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  • these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (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
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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    • How many kids do you have? Which transition was the hardest? It may not be the traditional answer, but for me, becoming a mama to one was the hardest. I had NO CLUE what I was in for.
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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    • 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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    • 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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