Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Today I had to go to Walmart...

Exhibit A


Exhibit B


Guess how many black people I saw?


cheep, cheep, cheep


You got it.


I spent one and half hours braiding this sweet girl's hair so I could walk into Walmart with my head high and bask in the kindly smiles of all the ladies that usually feel the need to tell me how to do her hair. I wanted to see the secret "wow, that lady sure did her little baby's hair really well" look on their faces. I waited for THOSE ladies stop me in the diaper aisle and say things like "those parts!! They are so straight....so even, you must be the best mom in the world" and "look at the skill in those twists... and the elastics all match, did you go to college?"


Oh well.

The good news is that I got enough diapers and forumla that I won't have to go there (and therefore braid her hair) for another month. Whew.

But look how well she is sitting now? Hurrah for Nori.

33 comments:

Suzie Petunia said...

Well done, bek! ...Take that from what it is worth from this very white mommy who has absolutely NO experience with the parts and the twists and whatnot :) She looks adorable. Does it hurt Norah at all when you do her hair? How do you get her to sit still for so long? I imagine it takes a minute, or two, or three. :)

liz said...

yea nori! her hair looks so dang cute. I hope you learn this spiral dealio someday- she might need longer/ more hair (?). I worked with a lady once who had the coolest spirals.

Bek said...

Suzi, I know that I exaggerate on this blog but it really did take an hour and a half and she really did cry the whole time. If you look closely you can see that her little scalp is red...

You have to separate the sections and then keep going, all the time keeing it moisturized and clipped out of the way. She is really squirmy too... Granted, I am not good at it yet, but from what I hear, many mammas spend 45 minutes to 3 hours doing the hair, the good news is that you only have to do it a few times a week....

Liz.. I LOVE the spirals... she just needs more hair........

Awesome Mom said...

Aww she looks so cute!! It must be insane having to do her hair like that when you are not used to dealing with hair like that.

compulsive writer said...

Oh she is sooooooo cute!


And I know it's not the same...

...but will you look at those parts!

AzĂșcar said...

She is so flipping adorable.

Those parts are straight! You MUST have gone to college. Tell me, did you use a protractor?

Lindsey said...

They look great! She's too cute for words. I wanna squeeze her.

Christy said...

I am SOOOO impressed! I did something similar with Eva last week and it took me well over an hour and the parts look like I was totally drunk braiding. She allowed me to do it with numerous lollipops and The Wonder Pets on continuous loop.

Nohe 5 said...

I give you props. As the white mama to my little brown angel, I know the pride you were feeling at some well done hair. Good job!

Lyle said...

Like trying to predict the weather

sue-donym said...

Oh Bek, I am so sorry. Having spent all of my summers in the south, I know how serious these women take their children's hair. I would go back and just hang out until you get at least one comment. Because she really does look adorable, I mean look at the skill in those twists!

Mandy said...

I love her hair Bek!! That is just so cute and so is she!! Yeah for her sitting up so nicely too. She's getting big!!

When I do braids and beads on Asha it takes me about 2 hours of Blues Clues to get it all done. Is there anything she might sit and watch that would make it easier?

It is nice though because you can keep it in for at least a week and not have to worry about hair. She'll get used to eventually.

Victoria said...

Looks great! Did you go to college? lol!

So tell me how your learning these cute twists and styles? I'm hoping for some future times I will need to do them ;)

oh and my e-mail is vwittc at aol dot com. thanks!

Anne said...

bek, it looks absolutely great! I know it doesn't mean quite as much coming from me...:) She is really getting big -- so, so cute!!!!

Hayat's styles are only good for a day at this point, which accounts for my hanging around the house so much. I just can't bring myself to go out unless she is dressed to the nines with a do. I am getting better at the hair, so it's not taking quite as long, but it's still exhausting to get it all done and try to have any energy left!

Renee & Paul said...

Usually a lurker but I love reading your blog! All of your children are just beautiful and you did a fabulous job on her hair. Such a pretty little girl and congrats on her sitting so nicely!!!

Melissa said...

Yeah Norah! Good job sitting up baby! :) And she's darling! Love the hair!

b. said...

YAY NORAH!!
She looks sooo cute! And her scalp doesn't look too red...I use to tell my daughter "Stop crying,it'll grow!"
I'm with Sue, I'd be hanging out at Wally World all flippin' day, just to run into one of those "ladies".

Ana said...

Nice work Bek! Your college education is clearly evident.

Man, I'm so grateful my kid with the tight curls is a boy. I have no patience for hair.

I did once think it would be nice to take him to an African-American salon and barbershop. Imagine my horror when he refused to sit in the chair and I had to carry him out of there screaming, "I JUST WANNA BE NAPPY!!!"

Bek said...

Hey, if the boy wants to be nappy then you are a lucky mamma who will save lots of hours.

So far the curls are still soft and loose (but I am pretty sure it will change, but I am not sure WHEN).

B and Sue, I thought about that but I just hate that store so much that I can't do it. Besides, the braids are already frizzy (that is step two... how to avoid the fuzz)...

You guys are nice. I was just kidding about the college education thing, but since I often forget I have one in my endless quest to keep the laundry done, it was nice to be reminded.... especially when I think about how much it cost.

Leisha said...

Beautiful! (both the girl and the hair!) Well done, seriously. I have a hard time doing a straight part on just a basic pigtail hairdo! My Jacob just cut 2 big chunks out of my daughters hair, so we will be dealing with stray fuzzies and curly-q's for a LONG time now (til it gets to 'pull back' length again). I continue to covet Norah's hair!

Bek said...

Leisha, OH NO!!!!! Now all the ladies at Walmart are going to be singing the "don't you know that you aren't supposed to cut their hair" song AT YOU now.... :-)

From what I understand, it is YOUR sweet daughter's hair we should be coveting... when are we going to meet?

Amy W. said...

They didn't say anything because they were in awe--or just jealous:) It looks darling! Good job! Would love to meet you sometime Miss Bek. I remember visiting my MIL's ward with my little Sophie when your beautiful MIL turned around and told me her children were going to have a Sophie too.

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angie said...

Her hair looks so cute- great job!!

Betina said...

GREAT BRAIDS! Nori is looking so cute!

Leisha said...

So true (about the hair cutting song) however, I have an A-A friend who can come to my defense after her daughter chopped off one of her "afro puffs" (term coined here, of course)...oh, the horror!

I WISH we lived at a meet-able distance, I have a feeling we could relate on many levels!

Bek said...

I love Afro Puffs... my daughter calls them Micky Mouse Ears....

wendy said...

I know the Walmart deal all too well. If you don't do your kid's hair, you see every AA person in your town; if you've freshly braided it, why then you will not encounter a single AA person!

I can't even count how many times this has happened to me. *sigh*

Nori's hair looks divine, though, and should last a few days at least, right? So maybe through church?

You did a terrific job. Did you go to college? ;-)

Queen Scarlett said...

She is SO DARN CUTE...and WOW... impressive. Who needs those darn dingbats at walmart when you have virtual ones?! WE LOVE IT.

hehehe - now you have proof that all that college education is worth it...or go on "are you smarter than a fifth grader". ehhehe

How old is she now?

Barb said...

That is a difficulty I wasn't previously aware of with inter-racial adoption. All those comments have confirmed it. Mommy pressure for an outing to Walmart? You're supposed to be able to hit Walmart in your pajamaz if you want! Would you get the hair comments on Nori if you yourself were sporting bed head?

Bek said...

To be fair, I was THRILLED to have those ladies talk to me with Jacob because I didn't really know how to do hair and was happy for the advice...

If I had bedhead it would just confirm everything. I learned very quickly that messy hair means something totally different to different cultures...

:-) I still go in my pj's but my baby girl will have WICKED hair.. :-)

Ruthie said...

I, too. will congratulate you on your daughters hair. As a black female, I will say you did a tremendous job... haha. Yes, I remember those days getting my hair done by my mom (not that I have stopped getting my hair done, but my mom does not do it anymore...I do hers now...). My sister and I would scream and cry so much that my dad would be so concerned....haha... so do not worry if your daughter cries, she will get used to it and it is worth it. And I am just reading these posts about lollipops and Blues Clues... how I wish I got those back in the day. ;)

Melanie said...

i like the look of the hair all wild and free, myself. but mostly i'm perplexed by how you get a baby to stay still for that long. NyQuil? Tranquilizer darts? my youngest girl is 8 now, and if i want to spend 10 minutes giving her two simple Heidi braids, she acts like i'm trying to peel her skin off with a knife made of salt.