I gave birth to a baby and an amazing hair rat nest.

Two weeks ago yesterday, on November 5th, Tom and I welcomed a bundle of joy covered in goo into the world and she returned our hospitality by making me push her out of my body. Rude.

That’s her – the one that lived inside me for nine months and couldn’t come up with a better way to get out despite having all that time to plan.

I spent roughly 8 of my 10 hours in labor in a bathtub filled with my own filth. And I do mean filth. My hair was in a bun at the top of my head and stayed that way for three days, marinating. When I got home and finally felt up to taking a shower, I took a deep breath, and removed the rubber band.

If you’ve ever worked in dog rescue, you know that quite often, long haired dogs arrive with their coats in such terrible, matted shape that they have to be shaved as there’s no saving the mangled, tangled hair. I thought my hair had reached that point. I tried to take a picture of it and it really doesn’t do it justice, but you CAN see a nice big chunk that sits away from my head of it’s own volition.


I’m glad I wasn’t so sleep deprived that I just went right at it with a pair of scissors, although I was close. I doused it in about a half a cup of conditioner in the shower and managed to salvage it.

I do realize that I’m spending most of this post about the best thing to ever happen to me harping on my hair but you guys, it was REALLY impressive.

So now you’re all caught up on where the baby is in regards to inside/outside of my body and the state of my rat’s nest.

29 thoughts on “I gave birth to a baby and an amazing hair rat nest.”

  1. Many congratulations on getting your hair back to normal! Oh, and for the baby getting herself out of you as well. That’s super great too!

  2. Congratulations on the adorable mini-human! And getting your hair back to normal without shearing yourself like a sheep! Those are two huge wins, back-to-back, right?

  3. CONGRATS! Whew! Now you can send her to the factories and you can get back to writing blog posts, right? No? What? Wait. You have to take care of her for the next 18 years or so??? Did anyone tell you that ahead of time???!

    But seriously, congrats!

  4. Congratulations on the baby and your hair!

    Is your hair always that curly? If not, you’ve pretty much convinced me to wear my hair in a bun to make it curly. Maybe only 2 days instead of 3.

  5. Phew. Thank goodness you finally reported in on the state of your tresses!! I was getting worried.

    And once you have a kid, clean and detangled hair is a luxury. Don’t get used to it!

  6. Baby Girl Nerd is beautiful; felicitations to all three of you.

    Thank you for keeping the details of your labour and birthing to your hair. I knew you were a class act.

  7. HOLY CRAP!!! You had a baby, too???? Well congrats!! Now I have to go catch up on all your preggers posts… I totally didn’t blog this pregnancy, so I’m glad you did. My very best to you. 🙂

    Also? I totally get the hair thing. Like yours, mine went through labor pool, shower, and then some awkward moments in an ambulance, and then the hospital. It was super nasty later. Thank god my hospital room had a damn shower…

  8. Amazing news !! Congratulations !! 10 hours doesn’t sound fun at all, all of my friends shoot me death stares when I talk about my 2 hour labour :/ sorry, should have kept my mouth shut.

    Wow, that hair is pretty impressive too. I love how that dominated the majority of you baby post haha

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