When I was pregnant with Gavin, I felt like a pretty special person most days. After all, it was my first pregnancy and I had the undivided attention of my husband, and even though I didn't realize it at the time, I had all the time in the world to shop, run errands, clean my house, take care of the laundry and take care of MYSELF.
Once you become a Mom, you willingly put the needs of a tiny little human before your own. This loving act can manifest itself in your life in many ways. Some of these ways can take the form of skipping meals, falling behind in the news and pop culture, and yes, your own personal hygeine even takes a toll. I will be totally honest. Since giving birth just six months ago, there has been more than one week where I am lucky to squeeze in two showers (yes, I said week). As I sit here and type out that fact, I am a little embarrassed, but finding the time to take care of yourself the way you used to is all just a part of the learning curve for first time Moms. Well, in my world it is.
A short 48 hours after giving birth, we were sent home with a beautiful and healthy little bundle of joy. We arrived home and quickly welcomed a house full of family and visitors. That first week was a total blur. In fact, I really only remember doing two things: nursing around the clock and making lots of extra trips to the bathroom to clean up my stitches. Luckily, I had received advice from other Mom's, and knew to stock my bathroom with some toiletry items that would help me speed up the healing process.
If I can give a bit of advice to all of the pregnant Momma's out there, it would be to head to WalMart before your due date and invest in a few things for your postpartum care: soft, quilted toilet paper, lots of pads in all different sizes, your weight in witch hazel pads and a few packs of disposable cleansing cloths.
I started my own Cottonelle Clean Care Routine shortly after we arrived home from the hospital. Although I may not have had the same amount of personal care time that I was used to, I did make sure and take time enough to freshen up each time I was in the bathroom, especially while my stitches were still fresh. And ever since then, I make sure to keep my stash of Cottonelle fully stocked, because even though my stitches are long gone, the amount of time that I have for personal care on most days is still not enough.
The Cottonelle Moist Flushable Cleansing Cloths smell fresh, are easy to use, and come in a sleek container that fits right on top of my toilet so they're always accessible.
Another tip? Keep a pack of these flushable wipes on every floor of your house. That way, when you're little one has a blowout diaper and you run out of wipes right at the wrong moment (and trust me, it will happen), you can always grab your Cottonelle wipes to finish the job!
And, during the month of February, when you purchase both Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper and moist cleansing cloths, you can receive a $5 Vudu credit offer to put towards Vudu's wide selection of HD movies. Simply snap a picture of your WalMart receipt and email or text it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a text/email back with your code! Want to know more about the movie options from Vudu? Check it out here.
Not everything about becoming a Mom is glamorous, and there will be days where you can barely remember what a long, hot shower feels like. But trust me, this too is a season, and investing in these products will make a world of difference in how you feel as you go about the rest of you day!