I was never a mom that wanted my daughter to wear bows or clips and things. It's not that I didn't want her to wear them, it's that I didn't really think about it. Well, until Adaline's hair was long enough to cover her eyes. Then I tried to put clips in her hair to keep the hair aside so I could see her beautiful eyes. Why? Not because I wanted bows or clips in her hair, but because I really didn't want to give Adaline bangs. She has this funky cowlick and all bangs do is highlight it. But I had to give her bangs because she refused to leave clips in her hair. She would pull them out, and hair would come with it. So I stopped putting clips in. I mean, really, she doesn't have that much hair to lose!
But then...my dad came over one night to visit. He was talking to Travis about his day, when Adaline walked up and handed him a clip she found in her room. It was a cute, blue and white polka dot bow clip. He looked down, took it, and put it in his buzz cut hair, never stopping his conversation with Travis. Adaline just stared at him in wonder. He left it there for the rest of the visit and only gave it back as he was leaving. It was funny but we didn't really make a big deal of it.
An hour later as we were getting Adaline ready for bed, she reached for the cup of clips that she likes to play with (and not wear) while we're on the changing table. This time, she picked one up, handed it to me, and said, "Help, Mama!" So I put it in her hair. She looked at it in the mirror, then grabbed another and did it again. She repeated this process until her cup was empty and her hair was full! I grabbed my camera to document it; she spent so much time looking at herself in the mirror and reaching up to touch her clips.
Ever since that night Adaline has allowed me to put clips in her hair. She still doesn't wear them all day, but she leaves them in for much longer than before Grandpa wore her clip. I can't believe I didn't realize it before that night- why would Adaline leave clips in her hair? She had never seen anyone around here wearing clips before. Thank goodness my dad is such a playful grandpa!