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  • cheers to the end of a long weekend that left every room of our house messy, the laundry over-flowing and lots of dishes in the sink. everyone is healthy-ish and I am just so happy and thankful. ❤️ and also hoping I can get some things back in order today. 🤪 #happilytrista
  • there are so many amazing moments as a mom, but my all time favorite has to be my little babies scanning the room, their faces lighting up as soon as they see me. you’re all they need. you’re their world. and it’s just the greatest feeling. ✨ #happilytrista #3monthsold #15weeksold
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  • I love that I can see how much they look alike in this picture. those cute little profiles. 🥰 too bad this little guy woke up with a tummy bug today, soooo back to the pediatrician for us tomorrow. that makes 5 visits in the past two weeks. thanks, 2020. 😷 are your kiddos fighting off these nasty germs or are they keeping you cooped up in the house like mine? #happilytrista #messymotherhood #honestmotherhood #motherhoodintheraw
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  • I wore makeup and did my hair the other day. may as well document it. 🥳 I am going to share a few things about me, because I’m usually always sharing about my kids.
1. I am so awkward in person that I often pretend not to see someone I know. I hate small talk and I just always say something weird. I also always leave the weirdest, most awkward voicemails. 🤷🏼‍♀️
2. I lived in Illinois my whole life, until I moved to Arizona for college (University of Arizona!). After graduation I moved back in with my parents, where I lived until the day I married Jason... and probably technically until we got back from our honeymoon a week later.
3. My favorite thing to do for myself is seeing my chiropractor for an adjustment, followed up by a massage. Relaxing AND covered by insurance. 🤣
4. I have suffered from generalized anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember. But only after Ben was born did I finally speak to a professional about it. Treating it has made my life so much better.
5. I am allergic to green foods. Green apples, grapes, pickles, etc. But not in a life threatening way. Just in a “one side of my face turns red” way. Like you could draw a line down the middle of my face. It’s so strange.
Okay, I’m awkward and strange and whatever. Share something about yourself below. 🤞🏻 #happilytrista
  • shared a similar picture of Ben in my stories yesterday and just had to document here too. his love for Toy Story is the cutest thing... right down to his slippers. Last night Jason and I were saying how much we’d love to see his reaction to meeting the characters in real life... why is WDW so far away?! what characters are your little ones in to? #happilytrista
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  • ...my days this past week. ear infections, pink eye, runny noses, coughs and congestion... 😶 LYSOL WIPING EVERYTHING when I’m not holding this baby. 😬 #happilytrista
  • If you've never thought of giving your baby a #probiotic you're not alone. @HappilyTrista didn't start using probiotics until Baby #2 came alone, but the difference she's noticed is enough to make her a believer! #repost ・・・
#evivopartner With all of the hard work that goes into breastfeeding, I want to make sure Sloane is digesting all of the amazing proteins found in breastmilk. Today, I’m sharing a blog post talking about the benefits of using @evivohealth infant probiotic- the first six months of a baby’s life is the best time to use one because they’re developing their metabolism and immune system.  #MyEvivoStory #EvivoXL2 #happilytrista
March 4, 2018

sleep training our 11 month old

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Thank you to Halo for gifting us the SnoozyPod to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Halo Snoozy PodWe were blessed with a little baby who LOVED to sleep this time around. When swaddled, Ben would fall right to sleep on his own. He’d sleep in stretches of 4-5 hours at a time and slept through the night for the first time around 10-weeks-old. Blaire didn’t sleep through the night for the first time until WAY later. She also would only fall asleep in her swing, then we’d have to try to move her carefully to her bed.

Once Ben started rolling and we had to stop swaddling him, our amazing sleeper stopped being an amazing sleeper. He would only fall asleep in his rocker and would only stay asleep if I held him throughout the night. But I just wasn’t sleeping, since I was holding a baby all night. So we decided we needed to get started sleep training our little guy. Halo Snoozy PodI am happy to say we have made lots of progress with Ben’s sleeping… Even if it has taken a few months! On Instagram awhile back, I polled you mamas asking when you moved your little one to their room, I found out lots of you still haven’t. And, really, most mamas had the same issues we had. Their little ones didn’t like their cribs and they just weren’t ready to sleep train them, because almost all of you associated sleep training exclusively with the “cry it out” method.

But we are not doing Cry It Out with Ben, at least not yet. Our first step was getting Ben to nap in his crib. The main reason we started with only naps is that I am still working through the anxiety that keeps me from being comfortable with either of our children sleeping in their rooms. So, really, we should’ve just jumped right in to having Ben do all of his sleeping, naps AND bedtime in his crib, in his room. It’s less confusing for baby and is definitely faster. But, for now, it’s naps. He still has 2 bottles (6 oz each) overnight. So I’m not ready to let him cry it out overnight until he is ready to sleep all night without needing bottles, which will only be another month or so. So, for naps, I feed him his bottle out in the living room, then put him in his crib when he is half-asleep. He is happy to drift to sleep in his crib and sleeps for about 2-2.5 hours during his longest nap of the day. He does also take a short nap most mornings and a short afternoon nap around 4:30.

Ben has never liked his crib and would cry the second we set him in there. We decided to give the Halo SnoozyPod a try to see if it would make his crib any more comfortable to him. The SnoozyPod is a little device that goes under the crib and when it’s turned on, it gives a soothing vibration across their crib mattress. It does also have a built in sound machine and connects to your phone through an app. When I hooked it up and put him in his crib for the first time he actually fell right asleep without crying. He was already half asleep when I put him in there, but usually the second his body touched the mattress he would’ve stood up and cried until someone took him out of the crib. He slept until the vibration turned off, because I didn’t realize I had it on the timer instead of just turned on. #RookieMistake 

Halo Snoozy PodHalo Snoozy PodHalo Snoozy PodAnd, honestly, it’s made Ben so much more comfortable in his crib. He’s even happy just to hang out in there while I’m folding his laundry during the day. It’s life-changing for me to be able to just sit him in there for his naps during the day, giving me time to get work or housework done while he sleeps. Before, I would have to hold or wear him, or he would be out in the living room in his rocker – which meant Blaire had to keep it down and I couldn’t do anything that would be remotely noisy without waking him up.

Our next step will be moving him into his own room at night. Which is something he is almost ready for since he has only been taking 1 6 oz. bottle overnight these past few nights. And something I am almost ready for now that I’m finally getting my anxiety under control.

I KNOW he will sleep so much better once he’s in his room away from us. Blaire definitely did and I remember wishing we had moved her sooner. So I wish we would’ve moved Ben already – but it is what it is. They’re only little once, so I’m happy to baby him while he’s still our baby.

Whether you’re ready to actually “sleep train” or just want to start out by trying to make your baby more comfortable in their crib, the SnoozyPod could be a lifesaver for you!

Helping your baby feel comfortable in their own bed is priceless. Not only does it mean more sleep for you, but it also means more, higher quality sleep for them. Everyone is happier with more sleep!

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    Carol Davis
    March 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    That’s great ! Little stinker . ?❤️

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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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