I love paper products. From thank you notes, to invitations, to “just because” notes I always prefer actual paper over email. A handwritten card is much more meaningful, makes more of an impact, and what fun to get something in the mail besides bills and junk catalogues! I make a point to keep a collection of stationary on hand for myself, our family and Hermione so I always have a note card at the ready for any occasion. Read more
It’s amazing to me how fast this pregnancy has flown by. My due date is just four days away and even being pregnant two weeks longer than I was with Hermione it still has been super fast. Unlike last time I am not super miserable, swollen and uncomfortable. I am happy for baby girl to hang out a little longer so I can have a little more solo time with Hermione, another date night with Doug and a few more uninterrupted nights of sleep. Read more
I was fairly lucky with my first labor and delivery. Hermione came two weeks early and quite quickly for a first baby. I was able to have the completely natural birth that I wanted and recovered quickly. I am hoping that this time around is just as smooth and maybe even a little faster as everyone has told me it might be. In order to help prepare my body for an easy labor and delivery I have a few natural birth helpers that I have been working into my daily routine these past few weeks! Read more
With my due date quickly approaching and knowing Hermione was a full two weeks early I have been spending some time crossing things off my list for baby girl’s arrival. The bassinet is set up in our bedroom, my birth ball is inflated (although Hermione has decided it is her giant bouncy ball), the infant car seat is in our car, and all the baby clothes are washed and put away. Read more
With almost three years and countless trips under my motherhood belt I feel confident saying I am a bit of an expert when it comes to packing carry on bags for myself and Hermione. Over the past few years I have been able to get what each of us needs on hand on the plane down to a science and have much less packing anxiety than I used to! Being pregnant this past winter added a whole new level to traveling with a toddler but I still managed to fly to and from Bermuda and Jamaica with little discomfort and stress. Read more
I can’t believe I am already 30 weeks pregnant! This pregnancy has truly flown by. I guess having a very busy toddler to take care of gives me a lot less time to focus on myself. Apart from a little battle with tendinitis that left me limping for two weeks this pregnancy has been smooth sailing. I have not had the unfortunate bacne I had with Hermione and so far the swelling in my ankles has been minimal. Fingers crossed these last 10 (or maybe 8? Pretty please!) weeks are not too bad. Here a a few things I have been loving this pregnancy that have made every day a little easier!
I was able to escape my first pregnancy with no stretch marks on my boobs or belly but Hermione did leave her mark so to speak on my tush! With a beach trip to Jamaica coming up I have been rubbing this stuff on religiously and I have to say it has been working! I have a feeling I will see even more improvement after baby girl comes.
At the end of a long day I love rubbing my feet, ankles and legs with this cooling gel and propping them up the wall for 15 minutes or so to help combat swelling. My feet and ankles definately have the hardest time when I am pregnant but this gel does seem to help.
Doug got these for me for my birthday (romantic right?) and they have been a huge help for stretching out my my sore and tired feet. I even think my yoga practice has improved because of them!
This heavenly combination of Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Lavender and Chamomile is the perfect thing to slather all over my body ( including my belly) to help keep it hydrated and prevent any further stretch marks. I have even been using it on Hermione!
Compression socks are a travel essential for me. They keep my blood from pooling in my ankles when sitting on an airplane and help minimize swelling which can easily be exacerbated during flights. This cute pair from VIM and VIGR will certainly be in my Jamaica carry on this weekend!
Staying hydrated while pregnant (and nursing) is essential. I carry this super cute Bkr bottle everywhere with me and am constantly refilling it to make sure I get the tons and tons of water I need!
My name is Sara and I love leg warmers. Not in an ironic way. Not just on babies. Cozy leg warmers are the greatest thing when you spend most of your day in cropped leggings going to and from yoga or SoulCycle. As soon as the weather turns chilly in NYC leg warmers become an essential part of my to/from workout wardrobe. Read more
In general I am not a huge fan of overdoing it with vitamins and supplements. I believe that eating a varied diet rich in plant based foods helps me cover all of my bases nutritionally. However, since a few months before becoming pregnant with Hermione I began taking prenatal vitamins to make sure I was getting everything I need in order to support the growth of a healthy baby. When you are pregnant your body needs more of certain vitamins and minerals that can be hard to obtain no matter what your diet. Think of a good prenatal as your “insurance policy.” I actually never stopped taking my prenatal between my first pregnancy and this one. I needed the extra support while nursing and even after that my body was so depleted from 10 months of pregnancy and 20 months of nursing that it continued to need all the help it could get!