I had a baby 7 months ago (in case you haven’t been following me on Facebook or Instagram…) She is my miracle after experiencing a loss just one year prior. My husband and I decided to have a home birth. It went better than either of us could have ever planned, by the grace of God.
I won’t lie though. Birth is painful. I’ve heard about women experiencing painless childbirth and even orgasmic birth. (Yes, that’s when you have an orgasm while pushing your baby out … can you imagine?) I contemplated the possibility the whole time I was pregnant and thought of how wonderful it would be. But I didn’t have an orgasmic birth or a pain-free birth. Not even close. It was very painful. But it’s the kind of pain I’d be happy to experience again and again, because the outcome is SO worth it. Every time I look into my baby’s big, beautiful blue eyes, it makes me want to give birth 10 times over.
And now I’m going through it all over again.
No, I’m not pregnant. Just growing out a pixie cut. You wouldn’t believe how similar the two processes really are.
If you’ve ever had a pixie cut and tried to grow it out, perhaps you’re nodding your head in agreement and thinking to yourself, “I feel your pain.” Or maybe you have a pixie cut now, and you’re thinking about growing it out, but wondering if you should endure the pain, and that’s why you’ve stumbled on this post. Or, perhaps you have long hair, but you’re thinking about cutting it off and rocking a pixie, and you’re not sure if you want to take the plunge. Wherever you are, this post is for you.
I’ve had a pixie cut for a while now. The first time I became pregnant, I decided to grow it out. I was taking prenatal vitamins, which make your hair grow so much faster, so I figured it was the perfect time. Then I had a miscarriage and continued to grow it out successfully for a few months until I reached the “almost-a-bob” phase:
And then I became pregnant again and decided that I wouldn’t have time to style a longer cut once I became a mom, so I cut it all off.
In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman:
Big mistake. Big. Huge.
After I had Indie, I started growing out my hair for the second time. I’m at the “almost-a-bob” phase again and it’s taking every ounce of energy inside me to persevere and push through it. Part of me wants to chop it all off again.
As I contemplate this dilemma daily, it’s got me thinking about the day I gave birth to my beautiful little girl and the amount of pain I had to endure in that moment. And I think that’s the only thing that’s getting me through the process.
So, without further ado, aside from the obvious (pain), here are 5 ways that growing out a pixie cut is just like having a baby.
1. The process is constipating.
Forgive me for the TMI, but pregnancy is nearly 9 months of the worst constipation you’ll ever experience in your entire life. And for me, when it came time to push the baby out, it was no different. It felt like I had to take the biggest crap ever the entire time I was pregnant and up until the moment she arrived. Growing out a pixie cut is very similar. Every day I look in the mirror, I feel like my hair is constipated. It just won’t grow out fast enough, and when you’re in the “almost-a-bob” phase, it’s just like the pushing phase of labor. You’re just a few inches away from relief and joy, and you’ll do whatever it takes to get that baby out!
2. You’ll have lots of fun styling your “bump.”
When you’re growing out a pixie, you have days when you feel like there’s this giant bump on your head that you’re not quite sure what to do with. It’s very similar to being pregnant, only the giant bump is on your midsection instead of your head. Bobby pins, headbands, scarves, hats, bandanas — the styling possibilities are as endless as the fun baby bump tees that you can buy at your local maternity store. You’ll take lots of sideways selfies to show off your profile, because that’s the only angle that seems to flatter you at this particular point in your life.
3. The transition stage is unbearable.
In our childbirth classes, Jereme and I learned that there’s a stage of natural labor known as “transition.” It’s the shortest stage of labor, yet also the most painful, and it’s sometimes accompanied with vomiting, intense pain and declarations of doubt (i.e. “I just don’t think I can do this anymore … I want an epidural!”) It’s the part that comes right before the pushing stage. I remember going through it when I had Indie. I actually told Jereme that I didn’t want anymore kids, ever… you can see it on my face in this pic.
(I didn’t mean it. I want at least 3 more kids.)
If you’ve ever grown out a pixie cut, I’m sure all of this sounds familiar to you. In hair terms, it’s called the “awkward stage.” And the struggle is very real.
4. Get ready to wear more makeup.
I had the worst acne ever in my first trimester. I felt like a teenage boy. It was awful. And because I had a pixie cut, my face was that much more visible. Makeup saved my life.
When you’re growing out a pixie cut, you start to feel really insecure about the way your hair looks, especially in the awkward wanna-Bieber stage, where you’re somewhere between pixie and almost-bob. Distraction is key. Makeup will save your life here too.
5. At the end you’ll have a beautiful baby to take care of.
I’m not there yet, but I’ve had long hair before, and it’s so much fun! I can’t wait until my hair is completely grown out and I can style it a hundred different ways. It’ll be almost as much fun as picking out cute outfits for Indie.