When our first daughter, Lauryn, was born, her thin blonde hair laid so evenly on her head that for months people thought she was bald. Slowly the hair grew and at one point there was a patch, at the back of her head, of soft dirty-blonde hair that, if you blew on it just right, looked like a cute mustache.

Sophia, however, was born with a fair amount of soft dark hair. The back half of her head has longer hair than the front, but no one could claim that she's bald.


There's a downside to this situation, however. Up until about two days ago, her longer hair laid flat and neat - smooth on top of her head. When we decided that she'd probably enjoy spending some of her active-awake time laying on a blanket, we witnessed the results of Sophia's little hands discovering her own hair.

With her head turned to the right, arms stretched up above her shoulders, her left hand was perfectly positioned to touch and stroke her soft locks. She seemed quite pleased with her discovery, but in the process of enjoying the sensation, she "backcombed" her hair into a soft fluff.


I've been told my hair, as a child, behaved in a similar fashion (only standing on end), but in addition to perhaps a genetic predisposition, Sophia assists the process.

With touching comes grabbing, and Madge was required to intervene. Sophia grabbed a chunk of her own fluff and pulled, making herself cry. When the crying begins, she doesn't stop pulling and its necessary to literally pry her hand open. At this point the crying ceases.

Funny, funny kid. Makes herself cry and doesn't know why.

So if you wish to avoid this same situation with your children, just make sure they're born bald.