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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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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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  • 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
September 11, 2015

28 Things About Me

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If you only know me from my blog, than you might not know that much about me. Since I place most of my focus on Blaire, I don’t typically post much about myself. So, as part of #fridayintroductions on Instagram, I’d thought it’d be fun to post 28 facts (Because I’m 28. See what I did there?). I hope you have as much fun reading them as I did writing them. And hopefully you feel like you know way too much a little more about me when you finish.IMG_63572

  1. I’m the oldest child, which might say a lot about me. Oldest children tend to be bossy, perfectionists and may not be able to ever admit they’re wrong. Is that me? Yep.
  2. There was a time in my life when I didn’t want children. There. I said it. The part that freaked me out the most was the actual thought of being pregnant. It made me squeamish. All of the crazy things that happen to your body?! Labor and delivery? Gross. Once I met Jason I KNEW I wanted kids. It’s crazy that things just click once you find your special someone.
  3. Jason and I didn’t live together until after we were married. I lived an hour away from him, but worked in the same area where he lived. I commuted 5 days a week until we were married. #traditional
  4. We planned our wedding in 5 months. If you read #3, then you know why. :)
  5. I’m a vegetarian. A recent vegetarian. As in, I became a vegetarian this summer.
  6. I hate water. Seriously.
  7. I might be the pickiest eater ever. I could probably live forever eating rice, pizza and cheese enchiladas.
  8. I’m a procrastinator. What can I say… I do my best work under pressure! ;)
  9. I love cheese.
  10. I hate milk.
  11. I’m always hungry. Always.
  12. I’d take soft serve twist ice cream over any other ice cream any day! So classic and sooo yummy.
  13. I suck at my hair. It’s always boring and I can never make up my mind about how I want it. Some days I want it longer, others I want it shorter. Blonder, darker, curlier, wavier, straighter… the options are endless, and I just can’t remember the last time I looked at my hair and thought “I’m having a good hair day.” Girl problems.
  14. Whenever I imagined myself having a family, I desperately wanted to have a son first. Once I was actually pregnant I realized I didn’t care which gender my baby was. Having a healthy baby was all that mattered! I’ll still never understand the “don’t you want one of each” mentality so many people still have. I’d love to have a tiny Jason, but also would be over the moon with another girl some day.
  15. I’m Catholic. Seeing Blaire get baptized last summer was one of the most meaningful days of my life. I also taught children’s mass up until Jason and I got married. It was so fun to get to teach children (in simpler words) what the adults were learning about in mass that day.
  16. I have over 20,000 photos on my phone right now. Yikes. The 64GB iPhone is totally worth it.
  17. I was born with red hair. This one is for the approximately 12 people who ask me everyday “Where does your daughter’s red hair come from?”
  18. I can’t handle long nails. Seriously, I can’t handle them. I accidentally scratch everything and everyone. But, it’s fine. I don’t like the look of long nails either. I have to cut mine at least twice a week… I don’t like them longer than the end of my finger.
  19. I love cooking but rarely ever do it. I’m too lazy busy to actually put together a grocery list that can result in any real meals. I desperately want to become a meal prep genius. I’m working on it!
  20. Writing is my thing. My degree is in Journalism, with my emphasis in written stories. I actually dreamed of writing for a magazine and moving to NYC to pursue it… but in college I realized I HATED living in a big city! My family has always lived outside out in the country, with the local towns only having about 25k people each. Traffic and noise are just not my scene. We live in a somewhat large city now, and the noise is still something I’m not used to. Shout out to my sound machines for helping me sleep!
  21. I return more items to stores than anyone you’ve ever met. If I like something, I buy it. If it doesn’t work out or I decide I’m over it, I return it. Hey, it’s better than shopper’s remorse!
  22. I couldn’t cut a straight line to save my life.
  23. I’m a stickler for grammar (I blame my degree in Journalism, English and Communications). Seeing a misspelled or misused word hurts my soul.
  24. I fell in love with Blaire’s name from good ‘ol Gossip Girl. Blair Waldorf & Chuck Bass are my people. We added the ‘e’ at the end just because I think it makes the name look prettier. And I LOVE that it’s not a common name.
  25. From the moment I saw Jason, I knew he was going to be someone special in my life. I obsessively stared at his Facebook profile photo for weeks before we went on a real date. Does that make me creepy?
  26. I’m the worst at a bedtime routine. Taking off you makeup, putting on moisturize and brushing your teeth all just seem so hard when all you want to do is fall in to bed.
  27. I’m terrible at cleaning my house. I hate it! It’s so much more important to me to have my house smell like Bath and Body works than to have it spotlessly clean.
  28. I hated naps… until I was pregnant. I just couldn’t fall asleep and then felt groggy for the rest of the day! But once I was pregnant, and especially when Blaire was a newborn, promising myself a nap at some point during the day was the only way I could get myself out of bed in the morning. Mom life.

Well, there you have it. 28 random facts about me. Which one was your favorite? Or maybe it’s more appropriate to ask, which one is the weirdest? xo

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    Loren Ferguson
    September 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    My husband and I always plan baby names from shows and characters we love!! :)

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    Oh to Be a Muse
    September 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I love naps! Would be nice to see your red hair. :)

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    Kathrine Eldridge
    September 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I am the oldest too so I totally get where you are coming from. :) Thanks for sharing all these fun facts about you!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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    Siffat Haider
    September 11, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    So nice to get to know you a little better. You know what, I can totally related to #2. I’m at that point where kids freak me out too, nice to know that there’s hope for me after all!
    xo
    Siffat
    icingandglitter.wordpress.com

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    Abby
    September 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    This was fun to read. I hope I can be like you who is comfortable opening up a little bit. I’ll try this someday :)

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    Trista @ The Classy Chaos
    September 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    What a great post! And I can identify with so many of these. We didn’t move in together before we were married either and our commute was 45 minutes! I’m always hungry too. And I really like Blaire with an E. Oh and I never wash my face at night. Eek!

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    Shaunae
    September 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    You hate water and milk?! So crazy. haha :) Loved learning more about you!

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    Sara
    September 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Love this! My husband want to name a future child Blair. Little does he know it’s thanks to gossip girl ;) and both of my siblings are red heads!

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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 😂
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