Beware Bad Mothers Bearing Scissors

September 10, 2007

Wonderbaby has always been, shall we say, follically challenged. Sparsely-haired. So much so that that we were asked, more than once during her first year, whether we shaved her head. (For the record: no.) Since her first birthday it has been coming in – surely, but very slowly – and although she now has a thickish mop of fluffy flaxen hair, it is nonetheless a very short mop. Short, that is, except for the bangs. Wonderbaby’s meagre coif is entirely pixie, except for the long flip of fringe that has been dangling over her eyes for some weeks now. We haven’t been quite sure whether the look is more Pob or Donald Trump, but whatever the case, it was starting to obscure her vision and get in her soup and so, we decided, it needed a trim.

So it was that although it has long seemed unlikely that she would be getting her first haircut before her second birthday, she received, yesterday, just shy of twenty-two months of age, her first set of proper bangs (the first of many, if she is anything like her mother). Behold the Wonderbaby makeover!


Billy-Bob Pob.


Anna Wintour bleached and shrunk and forced to visit SuperCuts.

And so it begins. Tomorrow she will insist upon wearing a black trenchcoat and oversized Gucci sunglasses and will refuse to do interviews. Then, I suppose, I will have start calling her Wondergirl.

(In the meantime – giving shit away! HERE! First time ever! Am capitalist whore with potlatch complex!)

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    wordgirl September 10, 2007 at 10:59 am

    She’s not a baby anymore! What a difference a haircut makes!

    The City Gal September 10, 2007 at 11:04 am

    For the record (in case you don’t know, or haven’t noticed because of HBM’s bad photography!), WonderBaby is a very beautiful little girl!

    Since she was born, all of us have been fascinated with the big blue eyes, and now with the soft golden hair and beautiful smile.

    kisses for both of you!

    Magpie September 10, 2007 at 11:44 am

    So cute.

    Mine won’t let me near her with scissors, though yesterday she claimed to want to go to the “barbra” shop.

    Kyla September 10, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Oh my. WonderGirl. Right before our eyes.

    Two Shews September 10, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Lookin’ good, Wonderbaby. Any idea what to do about Baby Mullet? Because Annie’s is growing in the reverse of WB, and she might need to borrow that hillbilly bink for the complete look.

    slouching mom September 10, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Anna Wintour! LOL!

    pinks & Blues Girls September 10, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Oh no, they cut off her teeth, too!? Nooooo!

    :) The new ‘do is adorable.

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

    Jenifer September 10, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Oh yes! It is the first appearance of bangs that starts it all. I hope you saved some locks.

    PunditMom September 10, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Nothing says “I’m almost 2,” than a new ‘do!

    Crystal September 10, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Oh yes, at the very least she is a Wondertoddler now.
    So cute.

    nomotherearth September 10, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Love the bangs. Definitely a candidate for the new role of Wondergirl.

    mothergoosemouse September 10, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    This weekend I ran across the original version of “The Parent Trap” with Hayley Mills and thought “OMG it’s Wonderbaby…but with bangs.”

    You are a braver mother than I. She looks adorable as ever.

    painted maypole September 10, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    oh… that first haircut… so bittersweet… and lovely…

    Elizabeth September 10, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Good heavens, she’s adorable!! I agree with Crystal, she is definitely a WonderToddler now!

    winslow1204 September 10, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    I thought you did a great job!

    Julie Pippert September 10, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    What a cutie!

    My kids are what I call Coif-challenged. Now that P2 is almost 3, she has hair about like Wonderbaby’s. P1 was slightly better.

    P2 is mysteriously blonde…maybe it’s the blonde thing.

    P1 I cut bangs, and I thought she looked precious.

    The dad strongly objected.

    We had an uncomfortable period while the bangs grew out and I have been banned form cutting P2s bangs.

    Makes a sad affair.

    So enjoy those bangs…they are cute.

    Using My Words

    Momish September 10, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    I love the bangs! I love her poker straight blondness. It’s so sweet. My daughter’s head has been chopped beyond belief. With all her curls, I just hack the knots out rather than deal. The poor kid.

    And yes, pretty soon it is going to be wondergirl, she is so grown up with her new do.

    Beck September 10, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Very cute and much like the haircut I gave The Girl at the same age.
    The Boy got his first haircut when he was two days old – he was born with a head of long black hair and it kept getting in his EYES. He’s still so hairy!

    flutter September 10, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    LOL! Nice Anna Wintour referrence. She is so adorable

    Granny September 10, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    They’re so cute and probably much more comfortable. I’ve always had bangs and the same fine wispy hair as Wonderbaby and I hate it when they so much as touch my eyebrows. I take the scissors to them myself.

    Mrs. Chicky September 10, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Straight bangs are so hip. And Wonderbaby rocks them.

    Anna&Sophie September 10, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    You rock in comparison to the way I messed Sophie's hair recently.

    b*babbler September 10, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    She’s simply fahbulous dahling!

    surcie September 10, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Even though her teeth came in upside down, she’s a doll!

    Christine September 10, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    i still can’t get over that hilarious pacifier!

    kittenpie September 10, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    I have been amazed at how that hair has come in the last few months. Not so baby all of a sudden! It was so amazing to suddenly realize one day that Pumpkinpie had real hair, not baby hair any longer. It starts with the bang trim, lady. Next, you’ll be trimming the back to let the sides catch up, and she’ll be sportin’ a matching Wonderbob, and she’ll want to be called Her Bad Toddler. Just wait.

    crazymumma September 11, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Isn’t it weird. That haircut? How it changes them?

    The song remains the same. The beauty remains the same.

    Lady M September 11, 2007 at 1:25 am

    She’ll always be Wonderbaby to us.

    Heather B. September 11, 2007 at 7:59 am

    “Follically challenged” a most excellent way to put it.

    One thing’s for sure, she can totally rock those bangs.

    BOSSY September 11, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Bossy has never had perfect fringe bangs like that a day in her life. Sigh.

    Phoenix September 11, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t know, it does make her look kinda girlish. Not so baby like anymore.

    kgirl September 11, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    She is totally adorable, but you have now fallen into the trap of the growing-out-bangs. Godspeed.

    Ruth Dynamite September 11, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    She is sweet and adorable.

    Cara September 11, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Looks cute, bangs are in this season.
    My little one has that hair that is one big cowlick, and has only come in the middle, we can make awesome Mohawk’s in the tub.

    The City Gal September 11, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    I have started a conversation on Religious Schools in Ontario at the City Gal Headquarters.

    IF the topic interests anyone (mostly Ontarians) please pay a visit!

    SusieJ September 11, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Yes – the haircut is awesome.

    Her Bad Mother September 11, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Cara – we do mohawks. Awesome mohawks. Mohawks in the bath – sometimes fashioned entirely of bubbles – were the only hair-styling we could do for, like, most of her babyhood.

    Jenifer September 12, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Awwww, I think it looks cute. I can never cut my daughters bangs straight either….

    nonlineargirl September 13, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I recognized in early pictures of your girl my daughter’s baldy days (and years). Although she’s now got hair, I have not done a haircut other than to cut out a couple of nasty snarls. With mine it is the curls – I can’t cut out the curls even if it would help her see better.

    Multi-tasking Mommy September 13, 2007 at 6:39 am

    Love the new do!
    Isn’t it so much fun–feels like freedom or something when you first take those scissors to their hair.

    Shannon September 15, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Awww – her darling serious little face…. Is she as serious as she looks? My older daughter is like that – so, so serious. She was also bald until she was two. Perhaps there’s some connection? She’s starting to get hair now, but her younger sister’s hair is still longer and thicker. That’s be a genetic resentment later – with me unfortunately – the genetic donor of that hair.

    creative-type dad September 15, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Ahhhhh….very cute

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