They grow up too darn fast...

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
August 15, 2011 10:44pm CST
So Naomi, who will be 11 next month, just started middle school. Her hair is really thick, and it was long, and for years we battled about her brushing her hair. I finally just made sure that I brushed it every morning. That was the only way that it would get done. At one point she did make a remark about being too old for her mom to brush her hair, but she still wanted me to do it. Over the break, when she was at her grandma's, she got it cut shorter, and she started brushing it more often, because it was easier. Last week she went back to school, and she didn't ask me to brush it once, not once. Hooray! She's brushing her own hair. Boo hoo! She's not having me brush her hair any more! They grow up too darn fast!!!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
16 Aug 11
They certainly do and it hurts! I am having a hard time adjusting to the fact that Rachel is married even though I love him. Very difficult as she now says 'let me check with David' and I have to take a deep breath. I just have to get used to it but feel down today. Am having a bad day at work. Hey ho! back to work I go!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Hey, ho off to have medical tests done I go...
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
17 Aug 11
Best if luck Dawn. Keep me posted
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Just escaped from the evil mammogram tech. Ultrasound later today. That and the blood test will be discussed with the doc next week Tuesday...
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
16 Aug 11
I remember those days..My daughter didn't have thick hair, but her hair was long and fine and she didn't want it cut. Yet, even though we would brush it before she went to bed, she would always wake up with a small "rat's nest" and if it wasn't taken care of right away, it grew into a monster nest.. I can't count how many bottles of No More Tears spray we went through. When in ninth grade she did get it cut, it wasn't because she wanted it cut that short. (We accidentally connected with a bad hair stylist who even though we showed her the picture of a long hair cut, she had to cut off my daughters hair) Needless to say, we never returned to that hair stylist and my daughter wore a hat for the fist three quarters of school. After that though, it was like her hair no longer knotted up, and she allowed it to grow past her lower back. I loved her hair, and then just 2 weeks ago, she decided on her own to get a pixy cut..:(
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
16 Aug 11
My daughter's hair was long but being bi racial arts of it were thick and curly and other parts were straight she used to hate having it washed and I used to hate detangling it and plaiting it. When she reached her teens we got the 'tough' parts gently relaxed so it was all the same texture. She wears her hair mostly up and it is just above shoulder level. I was glad not to have to comb and brush it any more
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• United States
16 Aug 11
I can't imagine taking care of hair that is very thick and curly. I used to think people with hair like that had it made, they just brush and go, but was I ever wrong..
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Naomi's hair is thick and a bit curly, but not like that. Dearra's was very fine for a long, long time...
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
16 Aug 11
Yep. My daughter moved out when she graduated. She is now married and pregnant. It is a long story but we do not see her and probably will not get to see the baby and her husband went to jail. It is all a joke! Sickening!
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Aug 11
typo left out not I hate to think you will not see your grand baby. sorry about that.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
That is really sad. Sorry to hear that.
• United States
16 Aug 11
I know this feeling oh so well! Lots of my offline friends do not believe me when I have told them that their kids will grow up very quickly. Of course they do not see that because they have little ones but they do. My boyfriend's daughter who visits us from England every year, just left yesterday. She is 11 and visiting since she was two, is taller then me. Wow, I remember her being so tiny last year. lol Hooray for Niaomi but sad for Dawn.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Where are you going my little one, little one Petals and petticoats, where did they go Turn around and you're two Turn around and you're four Turn around and you're a young girl Going out of the dorm
• United States
17 Aug 11
Oh my, this is sweet and sad all in one. So very true!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
16 Aug 11
And that's a fact. My little granddaughter also got her hair cut short...and she can handle it now. Before she did do it on her own but missed parts of it...now it's so easy for her to deal with!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
The back is hard for little hands to get...
16 Aug 11
hi:) I also feel the same with my niece, I remember when she was still a baby her mom will always bring her to our house so I could baby sit her when I'm at home, but now she's already 5 yrs old and and I cant treat her anymore like how I treat her before, she likes to play make believe now, like she have a barbie and we will pretend to cook or take care of the dolly, so time really is passing so fast,so two to three years from now I'm sure she's already different compare to now, but sometimes I wish that she wont get old so fast so I can still take care of her.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
They are fun when they are little, but frustrating too. It's fun being able to communicate with them when they are older.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
16 Aug 11
hank Mother Nature they do grow up, can you guess what life would be like with forever children? And if that happened you would never get grandchildren who are Natures way of blessing parents.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Forever children? Ohhhhh my arthritis...
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
16 Aug 11
11? Why did I think they were younger? I would have sworn your twins were around the same age as mine.. and mine are 8. Anyways. I don't brush my daughters hair very often.. but it doesn't look all that good unless I do.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
11 next month. naomi's looks a bit ratty, but she is doing it. She still asks me to help if she gets a big tangle, though.
• United States
16 Aug 11
Yup, they definitely grow up too fast. I find myself trying to remember daily that all the things that I find frustrating right now are things that I will miss when she is too old for them. It happened with my oldest, and I know that it will happen with my little one as well. In fact, she is already starting to try to be more independent, and I have to fight to keep from saying "yes, she can finally do that herself" and a moment later saying "no, she is still to young to be doing that".
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Yup, all of that...
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
16 Aug 11
My 6 year old grand daughter dont want her hair brush and if she does its half done she dont get the back. HEr mom is now getting her to wash her own hair but the brushing forget it right now . I told her we get it all cut off oh heck no even mommy said no but think she would lear to brush it faster if she did and it does grow fast. but I would hate to see it go as its down to her waste needs a trim too lololol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
I would rather brush Naomi's than cut it, but I did threaten a few times!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
17 Aug 11
granddaughters wont get cut either maybe a trim now and then
@celticeagle (119870)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Aug 11
THey sure do! I see people showing off pictures of these babies or I see the babies in the store and do the usually Ahhs and ooohs. Then I tell the proud parents - Take plenty of pictures!! THey grow so fast. You may think they are at a really nice age at some point and you really need to take pictures because it just doesn't last at all.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Nope, it sure doesn't!
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@celticeagle (119870)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Aug 11
I saved each school picture from my daughter's school years. It is fun to look back through them and see the changes that took place.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
16 Aug 11
I think Sarah was older than that when she finally got her hair cut, and I KNOW she didn't get her hair brushed every day! at least not when she was at her dad's!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Aug 11
On weekends we didn't always brush it, and it was awful when we didn't.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
16 Aug 11
and her hair was below her waist - just to let you know how long it was back then - now she keeps it pretty short - of course, she's 25 now...
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
19 Aug 11
I keep hearing that comment too! About my kids, and other people's kids. But I am actually the one pushing my kids to grow up a little bit faster. I keep telling them that when I was their age, there were a lot of things that I could already do, that they don't seem to have a grasp on. I keep telling them that hey should be more responsible. I know that I would regret it later on. That they've grown too darn fast, just because I equate growing up with being responsible.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Aug 11
Nothing wrong with that as long as you aren't pushing them to grow up too quickly the other way...
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Aug 11
They do seem to grow up so quickly. My 16 year old son has completed his time at secondary school and it now waiting for his exam results. He is going to a further education college. To enroll they want to see evidence of his identity. We moved last year and it is challenging to find his birth certificate. I will look for it but I am worried in case I don't find it. I have applied for a replacement birth certificate for him. My 4 year old disabled son is about to start primary school yes just as my oldest child leaves secondary school. My 2 year old daughter looks around 3 and a half years old. It is lovely that Naomi is now brushing her own hair.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Aug 11
ON school days anyway! :D
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
18 Aug 11
Hello there! Yes, babies do grow fast! That is why we should enjoy every minute or day that we are with them. We should enjoy taking care of them be it our own child or not. We will surely cherish the memories being with them..
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Aug 11
Yeah and at the same time wonder where they went...
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
17 Aug 11
I am sure I will be combing my daughters thick curly hair for quite some time still, but she is only 4. I still help my son who is 11 with his hair because for some reason he just can't seem to comb it properly.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Aug 11
Boys... lol short hair cut!
17 Aug 11
Hi dawn, yes, they do but one day you will be brushing her daughter's hair, oh!!! sorry too fast, don't want you crying again, lol! hugs. Tamara xxxx
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Yikes!
• United States
17 Aug 11
Yeah, I hear ya on this one. Except mine won't wash their has as I'd like so I have to make sure they rinse well and brush it out daily. I try to keep their hair in braids during the school year if possible. So I tell them either let me take care of their hair or I'll buzz cut it off and they can match their father.... that usually straightens them out.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Cary sometimes puts too much conditioner in and doesn't wash it out really well. I have to make him go back in the shower, or he'll have glue hair. Pretty smelling glue hair, but still...
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Aug 11
hi dawn oh my they sure do and it will seem faster yet when Naomi is in her teens. I look at my son who is now 52 and laugh as just as the did in his teens He said "monm I really hate my curls. I wish you had them and I had your straight hair.' then he was describing something he and his pal Mike had seen and was making the noise describing a fast car just about like he did in his teens.This from a man who is computer genius and very much an adult. lol lol lolWell you do have some years yet to enjoy their youth then plan on what you want to do once your birds have all flown their nest lol lol.It would be something if we could sort of slow down things but shucks we must not sit on their wings, sooner or later Naomi will be dating and Dearra will be thinking about a career or marriage or both. but you will enjoy ever step I will bet. hugs from hatley. wow 11 and already in middle school next year.times ure is flying.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
Naomi's still so tiny, but give her a few years. Dearra is almost as tall as me...
@sswallace21 (1824)
• United States
16 Aug 11
Yah for her. Look at it positively. One less thing you will need to worry about each morning.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 11
yeah, that's true...