Breast Feeding and French Braids

Almost from the moment I found out I was pregnant I devoured any and all knowledge pertaining to pregnancy. It’s that Type A, slightly perfectionistic, over-achiever in me. I wanted to know and learn everything there was to know about pregnancy, delivery, and breast feeding. I bought books, spent hours online reading articles, searched forums, and signed up for weekly newsletters about everything that was happening to my body and to my baby. I went to a breast feeding class. The La Leche League is a group entirely devoted to breast feeding. A lactation consultant will even come to your house to help if you and your newborn are having trouble getting the hang of the things.

After the birth of my daughter, a nurse came in and told us what to do and what to expect over the next couple days. From bathing, to baby poop, to feedings, to spit-up, we knew a lot. Great. We needed it.That’s all very helpful information for first time parents. In the hospital, A was a piece of cake. It was everything I imagined it would be; positively dreamy. The most annoying part was being woken up every few hours by a nurse who wanted to ‘check my bottom,’ not my beautiful (so I thought at the time) newborn. We left confident, baby in tow, ready to conquer the world and keep a completely helpless human being alive, on our own.

Fast forward three years. You know what I wish they would’ve taught me in the hospital or during pregnancy? How to French braid my daughter’s hair. I know, it seems so trivial, but honestly, a little hair-doing class during pregnancy wouldn’t have killed me. I’ve tried watching videos on YouTube and watched my MIL do it once, but I learn by doing and unfortunately, A isn’t always a willing participant. I can only force her to play ‘Mommy’s Beauty Salon’ so many times in a row. A nice class ahead of time where you could practice on the adults taking the class with you would’ve been really beneficial.

Why French braid? I’m not sure. I think maybe because I’ve always got my super long (to me anyway) hair up in a sloppy bun and I just want something a little better for my daughter because she’s so amazing. And I like learning new things and I’m sure she’ll request it one day. I’d like to be able to oblige. I tried to do the cool French braid-across-the-forehead look (a la Lauren Conrad) for story time one day. It didn’t exactly come out how I pictured.

Oh well. The baby girl didn’t mind and her bangs were out of her face (we’re growing them out), so off we went. No more ‘salon’ allowed. It didn’t exactly help my mom self-esteem any seeing a little girl at story time with a beautiful rendition of the look I was going for with A’s hair. I even commented and asked the mother how she did it, trying not to come across too creepy. What I really wanted to do was ask if she had a moment to sit down and show me how, but A is the outgoing one, not me.

A hair braiding specialist would be nice, especially since I’m not exactly a girly mom. I wear sweat pants about five days a week and my aforementioned hair does two things–in a bun or straight (like ice pick straight) down. Actually it does four things: a regular pony tail, crazy bun, straight down, and I’m in the beginning stages of starting to wear a long regular braid to the side.

A hair-doing (what is a better word for this?!) club would be cool. I would definitely go. Like a group of moms getting together to swap recipes but swapping hairdos for ourselves and kiddos instead.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by CStoll on March 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Haha, I like the idea of the hair-doing club. Of course, Audrey doesn’t have much hair yet, so I haven’t been able to flex my french braiding skills. But I used to be able to do a regular french braid, and inside-out french braid, and also a sort of twist that was really cool. Hours of practicing on my baby dolls :)
    I would be glad to show you sometime. It would probably be easier to practice on a long-haired doll than a child due to attention span and squirming issues, lol. I used a cabbage patch back in the day, though their scalps aren’t very pretty.


  2. Posted by CStoll on March 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I know you said you already watched a video, but this one does a decent job of showing how to do it.


  3. Posted by Dixie (mom) on March 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Well, I don’t know how to french braid, but I can offer 10″ braids of my Grandmother’s hair. I have two or three. I know this is creepy, but none-the-less, my mother gave them to me and I have them. I gave one to Locks of Love. You could practice with those. Do you want me to bring them when I visit.


  4. Posted by Michelle on March 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    If you need practice, I’ll let you braid my hair. ;-) I learned by doing my own and Anne Marie was always nice enough to let me use her as a model….she just thought we were playing “beauty shop”.


  5. Hi,
    If you haven’t already found a solution to your french-braiding problem, you could always practice on barbie dolls. It’s a little harder seeing as they’re so small but I used to practice on them and then moved on to my mom’s head :P
    It’s really simple once you get the hang of it.


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