Mama (Anne) & Reese

Daddy (Mike) & Lilly


This book is a MUST read for all interested in Ethiopian adoption.

Melissa Fay Greene

Here's a great video summary of the book by MF Greene and here is the full length version

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hair Styles and Potty Training...

I have only about 3 or 4 hair-dos for Lilly --pony tail, pig tails, some small loose braids, front up & back down/out, or barrette/head band. Nothing elaborate...I am learning. Pig tails are my fav:

I like a side part in the front and then middle part in the back. Like so:
Again, nothing fancy yet, I know. I have a lot left to learn.
The biggest challenge with Lilly and doing her hair has nothing to do with my skills or her hair---it's her absolute hatred of the process! She screams when I come around the corner with a brush or comb in hand. If I say, "Lilly, mama is going to do your hair now." She says very emphatically "MO!" That's NO in Lilly-speak. I am gentle, I swear. I work on one chunk at a time and I carefully de-tangle. I give her snacks, put her in front of a show, Reese sings to her, we have tried it all. No matter what - she screams and squirms and the process is completely exhausting to me. I am hoping that this will get better over time. Maybe Eyerus can do something cute with her hair this weekend when we go see the Brophys for the 4th of July. :)
I absolutely love Lilly's beautiful spiral curls and how it looks when just natural and down.
I think that her hair grows by the minute! It is SO long and thick. A picture does not seem to adequately show how thick and long Lilly's hair truly is because it quickly coils up and looks shorter. I like leaving it out/down; but de-tangling it at the end of a day of it being out is really tough and I do believe hurts her quite a bit then. So, I keep it up in pig tails most days. Here are a few pics with her hair down.
"Peak a boo"
You just want to eat her up, right?
Potty training:
We have begun some potty training (mostly her initiative) and over the past 4 months Lilly has used the potty for #1 and #2 many times now! It is exciting (the prospect of not having to change stinky diapers, that is). She still has quite a ways to go. She was excited at first, and now has entered the phase of complete terror when something actually happens once she sits on the potty. Reese went through the same phases. This round of potty training, we are glad to have a helper who is coaching Lilly step by step:


Janice said...

Great photos!! Your girls are so cute. That's so amazing that your friends adopted Eyerus.

We hope to have a referral around Christmas time or maybe early in the new year.

Our toilet training is on hold now while Noah reverts back to his old ways...I think I will buy some M&M's and try that. Good luck with the cupcake idea. We found that including the neighbours in the celebration made it a bigger deal.

Nick Brophy & Sarah Marie Martin said...

are you kidding me? too cute!

Tami said...

You are getting much better at posting this year! Very good! The girls are way cute and getting big! I hope to see you all soon!

Maple Sky said...

HaHa. I just happened to come across your blog and I love your posts. Your children are absolutely adorable. I am Ethiopian myself and I remember running and screaming everytime my mother tried to do my hair. She could only really do my hair in two pigtails or loose braids. And I have A LOT of hair. Haha but you are doing a great job