When I was growing up, my sister Merrick and I looked (apparently) a lot alike.
We got asked fairly frequently if we were twins, and I remember one memorable time that we played a little trick on our piano teacher and I started Merrick's lesson as if I were her. Our teacher couldn't tell us apart, but the prank fell apart pretty quickly once I started playing because Merrick was a more advanced pianist that I was.
When Merrick went to BYU, she ran into people fairly often who I'd known casually that thought she was me.
My girls? Will not have that problem.
From the moment Ani was born, it was clear that she and Ella did not look much alike at all.
Ella is blonde with gray blue eyes. Ani has super blue eyes and red hair.
Ella's hair is pretty straight, while Ani's has a lot of natural curl.
They have different face shapes, and Ella has a tiny little mouth while Ani has more full lips with a Julia Roberts smile (several people commented on their different lips in this recent Instagram snap).
And Star has her own look, with brown eyes and yet another face shape and hair that, so far, has stayed pretty brown.
I think - in the most biased parental way possible - that they are all ridiculously darling, even though they hardly look related. And I hope they grow up feeling happy with the way they look and not comparing themselves to each other.
And I hope Ani never feels unhappy that she has curly hair because I basically cannot get over having a curly haired child. According to a 2014 hair study, only 4 in 10 little girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful. I want Ani to be one of those four.
Dove put together this beautiful book called Love Your Curls full of poems - some funny, some sweet - about curly hair. Ani loved looking through it, although when I asked her what it said, she got this very distressed look on her face and said "I not know! I not know da letters." If you do know letters, you can download a free e-copy, personalize it, and share it with anyone you'd like.
You'd think because I have the world's straightest hair (one time a few years ago, a friend asked me how I got my hair so straight and I laughed like a lunatic because. . . my hair is this straight all on its own. I have 0% curl to my hair) that Ella's hair would be easier for me to deal with, but I actually find Ani's hair simpler because I never have to curl it and I can put a little bow or clip in and it looks fantastic.
But her hair also tends to get tangled and dirty faster and she can't stand it being brushed (I've heard that redheads are more sensitive to pain than others and, at least in our house, that seems to be true).
For the last few weeks, I've been using Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner on her and her hair stays so much cleaner and less greasy looking. When I got home yesterday after a quick trip to Arizona, I asked my mom if she'd given them baths while I was away and was surprised that she said no - even after five days, Ani's hair looked fantastic.
I will say it's very weird to snuggle Ani and have her hair smell like a grown-ups hair rather than baby shampoo. It's a nice smell, but it's just so different from what I'm used to.
And I also have used the Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum on my hair even though I have no curl at all and I love how smooth and manageable it makes my hair.
Sadly, it won't make my straight hair curly though. I'll just have to live vicariously through Ani.
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