The Mommy Mullet: Surprises in Motherhood
One of the best things about pregnancy is getting that awesome, dewy complexion and sporting the mane of a mermaid. At least while your belly is ginormous, from the neck up you can have that mystical “I’m growing a human” sparkle. Unfortunately, once the baby is born that pretty much all goes down the tubes (Again, everyone is different! This is just my experience). I knew that all the hair that didn’t fall out during pregnancy would start to evacuate all at once… I just didn’t prepare myself for it to keep falling out.
All my mommy friends would say “Don’t worry! It’s not like you’re going to go bald! lol”. Well, think again, lol-ing mamas. Not only was the shower drain clogging up after every shower, but my hairline kept receding further and further back. It had gotten to the point where my hairline was slowly starting to resemble a man in his 40s. My only saving grace was a set of Jessica Simpson clip on bangs I found on Amazon.
All I could think was “When is this going to stop!? Will my hair ever grow back?” Thankfully, right around six months postpartum, it finally stopped. My hair was no longer coming out by the handful, and beautiful little wispy hairs started to grow in all the balding spots. Or at least, I thought it was beautiful… Until I tried to style it. I had become so obsessed with the thought of my hair finally growing back that I had completely failed to imagine what that might look like. A head of long, thin, curly hair with a deep patch of short wisps all along the front of my hairline.
A mullet. I am growing a mullet.
So now that I can finally rest assured that I will not be bald forever, I do have to sport the likeness of a middle aged biker woman from the 1980s (oooh! Halloween costume idea!). But what’s most surprising about all this is that I find myself in a place where I gladly embrace my mommy mullet because it means I get to nurture and snuggle my sweet baby boy. This does not mean, however that I have “let myself go” after becoming a mom. It simply means that if a mullet is the price I have to pay to be a mommy, then I will pay it gladly… While wearing my Jessica Simpson bangs. 😉