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  • 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
  • ...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
October 25, 2019

5 ways to prepare for your new baby

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Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll probably go through ebbs and flows of energy. You’ll get some extra energy and with it will come the urge to “nest”. You can take advantage of these times by prepping your home for your new baby! Of course, you’ll want to wash baby’s clothes, get the nursery ready and probably feel the need to clean your house like crazy.

But what else?

There are a few ways you can set up different areas in your house to give yourself some help once you’re home with a new baby, along with a few others things to prep/research before baby gets here.

1| Set Up Diapering Stations

While you probably have the changing table in the baby’s nursery, many families spend enough time at opposite ends (or different floors) of their home, so it can be helpful to have other diapering stations set up. If your home has more than one story, you might want one on each floor. For us, we don’t spend much time in the basement, so we have one upstairs, in the baby’s room. Then we also have one on our main floor, in our living room, where we spend most of our time. The diapering station has diapers, wipes, a portable changing pad and diaper rash cream. No running up and down the stairs throughout the day just to change a diaper. While mama’s body is recovering, it’s best to avoid stairs, especially after a C Section!

Diaper Station
Diaper Station

2| Research Formula Options

Deciding whether to breastfeed or formula-feed can be a difficult decision and it’s a very personal one. It’s a topic many people feel strongly about and because everyone has such strong opinions, it can be difficult to make the choice that’s best for you, instead of just doing what others are telling you is best.

Even if you plan to breastfeed, I strongly encourage everyone to research a formula option and have a can at home, should you decide to supplement. For me, the first time I gave Blaire formula, it was late at night and she hadn’t stopped crying for hours (because she was hungry and not getting enough breastmilk). She was three days old and it was our first night home from the hospital. And thank God, we had formula on hand so Jason didn’t need to make a late-night store run. She chugged that 2oz of formula and then slept. It was such a relief and I will always be so grateful we had formula there when we needed it.

For baby number three, we decided to stock up on Gerber® Good Start® GentlePro. It is Gerber’s infant formula closest to breastmilk, specifically modeled after the complete nutrition and gentleness of breast milk. It is the first and only formula with both prebiotics and probiotics to promote gut health in your baby. It contains comfort proteins, which are partially broken-down proteins that are easy for tiny tummies to digest. It also contains expert-recommended DHA to support brain and eye development. An added bonus? Their new packaging is recyclable. (Most formula containers are not.) You can find their new packaging (with the same great formula inside) on the shelf at Target now. Best part? You can save on Gerber Formula now at Target using this Target Circle offer.

Gerber® Good Start® GentlePro

One thing to keep in mind when researching the best formula for your baby is that all infant formulas in the US, both national brands and store brands, must meet the same U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards and federal nutrient requirements. But, this doesn’t mean all baby formulas are the same. There are so many options when it comes to formula and it seems like each has something “special” about it.

We have always strived to find a formula that is close to breastmilk, since I initially use it to supplement while breastfeeding. It’s important we use something that is gentle on their stomach and doesn’t give them digestion problems when having breastmilk at one feeding and formula at the next.

Breastfeeding is not all sunshine and rainbows and for some people, their journey is shorter than others. And that’s okay. It’s more than okay! Every mom is different and every mom knows what is best for herself and her baby.

Ben and Sloane

3| Set Up Feeding Stations

Depending on whether you’re breastfeeding, pumping, or formula-feeding, your feeding station will look different. For me, I’ve always done a combination of all three, so my stations are kind of a catch-all of misc. things I could need at any time.

• Breastfeeding Station

Breastfeeding is going to feel like it’s your full-time job for the next month or so. I imagined I’d just spend all of my time in the baby’s nursery, in the glider… then I realized just how much time I would actually spend feeding a newborn. So after a few days, I set up shop on our couch. For your breastfeeding station, you’ll want to gather up the items you want to have available within an arm’s reach while you’re feeding. Keep in mind a newborn can easily nurse for 20-30 minutes at each feeding. For me this includes: Snacks (oatmeal is said to help bump up your milk supply), water (staying hydrated is crucial to producing milk), a phone charger, your TV remotes, a nursing pillow and possibly a suction pump if you want to be able to catch your leaking milk during your initial let down.

• Pumping Station

When pumping, you’ll need to have your pump, pump parts (different for each pump) and something to pump your milk into (bags or bottles). Other things I kept handy were a hands-free pumping bra, snacks, water, a phone charger and the TV remotes. Mama needs to stay entertained while she’s sitting there pumping, right?

• Formula Station

What worked best for us was to stock the one in our bedroom before bed each night and then stock the one in our kitchen each morning. We always gave our babies their bottles at room temperature. So we would measure out the appropriate amount of water into each bottle. Then we’d have a formula dispenser with each portion of formula measured out right next to the bottles. This was always the easiest for us because everything is there and pre-measured, meaning we just have to dump the formula into the water and shake it up.

4| Get Familiar with Baby’s Car Seat

Our hospital does check to make sure baby is buckled into the seat correctly and will look at the base to make sure it’s installed correctly. While it’s nice to have someone give a final check before you head home, installing the base a few weeks before baby’s due date and then having it checked by a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) is the best way to know everything is installed correctly and to ask any questions you may have about your specific seat. In our area, local fire stations have CPSTs on duty and you can show up without an appointment. Find a local CPST in your area.

5| Stock Up on Household Necessities

Having a newborn can go one of two ways — you might be looking for any reason to get out of the house or you might dread everything that comes with taking a newborn out and about. In case you’re the second, try to stock up on the things you know you’ll need around the house before baby’s arrival. I obviously use any excuse I can to get to Target, so I made sure to stock up on laundry detergent, dish soap and a good stain remover for the newborn blowouts that I know are coming my way.

Remember, every newborn is different and it’s definitely a stage that crawls so slowly while you’re in the thick of it, yet it seems like you blinked and it’s gone. It’s the time to give yourself (and your partner) grace and to be patient with yourself. Everything is new to you and your baby, so take the time to slow down and enjoy each other.

I hope these five things help you to feel more prepared for your baby’s arrival and help with the craziness of the newborn stage.

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5 ways to prepare for your new baby

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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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    • 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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