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  • #ad In only a few weeks these little legs and feet aren’t going to seem so little anymore. Ben loves babies, so I have a feeling he’s going to love his baby sis. Buuut he really likes cuddling his mama so I don’t know how happy he will be to share me with someone else while Blaire is at school. He’s already nailing it in the big brother department by trying out baby sis’s crib mattress. He already asked to sleep in there tonight! 🤣🤣🤣 And if it makes him sleep through the night then I’m down. This mattress is actually made in Illinois. It’s non-toxic and has no springs. You can use code TRISTACRIB for $35 off your purchase of a crib mattress. There’s a link in my bio to shop. • 
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  • The one who made me a mama. This will be her first full week of kindergarten and every day her favorite part is recess. 🤣 She just keeps talking nonstop about how excited she is to have another baby to snuggle soon because Ben is “too wiggly” to let her hold him anymore. Today she asked me if I was ready to get this baby out or if I was nervous? Then she said not to worry because she will help pack the diaper bag whenever we leave the house, so I feel like that’s a real win/win for me. 🙌🏻 #blairep
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  • 35 weeks and feelin’ it. I’m finally nesting which is great because we have a million things to do still. Including getting this house ready for a “half” birthday party for Blaire and Ben this weekend. We were moving so close to their birthdays this spring that we never had a party and Blaire has kept talking about wanting to have all of her friends over to celebrate. Soooo a half birthday party it is. The bonus is the weather is WAY better than in February and March so we can actually have people hang out outside, have a bonfire and make s’mores. So I’m super excited and I guess it’s a good push for a final deep clean of this house before we welcome our final member in (hopefully) less than 5 weeks! #35weekspregnant #thirdtrimester #happilytrista
  • I hit 34 weeks earlier this week and supposedly this baby is the size of a box of Eggo waffles. 🤣🤣 It feels like fall is here and it’s fabulous. I got to sleep in today while Jason got up with the kids. I showered and got ready for the first time all week and I feel like a new person. 🙌🏻 We have a few parties / plans for this long weekend, but nothing too crazy. How about you?
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  • Look who started preschool today! 😍 He only went for an hour (they split their class in half the first two weeks) but he didn’t cry at drop off, told me all about his snack and the playground and how he got to play with trucks. I am so proud of him! And it’ll be nice to have a few hours each week to just hang out with baby sis. #benjaminp
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  • #ad Sorry baby, when you’re the third child I’m not sure you really get anything just for yourself. This @philipsavent Soothie Snuggle came in the #NewMomBBoxx  from @babbleboxxofficial. Ben immediately claimed it for himself because he is still a binky lover. I shared a bit about each of the products in the box in my most recent blog post.
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  • SO many emotions today on this big girl’s first day of school... for me anyways! She was mostly just excited and just a little nervous. We all made bracelets together last night and we are going to look at them today whenever we miss each other. As she was walking away to her teacher, she ran back to make sure we all had our bracelets on. 😭😭😭
It’s such a weird season of life to go from having her home all day, to a year of pre-k for 3 hours a day / 4 days a week, to kindergarten with her gone 7.5 hours a day. Plus a little brother at home asking to go pick her up and soon to be a baby sis home with me too! Ben and I are counting down the hours until we can pick her up and hear all about her first day. ❤️ #blairep
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  • #ad The only thing better than a husband who likes to cook, and is good at it, too? A husband who likes to cook with your children! I shared our experience with @RaddishKids cooking box on the blog, including a coupon code so you can try it for yourself. •
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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.
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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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  • 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! 🤪🤣 #benjaminp #happilytrista
August 3, 2015

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

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Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

Traveling with a toddler… the words nightmares are made of! The actual art of traveling for a trip isn’t usually super fun for anyone. Dirty airports, long security lines, delayed flights, cramped planes… or maybe you’re driving. Traffic, weather, construction… Ugh. My approach to flying with a child/toddler for the first time was to make sure we had lots of entertaining things. 

I asked for help on Instagram and got lots of fun tips. (Thanks, guys!) I followed them all and our flights out to California were seamless. I felt like a toddler traveling pro and imagined that we’d start flying Blaire all over the place. She’d be such a little jetsetter. Let’s just pretend our flights home were as perfect. Just kidding. They were terrible. I’ll tell you about it later. Well we lived and learned, and we’ve been successful on all of our other flights. All 10 of them. Do 10 flights classify Blaire as a jetsetter? ;) Here are our tips for traveling with a toddler.

  1. Bring a fun mix of toys!
    I recommend you bring a mix of toys you know they love, as well as new toys that will be fun and exciting for them. For us, we knew Blaire loved playing with the iPad. (More on the iPad below.) For new toys, we brought a new book, the magna doodle and the reusable sticker pad (these stickers are basically like window clings and can be placed on the pages of this book, and removed, and restuck). If you can’t find this reusable sticker pad, then bring regular stickers. Blaire loves sticking them on herself, us, the seats, the arm rests… basically anywhere. Also remember – the bigger the stickers, the easier for your kiddos to play with. If you purchase this magna doodle – maybe leave the stamps at home? On our first flight, Jason kept them in his pocket so we wouldn’t lose any. (Reason #129408124 he’s the best!) But Blaire loved it just as much without the stampers, so they’ve stayed at home on our other trips.
  2. Bring something to soothe their ears.
    Whether it’s a binky or something to drink out of. For us, it’s both. Also – don’t count on the airline to have juice or milk for your child. We did and it was our worst flight EVER! For us AND the rest of those poor souls on that small plane. Be sure to grab what you need before boarding the plane even if that means you aren’t the first to board. And while you’re at it, BUY EXTRA! Your connection might be 40 gates away will probably give you less time between flights than they stated when you bought the ticket. Better safe than sorry. Take as many binkys as you can remember to pack! You will not regret it. They’re going to fall on the floor of the plane or hotel or they’re going to get lost in your hotel room. You know how it goes. You do not want to be in the hotel room at 2AM without a back up binky.
  3. Pack snacks.
    Snacks. SO. MANY. SNACKS. Airport snacks are expensive. Pack as many snack containers and baggies of food as you can manage in your carry on. We all know variety keeps kiddos entertained. Some of Blaire’s current favorites (16 months – 22 months) include: Goldfish (original, cheddar and pretzel), veggie straws, cinnamon life, string cheese, mini golden oreos and apple sauce pouches.
  4. Pack smart.
    Make sure you know where things are packed in your carry ons. Also – take the least amount of carryons possible. One our first flight with Blaire, we tried to max out the number of bags we could carry on and it was annoying. There’s nothing worse than having to haul giant bags through the airport along with pushing your stroller and your carseat. (More on your car seat below.) When packing, think about the things you’ll need that are bulky and can easily be purchased when you arrive at your destination. Diapers, wipes and bulk sizes of snacks are all easy things to grab once you get all checked in to your hotel.
  5. Are you taking your toddler’s car seat?
    Or are you renting one with your rental car? We’ve rented one and it was super affordable and convenient. BUT it hasn’t been an option with all of the places we’ve rented cars. If you’re taking your carseat, make sure you have a bag for it. And I recommend gate checking it, it cuts out some of the rough handling it would be subjected to if you checked it with your checked bags. (ALSO my hope is that it’s fairly difficult for them to lose something that’s gate checked.) When bringing along your car seat you’re going to need a bag to cover it when it’s under the plane, and a way to get it through the airport easily. They do make bags with wheels (2 in 1!) or you can purchase something to pull your carseat with, and a cheaper bag without wheels. We chose the second, because we wanted to be able to set a bag (or Blaire!) in the carseat on our way through the airport. This is the bag we use and this is the car seat transporter we use.
  6. Load up your iPad.
    Or phone. Or Kindle. Or whatever tablet you may have. How I wish I would’ve concentrated more on this for our first trip with Blaire! I read about 12970213 blog posts that recommended apps for toddlers and none of them were that great. My worry was that without forcing her to wear headphones, everyone would have to hear music or animals noises from her games. Well I can assure you most people prefer music or animal noises to a screaming baby. Also – Blaire LOVES wearing headphones. So here are our current iPad app favorites.
  7. Make your kiddo feel at home at the hotel/condo/house.
    If there are things they typically sleep with, bring them along! Blaire uses the same pillow pet each night. So I brought the pillow pet and the sheet she had on her bed at the time. I knew sleeping in a portable crib would be different than sleeping in her own, so I was happy to do anything I could do to make the bed feel familiar. And she usually sleeps like a champ! If she’s not feeling the portable crib, we don’t make a huge deal out of it and let her sleep in bed with us. Whatever results in the most sleep is my #1 priority. Especially on vacation!

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Magnet Doodle Pad | Reusable Sticker Book |  Nuby Flip n’ Sip with Weighted Straw: Target (in store) | Bunny WubbaNub | Pillow Pet | Crib Sheet | Monster Snack Keeper | iPad | Alphabet Book

So, I promised I’d tell you about our worst flight EVER. Fine. You can read all about it here.

First Class

Okay mamas, what are your tips for flying with littles one? Also, what iPad/iPhone apps are your go tos for your little ones? I definitely need to bulk up the “Blaire” folder on my phone. ;) I hope these tips help you in some way. And I’d love any feedback. Just leave it in the Comments below! xo

Post originally published on August 3, 2015 – Updated on January 5, 2016.

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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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  • 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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  • Sibling love: hugging 5% of the time, wrestling 95% of the time. Another day... another target trip. And in PJs because it’s so cold and, well, if you’re still in PJs at 4pm, what’s the point of changing? #tristalovestarget #blaireandben
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