Oh you're not alone at all. When I have braids in my hair, I take out 1 or 2 braids, wet <i>my</i> hair just to see the growth and to look at my pretty curls. I used to drive myself crazy thinking that my hair wasn't growing when in fact it's just my curl pattern. I stopped obsessing because after I BC my hair might change. We all at one point obsess over our curls!