

    That mini barrette is making me laugh. It’s so CUTE, and MINI.

    Very adorable the both of you, as usual. : )

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  29. Anna July 28, 2008 12:37 pm edit

    Ha, ha, ha, I could have written this post 2 years ago…well minus the boy part.
    Love it!

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  30. Elizabeth July 28, 2008 1:33 pm edit

    So cute and so girly! Love it.

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  31. Kristin July 28, 2008 3:36 pm edit

    Aww, how cute and fun!
    You can see in the pics that is really is starting to grow! She’ll have pigtails by her 2nd birthday!

  32. Rachel July 28, 2008 3:47 pm edit

    Congratulations on this momentous occasion :-)
    I remember Princess’ first barrette, she was born sans hair, too.
    I was over the moon with her first sticky upy spiky pigtails on top of her head with 6 wisps of hair in each :-)
    I feel you and I saw that clip in the very first picture.
    Again, felicitations momma ;-)

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  33. lvgurl July 28, 2008 3:47 pm edit

    I remember the post with the new pack of mini barrettes! The lone barrette gave me a little chuckle :). Not chuckling AT her, of course…Makenna was follicley challenged until 2.

    Hey look at me! The buzz wore off and I’m coherent again ;)

    How did you figure out the 645 (?) days part?

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  34. Maria July 28, 2008 6:44 pm edit

    The first hair bow is always the most special!

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  35. Michele July 28, 2008 10:39 pm edit

    Finally! And it looks ADORABLE!!! Love her dress too!

  36. Kate July 29, 2008 7:37 am edit

    Awww! Her hair is really growing fast now! What a fun time! I love shopping for and putting clips in my girls’ hair – but they won’t keep them in . . . so good luck with that!

    Kate’s last blog post..It’s all in my head

  37. rebecca July 29, 2008 9:04 am edit

    So cute! I have an almost-six-month-old baby girl and I CANNOT wait for the hair accessories too. Right now, she’s only got duck fuzz, but I live for the day when I will be able to put a miniature sticking-up ponytail on top of her head. :)

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  38. Loralee July 29, 2008 3:35 pm edit

    One day! One day I shall be able to put in a pink barrette!!! Even if we have another boy. I shall do it at least ONCE! One of my kids will wear a pink barrette, dammit.

    (And if we don’t have any more children at all? I guess I will force it on my 9-year-old and give him a reason to go to therapy as an adult.)

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  39. Mrs. Wilson July 29, 2008 5:09 pm edit


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  40. Mrs. Wilson July 29, 2008 5:12 pm edit

    ps. one of your google ads says, “Boys Wearing Thongs”. Just thought you should know. I might have spit out my juice when I read it.

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  41. Shawna July 29, 2008 6:18 pm edit

    Not fair! When Emily was bald, all I looked at were her big eyes. Now I have to divide my attention between beautiful eyes AND hair!

    Shawna’s last blog post..Calm before the storm

  42. Calee July 31, 2008 10:47 pm edit

    I so did a happy dance when we finally got the mini clip. The fountain ponytail is soon to follow. Get your rubber bands now!!

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