This is Rhys:
I've been loving how her hair is growing. When it's done up nice, it really frames her face very femininely and looks so pretty. We've been growing it out. Her hair has been growing really well.
And, then this happened:
It makes me want to cry looking it. She chopped it off! It's about as short as she could have cut it. No bangs, nothing. Just buzzed. When I saw it, I thought she looked like a balding man. I did a double and triple take, and it was like my brain couldn't accept what had happened.
I kept saying (kind of shrilly yelling) "Oh my gosh! Did you just cut your hair all off? How did you do that?! You cut your hair! How did you do that?!" Kind of repeated it all over and over like an insane person. It might not have been the best, most thoughtful reaction, but I could not believe what I was seeing. It made me sick to my stomach. It's not like she just trimmed her hair. She buzzed the top of her head. I still don't even know how she was capable of doing that. She's 25 months old. Clearly she is a prodigy with scissors. I kind of interrogated all the kids, wondering if any of them helped her do it, but none of them did. And none showed signs that they were lying.
How did this happen, you may ask? I've mentioned I have a hard time feeling like it's safe to shower, right? Rhys is one of the main reasons for that. She gets into everything she can. I'm often redirecting her, getting her off the kitchen counters, away from the sinks/soap/people's toothbrushes, etc...and trying to give her proper things to do, etc. It's not abnormal behavior for her age, as in, it's not excessive compared to other kids. All my kids have done it, but it's been most challenging with her because I am chasing after the baby too, and so it seems to gets into other stuff easier. Plus, Rhys is one of my best climbers at this age, which makes it all the more challenging!
We have a school room, as seen here:
In the top photo you can see we have a baby gate to allow the older kids to work in the school room without Rhys being able to come in and get stuff she shouldn't have. That lets them cut and glue and use markers, etc. Rhys plays in there, too, but the rule is that all those things need to be put away or monitored by themselves to make sure Rhys doesn't get it.
Well, sometimes, little Miss Violet forgets to close the gate when she leaves. Rhys got in there, which, like I said, she does, so I didn't think anything of it. I just didn't know that Violet hadn't put her scissors away. So...that's how it happened. And, it's also why we will be locking up all scissors instead of storing them away up high.
If I put a wide headband on her, with a big ol' flower to hide the front of her hair a little, it's not very noticeable. But, otherwise, it obviously is quite noticeable. The back of her hair still looks beautiful. It kind of looks like a mullet here, but her sides are still long too. So, it's not actually a mullet! And, she's cute no matter what.
Since she's gotten up from her nap, I've played with it a little more. We can do a comb-over (hair from back kind of falls over it, so it covers it up a little bit). It just looks really thin. But who doesn't like those?! I, for one, think it's a fabulous look. Who wouldn't want their daughter to have a comb-over?
At least my house didn't burn down, right?!