Almost 17 months ago, my husband and I hit the parenting jackpot.
We got a red-headed baby.
From the first moments of her life, nurses and friends alike were asking, “Does it look like she has a bit of red in her hair?”
And as she got older, her hair just got more and more obviously red.
Neither my husband nor I have red hair, so we weren’t ready for what life would be like with a red-headed baby.
Here’s a few insider tips, in case you have one too:
#1: People will comment on it constantly
It’s a little like taking a celebrity out with you, sometimes. Total strangers stop us in the grocery store or on the sidewalk, exclaiming over her hair.
#2: Sun protection isn't something you mess around with
Along with that brilliant hair you usually get some pretty fair skin too. Any time in the sun requires a hat and often a quick douse of sunscreen too. I don’t want her skin matching her hair!
#3: The stereotype about red heads and fiery tempers?
In the case of our child, at least, there is a bit of truth to it. She’s generally a very sweet and pleasant child, but if she’s crossed? She’ll let you know she is UNHAPPY.
#4: If you aren't a red-head, people will always ask where it came from
My husband’s sister had beautiful red hair, and I have several cousins with red hair, but since neither of us is a red-head, this question comes up almost every time someone notes her hair color.
#5: It's a little harder to dress a red-head
My older daughter is blonde and most things look good on her. Red hair and fair skin is a little more tricky, but when something looks good on her, it looks fantastic!
#6: You will NEVER get tired of that red hair.
On a daily basis, I find myself marveling over how BEAUTIFUL that hair is. The number of photos of those little curls I have on my phone would blow your mind.