• just a baby... in a diaper bag. 🤪 #happilytrista #fawndesign #sollybaby
  • 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
  • oh these sweet sisters. 🥰 this made Blaire’s day yesterday. she was so excited to wear Sloane and gosh it made my whole life. ❤️ #happilytrista #babywearing #wearallthebabies
  • 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
  • when you’re feeling down on yourself ✨ #happilytrista #inspiration #goodvibes
  • 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
  • first time in the big bathtub. ✨ #happilytrista #tubbytoddfirstbath
  • 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
April 23, 2019

pregnancy update: 16 weeks


13 week ultrasoundGosh, this pregnancy is just flying by so quickly. I am already 16 weeks and haven’t written a single post about it here. So, let’s start from the top with some of the questions I’ve gotten so far, then I’ll get into my “typical” pregnancy update bullets.

When did you find out you were pregnant?
Monday, January 28 and I was exactly 4 weeks pregnant.

And how did you find out?
We spent the previous weekend away in Galena. I drank two glasses of wine Friday night. Then had another glass Saturday night and immediately felt TERRIBLE. Monday morning my Clearblue App popped up saying I should’ve started my period a few days ago and asked if I wanted to log it. I figured my cycle would be off for a bit considering it was literally the first cycle after my miscarriage in December, but I figured I may as well take a test since I had a box of them. Seeing that positive pregnancy test was definitely a shock and I honestly didn’t believe it.

I called my doctor immediately and they sent me to have my HCG and my Progesterone tested – my HCG was higher than it had been at any point during my December pregnancy.  I was retested two days later and then again one week from the day I had my positive test. My numbers increased as they should have and I had an ultrasound 10 days after my positive pregnancy test. Since my December pregnancy was a “Pregnancy of Unknown Location” they believed it was ectopic, but not developing as it should have, resulting in my very low HCG numbers. I was able to have the first ultrasound at 5w 3d because my HCG was high enough that there would be SOMETHING to see. They wanted to confirm it was in my uterus and not ectopic or a blighted ovum. I went back for my second ultrasound two weeks later and we could see our little 7w 3d baby (still with a tail, lol) and a beautiful, perfect heartbeat. 

What did your OBGYN say about conceiving so quickly after your miscarriage?: 
Holy moly, I got this question from a lot of people. Throughout my pregnancy in December, my OBGYNs thought it was probably not viable due to the low HCG. But obviously miracles happen and sometimes they can come around. They immediately though it could be ectopic, although most ectopic get higher and then lower, then rise, then fall. Mine were always rising, barely, but rising. So I held out hope. After 4 weeks and two ultrasounds showing nothing in my ovaries, Fallopian tubes or uterus, I was diagnosed with a pregnancy of unknown location. I was given one week to miscarry on my own before I would be given a dose of Methotrexate to start the miscarriage. I ended up miscarrying on my own over the course of two weeks. So, I was told (by my OBGYN) if I had have a dose of Methotrexate (the shot used to end an ectopic pregnancy) I would have had to wait at least six months to conceive again. Since everything happened naturally and “without complication” I was told it would be safe to try to conceive again right away.

When are you due?: October 8, 2019!

Are going to find out baby’s gender?: YES. We considered not finding out, but ultimately I just REALLY love to know ahead of time. Although knowing this is our last baby has made it bitter sweet for me. Having one of each, I would just love one more of each! So finding out what we’re having definitely makes it more real to me that this is the last time we will ever have the excitement of it.

How far along: 16 weeks

Total weight gain: None yet. Not sure how that’s possible with the size of my belly.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Movement: These past few days I’ve just now felt movements here and there that I’m SURE are the baby. By this time with Ben I had already felt flutters for a week or so.

Mood: Overwhelmed. Honestly moving and being exhausted and not feeling well has been really hard. I know I have a short temper with the kids and I NEED to fix it. We are hosting Easter here next week so if I tackle one room per day (unpacking and cleaning) then I’m hoping I can get back into a routine. It’ll help get my anxiety under control and hopefully some patience too.

Food cravings: Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and sour candy! For some reason anything sour seems to help with my nausea.

Gender: We did the Sneak Peek Home Test kit and found out it’s a boy! 

Sleep: If my kids were sleeping better, then I think I’d sleep like a rock. Ben had croup and was waking a lot at night and Blaire still crawls in our bed most nights. Now that we have spent our first month in the house, they are slowly becoming more comfortable in their new rooms. So fingers crossed everyone will be sleeping in their own rooms all night soon.

Highlight of the Week: Finding out baby’s gender… seeing him moving all around on the ultrasound. 

Miss Anything: Fitting in my clothes. Being pregnant in a different season means I am in some dire need of new maternity clothes.

Symptoms: Fatigue. I had my usual morning sickness (not getting sick, just feeling nauseous) almost days until around 12 weeks. Now it’s just here and there, although more intense when I do have it.

Looking forward to: Hopefully kicking the fatigue to the curb for this second trimester. Mama has a house to get in order!

Blaire & Ben with Ultrasound

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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.
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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    • When your brother is getting big but you still want to hold him... you gotta pinch his butt because he’s so wiggly. 😂😬😍 #blaireandben •
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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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