Josie turned one year old on Jan. 14. We had a nice little party with the girls and their Nanny. Yoli made homemade pizza, which was awesome. Josie got a kick out of it, and she wasn’t shy about wolfing down the birthday cake, either.
Keep reading to see some photos from the festivities (and to learn about the bald-day).
Now, due to various circumstances (and a smidgen of procrastination), we ended up deciding not to shave Josie’s head until after shortly her birthday. With the other girls, we did it around 6 months, to make sure they’d have some hair grown out by the time their first birthdays rolled around.
Today was the appointed day. We envisoned a nice family moment. Jadzia and Ludi wanted to sit in chairs and spectate as I trimmed Josie’s hair and Yoli videotaped.
Unfortunately, our electric razor was giving me some problems. I disassembled it partially and cleaned it out. I figured it needed some oil, but I had just thrown away our 3-in-1 last week because it had a hole and was leaking all over everywhere. So I tried vegetable oil. At first it was going nicely, then it clogged up again and wouldn’t cut.
So, I began cutting Josie’s hair with scissors, ala Jadzia. But she didn’t like that one bit, and began tossing her head all over everywhere.
Finally I decided I’d go to Ferguson Hardware and buy some more 3-in-1, then fully disassemble the razor. That meant the party was over for the older girls, who needed to take their naps.
Thankfully, it worked. Once I put it all back together, it ran smoothly, and it didn’t take long to finish up Josie’s head. Now she can be bald and beautiful for a while, just like her sisters before her.
For anyone wondering, this is a Bolivian tradition we have followed with each of our girls. You can follow the “Pelonita” link below to read about how it went for Jadzia.