Baby Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}



I remember when Kitty’s hair was all short and fluffy in that fleeting stage between newborn and rambunctious toddler.  Her first dark silky hair had fallen out and in its place were swirls of dirty strawberry blonde, radiating from at least two separate crowns.  But as her hair grew, so they became less pronounced, and now it’s dark blonde, shoulder length, with just a hint of a curl at the bottom where she winds it round and round and round her fingers whenever she’s tired, or just needs a little comfort. Elma, born with a shock of dark brown hair that earned her the baby penguin nickname, at least for her first few weeks (think of the baby penguins in Happy Feet), gradually started to loose it during the Spring, and now has only the very odd strand of newborn hair remaining, so much longer than the rest. And right now she too has that swirl that I remember from her sister, all soft dark brown and with that smell that instantly conjures up baby, a unique mixture of baby shampoo, supper and some magical ingredient designed by nature purely to make us want to pick them up and cuddle them. 20130825-DSC_0183

I think perhaps this is an everyday ordinary that is only fleeting if you are the mother of little girls; only visible in that short period between willing the baby’s hair to grow and hurriedly Googling You Tube videos for a quick refresher on French plaits, or a step by step guide to turning a toddler into a very tiny and slightly stompy version of a Disney Princess, but Mamas to boys, feel free to correct me. I can do an impressive (to my mind at least) version of Belle and Cinderella and I’ve got half an idea how to pull off Rapunzel if only Kitty would stay still long enough, but for today I’m letting that slide in favour of remembering and capturing Elma and her hair as she is now, and the swoops and swirls that will be gone all too soon. I’m joining in with Katie again this week so do have a look at her post and I’m loving seeing what other special moments are being saved by the other families taking part too!

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  • Anna-Marie 08/09/2013 at 11:03 am

    This is lovely, I remember it, and remember it well.

    Moo had a head of dark, but she soon lost her hair and was very fair, it was more of a puff ball for a long time (husband and scissors do not mix!!) Moo does not let me do much with her hair, she just about lets me do a plait! I wish she would let me do more but she refuses to sit still!

    Lovely post. x

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:49 pm

      We go through stages of lots of hairdos or none at all – usually depending on how many hair bobbles madam has managed to loose at nursery!

  • Model mummy (@rowdyreviewer) 08/09/2013 at 5:14 pm

    Mmmmmm I love the smell of baby / toddler hair! My 1 year old has just has a spurt of hair growth and there are lots of curls forming!
    Just off to have a good read of the rest of your blog!
    Nice to meet you!

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:52 pm

      Lovely to meet you too! I’ve been lucky that both my two have had lots of hair so there’s always been a really visible baby curl – although after a week in the sun they’re both going even fairer!

  • Caroline 08/09/2013 at 8:05 pm

    I love this, I love my girl’s curls, I always wanted curly hair. I also thought I was the only one who took photos of the top of my children’s heads but apparently not…..:)

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:58 pm

      Definitely not the only one…!

  • Kellpops 09/09/2013 at 5:17 pm

    There was a little girl… who had a little curl…

    A lovely capture this week.

  • TalesofaTwinMum 10/09/2013 at 2:05 pm

    You’ve inspired me to go and take a photo of the top of my baby’s head now! I love to see how their hair grows and changes in texture and colour as they get older. I’m dreading E getting long hair and needing to brush it though – my boys are bad enough at complaining and theirs is short! x

  • Abby 10/09/2013 at 7:47 pm

    Haha, my husband has a bit of a swirl to his hair, which I have dubbed his “monkey butt”. Not sure he likes the name, but oh well.

  • Actually Mummy... 08/12/2013 at 9:22 am

    Such a sweet post – lovely!

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you – it’s amazing how much it’s grown since then!