For a quick recap, Connor is the first red-head in our family for generations. Walker is dark blond, Lon and I both have very dark hair, and no siblings, parents, or grandparents have red hair either. When Connor was born, we heard him before we really saw him. He screamed nonstop for the first 30 mins or so of his little life. When they got him cleaned up and we saw that red hair,WE WERE SHOCKED! We have since realized he has that "red-headed" temper, and it has held true these past 2 years. He is very sweet, and generally easygoing, but when he reaches his breaking point WATCH OUT!
Since I am one of those geeky people that love fun facts, I thought I would share a few that I have found about red-heads:
-Genetically, red hair is a recessive trait, which means it can hide in genes and pop up several generations later. Two redheads would most likely have a red haired child (RR). To have a redheaded child both parents must carry the red hair gene. (This would be our case since we both have red headed ancestors that our grandparents remember a hundred years back.)
-The red hair pigment is called pheomelanin. The gene is melanocortin 1 receptor.
- In France, to be redheaded is thought to be a fate so dire that some women have formed a Proud to be Red association.
- Percentages of redheads in different countries range from single digits to a fraction of 1 per cent -- a recent estimate for France is 0.03 per cent of people. (A 1977 estimate for North America is 4 per cent) Redheads generally are more numerous in northern latitudes, but also turn up among Hungarians, Egyptians, Israelis and certain Nigerian tribes.
- The Redhead Encyclopedia, a book devoted to the study and celebration of the flame-haired, says that if one parent has red hair, there's a 50% chance the gene will be passed to the children. If one or two parents aren't redheaded but carry the gene, there is a 25% chance of having a ginger child.
- Ancient Greeks died their hair red to show courage.
-Ginger superstitions include… “it's lucky to rub your hand on a redhead's head”, “bees sting redheads more often”.
-Aging Redheads don't turn grey. First the hair turns a blondish color then white.
-Red-heads are said to experience more pain, thus needing more anesthesia.
-Red-heads have the least number of hairs on their heads, but it appears thick because the individual strands of hair are very thick.
(I got all these facts from here, and there were lots more!)
And since I just can't bare to post without some pictures, here are a few of my favorites from the past 2 years...
He is always so inquisitive.
Loves animals, like Walker.
Man I need to get this boy to the dentist HAHA!
I just love this one.
This sprite was as big as him!
Sleeping with his blankie he still carries.