Pigtails Rule!

One of the sadder stories of motherhood has been the lack of hairstyling in my home. I can french-braid, ponytail, bun and up-do with the best of them.Β  When I found out that I was having a girl, I may or may not have bought 18 bows and 3 monogrammed hair ties. Just to be prepared.

But for the last two years, I have been thwarted. N LITERALLY WRITHES IN PAIN when I touch her hair.Β  Her brother and I have gotten more use out of those bows.

Except on Friday, when N walks up to me with multiple hair bands and asks for pigtails.


Quick! Take 100 pictures of this momentous event
She's so adorable.

Until she turns around to show off her THIRD PIGTAIL. Which she insisted on with all the powers of a toddler girl.

When will I win? Seriously, when?


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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

37 thoughts to “Pigtails Rule!”

  1. I love pigtails so much. So much. Alex won’t even let me give him a ponytail so I know I’ll never get a picture of him in piggies.

  2. I will be so happy when Lucy gets more hair to put this little “L” bow I have in. LOVE N’s pigtails! The one of her with her hands over her mouth is precious! Almost like she’s just too cute she can’t stand it. Hah! Love her little squishy cheeks and nose. Sigh…girls are dudical. :oD

  3. Goodness is she adorable. My oldest, 4, still won’t let me touch her hair, washing it is even a battle, brushing? forget about it…..but I have a 22 month old daughter who lets me play so I have hopes…she even leaves them in her hair for the most part…I am eagerly anticipating when it grows longer for pigtails…I feel your pain….

  4. So cute!!!!!!!!!

    I feel your pain, though. Brian won’t let me style his hair, either. And MAN would he look awesome in pigtails! πŸ˜‰

  5. Oh, you’re killing me with adorableness! I frequently torture tori with pigtails…but she’s such a pain in the butt, I’m considering chopping her hair off.

    But I do love pigtails…

  6. So darn cute!! I, too, have a lot of hair styling talent but am often thwarted in my efforts. My 4 year-old cries in pain when I touch her hair but funny enough, it doesn’t hurt at all when I take her to a salon.

  7. Congrats Mom! Enjoy this milestone. I’ve got a Tweener with a book. She’s going through the book doing each “do”. Tried to talk me into a “Lemon Rinse” (?). I was told to get to braiding. When I was done (and very proud of my work, thank you), “No DAD. Not French Braid. ROPE BRAID”.

    She’s looking for a book about Men’s hair styles.

  8. My oldest will not let me put bows or pigtails in her hair ever. She is a crazy tomboy. My youngest has curly hair that is always in knots and falls in her face so we try to do a pigtail on the top of her head to keep it out. Generally she is good with that (and looks SO cute) but some days…

    damn, makes me want to just shave their heads :p

  9. Oh, I think three is a magic number. My little one requires three, four or five. But I’m thrilled to do it. My big girl let me briefly do her hair (fir two weeks, when she was under two) and is JUST finally letting me again! Oh, the braids and pony tails, the pigtails!

  10. OH MY GOSH! those might be the cutest pictures I’ve ever seen! (I can say that because I don’t have my own kids.) I’m not good at doing cool things to hair… I want to learn in case I have kids who let me play with their hair. I also want to learn for me- I can’t even do a French braid on myself! sad.

  11. I fail at hairstyling. It’s why I keep my own hair short. I’m pretty sure I’m missing that particular girlie gene. I spray Lil’s Bit’s curls down every morning, give her a comb-over, and that’s it – that’s the extent of my hairstyling abilities. I think I might cry when she asks me for pigtails.

  12. She is so stinkin’ cute!!! If it makes you feel better, my kids were bald until they were 18 mos, so will never let me brush their hair, much less put anything in it. Sigh. However, I am not a girly-girl and have no interest in girly stuff (in fact, one of my biggest fears was realized when I had 2 girls because I was afraid they would be all about princesses and I would have no idea what to do with them). So it doesn’t bother me too much. Though it makes me crazy that I can’t get their hair brushed at least…

  13. Mazzy’s hair is just long enough for a ponytail and I can’t get her to stay still to make it happen. She keeps turning around like– why the hell are you suddenly so interested in touching my head?

  14. She is so cute! Paige used to be like that when she was little. She never wanted me to touch her hair. Now it is routine. Every morning she wears pigtails, unless we have extra time and I straighten her hair. She is quite the diva even at 5 years old.

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