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July 24, 2009

yup, she did it…

Filed under: carmen, mess of the day — Jana @ 1:57 pm

The day finally arrived, as I knew it probably would… Carmen cut her own hair.  I knew it probably would happen because number 1: I am a very forgetful/easily distracted person, with a nursing baby.  Number 2: she is a cunning little girl who has always gotten into EVERYTHING.

She has already taken my craft scissors to many other things, so I don’t know why I was surprised to find 5 inches of her hair adorning my sofa pillow.  I guess none of the other stuff she has cut up was important enough for me to not keep scissors in my knitting bag, until now.  I know, I know *forehead smack, shaking head in shame*.  I was actually hoping that it was the feathers out of my sofa pillow when I came down from putting Moseley down for a nap,  I don’t really like those pillows anyway.  But no, in fact it was all of her curls from the left side of her head.  This picture is of her after I cut the rest of her mullet off… As you can see, I couldn’t bear to go as short as she cut it, but oh well.  She will just have to rock the asymmetrical a-line bob for a while.


Trying to get her to hold still for a picture, is just about impossible these days.100_0011

Yeah, lay down… that’s helpful…





I still think it looks pretty cute… but I am  not used to it yet, and I was getting stoked on how long it was finally getting.  Oh well, it’ll grow back someday.

Her reaction was actually really cute.  When she saw me get all teary eyed about it, she said “here, I’ll give you a hug… shhhhh, it’s ok.”  Then when I asked her why she did that (the dumbest question ever, that I seem to ask her anyway… every day) she replied “hurry mom, let’s clean this up before daddy gets home so he won’t be mad.”  That seemed to be her biggest concern of the day because when I told her I had to cut the rest of it off, she started crying and saying that daddy was going to be mad at her, and at me for cutting her hair off.  He wasn’t mad obviously, but he does like long hair on girls, so he wasn’t too stoked on the new do.   He still thinks she’s cute though, and he just has to get used to it, like I do.

It could have been much worse, like my friend Jeanette put it… she could have cut “1/2 inch long dora bangs”.  So yeah, I am thanking my lucky stars about that one.

I won’t always have a nursing baby I guess, maybe then I can have nice things…  Oh wait, nope… because then he will be a toddler.  I just hope he is just not quite as extreme as her.   Maybe by then, I will have enough sleep in me to remember basic things like, if you don’t want them to get it… put it away. Durrrrr. I know I am not winning any mother of the year awards any time soon, although in my defense, there is pretty much not a single place in this house that she could not get into, if she puts her mind to it.

Parenting is such a funny thing.  I guess I just really had no idea what to expect.  This is not the way I pictured things in my mind at all.  Not that I don’t love being a mother, because I do, a lot.  I just find myself questioning… myself every day, especially the sanity/intelligence parts. (That was a total Austin powers moment: please allow myself to introduce… Myself…)   Occasionally I will be so distracted by everything, that I hear completely contradictory statements flying out of my mouth at any given moment.  Like yesterday, when Carmen was trying to get my attention by licking the back of my arm, I said to her “if you want to go to your room, you had better stop doing that.”  Does anyone else do this?  It reminds me of a scene in Emperor’s New Groove:

Ysma: “All right, I’ve had enough of this. Tell us where the talking llama is and we’ll burn your house to the ground.”

Little Boy: “Uh, don’t you mean ‘or’? “

Ysma: “*SIGH* Tell us where the talking llama is OR we’ll burn your house to the ground. “

Little Girl: “Well, which is it? That seems like a pretty crucial conjunction.”

It’s really only a matter of time until Carmen figures out that she is really smarter than me.

On the plus side, she does keep things lively, and always has something funny to say.  Like when Moseley has something on his face she says “Look mom, he has a mustache on his chin.”  Or this morning when Lee was about to leave she told him she was going to make him a “work cake”.  I guess if you need an excuse to make a cake, work is as good as any.  That kid loves to bake, and eat cake… a girl after my own heart.

I think these personality traits will pay off well for her when she gets to adult hood.  It’s just my job to keep her reigned in so she can make it there eventually.  I think I am having a similar experience to what Lee’s mother had to endure with him as a child.  While he adamantly denies he ever gave her any grief, she told me that at one point, she would have sold him to anyone who would have given her a dollar.  So funny!

At the end of the day, Carmen is awesome and spunky, and even if she shaved her head she would still be gorgeous.  I would never trade any of her qualities for any amount of dollars in the world, (I will just hope that some of them are strictly traits of toddler-hood ;)).

I just love that kid’s stinkin’ guts!

P.S. if you haven’t seen emperor’s new groove… it’s hilarious, not just for a kid show, I love it.



  1. I once took our pet cockatoo under the Christmas tree and chopped off it’s sweet mohawk feathers with my mom’s sewing scissors. Let’s just say that the bird didn’t look as cute as Carmen with short hair.

    Comment by Reese — July 24, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  2. Dude, I’m the coolest mom ever. My kids were bored and getting into trouble today, so I went all out and took them on a trip to the carwash. Those three minutes of peace were totally worth the eight bucks today. There’s definitely never a dull moment with kids around. I find myself praying often that I can help mine channel their craziness into something that will work for them in the future. And then I wonder how the crap I’m supposed to do that when I can’t even keep things straight for myself?! Carmen is still totally cute. I’m way impressed that you did the rest of the cut! Somebody had better be praying for Eve if I ever have to cut hers!

    Comment by (me)linda — July 24, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

  3. ha i freaking LOVE that you quoted Emperor’s New Groove. that is why we are friends.

    so funny.

    Comment by Tami — July 24, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

  4. Ok–so how are you so all around talented? That hair cut is sooo cute! Alli cut her hair a little while back but somehow she did it UNDER one layer of hair so it was able to hide well and I didn’t have to cut it. She felt SOO bad I have a feeling we won’t have an issue with that again. Ya–why weren’t we informed this parenting thing was going to be THIS hard?

    Comment by Krystal — July 24, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  5. oh no she di-int !

    Comment by Carly — July 26, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  6. This post is just what I needed after the longest day of my life. Carmen is still beautiful and I’m sorry. I am soooo not looking forward to the inevitable scissors incident or lice or permanent marker on the leather furniture or any of that crap. You’re awesome and I love Emporer’s New Groove too. Seriously one of the most quotable animated films ever.

    Comment by Kat Clark — July 26, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  7. You handled this really well and you deserve praise for it. I really admire you, hot momma!

    Comment by Wendy from Blue Lily — July 26, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  8. Maybe its a girl thing. My little sister used to get into everything and eat everything until she was like 9 or something crazy. Lucy is the same way, it doesn’t make you any less of a mom (I hope anyway or else I suck big time)!

    When you’re nursing a little one, these mischievous girls take it as their cue to get into anything and everything. I catch Lucy eating her toothpaste regularly (good thing its baby toothpaste and won’t kill her).

    Carmen still looks super adorable! And you cut the rest of it yourself? I’m impressed! Just put your cute little barrettes on the short side, no one can tell!

    Comment by Jeanette — July 27, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  9. Her new haircut is adorable, and the great thing is that it always grows back. I know, I know… it’s easy for me to say. I have boys! :) Oh and I love The Emperor’s New Groove too! So funny!

    Glad you’re doing great! Your kids are adorable and you’ve never looked better!!

    Comment by Holly — July 30, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  10. I know this was way so “last week”, but I wanted you to know that as your mom, I felt the same way. I remember feeling so overwhelmed at the fact that it felt like my toddler(little Jana) was smarter than I felt on a most good days. :)

    Cheer up, she’s still smarter. ;) But I’m pretty ok at other things, we all are.

    Carry on, my child, carry on.

    Comment by mom — August 6, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  11. i thought her hair was longer before! that is so funny. velzy cut herself some bangs the other day, glad she didn’t do more damage!

    Comment by ashley — August 6, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

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