Remember just a few days ago?

I was having a glorious afternoon with my little girl… taking her picture and gazing into her sweet eyes and just loving being her mommy?



The other afternoon Audrey got the big idea to cut her hair. 

It happened like this.

I handed Audrey her child scissors and asked her to bring them to her desk downstairs. (she normally completes tasks asked of her and immediately returns and says, "I did it!" to which we all clap and sing)

Halfway down the stairs she decided to take a chunk of her bangs off.


She then continued down the stairs, put the scissors away and came back for her praise.

Which I gladly gave her as I did not notice the lack of bangs immediately.

It seriously took me about an hour to figure it out.

(I might be slightly slow these days)

I think I cried. 

I think I laughed a horribly nervous and freaked out kind of cackle laugh.

I think I hid in my closet in shame.

I think I even attempted a lame comb over in attempts to hide it from all whom we encounter.


But today… today I looked at her and just smiled.  Cause its hair.  And will grow back.

I mean.


Did I mention she also took a huge chunk out of the back?

Yeah.  Well.

That will grow back too.

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. So sorry Amanda! Two years ago, my youngest daughter (now 7) went out to “help” daddy in the backyard while he was completing their birthday gift, a new swingset/jungle gym thingy. I hear screaming and my husband comes in carrying her. She got the drill stuck in her hair and the drill basically pulled out the entire right side of her hair. She wasn’t hurt *Thank God*, but it did hurt when it happened and now my sweet baby had NO hair on one side of her head — just a bald head. She got over it pretty quickly (we even had a group of friends over that night) but it took me quite a while 🙁 It did all grow back and now she has a cute bob 🙂 Hang in there mom!!

  2. I have a good friend whose daughter cuts her own hair on a regular basis. I’m sure my friend is tired of it all…but I can’t help but giggle each time I hear about it=)

  3. This made me *giggle*. My girl once cut off half of one of her pig-tails. I got light-headed. But you’re right. It grew back. 😉
    You have such a cute-pie there!!

  4. Oh Amanda I have to admit that I am laughing a little bit right now. I think every little girl has “chopped” their hair when they were litte. I’m not sure what the fascination is with cutting their own hair. And it’s always in the worst spot imaginable. But you are right it will grow back. And she has now surpassed another childhood moment. At least she’s really stinkin adorable so she can totally pull it off. Can you imagine if we were to do that?? It soooo wouldnt be as cute!!

  5. Amanda – your daughter is absolutely adorable! Those gorgeous blue eyes just totally distracted me from her personal haircut.
    I can’t begin to tell you how many of my friends children have given themselves their own haircut. One went so far as to cut her brothers hair too! Fortunately that mom stayed calm, came over and we managed to smooth out their new look. I like that she obeyed you and still put the scissors away. What a good girl!

  6. About a year and a half ago…when they were 5-1/2, Leah cut Lily’s hair. I was in the laundry room switching out a load of clothes, when I heard my oldest yell “Mommy, my sisters are telling me that Leah cut Lily’s hair.” Calmly, I finished what I was doing, as rushing out of there in a freakish hurry wasn’t going to change what had already taken place. Moments later, I walked over to Lily, took all of the 36 clippies out of her hair, and discovered that, oh yes, Leah had cut Lily’s hair. It was cut to the nape of her neck in the back…and the layers were worse. Immediately I phoned Kid’s Hair because there was no way I could even attempt to fix what had been done. In my mind I was picturing all those beautiful blonde curls chopped off into a pixie cut. Thankfully, we were able to do a wedge, which at least maintained some sense of girly-ness. And, it looked cute on her. Unfortunately, her curls have never been the same since, and that makes me a little sad sometimes.

  7. hahaha. What a funny and cute little girl. You have the most beautiful and cutest baby in world Amanda. Im proud of you as a Mother. Belated Happy Mother’s Day!

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