Sunday, June 8, 2008

Postpartum Hair Loss

I remember after I had Rowan I kept hearing about postpartum hair loss. For a while I thought maybe I had avoided the whole thing, but when she was about 5 months old, my hair started falling out in clumps. Well, the time has come again. My hair is coming out in clumps--especially in the shower. Which brings me to my topic of the day. Wiping hair on the shower wall. This is without a doubt the habit I have that irritates Lance more than anything else. I'm not really sure when this habit started, but I know it was well before we got married. So, he's been dealing with it for a long time. Much more disgusting than my wiping the hair on the walls is that I leave it there. When the hair is dry, it's really easy to clean off the walls, but when it's wet, it just sticks there, sticks to my hands, just sticks to everything. So on the wall it stays. I have tried telling him that this is art in a new medium. Not quite sculpture, not quite painting. I even name the artwork to give it a more authentic appeal. Something like "Horses Dancing" or "Five Moons". Lance is not convinced. My justification is that David Sedaris once was part of an art show and his art was literally a garbage can full of everything he threw away including things like toenail clippings. If toenail clippings are art, so is hair. Sometimes I name the art, but lately I've been leaving Lance hair messages in the shower.

Which brings me to my question of the day. Does anyone else do this? I'm kind of hoping Heather is with me on this one. Ashley, a friend in Charlotte who keeps her house impecccably clean, even admitted to doing this. So, I've decided I'm going to make a coffee table book featuring shower hair art. Does anyone else think this is funny? Lance finds it totally repulsive and not the least bit funny. I'll be posting a picture soon, so get ready to either laugh or close your eyes!


Stephanie said...

Not only do I not DO this, I have never even heard of this!!! I am appalled. But, I do love David Sedaris, so in that spirit, I will support you.

Heather said...

Ahh, Gina - you know you can count on me for a good disgusting habit! Of course I swirl my wet clumps of hair on the shower wall. In fact, I have exactly two shower tiles designated for it. The only thing is, I take the 2nd shower of the day, and I usually remember to take out the dry hair in the afternoon. So, Mike doesn't actually have to shower with my hair balls. But now that you've inspired me to try out the artwork, maybe I'll start leaving it for Mike to admire. He's certain to be pleased!