Posted by: Tricia | August 18, 2011

Red

Yes.  His hair is red.  Remember when Elliott predicted that it would be?

Things I’ve noticed about having a red-headed baby…

I seldom make a trip to the store without hearing someone exclaim “he’s got red hair!” to me or to someone they’re with.

People, especially grandmothers, want to tell me all about anyone in their family who has red hair…their daughter, mother, grandfather, brother…whoever!  It doesn’t matter, but they feel the need to fill me in on all of their red-headed family members.

People are constantly asking me, “Where did the red hair come from?”  In case you were wondering, the answer is, “From great-great grandparents on both sides of the family.”

He’s a “ginger”.  Call me crazy, but I had no idea what they were talking about the first time I heard someone call my baby a “ginger”.

He gets compared to a Kewpie Doll.  Ok, my mom and I are the only ones who have actually noted the resemblance, but I would not be surprised if someone stopped me on the street to tell me!  See?


He burns quickly.  I have had more than one bad mom moment of thinking a few minutes out in the sun won’t do him any harm.  After all, I do have another fair-skinned, light-eyed child.  Apparently red-heads are different!

Not all red-heads have a temper…at least not yet!  Jude has a fiery personality.  He’s fun.  But, at 15 months he is a pretty even-tempered, laid back guy.  And, we wouldn’t change a thing about him!

I did some “internet research” about red-heads and came across some interesting “facts”.  Who knows if they’re true or not?  But, I was amused.

Red hair is seen on the heads of only four percent of people. Most of these exist in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.

Only about 2 percent of people in the United States have naturally red hair.

Red headedness is, genetically speaking, a recessive trait. It may appear after several generations of darker hair.

Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.

Redheads don’t turn grey. Red hair turned sandy, then white. They are also found to loose their color later in life than people carrying other hair colors.

The Egyptians regarded the color as so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint

In Denmark it is an honor to have a redheaded child.

In Corsica, if you pass a redhead in the street you are to spit and turn around.

In Poland, if you pass three red-heads you’ll win the state lottery-Sylvia Stevez

In English and Scottish tradition when the New Year arrives, your “first caller” will bring you luck. Brunettes bring the best luck. Blondes bring no luck at all. A widower brings bad luck. A redhead brings the worst luck. This “first footing” custom was so strongly practiced at one time that some homes would hire first callers.

Adolph Hitler reportedly banned the marriages of two redheads as he feared their children would be “deviant offspring”.

Researchers have found that people with red hair require greater amounts of anesthetic. 

Beautifully and wonderfully made.  Red hair and all!


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Responses

  1. How interesting! We see hints of red in Seth, my mom’s natural color was strawberry blonde, and I have some red, too. But nothing like your lil’ man. He’s such a cutie, red hair and all!

    Oh… and have you heard this one? My cousin’s daughter has red hair and green eyes. He is Hispanic and the mom has blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Well, there you go… I had to tell you about people in my family with red hair. We all must be so intrigued by it!

  2. tough break, kid.

  3. He is so, so adorable. I love his red hair. I didn’t realize only 2% of people in US are redheads… he is a special little guy 🙂 I get the same thing in the grocery store… only I hear about the twins in everyone’s families, gotta love it 🙂

  4. WOW! I didn’t know any of that. Love the facts and love your boy!


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