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15 Jun 08 A haircut can change it all

One thing that’s really struck me lately is how quickly kids learn. As I was having a full-length, adult-like conversation with Marley today, I suddenly realized (with awe) that she’s learned how to talk so well just from listening to others. She can write her name. She’s phoneticizing words. She’s “reading” books. All in just under 4 years. Everyone says that your kids grow up quickly and they’re right.

As Nicole’s grown, I’ve learned to not take the speed of growth for granted. At almost two, Nicole is finally crawling on all fours. She is also just pulling herself up to standing. What I’ve taught myself is to be patient and have faith that she will achieve everything she needs to, eventually.

Then we got her haircut.

Nicole enjoying lunch just after her first haircutIn a matter of minutes, her face, and the way I perceive her, transformed. She no longer looks like a baby. And then I realized that while things take a little longer with her, she’s growing up at a crazy speed, too. She’s mastered many sign language words, she says “I got” when she picks something up, she can point to trees, noses, babies and other things when asked. Tonight, while using her hands to say “all done” at dinner, she actually said it out loud. Several times. Like any two-year-old, we may be the only ones who understand her, but for now, that’s all that matters.

Reader's Comments

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    This is beautiful! Nicole looks so much older with that splendid haircut, and those big eyes. We love it!
    Can’t wait to see her and all of you in July.

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