The Fogue Abode

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DIY Postpartum Care Basket

Let’s talk postpartum recovery shall we?  Wes is 3 weeks old today and it’s been a slow healing process for Mom.  I’m quickly reminded why they require 6 weeks to heal on a daily basis.  Keeping up with a toddler often leaves me wiped out and achy.  It really is a lot thinking of what your body has gone through.  If you had asked me 30 minutes before Wes was born, I would have screamed through the contractions that I thought I was hit by a bus, and then that bus managed to back right over me again.

But the second this sweet boy entered the world, my mind quickly begins to erase the memories of the pain.  My body is just left with the side effects, which honesty haven’t been as bad as my recovery with Aspen.  So, here is how I’ve survived postpartum with my DIY Postpartum Care Basket.



With this being my second recovery, I felt like a seasoned pro in regards to what made me feel better in those days post baby bump.  Here are the essentials I rounded up and placed in a divided basket in my bathroom for easy access during those daunting bathroom trips.


  1. Always Overnight Maxi Pads - I wanted maximum protection, but the larger pads also offer a nice base for all my other care items.
  2. Always Discreet Underwear - I never thought I’d see a day where I thought adult diapers were my jam!  That was until I had kids.  Skip the embarrassment and pride part and trust me on this tip.  I quickly went through the undies I brought home from the hospital, these offer much more protection plus who wants to do laundry when they could be snuggling babies.  
  3. Tucks Medicated Pads - These cooling pads are a nice relief to achy lady bits.   
  4. DIY Peri Spray - For this healing spray I mixed part Witch Hazel plus 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 10-15 drops of Gentle Baby essential oil (a special blend by Young Living.) Not only does this have healing means, but I also use it to freshen up.
  5. Dermaplast - this wonderful spray is a cool relief.
  6. Nursing pads - I keep nursing pads here as well to remember to change them out.   Not pictured is also lanolin to help with sore nipples, it’s a part of my bathroom routine to take care of nursing issues too.

These few essentials got me through the thick of the storm with my recovery.  I believe the better prepared you are the easier your road to recovery could be.  




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Confessions, Of The Bathroom Kind!

I have a confession to make, when I posted our Guest Bathroom Reveal way back here, we weren't completely finished.  Sitting behind that white waffled shower curtain was a partially finished shower.



You see, we didn't mean for it to take this long to complete.  We tore the original shower out, installed the new bathtub and then started tiling with these fabulous extra large subway tiles.  Then we hit a brick wall with the shower plumbing.  Well by we, I mean Chris.  Sorry to throw you under the bus, babe.




What we thought would be a rather simple DIY turned into a rather difficult problem.  A problem we let sit for months before finally getting the courage up to bust out the tiling Chris had already done.  

Then, a few more months toiled by as we let it sit before actually fixing the plumbing issue and re-tiling it.

But our problems didn't stop there.  At this point, it had been over a year since we purchased all of our plumbing supplies and we couldn't find what color grout we had originally used.  That led us on a guessing game, and you guessed right, we were wrong.  So out had to come that grout and we had to buy the other color which then ended up being correct.


A few more months drug by and thanks to my step-dad for coming by and helping Chris install the drain under the house. We officially have a working shower for the kids and guests!