• traded in the root beer float for a sno cone tonight... jk might still have a root beer float once the kids are asleep. 🤪 what better way to celebrate the end of the golf tournament that lasted 3 days but aged me 33 years?! •
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  • today was the due date for our baby who we miscarried at Christmas. It’s a hard thing to mourn this day for our baby in heaven, knowing we will have our baby girl here with us in a few months. it makes me feel like I don’t appreciate this rainbow baby, but I do. obviously. being pregnant so quickly after our miscarriage has helped me to cope, but this day was still hard. my anxiety has been high these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to give myself grace, but as moms it can be so hard to make time for ourselves, to prioritize our own health. —
as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN yesterday I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve sat there, broken-hearted. during my fertility appointments while we were trying for our second baby. during all of the ultrasounds and appointments for my pregnancy in December. seeing people come out with their strips of ultrasound papers. laughing and smiling over their sweet baby. something I had done before without giving a second thought to the fact that other people in the exact same waiting room might be having one of the worst days of their life. I wondered if anyone there was having one of their worst days and prayed for everyone there. —
I’m not sure there’s really any point to this other than to say life is full of good and bad, ups and downs. if you are going through a bad time now, just know you’re not alone. this bad time will pass.
people don’t always share their bad, so can’t we all just treat others the way we want to be treated? be kind. be the reason someone smiles instead of being another reason they frown. •
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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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  • It makes such a difference to my mental health when I prioritize some “me time” in my schedule. Instead of rushing around cleaning up toys or folding laundry during nap/rest time, I’ve been sneaking outside to read a few chapters in my book and relax in the sunshine. The weather has been perfect these past few weeks! [#ad] These mini @kindsnacks nacks bars are the perfect size and they’re only 100 calories… which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I grab both a Caramel Almond Mini AND a Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for my snack. 😜#KINDcollective #bekindtoyourself #backtoschool
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  • our ultrasound this weekend confirmed our final little babe is, indeed, a baby girl. I think she looks just like her big brother. If she follows in his footsteps we will meet her in just 6 weeks! so now I’m slightly freaking out about all of the random things we need for her since I’ve basically done 0 prep. 😬 #thirdchildproblems •
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  • Enjoying one last long weekend road trip before Blaire starts school in a few weeks. I spent the day shopping and ended it with an XL root beer float 😂... the perfect day! We are heading to Omaha tomorrow where I just might have booked an ultrasound to check on this baby. 😬 I’m so excited!
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  • we have been to the pool every day this week! our house may have toys covering every surface and the laundry is piled up (both the clean AND dirty laundry). But both kids have gone right to sleep each night and I’ve ended the night with a root beer float, you know as my reward for being so cool and hanging at the pool all afternoon. 🤣
  • snack break #benjaminp | Less than 3 months and we’ll be adding another kiddo to our crew. I have been looking back through baby pictures and am just so dang excited to meet this new baby. I can’t wait to see if they look like either of their siblings... also can’t wait to find out if it’s really a she or a he! 🤪🤣
  • YUM! The @starbucks pink drink, blended. So good! 💕
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  • My little daredevil. I can’t believe he’s going to be a big brother in just a few months! #benjaminp
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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
March 1, 2015

Blaire’s Birth Story


Writing about and sharing pictures from the day Blaire was born gave me such a flood of emotions! I knew I wanted to share her birth story, since I wasn’t blogging one year again when she was born. We knew Blaire was breach at about 32 weeks. We were given a few options: aversion, seeing a chiro, laying upside down on the staircase with something frozen on top of her head and I’m sure there were more. I had never seen a chiropractor before and wasn’t comfortable starting then. The process of the aversion freaked me out, and it would have had be done during the week Jason had to be in Brazil for work. I tried putting a bag of frozen corn on her head and while she did seem to get mad, she didn’t change her position much.

Meeting Blaire

We decided we would leave it up to Blaire to get herself where she needed to be, and we just scheduled the C Section. I have noticed a giant push in recent years for natural childbirth and a lot of moms feeling like they’ve “failed” if they have to have a C Section. Well, I am not one of those moms! However you get your baby out, you still GAVE BIRTH! You carried a baby and brought a new life in to this world. So kudos to you, mama! I also know I would have had to have gotten an epidural because I’m a whimp. I’m a control freak, so being able to schedule the date and time, and knowing what date we would be leaving the hospital with a baby was comforting to me. (Obviously she could have decided to come sooner, but I just had the strongest feeling she’d stay put.) Before you see the next picture, let me provide you with a disclaimer. In my surgical paperwork that I had to sign off on ahead of time, it said I was not allowed to wear makeup or nail polish in to surgery. Therefore… I look terrible in ever photo taken this day. (It also said not to bring your wedding rings… which was stupid because they would’ve been super cute in her newborn photos.)

Before Blaire's Birth

The day of my C Section we had to be to the hospital around 5AM to get all checked in and up to the room. I don’t think I have to say that we didn’t get much sleep that night. There’s something so exciting and frightening about knowing you’re leaving your house in the morning, and coming home in a few days with a baby. I had to get all changed in to my gown and get my IV hooked up. (I HATE NEEDLES!) They immediately started pumping lots of cold fluid through my IV and it made me shiver, which meant they brought me warm blankets to keep me cozy. The nurse hooked my belly up to a machine to monitor Blaire’s heartbeat and I was having some small c

ontractions (probably because I was so nervous!). About 20 minutes before surgery was supposed to start they did a quick ultrasound to confirm she was still breech. The worst part of the entire surgery was getting the spinal, and the fact that Jason couldn’t be in the operating room while they gave it to me. They literally tried about 20 times. It was terrible… but I knew if they couldn’t get it, then I’d have to be put under while they performed the surgery. Luckily they were finally able to get it and our beautiful girl enter the world less than 20 minutes later! She had red hair and was so tiny and precious. She also had the common features of a Frank Breech baby – a perfectly shaped head and she was amazing at doing the splits! ;) For those of you who don’t know, Frank Breech is just one of the different breech positions. It is when the baby is bent in half. Her head was up on one side of my ribs, with her hands and feet on the other side… and her little butt was down where her head should have been.

Newborn Blaire

I was worried that they had to take her and Jason back to the room while they finished the surgery, but it was only another 10 minutes and I was in the room with my two loves. I also thought I would be much more aware of what was going on in the operating room. Between Jason and the anesthesiologist, they kept me entertained and I had no idea they had even started the surgery until the doctor said “We have two legs! Now we just need that little head!” And about 30 seconds later, we heard Blaire cry for the first time! In the end, it was an amazing, tiring day. The feeling of knowing you get to meet you baby within minutes is just the craziest feeling you can ever imagine. And all of the nice texts, posts and visits from friends remind you what a great group of people you have around you, helping you welcome that precious new baby in to the world!

First Family Photo Trista and Blaire Breech Baby Blaire Newborn BlaireNewborn Blaire Newborn Blaire

There it is… Blaire’s birth story.

Were able to deliver vaginally or if you had a C Section. If you had a C Section – have you had C Sections with your next children or did you try a VBAC? xo

  • Reply
    Carol davis
    March 2, 2015 at 3:48 am

    TRISTA, this is just so beautiful! This blog was amazing memories ! Absolutely love this !

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    March 2, 2015 at 6:03 am

    That was so sweet! And yes, even with a c-section YOU GAVE BIRTH!! And i love that you can choose a birthdate! I however chose to give birth vaginally (since baby wasn’t breeched) with an epidural, although I did make it to eight centimeters dilated all by myself beforehand (probably because my water broke). I was really calm, excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time – I even took a quick bath before we headed to the hospital! With all the Braxton hicks I had the weeks following up to the “real” contractions, it didn’t seem as bad as I thought it was going to be, yep, those really do prepare you for the real deal! And did you know even orgasms during pregnancy can give also give you contractions too?! Anyways, my point was it wasn’t as bad as some ppl make it seem, or maybe I have a high pain tolerance, who knows. But I am so glad I still got the epidural! Huntley came out 8lbs 11oz (that’s almost near 9lbs!) I had an episiotomy, with a third (almost 4th degree tear), and took near an hour to stitch me back (which I’m glad my doc was a pro at!) Even right after giving birth I looked to Tanner and said, eh’ that wasn’t too bad, I can do that again. Lol!

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    March 2, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Ps. Who has time for make-up anyways?! You’re about to have a baby!! Btw, you look gorgeous even without!

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    March 3, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I love your blog and birth story. My first child I had a vaginal birth. She was in the perfect position by 37 weeks. I did have an eperderial and my labor lasted about 14 hours with her. She was born on her due date which is rare. No tearing at all which was awesome. She was 7lbs 8oz. For my second birth I decided to go all natural. My son also came on his due date. I was in labor for 5 hours start to finish. I only had to push 3 times and he popped right out. Lol. I hired a doula and decided to see a midwife group. It was an awesome experience. I loved that he came into such a loving and clam environment. Also no tearing and he was 8lbs 5oz. Both of my birthing experiences where different and wouldn’t change them for the world. I have two beautiful kids and I am truly thankful for them.

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      March 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Congratulations, Isabel! Thank you so much for sharing! Our birthing class instructor was a doula and she definitely convinced me that they make all the difference in the world… Especially if you want a natural, calm birth. I’m so happy for you, mama!

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