October 8, 2008

About That Bow Thing

So, you know how, back when I was pregnant, I thought I would not be into bows and frills with my daughter? It's just not me. I couldn't get into it. Didn't see it happening. But this past Saturday I found myself in a panic preparing for our first Sunday at church as a family of six. I so desperately needed a bow for Ivy's hair. I was overcoming a horrible tooth infection and all hopped up on Tylenol 3 so I slept away most of the day. But I kept waking at short intervals to lament about needing to get out to find her a bow even though I could hardly keep my head up.

The boutiques nearby closed by the time I was out of my stupor. So, that evening my Dad drove me to Target and I got Ivy two packs of bows. And a pink outfit. And a pink sweater.

And suddenly all was right with the world.

I have a daughter.

It is awesome.

61 comments:

  1. I bet I'd be the same way even though I think I wouldn't now. Easy to say that until you are holding that sweet baby girl. She is a beauty in a bow!

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  2. awww too cute. I thought the same thing about bows but converted quite nicely! :) Only one problem, the bows leave marks on my girly girl's head.

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  3. I love bows. I'm posting a picture later today of my baby girl in a bow that is pretty much as big as her face. It is over-the-top and ridiculous, but also irresistibly cute.

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  4. I'm telling everyone I know that if I have a girl, it's going to be a disgusting display of bows and pink around here. Not because I necessarily like pink and bows that much, but just because I will want to gorge myself on her girliness.

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  5. Run with it- I did with Emily and I have no regrets. I even started a bow BUSINESS when she was a baby because I wanted her to have the cutest bows in town.

    The urges we get when we have girls :)

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  6. Gotta have some bows--just gotta do it! It's in the hormones....

    Blessings!

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  7. I know the feeling! I love having a girl!!! but I'm afraid that I have to clue on how to raise a boy!

    Soon baby#2 will be here and we will see!

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  8. Ivy is so sweet in her pink bow and sweater! I want to see her model the sweater you knitted for her! Would love to be kissing those 'full' cheeks!
    Love,
    Aunt Diane

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  9. I feel like pink takes on a whole new meaning when you have a little girl to swallow in it:) I am so happy for you. Thanks again for your comments!

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  10. That is how I was with my first daughter also. I was SO anti pink and anti bows. It's so funny how it changes when those little girls get here :)
    Glad your Dad was able to make it right for you. Daddy's are good like that :)

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  11. She's a DOLL! And I used to hate the colour pink until I had daughters - and now I live in a very, very pink world.

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  12. That's too cute! Sometimes it's those little things that mean the most!

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  13. Ivy has a very pretty bow and she looks so sweet.

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  14. and she looks so precious in her little bow!

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  15. Adorable!!! I hope your tooth pain is gone!!

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  16. Awww....Ivy is just too cute! I wanna squeeze her!! :D
    I know this is a little old fashioned, but in case you're interested......I have a 7 month old son (who I'm pretty sure will grow up to be President or like a brain surgeon or something)....and we could totally arrange their marriage. :P

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  17. So sweet. I always loved putting bows on my baby girls, too. What fun!

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  18. OK - I seriously had to giggle on this one, well because I was the SAME way! When I found out I was having a girl I was a little concerned...after all I had a son who was just about to turn 1 when I found out it was a girl.
    I never thought I would be the frilly bow kind of mommy - but that changed. I am still not overly frilly, but do love the bows and can't wait for the childs hair to grow in so I can put them on her without a headband!!!!!

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  19. She is gorgeous. I always say that if I have a girl, I won't overdo the bows and pink, but I realize that's a lie. If I have a girl (and I hope I do some day!), she's going to be the frilliest, pinkest little girl there is.

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  20. It's a girl thing! And she's adorably girly . . .

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  21. Love the bows! That's one of the fun things you get to have with little girls. I loved the bows, headbands, sparkly shoes. . . . I still do and she's seven!!

    She's a sweety!

    Hope you are feeling better now.

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  22. When Lil Sugar was born it was my husband who was all about making sure she didn't go out unless she had ruffles, lace, ribbons and bows - of course, I didn't mind them either but was very amused by how insistent he was that she have the "perfect" first Sunday at church outfit... Daddy's with their little girls, you just can't beat it!

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  23. She looks precious! You did awesome...Tylenol stupor overcome!

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  24. Oh... what I would have done for these kinds of bows when Audrey and Jane were babies! I never did this, but friends of mine TAPED bows to their girls'hair back then! I must ask your Mom what she did with you!

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  25. It is funny what a girl can do to make a mommy more girly. I am much more girly - even about my own clothes and jewelry - now than I EVER was pre-Ali. But just wait till she starts saying things like, "Mommy preeeetty earrings!!" and "Bow please!!" and "Pink pigtails please!!" :) Then you're REALLY be hooked!!!

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  26. Your post brought a smile to my face - what a beautiful daughter you have - enjoy the bows now.... :) They grow up to fast!

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  27. bows on baby girls are so sweet...despite my insistence and love for them my girls refuse to wear them anymore :(

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  28. You're hilarious.
    She looks a bit suspicious of the bow in the photo. She's all "mom, you SAID you wouldn't do this!"
    :)

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  29. What a sweet daddy. That sounds like something I would do too. She is precious and I love the pink!!! Hope your tooth starts feeling better!

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  30. And she looks so pretty in it!

    I'm afraid that if I had a daughter she would never wear anything but pink. ;)

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  31. I had the EXACT same revolation with my daughter (she is just 9 weeks) after only having a boy for 5 1/2 years! I always thought lace and frills were disgusting and my daughter would NOT be a princess! Boy, has my mind been changed. Girls just seem to pull on our heart strings in a different way! Ivy is beautiful, by the way, Congrats!

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  32. What a cutie!

    I thought the same thing with my first pregnancy, and now that I have two girls, it's hard to imagine my life without bows and pink sweaters!

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  33. There are some coming your way as soon as you get back to me!

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  34. That is so sweet and cute! And the bow does look perfect on her, good job!

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  35. HA.

    If you have time, go to my blog and in the right sidebar is a post called "Hairbows, A Treatise." You might like it (and yes, that is the very first time I've EVER left a self-promoting comment).

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  36. Aisling went a few months with a bow of some kind in her hair!

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  37. She looks so sweet, that's probably what's causing your toothache! ;)

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  38. What would we do without Target!? I was the same way before I had my girls, now pink is even one of my favorite colors! She's so precious :)

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  39. Four words: No Slippy Hair Clippy. They are great, and stay in even in very fine hair.

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  40. I love how that picture is just little Ivy's face surrounded by PINK! So cute. :-)

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  41. I know exactly what you mean. Before my daughter I did not own anything pink and was determined not to let the pink overtake our house. Well it did and you know what, I like it!! Ivy is absolutely beautiful and the bow is perfect.

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  42. i have 2 kids before my girl arrives last July.

    i felt the same as you did.

    No bows, no pinkish clothes, no frills and etc.

    But when she arrives, i just couldn't resists all that.

    Haven't got her a bow yet, but maybe i should.

    People kept asking whether she's a girl or a boy even when she is in her dress.

    :)

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  43. She's so darn cute in all her pink & especially the bow!

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  44. haha, they're infectious. Just wait until she becomes old enough to
    rip them off and torture you with them
    . *sigh*

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  45. Awww. So cute. I put a few of those on my first daughter but they made indentations on her head so I thought they must be too tight. Haven't started with my 4 month old yet...but I probably should. She has no hair so everyone thinks she's a boy even when she's wearing pink.

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  46. Steph - This is my first time on your blog and laughed my head off at this post! I too joked about moms who glued bows to their daughter's head...and swore I would never do it! Now, mom to a 14-month-old girl, I have more bows than I know what to do with! I am obsessed with them. If you are looking for a great selection on line, do a search on ETSY.com -- amazing handmade bows...so creative and one-of-a-kind!!!! This bow-crazed mom has swore off shopping for bows for now...but I hope you find many for sweet Ivy!

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  47. I was the same way with Elizabeth. I am so not frilly, not pink at all. We never did the headbands, but I had her first no slip clips (with flowers & bows) as soon as I learned about them!

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  48. Pink makes the world go 'round, Steph. Just get on board with it and let the girly-train sweep you away! When you start color-coordinating your outfits maybe we'll have an intervention.

    Until then? She looks perfect.

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  49. With as many shoes as Ivy has in her collection at such an early age, I knew that bows were certain to be in her future in order to complete her ensembles! Should I warn you now or LATER about Christmas and Easter dresses? So much fun, so many accessories . . . lots of luck!!

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  50. Awww, she looks so cute in her pink bow.

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  51. I loved putting a bow on my baby girl! I can imagine that you were unbelievably blessed by that one moment. Thank God for those who help us get what is keeping us from the necessities, like sleep when we are not well!

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  52. Oh, how very adorable!!

    Hugs

    Mary

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  53. She is a stylin' little princess! I'm glad you see Bows in a new light now...LOL.

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  54. I tell everyone all the time when i have a girl NO PINK...i dont like it personally and i have always been a tomboy (as my daughter will probably be with 2 older brothers) but i can see this being me. In a frantic way searching for something pink and frilly.

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  55. I've never understood the whole putting a bow on a baby's hairless head thing.

    But that's just me.

    She shines even without the bow:)

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  56. EEE! I'm having a girl in a few months and am just starting to fall into the pink and lace trap...and enjoying it :)

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