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  • Siblings in matching PJs is one of my favorite things ever! 🥰🥰🥰 #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
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  • ✨ it’s the most wonderful time of the year ✨ #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
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  • one running away. one picking his nose. as good as it gets for us. 🤪🙃 #thepetersoncrew #happilytrista
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  • #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
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  • the squishiest baby fox there ever was. 🦊 #gingerbrows #sloanemack #wearallthebabies #babywearing #happilytrista
  • [ad] This sweet little girl has been a dream baby. I love spending quiet time with her while big brother is napping and sister is at school… it’s really the only time I get her to myself! I have been open about supplementing all of my babies with formula. This time, my milk supply hasn’t been an issue, but our pediatrician suggested we add formula to help Sloane gain weight, since she was slow getting back to her birth weight. We chose @Enfamil Enspire because it’s the only formula with Lactoferrin (a key protein found in colostrum and breast milk). You can find Enfamil Enspire at Walmart. #EnspireAtWalmart #happilytrista
August 30, 2019

TLC during pregnancy and as a new mom

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It’s funny how each season of my life I’ve felt like I couldn’t possibly be more exhausted than at that moment. Being pregnant with Blaire, I had NO idea I’d learn a new level of tired after she was born. I thought I was exhausted throughout my entire pregnancy! Then being pregnant and chasing around a two-year-old, now being pregnant with a five-year-old and a two-year-old. At this point in my life, I can almost sleep through anything. I can fall asleep faster than I ever imagined possible and I can only imagine how I’m going to juggle a kindergartner, a two-year-old and a new born.

TLC: Best Bets For New Moms + Baby

When Babbleboxx offered to send a box full of products tailored to new moms and their babies, I was super excited to see what they’d put together. All moms can use some TLC, right?! From moisturizer, to maternity underwear, to ginger chews designed to help with morning sickness, they covered everything.

Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace
It’s weird that “morning sickness” has seemed to come back in the final months of each pregnancy. Ginger supports digestion and can comfort an upset stomach. I had tried Original Ginger Chews before but the new Mango Chews are sweet and are so, so good!

Soothie Snuggle & 9oz Natural Bottle from Phillips Avent
The Soothie Snuggle is Ben’s favorite! Both of my kids have loved the Avent Soothie they received in the hospital and have continued to use it past their second birthdays. They both liked having a stuffed animal attached, but as soon as they bite through that soothie, the entire thing had to be replaced. With the Soothie Snuggle, the plush toy is detachable! Meaning you can easily clean the animal and can replace the Soothie when needed. Sorry, baby, big brother realllly loves binkies still so he claimed this one for himself.

Soothie Snuggle from Phillips Avent

Playtex Nursing Bras
I started nursing in 2014 and I have continued to wear nursing bras nearly every day since. I just couldn’t go back to wearing an uncomfortable, “traditional” bra. This nursing bra from Playtex is SO comfortable. The racerback is perfect with the majority of my maternity summer dresses and tank tops. It meets my requirement of being wire-free and having removable foam cup inserts. It’s stretchy so it fits throughout pregnancy and nursing.

Maternity Panties from Hanes
I had never bought maternity underwear before, but I was super excited to try these. I tried sizing up in the underwear I typically buy, but they feel like they’re falling down throughout the day, while my normal size feels 10 times too small. These a’re full coverage and tag-free so you’ll be comfortable all day.

Medipro Baby First Aid Pod from Me4Kidz
I had no idea what to expect from this first aid kit, because it said it contained 105 items, yet it was no bigger than any other first aid kit I’ve ever purchased. Inside the main kit are neatly organized pods that make it easier to carry an even smaller kit when on-the-go.

You can use code Babble2019 for 25% off your Medipro Baby First Aid Pod now through 12/31/19.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer from Vichy
Skin care during pregnancy can be tricky. I know there are certain products and ingredients to steer clear from. And for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to get the natural, coveted “pregnancy glow” there is Vichy! This Anti-Aging Moisturizer is full of Peptide-C and ultra-moisturizing to make my dry, dull skin glow. Peptides are one of the most dermatologist recommended ingredients to help fight those visible effects
of collagen loss.

You can use code Babble19 for 10% off + Free Shipping at Vichy now through 9/30/19.

Guess How Much I Love You 25th Anniversary Book from Candlewick Press
This book has been Blaire and I’s favorite since she was born. Jason and I always read it to her and any time she wants “just one more” bedtime story, she knows she can grab Guess How Much I Love You, knowing I’ll agree. This 25th Anniversary Edition is beautiful! We have the board book, so this version is much larger (perfect for crowding three kids around) and is the perfect keepsake.

You can use code CANDLEWICK at checkout on candlewick.com for 25% your book order (US Purchases Only).

Guess How Much I Love You 25th Anniversary Book

I can’t believe we’ll be welcoming another sweet baby to our family in just over a month. I’m not 100% prepared but we are getting there!

What were your must-haves to give yourself a little TLC as a new mom?

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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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