I waited for a year for Avery's beautiful hair to fill in.
Once it did, I was thrilled to discover curls. Sweet little ringlets.
They were to die for.
Notice that I said "were"...as in PAST tense.
Avery has two very significant coping mechanisms:
One of them is sucking her thumb.
The other is twirling her hair.
This summer, Avery started twirling her hair with more frequency and greater intensity.
She twirled her hair so tightly, that knots formed where her beautiful ringlets were.
Sticky, toddler-crust-coated knots.
LOTS of knots.
I tried many, many tactics to keep her curls from knotting up: sprays, conditioners, shampoos, brushes - you name it.
The twirling continued and I spent many, many hours picking the evil knots out of her hair.
Despite my best efforts, the scissors were used MORE THAN ONCE on her beautiful, beautiful curls.
The scissors got rid of the knots...AND the curls.
I had to chop away so much of her hair that I finally took her to my hair stylist to see if she would trim it up...to keep the dreaded MULLET from forming.
I spent the 80's sporting a mullet.
I can't pass that humiliation on to the next generation.
It just ain't right.
The thing is, Avery's not picky about the hair she twirls. Any hair will do.
Even Charlie has fallen victim to Avery's habit.
It's out of control.
Over the last couple of weeks, David and I have been trying our hardest to re-train her not to twirl her hair.
We remind her no less than 20 times a day (and NO that's not an exaggeration, kris, maribeth, and jennifer).
When she's with us, she does a great job keeping her hair "knot free".
When she's in her bed, however, this is what happens:
As a last ditch effort to save the curls Avery has left, I've decided to call for reinforcements:
Dora's definitely taking one for the team. God bless her.
I gotta tell you - I thought introducing Dora was a genius idea.
Sadly, it seems that Dora is a poor substitute for Avery's own curls.
She'll twirl Dora's hair, but not with the same intensity or excitement that she twirls her own.
Pray for me, my sisters and brothers.
I need it.
This is going to be a long process.
Evidently, vanity won't kick in for a couple more years...