• 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.
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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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  • 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 6, 2018

blaire is 4!

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Blaire, age 4My baby girl is four-years-old. She is “officially” no longer considered a toddler and is now considered a preschooler. Boy, that happened quickly. She is so independent. She likes to do things herself and she likes to do them her own way.

She is like a little mama to Ben… Always bossing him around and trying to keep him out of trouble. She is really good about keeping any of her small toys in her room and off the floor so that Ben can’t get them. She likes to “read” to him. She doesn’t like him pulling himself up on the coffee table and is always trying to keep him from getting hurt. Now that Ben is mobile, she loves to play with him. She “picks him up” and moves her over to wherever she’s playing so that he can play. 

She loves to play board games and is still learning that you don’t win every time. She loves doing crafts and coloring and likes to color pictures for our family and friends. She also likes to do anything I’m doing. Whether it’s laundry, cleaning, or cooking – she’s right there with her step stool helping me in any way she can. Blaire, age 4Nicknames: Blairsey, Sweetie Pea, Baby Girl

Height/Weight: 40.75″ (72 percentile) | 38lbs (79 percentile)

Learning: She’s really doing well at counting to 20 and we are going to start working on letters with her more. She can write a few letters really well, and since she’s home with me, I just really need to start working with her more consistently before she starts preschool in the fall. She really loves to color and do crafts and she is getting really good at coloring inside the lines. 

Watching: Sunny Day, My Little Pony, Barbie, Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals

Reading: She loves the Llama Llama books! They are her favorites. 

What She Wants to be When She Grows Up: A hair stylist and a mom. She loves the show Sunny Day, and Sunny is a hair stylist. 

Favorite Things to Do: Playing board games with Jason and I, playing hide and seek, swinging at the park and going down slides. She is taking dance class this year, she does tap and ballet. She will have her first recital over Mother’s Day weekend and her ballet dance is actually a mom & daughter dance, so I’ll get to do it with her! She also loves playing Barbies and dressing up. She watches Barbie and some other shows, so she takes a lot of the things they talk about and then reenacts those… So she’s always talking about her “sisters”. Lol! 

Favorite Foods: Chocolate milk, goldfish, hot dogs, popcorn, fruit snacks and cherry tomatoes

Biggest Milestone: Signing up for preschool and getting to turn forward-facing in her car seat. She is so excited to be able to watch the TV screen in the car! haha. She is also working towards sleeping in her own bed consistently. First, we’re working on her falling asleep in her own bed, then we’ll work on keeping her there all night. Right now, she has a sticker chart and whenever she gets 6 stickers, she gets a prize. 

My Favorite Part of This Stage: She is a great helper. She loves to do “chores” around the house. From helping me clean the wood floors, to picking up Ben’s toys, to mating and pairing socks. She wants to help us with everything she can. She gets an “allowance” and loves to save it up for something special at Target. So far, she has saved up to buy a Rapunzel Bow & Arrow. Right now she’s saving up to buy some clothes for her Belle Bear she made at Build A Bear on her birthday. 

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Even with the challenging times that come along with raising a threenager, being a mom is SO much more rewarding than I even imagined it could be. She loves to cuddle, which is one of the reasons she still ends up in our bed every night. She loves snuggling up to her daddy. On the nights when she wants to fall asleep in our bed she always says she is warming up his side of the bed for him… and never my side. Lol!

She wants to be just like mom and dad. She wants to cheer on the Hawkeyes like dad, she wants to help him shovel and mow the lawn, but she wants to do her makeup and dress up just like mama. She makes us crazy some nights when she’s come out of her room at bedtime for the 14th time, but she is so darn cute we can’t stay that way for long. I hope she is always so confident in herself. I love that she knows she can do anything. I’ll do whatever it takes to show her she’s right, she can do anything she sets her mind to! 

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    • 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
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