Bald and Beautiful


(My Michelin Man baby)

My daughter was bald and beautiful for the first two years of her life.

During that time I never once stuck a single pink bow on her noggin or dared place a bedazzled scalp-constricting headband around her halo of peach fuzz.

This, despite the fact that my roly-poly, precious baby GIRL was regularly mistaken for a BOY.

While other members of my family couldn’t stand that people thought my daughter was a boy, I wasn’t fazed in the least when strangers couldn’t properly identify her gender.

There was no way that I was going to place bows on her hairless head just so she could pull them off seconds later. Nor was I going to pierce her ears, force her to wear blinged out baby bracelets, paint her nails, or push her in a hot pink stroller just so perfect strangers could tell that my perfect healthy, perfectly happy baby was indeed a girl rather than a boy.

Who cares what other people think?

This stroll down memory lane of my bald and beautiful baby (who, by the way, has since evolved into an equally beautiful 7-year-old with a glorious crown of thick mocha hair) comes courtesy of a recent ad I saw for Baby Bangs. Don’t let the cutesy name fool you; the product is basically a wig for baby girls whose mothers can’t stand having their female offspring mistaken for a child with XY chromosomes.

Really? Really.

You want to dig deep and part with hard-earned cash, so you can attach a headband with fake pigtails on a baby?

The same baby, who cares more about when she’ll be able to take her next hit from a boob or a bottle, than whether some random stranger at Target thinks she’s a pretty boy.

Does it really matter what others think about your baby?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.