When I dropped him off and drove away I thought I was doing really good, I had a smile and felt at ease well, that was until I turned the corner and could no longer see them. In that moment I have never been more grateful for oversized sunglasses and tinted windows the drive to the supermarket was lonely that morning, I sobbed until I parked. The plan was always to put Ryder into some type of care, creche, kindy, once we were back from holiday and he was fine, no hesitation at all to get out of the car with a big smile to see our nounou (nanny).
I just didn’t anticipate feeling like I had lost the ‘little’ baby I had become so use to taking care of
he’s started walking, he’s started with the nounou, and we are currently switching from his baby crib to a bed, it was all just a bit too much for this pregnant mum to handle, enter the ugly sobbing cry.
Suffice to say the past week has been a huge adjustment for me, it’s now time to have time for me well at least for the next 6-7 weeks baby number 2 is due soon. The sadness while driving away from Ryder quickly left me when I realized the supermarket the garden center and a quick stop in a home decor store happened in just over an hour! I forgot how much you can get done when you don’t have a little person with you! and so I finally started AND finished creating my bathroom oasis.
I’ve been wanting to turn our ensuite into my little spa type oasis for the past few months as I think
I’ve started the ‘nesting’ phase in pregnancy, all I want to do now is prepare every room to become part of my baby bubble.
I wanted the space to feel like somewhere I can relax and retreat to. I’m not the greatest at keeping plants alive so adding plants where water is used daily should create an easy habit of remembering to water the plants. The few I have chosen are also known to filter the air, they don’t require too much sunlight and constant care, so I’m hoping for the best.
I always like to play with pattern and different textures
and the use different bath mats blush pink and pops of white help offset the grey of the bathroom slightly ‘girly’ but I love this color combination.
Pretty dishes on a practical shelf help keep my hoarding of things looking tidy this bathroom lacks storage so the drawers are dedicated to towels skin care and cosmetics which could probably do with a culling….one day, one thing at a time.
Amber glass dispensers remind me of days spent in spas so I decided to decanter shampoo, conditioner and body wash into some I brought from Amazon.
I love the juxtaposition of using different materials bevelled glass jars from the kitchen section of the decor store become pretty storage jars on a slice of untreated wood. A white Philipe Stark stool and a piece of wood make a great plant holder and what once felt like a regular bathroom now feels like a place I can retreat to, and relax over and over again.
Do It Yourself
Relaxing Bath Salts
Taking a warm bath has become a little luxury while pregnant epsom salt provides a magnesium boost, can help in reducing swelling, soothes the skin and offers stress relief. I try to get 1 in a week and so I created my own blend of relaxing epsom bath salts that you can make too.
- 1 kg of epsom salts
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of Bergamot essential oil
- 3T of dried lavender
Mix half the ingredients in a large mixing bowl be sure to work the essential oils through the salts. Put into airtight jar and mix the remaining this ensures the oils have the chance to be absorbed throughout the 1 kg of epsom salts.
Invigorating shower spray
I love eucalyptus and lavander it’s a way to wake up the senses for sure!
- 10 drops of eucalyptus
- 10 drops of lavender
- 250ml spray bottle filled with water
fill the spray bottle with water, add the essential oils, shake in order to mix the oils and water and leave in the shower to use maybe out of reach of small hands. It also acts as a great natural cleaner for your bathroom surfaces, who doesn’t love a multipurpose product that’s all natural.
Coconut oil based deodorant
I became that mum who while breastfeeding my first baby decided I no longer wanted to use conventional deodorant brought in stores. I didn’t like the perfume smells any more and I’m not sure if the postpartum hormones actually stopped making them work so enter the home made deodorant I love it and more than likely you have everything in your kitchen to give it a go too.
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup of arrow root/cornstartch
- 3T bicarbonate soda
- 6 drops of lavender essential oil
- 6 drops of geranium essential oil
Mix all the above ingredients well and pour into a container with a lid, set in the fridge.
I’m not sure why, but once you become a mum it can be difficult to make yourself a priority in your life, I think the guilt stops us from a little self indulgence. At the end of the day if you don’t put yourself and your wellbeing first how can you be expected to look after others. Take care of you!
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