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

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