Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Well, it's really none of your business, is it?


Stella has crazy hair. We have established that, we have tried to fight it, we have let the crazy hair win. I'd like to get that out in the open first. But apparently, both family and strangers have not gotten this. I spoke to my Mother the other day, and commenting on the recent pictures she'd seen of Stella, she said, "do you ever use a brush on that child's hair before you take a picture?" or something to that effect. I proceeded to tell her that brushes do not work. Brushes soaked in water do not work, brushes soaked in hairspray do not work. I haven't tried glue, but I'm pretty sure it WOULDN'T WORK! I used to think Tim just didn't do a good job of brushing Stella's hair after baths. But oh, no, that is not it, I brush her hair often after the bath and it is obedient until it dries. Then we thought we were parting her hair wrong and so tried flipping her part. Nope, it still worked its way back into the familiar crazy pattern with her bangs plastered to her forehead. So a busybody at Target today, said, "oh, she's so cute, oh, poor thing with your hair in your eyes, can you see past all that hair?" I said, yeah, you try to push it out of the way, and it just goes back. And I demonstrated, sweeping Stella's bangs off to the side. They quickly fell back to the front. "Oh, your mommy has a barrette holding her hair, doesn't she?" At the time, I thought, "yeah, idiot, I do." I didn't realize until afterwards, in the car, too far past the moment that she was basically saying, "Your mommy doesn't bother to put a hair clip in your hair, which would keep it out of your eyes." And I burned, I seethed with the comeback, which was, "Well, I think having hair in your eyes is preferable to choking to death because your mom put a choking hazard in your hair to keep it out of your eyes!" It sounded better when I muttered it to myself in the car. Anyway, I think people just aren't used to seeing babies with as much hair as Stella, so they've never had to deal with babies with bangs. Maybe my baby is just getting a head start on being a sullen teenager. I've thought about cutting her bangs, but my cousin said not to do that. She did that on her baby, who also has/had crazy hair, and now that Mercedes is almost two, she wishes she hadn't and is trying to grow her bangs out to the same length as the rest of her hair. So unless someone knows of a non-choking hazard barette, we'll just have to deal with a little crazy hair for a wee bit longer!
Another funny stranger comment. The lady at the teaching supply store today said that Stella had such beautiful eyes (she does), and with that beautiful olive skin, she'll have to beat off the boys one day. Olive skin? Hmmm, I've never heard that one before. I have no problem with Stella having olive skin, but I don't think she does. I think perhaps she just looked dark compared to her paler-than-thou momma.
Stella is literally eating paper right now. I wonder if that's bad for her digestive system...

6 comments:

jooley_ann said...

Okay, this one has me snickering. Sorry, but the Target woman's comment is just SO off base that it's funny. Isn't it insane the things people have the nerve to say? Kills me.

I wish you'd thought of the choking hazard comment earlier so you could make it to her face. It's the perfect comeback. Especially if delivered in a syrupy sweet voice.

Mindy said...

Oli has the wild hair too. Maybe we can develop a product? Garnier Fructis Baby Head? I'm thinking something along the lines of rubber cement without the odor?

k said...

I have a friend who had the wild and crazy baby hair when she was little. She had so much hair that her mom gave her a permanent when she was 6 weeks old (they have pictures of her with the little rods in her hair). That didn't work so her mom slicked her hair down with Vaseline. That didn't work either.

jooley_ann said...

PS -- (I shoulda mentioned this on my first comment) -- I love Stella's hair! So there!

Kate said...

She's a wild and crazy girl! If it was me I'd probably be angry, but it makes me chuckle to think about people telling you that your baby's hair is wild and you could brush it. Really?!?

As for olive skin, people have told me I have it, too and I am about the color of skim milk. The next time I see her I'll have to obsess over the underlying colors in her skin.

Caroline said...

#1 - Crazy hair is adorable on a baby
#2 - Stella comes by crazy hair honestly (I have a picture of her crazy hair dad I'm going to send very, very soon)