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  • Life is a beach and Ben’s just playin’ in the sand. 🎶 I am really proud of how well Benny is doing as a big brother. He had a rough time leaving me in the hospital and being home without me, but other than that he’s been a champ! He is so gentle with Sloane. He says things like, “Her tiny toes are so cute!” “I like her little hands.” “Want some chocolate milk, Sloane?” Don’t worry: we don’t actually let her have chocolate milk. 🤪
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  • Took all three kids on an errand by myself today... and this is what it looked like. 🤪 Ben was in PJs all day and I didn’t put shoes on him to get Blaire from school. So he squeezed into some really dirty/too small shoes we found in the car. Blaire said her one boot hurt but the other didn’t... explains why she is wearing one of each. And Sloane slept. Even if they looked a little wild, they all behaved and that’s all that counts to this girl.
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  • Yesterday was my due date and today marks a whole week with Sloane. To celebrate, I shared her birth story on the blog before and now I’m going to take a nap. 💕🌈🤪 •
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  • @tristapeterson_ “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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  • we are so in love!
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  • it’s time 🌈
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  • 39 weeks tomorrow and I guess Ben is the only one who took it easy on his mama and came during week 38. The girls are apparently stubborn and are not leaving without medical intervention. 🤣😭😭😭 I have my 39 week appointment tomorrow and we will talk through options for being induced and, we’ll, I’m hoping it’s an option to go straight from the doctors office to the hospital because this mama is more than ready to meet the final member of our family.
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  • mama & Benny time this morning. it’s 65° and NOT humid even though it rained allll weekend long. windows are open, candle warmers are on, laundry is going and we’re watching Paw Patrol in bed. The house isn’t *clean* but it’s picked up enough. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’ve been having contractions all day and night these past few days, but they never get stronger so who knows how much longer until baby sis will join us. until then I might as well cuddle this little boy and enjoy the quiet! ❤️
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  • alright baby sis, we’re ready for you. 💕
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  • #ad It’s so surreal to me to know I’ll be nursing another sweet baby sometime soon! Breastfeeding was definitely one of the hardest and exhausting parts of being a new mom. I shared a post last month with 8 tips for surviving breastfeeding / the things I wish I had known before Blaire was born. The link is in my bio. ❤️ Comment below and tell me what surprised you the most about breastfeeding. 🤱🏼@evivohealth #myevivostory #evivoXL1 •
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November 21, 2017

want, need, wear, read: the gift guide for toddler girls

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It’s that time of year again… when people drive themselves crazy buying 124 gifts for their children. Hey, I get it. Gift-giving is a love language. It makes you feel good to give presents, especially to your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews. It makes me feel good! I love to surprise my kiddos with gifts throughout the year, which means they really don’t need a ton come Christmas time. Our home is already stuffed full of the latest and greatest toddler toys and baby gear.

If you’ve been following along on my blog, you know I’m over the clutter. I’m sick of the piles of toys that are only played with for a week or two. I want meaningful toys that will last and that will keep the attention of my children for more than a few days. And as the gift giver, shouldn’t you want that too? I know many other parents who are sick of the clutter as asking relatives to focus on experiences as gifts and I think that’s great!As parents, we are trying out the four gift approach. We have typically done a small number of gifts for Blaire over the past few years, usually around three from us. I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve read this method is effective because four is the perfect number for a child. They see four gifts and to them, it feels like a lot. But it’s not so many that it’s overwhelming. They’ll remember each gift and will be able to thoughtfully process each as they open them. More than four and they’re just ripping open paper, until they’ve opened them all.

The most common four gift approach follows the super fun and creative “Want, Need, Wear, Read” categories and I, for one, think it’s brilliant. I spent hours scouring websites and shopping with Blaire to come up with a great round-up for toddler girls. Each of these items are great quality, not only material-wise, but play-wise, as well. They will lead your child to learning and pretending and will hopefully make them happy for months, if not years, down the road.

Toddler Girl Gift Guide: Want, Need, Wear, Read

WANT: Cookie Set | Dollhouse | Elena of Avalor Sceptor | Zingo | Play Makeup Set | Waffle Blocks

Okay, so this is the area with the most flexibility. This is the area tailored to your specific child’s WANTS this year. Blaire’s big want this year? A dollhouse. She also really likes Barbies, board games, dress-up accessories. So these additional items on her “WANT” list are items we added to her list for other family members.

NEED: 12 Days of Socks; Disney Princess | Fleece | Hat | Jacket

Remember to make your needs somewhat fun. Socks are more fun when they’re in a fun box with their favorite characters on them. And by choosing a colorful hat and fleece, I know Blaire would be excited to wear them. And by choosing a coat similar to mine, I know she’d be over the moon to match mama. 

WEAR: Unicorn Sweater | Slip-On Sneakers | Princess Pajamas | Leopard Sweater | Little Adventures Belle Dress

NEED & WEAR are the two areas where you can get creative. Blaire NEEDS new clothing, but she also really loves to dress up. So you can always use clothing as a NEED and do something fun, like a princess dress, for your WEAR.

READ: Uni the Unicorn | Pete the Cat | 3 Little Mermaids | Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Big Dog… Little Dog | The Tale of Peter Rabbit | The Day the Crayons Quit | Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

READ is an essential. Reading to your children is so, SO important. What child doesn’t love books? Each of these is a favorite of Blaire’s. Some of them are more tailored toward girls, but the majority of them work for boys and girls, which is important to us since we definitely want to invest in books Ben will also enjoy. Although I imagine he’ll be interested in whatever his big sister is for awhile. ;)

Okay, so those are my Want, Need, Wear, Read picks. What do you think?

How many gifts do you give to each of your children?

Do you think four is too little? I’d love to hear what works for your family.

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    Carol Davis
    December 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

    This is so neat ! Great ideas !

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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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  • 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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