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

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