When I first became pregnant with Hermione over four years ago I was overwhelmed with the huge variety of baby gear choices out there. I knew I didn’t want to overload on stuff but instead wanted to focus on just the essentials- and hopefully find things that were not too unsightly. Before Portia’s arrival I revisited our baby gear and updated a few items that had either suffered too much wear and tear with Hermione, or that I found newer, cooler versions of. It’s amazing how much the baby gear landscape changes in just a few short years! Read more
Pardon the radio silence! I have been taking some time this summer to adjust to the whole “mom of two” thing. Everyone is doing great but it is certainly an adjustment. With two kids every day is a juggling act to make sure everything gets done and everyone gets what they need be it a workout, a meal, a nap, some alone time with mom or dad etc. I have been very lucky this summer since Doug has been on paternity leave (thank you Doctors Without Borders!) We have gotten a lot of quality family time and adventures in. I am in for a rude awakening when he goes back to work after Labor Day! Read more
Last month we celebrated Hermione’s 3rd (eek!) birthday with an “under the sea” themed puppet party complete with a puppet show, puppet crafts, and even a visit from Ariel herself. Knowing I would have a newborn in tow (Portia was born just two weeks before the party) I enlisted the help of Keren Precel at Simply Perfect Events to help plan and execute the party and I am so glad I did. Having just given birth there was no way I could have organized and hosted a big birthday party on my own. Keren and her team made all of my dreams for Hermione’s party come true. Read more
If I ever needed proof that every pregnancy, delivery and baby is different I got it with baby Portia. My pregnancy was incredibly easy until about week 38. I had no swelling in my legs like I did with Hermione and felt pretty good in general. Since Hermione arrived at 38 weeks I was expecting Portia to come a bit early as well (that’s what they say about second babies). I could not have been more wrong! 38 weeks came and went with no sign of a baby. At this point I was developing sciatica from Portia’s position on my nerves and started having trouble walking. I somehow managed to spin right up to my due date and do (hot, power) yoga until the day before she was born. Yes, I know I am a bit crazy. Doug and I went out for “one last” date night multiple times, each time thinking it would be our last before baby. Read more
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!