Just over a month ago, on the 7th of January. My Mom put M's hair up into a ponytail and suddenly, she looked like a completely different person to me.
She looked like a little girl. Not a baby and not even the toddler we're accustomed to. I know she is still my baby and still just a toddler, but suddenly, her face is different, her behavior is differnt, her "look" is different.
My Mom says that all women look different with their hair up, and I know she is right, but this just blew my mind for some reason. So different. So much older. So independent. So not a baby.
See her with her brother? Peers, playing together. Suddenly their stages are a bit less far apart. A month or more has passed and I've seen half a dozen different new hair styles. Her hair is much longer now and up more often. She has a lot of different looks, but none has shocked me as much as seeing her with her hair up in a ponytail for the first time. I love you lady and am already wondering about the little girl you are headed swiftly towards becoming. You amaze me.