Musings from the Mother of a (somewhat formerly) Hair-less Baby

Because she was whisked away so fast, if you ask Sean what my first words after Wren was born were he will tell you with a little smile on his face (because he loves this story) that I asked him "Does she have a lot of hair?"

Oh, the irony! At 18 months old we are just finally starting to really get the first sprigs of real hair, not just bunny fluff... but here are just a few observations I've made over the last 18 months.

1. No, I'm not the most vindictive mother ever... but people must think so when they ask how old my little boy is (wearing head to toe pink clothes and sparkly flip flops). The powers of observation aren't as strong in some of the population apparently.

2. If you think that combing non-existant hair will acclimate them to it later on you are just wasting your time.

3. I am thankful for not having to worry about shampooing ketchup out of hair the 3+ meals a day we eat involving Wren's favorite condiment (side note: did you know that 1.5 year olds think you can dip everything from bananas to popcorn in ketchup... and that it tastes "Mmmmm"?)

4. It's easy to laugh at episodes of Tyra involving wigs for babies.... until you actually consider googling it.

5. I've been told on many occassions that if we bravely shave off Wren's hair, it will grow back thicker and fuller. Oh sure, let's throw away what it's taken 18 months to acheive and just hope it pans out. THANKS, but no-thanks.

Recently it has really started to grow, but it is still so fine that we will consider each little strand a gift from above (just like this little lady). But isn't it funny how the one thing you picture or imagine about your baby actually isn't even close to being as important as how much fun you have with them?

Green idea

We always try to think green, not only for our future but for the big impact is has on our check book! Our latest green-change is to eliminate our reliance on paper towels. When Wren was a wee-little one we decided not to use baby wipes to avoid drying out her tender skin, plus the cost savings that using cloths had was a big bonus (we have a sanitize cycle on our washing machine which was a god-send with a baby!).

Now that we don't change so many dirty diapers we are barely using many of the cloths so we have brought them down into the kitchen. We have a little bucket under the sink collecting dirty cloths, where we can easily toss them after each use until we do a load of laundry. They are great for wiping up dirty faces, spills and wiping down the counters and since we have so many I have enough to go a week or so between washings.

But we still have our paper towel holder near the sink for those times when you just need to toss something yucky!
And speaking of green, the garden is really starting to fill out and green up! Wren and I have been spending many afternoons out here trying to get the weeds and stray grass under control and get this garden looking good.
Well, I actually do most of the work while Wren tosses rocks in the pond about 3 feet away...
She is very intrigued by the apple blossom petals floating in the pond off the tree right over it and thinks that throwing rocks at them is quite amusing.

I have made it through about 6 feet of garden and am slowly working around the yard...

I have no idea how this section will go... everything is so big that I can't even see the weeds now!

But since I always have loved the look of English gardens where different plants and flowers all seem to co-mingle in nature I am not too worried about it~

What a baby!

Last weekend we took the plunge and bought our first big baby item: a Quinny Buzz stroller. Since we will not be using it for at least 4 more months Sean decided to take it for the ultimate test drive with Rosy. Poor Mung Kee wanted in on the fun but had to wait his turn, which he decided against after witnessing Rosy do a "pop-a-wheely".