Portia’s Lovey

October 19, 2016
Portia’s Lovey

Before Hermione was born I picked out a lovey for her- a small soft pink blanket with a little elephant head attached. I had read a lot about transitional objects and how they can help babies learn to self soothe from a young age. I slept with Hermione’s lovey for several nights to get my scent on it. I handed it to her while she was nursing so it would smell like milk. When she was about four months old and I was confident she could sleep safely with it I placed it in her crib for her to snuggle. My plan must have worked because Hermione still sleeps with “Night Night” every single night. Even though she is now grey, ripped and looks nothing like an elephant she still adores her lovey. She even brought her to the first few weeks of preschool to help ease her fears during the separation process.
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Revisiting My Baby Gear Esssentials

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

Yoga Teddy Bear

August 16, 2016
Yoga Teddy Bear

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

This is Three

May 31, 2016
This is Three

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

Portia Charles Mercer- A Birth Story

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

Hello Post

April 5, 2016
Hello Post

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

Bump Shots

March 31, 2016
Bump Shots

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

Natural Birth Helpers

March 18, 2016
Natural Birth Helpers

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

Packing for Baby Girl

March 14, 2016
Packing for Baby Girl

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

Mommy and Me Travel Essentials

February 29, 2016
Mommy and Me Travel Essentials

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

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