Sweet Pea’s Hair Donation

Sweet Pea's Hair Donation - Under the Monkey Bars blog

Just when I thought she couldn’t possibly get any sweeter, Sweet Pea donated 8 inches of her lovely, blond locks. Again.

This is the second time she’s donated her hair to Children with Hair Loss, and I couldn’t be prouder. I honestly didn’t think she would be brave enough to go through with it again. But as usual, she surprised me.

Sweet Pea first donated her hair to Children with Hair Loss in June of 2014. We chose this organization because their minimum is 8 inches, versus the 10 inches that other organizations require. Donating her hair was a little traumatic for Sweet Pea back when she was 5. I think she was shocked at the amount we had to cut for the donation, even though we had talked about it and measured out the hair.

Sweet Pea's Donation - Under the Monkey Bars blog Sweet Pea's Donation - Under the Monkey Bars blog

This time, she was inspired by everything that’s happened to her Dad. She really wanted to do something to help someone. Kids can spread kindness with simple things like making cards and helping out, but it’s hard for them to make a big impact. Hair donation is a great way for kids to give back.

When I mentioned that it had been quite a while since her last haircut (read November) and that she had enough hair to donate again, Sweet Pea decided right then and there that she’d do it. She said, “Make the appointment, Mommy!”

I wasn’t about to question her so I booked the first available appointment with our amazing hairdresser Tammy at Beautique here in Newburyport. Sweet Pea bravely walked up to the big chair and didn’t look back. Meanwhile, I thumbed through magazines with Bean hoping she wouldn’t back out.

A few tears escaped as she saw her new, short hairstyle in the mirror. But this time, it only took the walk to the car for her to decide that yes, she had done a great thing. Her hair would grow back, and she would donate it again.

We’ve been talking about the little girl who will receive the wig made out of Sweet Pea’s hair. Will she like the color? Why did she loose her hair? We think she’ll be happy to have hair that will hopefully make her feel more like her normal self. I know I already said this, but I’m just so proud of my sweet girl.

Last night when I was tucking her in, my Sweet Pea said:

Next time, I’m going to grow 24 inches of hair so that I can donate 16 of it. That way, a girl can have longer hair if she wants.

Boy, does she know how to make me melt! That’s my girl: the sweetest, strongest little love. I’m so blessed to be her Mom.

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