44 weeks in and still no professional haircut! That is growing out a pixie on a budget. Just enlist your very willing and loving husband to do the dirty work for you! I thought I would get one in the last 8 weeks, but just never got around to it/don’t know where to go. So, here I am with longer hair than before!
My hair is definitely getting more fun. Before I pretty much had 1 style – straight-ish. I am able to really curl it now but also can really straighten it. It is also officially a headband (the kind that tucks behind your ears not around your whole head) only ponytail – as long as I keep the ponytail close to my neck (insert thumbs up emoji here).
It’s so weird looking back to pictures from a year ago when I was really rockin’ the pixie. It’s hard to believe that my hair was ever that short!
It should probably go without saying that I love my hair at every new stage and I’m grateful for healthy hair that grows “quick-ish”
So that is pixie update #9! 11 months in and itching for a change but loving where we’re at.
This is post 3 in my dwarfism awareness series. See post 1 HERE and post 2 HERE!
Last night I sat down with Katie and asked her a few questions about being little. She was eager to share. Katie’s answers are italicized.
How does being little effect you?
Being little doesn’t really effect anything in my life besides my size.
How do you feel about being little?
I like being little because I’m unique and different from others.
How do you feel when people stare at you?
It doesn’t really bother me. I’m used to it. Sometimes I wish they wouldn’t but it’s just part of my life.
Do people ever call you mean names?
Not usually but people will tease. They say in an ugly voice “Why are you so little?”
How do you feel about the word midget?
It doesn’t really bother me because people don’t understand that it’s a really mean word.
Do people ever call you that word?
Barely. A lot of people at school understand that I’m a little person. My friend Carson (who is also little) has come to my school and talked about it to spread awareness and my mom has taught the teachers and students that midget isn’t a nice word and picking on me because of my size isn’t right.
Isn’t she sweet? Obviously I have a bias, but it was a lot of fun to hear how she feels.
Now, I wanna touch on something a little more serious.
The m-word. That’s what we call it.
But like Katie said, people use it simply because they don’t understand how mean it is.
I feel that as an advocate for dwarfism and as someone who stands up for what LPA is trying to do, I have to take a stand against the m-word. There are people who compare this word to the n-word. Is the n-word ever acceptable? No. That is how you should feel about the m-word. It’s derogatory, belittling, demeaning, and makes reference to circus acts.
It hurts me to hear people refer to my baby (not-so-baby) sister as a circus act. Physically hurts me. But I also know I need to give grace to those that simply do not understand the negativity that comes along with using that word.
If you see a little person and are wondering what you refer to them as? Short stature, Little person, LP, and person with dwarfism are all acceptable and respectful.
But the most preferred terminology is simply the person’s name. Please, let that sink in.
If you think that midget is acceptable and respectful I beg you to look a little further at the meaning of the word and decide against using it in all situations – not just situations where a little person is involved.
Do you feel informed? I feel more informed after writing these posts. Leave your questions in the comments! We love hearing from you and Katie (obviously) loves answering questions.
This is post 2 in my dwarfism awareness series! If you missed post 1 you can find it HERE.
Today will be all about Katie.
She is a spunky little girl with lots of energy and a hilarious personality.
When you first meet her she will act shy – very shy – but once you crack open her shell you might have a hard time getting her to calm down.
She was born into a family of all girls and a dad. Her oldest sister is 16 years older than her, I am 14 years older, and Maddie is 10 years older than her. She has lots of ladies looking out for her, one protective older brother in-law, and a very loving dad.
If you asked her about her height she’d say something quick and to the point…
“God made me little”
“I’m a little person”
“It’s just how I am”
If you tell her she’s too little to do something her response is likely…
“I can do everything you can do, I just might do it a little differently”
She can get up off the ground without using her hands and she is the best headstander I have ever known.
She loves gymnastics and is involved in girl scouts (who wants cookies??)
She loves PE and is better at the pacer test than I ever was.
It took her a little while longer to learn how to ride a bike because it’s hard to find a bike small enough for her shorter legs. She’s a master bike rider now though.
She has also spent a lot of time learning how to swim. A four – five year old can usually touch the bottom of the shallow end. Being able to touch the bottom of the pool is significant in learning how to swim. Katie is ten now and can brush her toes along the bottom of the pool, but can’t really rest from swimming until she gets to the steps. She takes swim lessons every summer to ensure that she remains a strong swimmer. And gosh she loves to swim.
She is the size of a 4 year old so sometimes people treat her that way. But she is ten and needs to be treated like a ten year old. She doesn’t like to be babied, but she doesn’t say no to a piggy back ride when we are walking really far.
Her support system and friends love her well and really look out for her, but she’s tough and can pretty much look out for herself.
Sure, sometimes it’s not fun being littler than everyone else. But she takes it in stride and is always willing to catch up.
Again, if you have any questions about dwarfism, comment below!