Mom insisted on me getting a hair cut, so I did. The Chinese way of postpartum has been a very strict tradition of resting at home, it’s called “zuo4 yue4 zi” or “坐月子”, no air-conditioning, no shower or bath, and no exposure to cold water or air for a whole month! Cutting hair in such gruesome condition is a must, all these measures are taken to prevent chronic diseases that may well develop after the major event of delivery! I don’t know how much I can follow, can’t imagine not turning on air in July or sharing the bed with Michael and the babies being smelly for a month but almost from every Chinese friend I’ve talked to, it is a must to prevent health problems down the road.
So I gave in, and called upon a Chinese lady in Cary for a haircut, the family just moved to the US two months before, and she does haircut at her house, which is really nice since I am very reluctant to go to a salon and get exposed to all the chemicals. The husband is a Chinese doctor so Mom had fun chatting with him while his wife worked on my hair for about an hour. Michael and I both like long hair, it’s evident from the pictures :(, but I have to say it’s a lot easier after all that hair is gone!
My sleep pattern seems to start to change, I wake up between 6:30a and 7am, but usually take a 2 to 3 hour nap in the afternoon, with the wedge pillow, sleeping actually becomes a lot easier. Now I’ve gained 40lbs steadily (weight fluctuates day from day), but I still feel fine, just need to pay attention not to sit or stand for long periods of time since my feet now get swollen very easily if I am not careful.