I did it! {pigtails change everything}

Waterbottle – check

Teeny hair bands – check

Brush – check

Little brown ringlets – check

Eager Beaver Mommy – check

Somewhat apprehensive toddler – check


I’m a newbie at this fixing kid’s hair stuff. I have boys. I spit on my hand, rub it on their heads and they are good. Not really.

Well, maybe.

Brothers, keep telling her how cute she is….

I actually did it. I made pigtails. I can fix girl hair!

After she was born I got asked all the time, “So what is it like to finally have a girl?” Honestly, it didn’t feel any different. She was a baby…but in pink. She is fearless, aggressive, confident, loud, active and all things like her brothers. However, she is really floppy. Her brothers have never been floppy. Aside from her floppiness, she hasn’t seemed so starkly different. Now she is getting older. Her differences are becoming more pronounced. She squeals. She LOVES babies. Her floppiness sometimes seems dainty. She has an opinion about clothes. And now….NOW….she has girl hair! She can wear pigtails. There is definitely someone else on my team in this house.



Photo tip: Instead of taking these pictures in the bathroom, where it was darker, I intentionally positioned us in front of the large front window. I got all my camera settings where I wanted and very sweetly πŸ™‚ gave Chris guidance on where to stand.

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  • Cassie - Aw, so sweet! There is a picture somewhere of my dad trying to put pigtails in my hair and I am screeaaming.

  • Lindsay - Aw bless – she looks very cute with them! Tell me, how do you get her to keep them in? I’d love to do them for my little girl (not least because it might stop her twirling her hair into such a knotty mess), but every time I put them in they get yanked out within a second!

  • OrangeFarmhouse - Maike - you look great together!
    I’m having my second girl this moth (I hope) and are so a girly mother so I understand you the other war around :-).
    Wanted to say that I love your family just the way you are and I’m looking forward to the 7th of you will bee there, thank you so much for sharing your love for life!

  • cailan - You are both so sweet in these pictures – what a lovely milestone to document. πŸ™‚ My little girl gets pigtails about everyday – they just seem like the epitome of girlie hair.

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - I’d be giddy too!! It’s nice to have a teammate. She’s adorable!

  • lindsey - she looks ADORABLE! Aren’t they the best? And they are especially good when your child has grabbed her hair with a handful of food and you don’t have time to giver her hair a bath πŸ™‚

    On a side note – I’ve been wanting to paint my walls white but everyone freaks at the thought because I have a child. You have four children and lots of white walls – so it can be done and stay sane! Right??

  • Erica - Awwww, love it! She is a doll!

  • Celia - **Adorable** πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - I too remember the first time I put my girls’ hair in piggies. It changes their appearance sooooooo much which is funny to me. Something so small looking so different.
    Shes a doll!

  • Rosalie - The 5th picture down, that face! Too cute. I cannot wait to have a little girl one day. LOVE reading your posts πŸ™‚

  • Debbie C - I love pigtails! My little 4 month old has too little hair for them(it keeps falling out) but one day she will have pigtails! So cute! By the way, I like your sandals!

  • fooxoo - She is just adorable! I ve got a boy and a girl, cant wait till my girls got longer hair. I ve put some hair bands in my sons hair haha! For a laugh (he s got the hair that all girls envy).

    For some odd reason I ve got 2 broken pictures in this post? Is it my side or your side?

  • Madeline - She is so precious! And what sweet brothers, always there to make her smile. I love it πŸ™‚

  • Rebekah @ It Only Gets Better - There is nothing like it! My only girl out of 4 kids is 6 years old now and she wants to fix her own hair and nearly always wants a pony tail even though I like her hair down. I’m finding it difficult not to step on her toes as she exercises her opinion about how she wants to look. Every now and then she still lets me put pigtails in and I LOVE them! I am SO happy God gave me at least one girl!

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Mama of A Girl,
    It’s a miracle, this mama thing. Boys. Girls. A miracle regardless.

    That said, I am constantly amazed at the differences and the non-differences of boys and girls. So glad I have both.

    My girl was my first and she had her first “pigs” when she was 3 months old… we are a gifted family… in the hair department, that is!

    It’s so fun watching you and your mothering journey. Thank you for sharing.

    Mama to A Girl and 2 Boys in NE

  • Erin - Good for you! I just entered the world of little girl hair-doing too! I got a helpful hint from my hairdresser–she suggested cutting those cute little rubberbands out of my daughter’s hair rather than pulling them out–cutting them will keep her fine little hair from breaking! I thought it was great advice and would pass it along. Have a great day and thanks for all the fun we all get to see on your blog!

  • amanda torres - And the girliness begins…good luck!

  • pine tree home - very cute. I just love pigtails. My niece just started wearing them and she even said she wanted a “pony” just like Auntie the other day. Melt.

  • Kimberly - AWESOME! Congrats on the piggie tails….much harder to do them on someone else=) You two are just too cute together!!! Way to go Chris on the pics:)

  • ang - You are both adorable!!

  • Jill R - Great job! She looks adorable!

  • Felicia - I literally cried the first time I got August’s hair into pigtails. She was only a year old and they were sparse but it was the moment I had been waiting for! I always knew I needed to have a girl πŸ™‚ Now I love that we have a collection of girly hair things and that we paint nails every other day because she hands me the bottles of polish and sticks out her little fingers and tells me to make them pretty. She is so completely different from my son and it totally amazed me when I realized it! LOL

  • Lexie - Super cute-she looks so much older with pigtails. I like you hair that length, too.

  • Nicole - That is so precious! I felt exactly the same when my own daughter’s hair was long enough to put up…very different to doing boy hair!!!

  • karen - perfect pig tails!
    your hair looks great. love the colour. Do you workout? i can’t believe you’ve had 4 kiddies!!

  • Holly R. - These are some of my favorite pictures, because you are in them Ashley! I have one boy and can’t even imagine what it would be like to have 3! FireCracker is so cute and I love the pigtails. If we ever have a girl somehow by God’s grace I hope that I can do girlie hair too!

  • Cassandra - Love how you captured the first time you put her hair in piggys. I remember the first time I put my daughters in piggy’s. We’re slowly moving up to the single ponytail. Her hair is just super curly it all falls out. Adorable photos!

  • ExtraOrdinaryBree - I too have a 2yr old girl surrounded by a bunch of brothers (the same ages as your boys too!) Up until just recently she has very much been one of the boys but lately we’re starting to see this girly side of her. It is both fascinating and terrifying! I love it!

  • Cassandra - I love how you captured the first time you put her hair in pigtails! So adorable. I remember the first time I put my daughter’s hair in piggys just a few months ago. We’re almost to a regular ponytail. Her hair is just super curly it all falls out. Super cute photos!

  • amber - Awesome that you have that in pictures. Never did that with my little girl…maybe we’ll have to do it now. At 4, she still cries when we do pig tails, or pony tails, or clips, or just brush it…sigh.

  • Stephanie - Ha! I can’t do girl hair either! So glad I have a boy!! I also love the little photog tip at the bottom. As an amature photgrapher, it’s hard to give direction to people when they take photos of YOU – but it looks like you did a great job! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - aww such a sweet and lovely smile.

  • Kelly - I absolutely LOVE this post! I have two boys, 6 and 4.5 – my daughter was born almost 2 years ago and I know exactly how you feel! Love having someone on my team and love doing her hair πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca - Hey cutie! Great to have this documented.

  • Monica - This is so sweet! I love that you documented this. Great idea for when my 6 month old niece finally grows more hair.

  • Sarah - Piggies are the best!

  • AmΓ©lie - Ah! Lol.. she’s too adorable!

  • tamara - ADORABLE!!!!!!

  • Priscilla P. - That is so sweet! πŸ™‚

    Also, I have to tell you that I love your shoes! Wherever did you find them?

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ok, seriously! She is precious! She looks just a little older too πŸ™‚ Love, love, love the pigtails. The day I do a successful french braid (Julia is 11)… will be my triumph!

  • Amber McGinnis - Bless it. Y’all are too cute!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh! What a great progression of pictures! I love the one where you two are looking at each other. So sweet!
    She is a super cutey in those piggies!

  • Maria - so sweet!

  • Aubrey - Good job Momma! She looks so beautiful. I can relate on the flip side. I had 2 girls first (and they had pigtails in at a week old!). #3 was a boy but for the first 19 months of his life he was just like sisters. Necklaces, rings, baby dolls and all. But then things changed…my low key snuggly boy showed his real personality. Climbing, wrestling, jumping, and all. I’m so glad he has #4 a boy to play with. Such a different world with brothers and sisters…but still so much the same.

  • Kristen - So adorable!!

  • kiley - Ha, ha! I’m in the same boat. 3 boys, then a girl. My daughter just turned 2 yrs. old and is all the pinky, sweetness, lovely, screeching, dainty, cooing, ballerina-ing girly-ness you can imagine. So different from the boys now that she’s not a newborn.

    The thing that always makes me late these days is that I *forget* that I have to “do” her hair before we can walk out the door. She says, “Hair pretties, Mama!” OH. MY. CUTENESS. Those pigtails are adorable on her! So cute I can almost justify being late every time.

    Have fun doing girly hair!!!

  • Danielle - I haven’t read all the comments so if this is redundant sorry! I only have one little girl and I didn’t wear my hair up too much so I wasn’t all that good at pigtails or braids. But I have learned that if I use a fine-tooth comb I can get the part pretty straight in the back and gather up more of those fine hairs into the pigtails. I also have to use those teeny-tiny hair elastics so my daughter’s hair won’t slip out. She is adorable!!!

  • Susan - The smile on both of your faces (last picture) tells a true story of a mother-daughter relationship . . . you are both glowing.


  • Kate S. - I had wondered why you never tried to pull her hair up (and then assumed that she simply wouldn’t let you). But how sweet she looks! Having her hair pulled up really makes her look like a ‘big girl,’ though: (

  • Emily - I love it. How pretty you both are!

  • Tammy - WAY TO GO! LOVE PIG TAILS!! Can’t wait to see if she lets you start adding some of those adorable clippies! πŸ™‚

  • Lissa - Oh my gosh, I might have to have another baby to get a chance at making pigtails someday πŸ˜‰ <–mom to 2 boys. She's such a cutie!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I’m incredibly jealous that your little girl tolerates pig tails in her hair! Mine won’t have them so I am still waiting for the day she’ll let me pretty her up πŸ™

    Firecracker is adorable. Those last three photos are so precious. Chris is pretty great with the camera too! And thanks for including your photo tips – I gave you a shout out on my blog today. I’ve been following your tips and trying out your settings and managed to get some pretty good family vacation photos! Thanks again.

  • Betsy from Elizabeth St - I love this, Ashley. πŸ™‚ I have one girl, and know exactly what you mean about brotherly influence. Such sweet photos.

  • desiree - love the picture where she has her tongue out soo cute! wait until she gets older and has knots!! lol not fun.. my daughter made me chop all of her hair off so she didnt have to deal with them anymore..we are both very happy now .lol

  • KaraM - Oh she is too cute!

  • Michelle B - So cute! I love pigtails! I finally have a little girl after 2 boys. She just turned 1 year last week. She has curly hair – and a lot of it! It took our daycare ladies to show me how to fix it. Now I am getting good. Pigtails are the best!

  • maggie McKenney - cute cute cute! Love the pigtails~ happy day for you!

  • ria - Good job! She looks sooo cute.

  • Lori - ASHLEY!!! I love how you had someone else take the pics! I love watching her face- so awesome. yay for girl hair!!! Great post. You look pretty.

  • michelle rodriguez - You did good Momma! She looks adorable. Fun girly tip (i have 3 to fix everyday! ahh!) when they are itty itty and a little reluctant…sit them in front of a mirror so they can watch. Worked every time for me.

  • Margaret - LOVE it! I can’t wait til my girl gets here so I can put her hair in pigtails πŸ™‚ I love the picture with her little tongue sticking out.

  • Deborah - Pigtails are the best. I’m so happy for you in reaching this stage of her sweet little self.

  • hemp - …I was enjoying my coffee and bagel the other morning when I looked over at Little B and saw a funny bit of hair hanging way down below the rest. .She had taken two small bunches of hair and twisted and twisted while she was falling asleep. moments…Problem Child gives herself a haircut. .Solution If she was thorough take her to a stylist.

  • Jessica P - She looks beautiful! Good job, mom!

  • Kristin Bommer - oh my gosh she looks so grown up with her pigtails in!

  • Kristin S - So, so cute! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a video of Firecracker but I wonder if that’s the longest she’s ever sat still. I love her on-the-go-ness.

  • amy jupin - pure sweetness.
    both of you.

  • erica - Aww…I love her hair in piggies! She looks adorable! My daughter is a couple months older than your’s and she reminds me so much of yours. Fearless, crazy and fun. And I love her hair in little pig tails too! Nothing cuter! glad you are getting the hang of little girls..I have 2 with one due in a couple days!

  • Julia L - so adorable! job well done!

  • DebZorn - She is so cute and she looks just like you! (My granddaughter will be 3 next week. She is the girliest-girl ever, except she hates to have “stuff” in her hair. Oh well, bring on the pink!)

  • giozi - Lovely Lovely Lovely Lovely. Great secuence

  • Alisa - So very cute…. πŸ™‚ welcome to the joy of doing girls hair.

  • angie - ack! SOOOO cute. I’m a mother of one – a little girl. I LOVE fixing her hair! πŸ™‚ She learned very early in life getting her hair fixed was a must.. she has clips GALORE πŸ™‚

  • Jan - GREAT JOB, Mama…. and she is a beauty for sure. Hugs

  • Jessica Winter - Awesome. I only have two girls, but I still find doing their hair tedious since they pull it out in 5 minutes after begging me to put it up. Alas, some day they will keep their hair up long enough for me to get some cute pics of it :). Thanks for sharing! – Jess at OlyMomma

  • Janset - Cutest pigtails EVER! πŸ™‚

  • Katie - She’s adorable! My little girl is almost the exact same age and has almost the exact same crazy curly hair (except mine’s blonde). It’s amazing just how much pigtails really do make a difference.

  • Jill - So i have the urge to eat your daughter. In a good normal (if that exists) way. She seriously cannot get any cuter. Not that the boys aren’t adorable too, but there is something about that little girl!

  • Lori Danelle - May she always sit that still!!! You may remember pictures of Big Sister’s hair. . . the long, long hair that I didn’t cut until well into her third year. . . Yeah. I would chase her around the house, clamp her down with my legs wrapped around her and wrestle those rubber bands in place. Until one day I realized that was just ridiculous & cut it into a very appropriate chin-length bob.

    Little Sister still has long hair and loves her bows & braids so much that I don’t think I’ll have to resort to the scissors anytime soon β€” though I do find myself chasing her around the house with a brush from time-to-time!! πŸ™‚

    Firecracker seems pretty proud of her pigtails, so perhaps you’ll have no trouble! She should be proud. SO STINKIN’ CUTE!!!!

  • alisa - you did great! we just started putting piggies in O’s hair too.
    if you go into walmart’s toddler section where they have the baby hair things, they have a set of rubber bands for baby hair. Those things are a god send! They are so easy on hair, and my Olivia has very fine hair. I can pull them out of her hair and they don’t pull or break the hair.
    One downside, when I ran out of rubber bands for my own hair, I tried one, and it broke just trying it on πŸ˜‰

  • Katrina - I am a mum to 3 boys and can honestly say that the only thing I feel I missed out on by not having a girl is that I never got to do the pigtail thing! Other than that I am blessed with the boys that I have…..until they start wrestling, jumping and fighting AGAIN!

  • missy - oh yummy delicious! way to go, momma! i get a little bit of practice with corrinne but she’s 8, i didn’t get to warm up with her. and oh my, she has CURLY hair. it’s quite a challenge. your little punkin is so, so, so cute – bless her little heart!

  • natalie - just gotta say that I wear the same denim knee length skirt every time I leave the house, and I love seeing you in that great khaki skirt in all your recent photos…can I ask where you found it? I need a modest khaki one.

  • Stefanie A. - if anyone can do CUTE pigtails, it would be you! She looks adorable. Girls are way fun.

  • Misty - Pigtails. A big day, indeed! Congrats, Mama & Firecracker.

  • Alicia @ La Famille - good thinkin with the hubby guidance…i do the same thing πŸ˜‰ and the little piggies…too cute for words!

  • Maureen - my boys are 14 & 10, my girl is 6. She is rough and tumble because of her brothers, but she has to have the right outfit for the occasion, cute but frustrating for all when I am behind on the laundry.

  • Ashley - those piggies are great. I wonder how much longer I have to wait for my girlies hair to get long enough for them, the back is plenty long, but the front, well, my kid has a mullet.

  • gkey - Dear Pigtailing the Firecracker,

    TOOOOOO cuuuuute! She has great hair for pigtails, it turned out darling. And so did the pix!! We have 3 girls (and 3 boys) I well remember each of my girls’ first pigtail days.


  • Becky - Both you and Firecracker are beautiful! I can’t wait to share in the same excitement with my little one. Chris did a great job on the pics!

  • Colleen - She looks great. I’m so proud of you. I remember the first time I did my little girls hair. Those little hair bands are seriously hard to work with. It does get easier.
    Today was the first time I frend braided my little’s hair. It was a challenge and it didn’t look fabulous, but I’m sure I’ll get better. πŸ™‚ It’s so fun having girls!

  • sarah j - you are both darling!

  • Heldine - Aww… how cute. πŸ™‚

  • Crystal - I have 3 girls, 7, 4 and 2. NONE of them leave their hair up! As cute as they are either way, as soon as I get pigtails or a ponytail in, out it comes!

    She looks adorable!!!!!!!!

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