• these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (sponsored) When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
  • 6 weeks of this angel girl ✨
She is still waking up once over night most nights. She just started smiling at us these past few days. She loves tummy time but rolls herself over all of the time so we have to roll her back. She loves to be worn and snuggled. And we have to restrain her brother from kissing her 193739 times per day. 🤪 #happilytrista #newborn #sixweeksold #fourthtrimester
  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • Yesterday was almost 60° and today it “feels like” 21°. We had a handful of fall days and it’s not fair because I’m not ready to skip right to winter. There’s nothing better to get us all out of the house than a walk, especially because wearing Sloane puts her right to sleep. Anywho, trying to squeeze in a nap before we get Blaire from school because once we get home it’ll be a mad dash for me to shower and get everyone ready for Blaire’s first kindergarten parent/teacher conference. AND it’s book fair at her school. Who still gets excited for the book fair? 🤭🙋🏼‍♀️ #happilytrista
  • someone changed out of their pajamas today. it wasn’t me.
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  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
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  • Sorry if this made you yawn. 🤭 I just love that Sloane feels the sleep dust when I’m wearing her, just like Benny did! 💕 Hope you’re having a weekend as great as this girl. She is one month old today! Still waking just at 1:30am most nights to eat... occasionally around 5am, too. When she’s awake she likes to look at lights and stare at mama. Whenever she does tummy time she rolls right over to her back. 🥰 #happilytrista
  • Tried some Pinterest-y nail art while the two older kids were at school this morning... and I’m ready to remove and do something a little less crazy when they’re all in bed tonight. 🤪 Real wild Friday night plans, am I right?
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  • Sloane’s first Halloween... the one where it snowed 3 inches and was 20° outside. Woody and Jessie lasted about 30 mins trick-or-treating, then they wanted to head home to hand out candy. What was the weather like where you live? And how many pieces of candy do people give out where you trick-or-treat? Here, it’s a tie between “choose two pieces” and “grab a handful.” #blairebenandsloane #halloween #halloween2019 #happilytrista
  • ...when your mom takes too long in @target. Realized when we got out to the car that his binky was lost somewhere in the store. 20 mins into bedtime tonight I FINALLY found one in a diaper bag. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #tristalovestarget #happilytrista #terribletwos
February 19, 2015

Sleeping Like A Baby


FINALLY! Blaire is sleeping through the night consistently. And… she’s sleeping in her crib. While I was in New York, Jason moved Blaire into her crib, in her own room. She was still waking up a few times a night, and ending up in our bed around 4AM. Fast forward a few weeks and she was up a few times and ended up in our bed by 1AM every night. She loves to sleep in the craziest ways, so she just wasn’t comfortable inbetween us. She flip-flopped around all night and none of us were getting any sleep.

So… a few weeks ago we finally made the decision to let her cry it out. She had finished her bottle and was sitting up in bed whining/crying. Usually we would go back in and rock with her in her glider until she fell asleep. All in all it only took about 12 minutes of crying, with me going in three different times to soothe her. After the third time I went in, she sat in her crib and cried/mostly fake cried for about 5 minutes. We could see in her monitor that she was still sitting in bed, but had stopped crying. When we went in to check on her, this is how she had fallen asleep.Sleeping Like A BabySince that night she has fallen asleep with her sippy cup in bed, and then is able to soothe herself back to sleep throughout the night. We do typically have to get up and give her a binky once throughout the night, usually around 1AM. But last night she did make it until 2AM! It’s amazing to get so much sleep at night. I am definitely used to it already and am praying that she doesn’t relapse!Sleeping Like A Baby

Sleeping Like A Baby

Every night before bed we put Blaire in her PJs and read her a story. Then we give her some formula and lay her in her crib. We don’t do baths every night because they always seem to add an extra 30 minutes to bedtime. We just recently started saying a prayer when she gets all cozy in her crib. We had to do some searching to find a good one… the one I said growing up included the line “if I should die before I wake” and we wanted something a little more uplifting for Blaire’s prayer. So we stumbled across a different version of the prayer I said.

Now I Lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
May God guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light.

I have been working on a new printable for her room with the words to the prayer. It’s going to look so cute above her crib! I can’t wait to get it printed and hung up. How old was your little one when they started sleeping through the night? On second thought, maybe don’t tell me… I will be jealous! Only two days left to get ready for Blaire’s birthday party. There’s so much to do! xo

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    February 19, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Tooooooo precious!

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      March 1, 2015 at 3:42 am

      Thank you! :)

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    February 19, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Aww, she looks so peaceful! Good job on getting more sleep!!! Isn’t it amazing?! Tanner did not want to co-sleep for too long since we have a queen bed and our little bed-hog liked to sleep horizontally! We moved her to her crib at 6wks old and she was great! We let her cry it out from the beginning and I would still wake up two times a night to soothe and feed her back to sleep (usually took about 5-10mins. She would still wake up in the early morning when Tanner would wake up to go to work (4am) and I’d move her to our bedroom to sleep with me. At four months we were able to establish a routine with her dinner, bath, book/prayers, bottle, binky/sleep and she would sleep through the night – no problem! Until teething became an issue around month seven…we were at it again with two, sometime three wake-ups…and so we brought on SLEEP TRAINING! I asked all my mommy friends for advice and tried two different techniques within a week, then with the help of a close mommy friend, was able to pinpoint our problem (too much sleep during the day) and was quickly resolved! She started sleeping through the night around end of month SEVEN. Her sleep schedule looks something like this – bed by 8/8:30PM to 7:30/8AM (it all depends on when she goes downs, but usually gets almost 12hrs of sleep. Two naps a day (morning and afternoon) usually about 1.5-2.5hrs. She hardly ever fusses fights me when I put her down (ppl are amazed by how quietly and pleasantly she puts herself to sleep), but probably because she’s so use to her binky (wubbanub) and blankie (lovey) already…and no, I’m not planning on taking those away anytime soon. If it works than I’m sticking with it! lol!

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    Zurry Donevan
    February 26, 2015 at 1:42 am

    So we are going through sleep training this week. It’s soooo heart breaking to hear Audrey cry. Night 1 was terrible – I spent the majority of it crying. I think I cried more than she did. Last night was really good. Today is night 3. She’s also sick today.. so I’m not sure how tonight will go.

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      March 1, 2015 at 3:39 am

      Here’s hoping you got through it well! Teething is definitely rough… I’ve never been very good at sticking it out once Blaire is really crying and upset… Especially if she isn’t feeling well. I would rather get in some extra cuddles than have her fall asleep sad!

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      March 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Zurry – I am hoping your sleep training is going well! Thank you for sharing! :)

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    March 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hey Trista! Sorry meant to respond earlier! It is going well. So far she’s had maybe one or two nights of nightmares but either than that she sleeps fairly well! I did choose to dream feed her at 10 and then once more when I get up in the middle of the night.
    How did it go for you??

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  • How many kids do you have? Which transition was the hardest? It may not be the traditional answer, but for me, becoming a mama to one was the hardest. I had NO CLUE what I was in for.
The mom guilt.
How long it would take to leave the house.
The sleepless nights.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
Adding Ben and now Sloane to our crew has been so much easier for me. It’s like they just fall in line with the crazy. 🤪 And I think being so much more confident in myself as a mom doesn’t hurt either. 💁🏼‍♀️ #motherhoodishard
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  • ice cream outside with two of my favorite people. when it’s only 70° outside you can actually eat your ice cream without it melting all over us... and by us I mean them. 👆🏻👆🏻 #blaireandben
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  • Prepping for our third baby has been pretty easy so far. I guess when you have an older sister and brother, plus a mama who likes to hold on to everything from her babies, there isn’t a ton of shopping to do. The kids are having fun picking out little gifts to give baby sister in the hospital (something Blaire still talks about from when Ben was born), little toys here and there, PJs, and this @babyeinstein 4-in-1 Kickin Tunes Music & Language Discovery Gym at @target. I wasn’t joking when I said they wanted to test it out! #babyeinstein #ignitecuriosity #socialspotters #blaireandben #happilytrista
  • #ad I can’t believe this girl is heading off to kindergarten! With afternoon pre-k last year, we were lucky to not have to worry about the morning rush. So this year, our go-to is a waffle and a chocolate milk for the ride to school. Horizon® Shelf Stable Chocolate Milk is our favorite since we can easily grab it and go! Spoiler alert: she takes one in her lunch, too. Blaire is so excited, but little brother and I are sad to see her spend so much time away from us. But I am excited to be able to walk her to school and avoid the CRAZY drop-off and pick-up lines while the weather’s still nice, anyways. 
You can find @HorizonOrganic Chocolate Milk at @KrogerCo and you can even save $1 with this digital coupon (7/24/19 – 8/6/19). And you can stock up because Horizon Organic milk boxes are shelf-stable, meaning you can safely store them in the pantry. Shop now through the link in my bio. #blaireandben
  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • This summer hasn’t really felt like summer yet. 🤨 So when we have an 85° day we make the most out of it with a trip to the pool! How’d you spend your Sunday Funday? #blaireandben
  • another day, another doctors appointment for someone in our crew. today it’s Ben. he was up overnight saying his ear hurt — a double ear infection for him. luckily the kid loves taking medicine and hasn’t let his ears get him down! as long as he’s up moving around they’re fine, but the second he lays down... 😭😭😭. hoping our poor buddy is feeling better tomorrow. do you feel like you need a frequent flier card for your pediatrician? just me? okay. #blaireandben #itsfinewerefine
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  • When your brother is getting big but you still want to hold him... you gotta pinch his butt because he’s so wiggly. 😂😬😍 #blaireandben •
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  • It is definitely bittersweet to leave the house where we brought both of these babies home. But we are excited for our next chapter as a family of five! #rainbowbaby #blaireandben
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  • Last night was our first night in the new house. 👏🏻 We still have lots of stuff to bring from the old house and then lots of cleaning over there before the final walk through and closing next Monday. Then we can focus on getting this house unpacked and organized. But first, I would like a nap. 😴 #blaireandben #happilytristahome
  • The snow that never ends. 🙄🥶 Walked out into the snow this afternoon and one kid loved it, the other not so much. “Wowwww! It’s like a wizard out here.” —Blaire 😂
“Yuck!” —Ben #blaireandben
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