Someone asked me the other day what the most surprising thing has been about becoming a mother… I don’t know that I can think of one thing in particular that I can say was the single most surprising thing but I have thought of two things that you don’t really think about or hear much about before hand…
1) Hair Loss
I know, from reading various forums online and from participating in various online mommy’s groups, that this is a totally normal response to the hormonal changes that happen after having a baby, but the amount of hair I lose on a daily basis is unbelievable. It’s gotten to a point where I dread brushing my hair because I know that it will look like I have killed a small animal with the amount of hair that I lose each time. I almost avoid washing my hair when I take a shower, too, since I know that the drain will be filled with hair when I step out of the shower. I’ve always had very thick, curly hair and I’ve always really liked my hair but since having a baby, my hair is gross. Just gross. And it makes me not feel very pretty… 😦
Luckily, I have an appointment on June 7th (3 weeks from today!) to get a haircut, and the woman who’s cutting my hair is a mom herself, so she will be able to hopefully give me some pointers for things I can do, and ways I can wear my hair that will not make me feel like my hair is quite so disgusting.
I always knew that breastfeeding is supposed to delay the return of your menstrual cycle after having a baby but I never realized that it could go on as long as it does… my last period started on January 17th, 2012, 16 months ago! If I continue to breastfeed Julia, and she continues to like nursing as much as she does, it could, theoretically be another year before my period comes back. This is lovely!