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  • when your @whattoexpect app tells you baby sis is the size of Buzz Lightyear and your house is Toy Story central. this is baby sis’s only chalkboard pic (third child probs 🤣). Tuesday will be 37 weeks and full term! 🙌🏻
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  • #ad In only a few weeks these little legs and feet aren’t going to seem so little anymore. Ben loves babies, so I have a feeling he’s going to love his baby sis. Buuut he really likes cuddling his mama so I don’t know how happy he will be to share me with someone else while Blaire is at school. He’s already nailing it in the big brother department by trying out baby sis’s crib mattress. He already asked to sleep in there tonight! 🤣🤣🤣 And if it makes him sleep through the night then I’m down. This mattress is actually made in Illinois. It’s non-toxic and has no springs. You can use code TRISTACRIB for $35 off your purchase of a crib mattress. There’s a link in my bio to shop. • 
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  • The one who made me a mama. This will be her first full week of kindergarten and every day her favorite part is recess. 🤣 She just keeps talking nonstop about how excited she is to have another baby to snuggle soon because Ben is “too wiggly” to let her hold him anymore. Today she asked me if I was ready to get this baby out or if I was nervous? Then she said not to worry because she will help pack the diaper bag whenever we leave the house, so I feel like that’s a real win/win for me. 🙌🏻 #blairep
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  • 35 weeks and feelin’ it. I’m finally nesting which is great because we have a million things to do still. Including getting this house ready for a “half” birthday party for Blaire and Ben this weekend. We were moving so close to their birthdays this spring that we never had a party and Blaire has kept talking about wanting to have all of her friends over to celebrate. Soooo a half birthday party it is. The bonus is the weather is WAY better than in February and March so we can actually have people hang out outside, have a bonfire and make s’mores. So I’m super excited and I guess it’s a good push for a final deep clean of this house before we welcome our final member in (hopefully) less than 5 weeks! #35weekspregnant #thirdtrimester #happilytrista
  • I hit 34 weeks earlier this week and supposedly this baby is the size of a box of Eggo waffles. 🤣🤣 It feels like fall is here and it’s fabulous. I got to sleep in today while Jason got up with the kids. I showered and got ready for the first time all week and I feel like a new person. 🙌🏻 We have a few parties / plans for this long weekend, but nothing too crazy. How about you?
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  • Look who started preschool today! 😍 He only went for an hour (they split their class in half the first two weeks) but he didn’t cry at drop off, told me all about his snack and the playground and how he got to play with trucks. I am so proud of him! And it’ll be nice to have a few hours each week to just hang out with baby sis. #benjaminp
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  • #ad Sorry baby, when you’re the third child I’m not sure you really get anything just for yourself. This @philipsavent Soothie Snuggle came in the #NewMomBBoxx  from @babbleboxxofficial. Ben immediately claimed it for himself because he is still a binky lover. I shared a bit about each of the products in the box in my most recent blog post.
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  • SO many emotions today on this big girl’s first day of school... for me anyways! She was mostly just excited and just a little nervous. We all made bracelets together last night and we are going to look at them today whenever we miss each other. As she was walking away to her teacher, she ran back to make sure we all had our bracelets on. 😭😭😭
It’s such a weird season of life to go from having her home all day, to a year of pre-k for 3 hours a day / 4 days a week, to kindergarten with her gone 7.5 hours a day. Plus a little brother at home asking to go pick her up and soon to be a baby sis home with me too! Ben and I are counting down the hours until we can pick her up and hear all about her first day. ❤️ #blairep
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  • #ad The only thing better than a husband who likes to cook, and is good at it, too? A husband who likes to cook with your children! I shared our experience with @RaddishKids cooking box on the blog, including a coupon code so you can try it for yourself. •
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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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  • 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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November 26, 2018

12 easy holiday traditions for your family

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Family Game NightWhen I think about the holidays, I think of spending quality time together with my family. Even though we have only been married five and a half years, Blaire was born only a few days before our first wedding anniversary, so we have had the past four and a half years to build traditions together for our own little family. 

And honestly, they all just came about naturally. We didn’t put pressure on ourselves to create traditions. As Blaire went from being a baby to a toddler to a preschooler, our traditions have grown with her interests. 

Holiday traditions don’t have to be fancy or expensive. The most important thing is you’re doing something that gives you the opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. 

1| Decorate Christmas cookies together.
Even if they’re store bought sugar cookies already cut into shapes. Make extra for your neighbors!

2| Go caroling.
It doesn’t matter if you have the best voice. Most kids LOVE to sing! And it’s the thought that counts.

3| Donate old toys.
Go through toys and donate anything your children haven’t played with in the past few months. It will make room for all of the new presents they are sure to get. 

4| Make a Christmas Eve box. 
Wrap up PJs for each kiddo, a bag of popcorn, candy and a new movie. 

5| Visit Santa.
Maybe they’ll even want to sit with him to get a picture and not just wave at him from afar. 

6| Drink hot cocoa.
Extra points if you have marshmallows and whipped cream on top! 

7| Pick a Christmas movie  and watch it together every year.
We have already seen the new Grinch in the movie theatre, so I think we will have to add this to our list starting next year! 

8| Go on a Christmas light tour.
We seriously do this every weekend once Christmas lights are up. It is one of Blaire’s favorite things.

9| Bake a birthday cake for Jesus.
Blaire LOVES baking. 

10| Have a family game night.
We try to do this once a week because Blaire loves it so much.

11| Build a gingerbread house.
This actually might be the hardest tradition because actually building the gingerbread house isn’t all that easy. Decorating it sure is fun though! 

12| Make a donation to RMHC.
It can be hard to find time to give, especially around the holidays, RMHC makes it easy. It takes two minutes to make a donation and your gift to RMHC gives families the gift of togetherness. 

If you aren’t familiar, through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs, RMHC provides places for families to stay. These places are only steps from the hospitals where their children are receiving critical medical care. 

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness it is obviously an emotional strain on a family, but it is also a financial strain. The children are sent to a hospital with the specialists and the treatments the child needs. Many times this is in a different city or even another state.Without the help from RMHC, families would have to pay out of their own pockets to stay in the same town their children are receiving medical treatment. 

Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game Night Family Game NightFamily Game NightWhile we are able to easily have a family game night in our living room whenever we want, families with sick children spend long days and nights enduring all of the stress and heartache that comes from the diagnosis of a life changing illness. Being able to sleep only steps away from the hospital, or in a Ronald McDonald Family Room inside the hospital, where their sick child receives treatment brings parents and families so much — joy, courage, comfort, strength and togetherness.

The holidays are such a special time of year. We definitely hope our children remember all of the fun things we do together, but we also want them to realize how lucky we are. Lucky that they can get the Christmas presents they want. Lucky they get to spend time with so many family members. And lucky that we have a roof over our heads. Lucky that we are all healthy. Lucky that we are fortunate enough to pay it forward to others who aren’t so lucky.

12 easy holiday traditions

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    JeeYoung Dubs
    November 28, 2018 at 12:01 am

    cutie patooties! love this entire list & RHMC is our fave!

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    Jamie
    February 22, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Aw I love the donation as a tradition! One tradition we do for our kids is we take them to Hobby Lobby and they get to pick out whatever ornament they want! (They have every ornament you could ever imagine). We label it with their name & year and they hang it on the tree. They love it ? They pick out the craziest things ?

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      Trista
      February 22, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      Labeling them is genius! We have SO many and I know I’m going to forget where we bought them or which child picked them out. I totally think I need to make a little Word doc with pictures so that as they get older and worn (and I forget everything) we will know which year they picked it out, etc. Such a good idea!

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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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  • 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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