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  • (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
May 10, 2017

Mother’s Day Questions

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I’ve seen these Mother’s Day questions floating around Facebook and since my answers would be super long, I figured it’d make a better blog post. And, since I haven’t shared Ben’s birth story yet (you can read Blaire’s here) some of this information, and some pictures are things I’ve never shared before!

Motherhood is seriously mind blowing. You spend your days googling things you never thought you’d type, stepping on tiny toys and stressing about things like whether your child should be drinking less juice and more milk.

1| Did you have an epidural? 
With Blaire I had a spinal, since it was a C Section. Only took about 20 tries to get it in though… not fun. With Ben, I had an epidural FO SHO. I was super nervous about it because 1| a needle 2| a needle in my spine 3| it took so many tries with the spinal. But it was actually relatively painless (compared to the contractions I was having) and she was able to get it in on the first try.

2| Was the father in the room? Of course! Jason wasn’t allowed in the operating room while they prepped me for surgery, but he was in there once the surgery started. With Ben it was just him and the nurse for the few hours I was pushing.

3| Were you induced? Nope.

4| Did you find out the sex? Yes! With Blaire we found out at 20 weeks. With Ben, we went to Chicago for an ultrasound at 15 weeks.

Blaire Newborn PictureBenjamin Robert Newborn5| Due Date? Blaire was due March 2 (our first wedding anniversary!) and Ben was due March 30. 

6| Did you deliver early or late? Blaire was a scheduled C Section at 39w 1d. Ben was born at 38w 5d.

7| Did you have morning sickness? Yes! I had it a few weeks longer with Ben than I did with Blaire. But with both of them I just felt sick ALL THE TIME. I rarely ever actually got sick.

8| What did you crave? candy, smoothies, strawberry lemonade (specifically theEvolution Cold-Pressed Strawberry Lemonade), cereal, tacos, pizza, fountain cherry pepsi… the list goes on and on and on.

9| How many pounds did you gain? Just under 20lbs with both of them.

Blaire and I

10| What was the sex of the baby? A girl and then a boy.

11| Did you have complications? Only the problem with the spinal block before my C Section. The closest to a complication would be Blaire being frank breech, which resulted in her having to be delivered via c section. 

12| How many hours were you in labor? No labor with Blaire. I was in “active labor” with Ben for about 9 hours before he was born. 

13| How much did your baby weigh? Blaire was 7lbs 2oz, 18.5″ and Ben was 7lbs 4oz and 20″… except he has 19.5″ at his doctors appointments so… I’ll assume they weren’t quite right when they were measuring him bright and early at 4AM. 

14| What did you name the baby? Blaire Elizabeth and Benjamin Robert.

15| How old is your baby today? Blaire is 3 and Ben is 7 weeks!

Blaire and Ben

Have you answered these questions in a blog post? Do you have posts with your little’s birth stories? Leave the link in a comment below! xo

  • Reply
    Carol Davis
    May 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Loved this !

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    Virjinia
    May 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve not a mom but I just LOVE hearing about birth experiences! It’s always interesting to hear about moms who had two completely different experiences too. Both of your babies are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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      Trista
      May 19, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much! I love reading birth stories/experiences, too! It always amazes me how different everyone’s experiences are.

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    Melissa
    May 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    This is such a fun post. It’s great to have this as something to look back on!

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    Jacki
    May 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Aw your babies are so cute! This is a fun post to remember the events!

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    xokerry
    May 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    So sweet! I saw a ton of these on Facebook and loved reading them. I haven’t done my daughter’s birth story yet but I should! Baby #2 is coming in October.

    • Reply
      Trista
      May 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Yes! Definitely write her birth story. I love reading them!

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    The Ox Mama
    May 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    AHH! everyone’s newborn pictures with these questions are giving me baby fever!

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    sunshineandmunchkins
    May 16, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve loved reading everyone’s responses to these questions! You have some cute kiddos. :)

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The mom guilt.
How long it would take to leave the house.
The sleepless nights.
Breastfeeding.
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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