• We picked up the last of this little boy stuff from his preschool today. So here is his last day of school picture! He talks about his friends and his teachers almost every day. He can’t wait to go back in the fall 2 days per week! Swipe to see little Benny on his first day. ❤️🥰 #happilytrista #benjaminp #thebump #theygrowuptoofast
  • A random share but I put on this dress today and then felt like I had to take a picture. Little Ms. Sloaney with 7 months on the inside and then 7 months out here with us. ❤️
#happilytrista #sevenmonthsold #thebump #targetstyle #targetdoesitagain
  • ...when the hardest part of your weekend is deciding which part of the watermelon is your favorite: the one that tastes good or the one that feels good on your gums. 🍉 #happilytrista
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  • my sweet baby girl 🥰 #happilytrista •
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  • pictured here: a rare moment of these two getting along. 🤪 also those pictures on the back wall are some of my favorite things ever. they’re 16x20 but I feel like they look so tiny in pictures. maybe I need them to be life sized? 🤣🙌🏻
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  • I will be crushed when I can’t babywear anymore. Being so close I can see her every expression. She loves looking around seeing what her siblings are up to and what I’m up to. It has been so helpful with my anxiety. This past week has been really hard but I tweaked my medication dosing and am hopeful things will get better. #happilytrista •
#mywildbird #babywearing #babywearingmama #ppanxiety #babywearingforthewin #momentsiwanttoremember #thebump #babiesofig
  • her hands 🤣 she is ready to pounce on everything and get it into her mouth ASAP... including the phone when it’s within reach. she has two tiny little teeth just barely poking through. she has FOMO from having two loud siblings home with us 24/7. she started biting me when she’s eating, I scream/yell/make a crazy noise. she cracks up laughing... then does it again. I can’t say that’s my favorite part of this stage. But gosh she is just funny and sweet and already so full of personality. 🥰
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  • I can’t get enough of her leg rolls. 📷: @ashleyrhempel 
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  • This photo is a very accurate representation of my children. Ben being crazy, Blaire is over it and Sloane is just along for the ride. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a mama — in one way or another. I know this is a tough day for many, so I hope you are taking some time to yourself today. ❤️
📷: @ashleyrhempel •
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  • baby toes ✨ Sink baths will probably be happening all the time now that this girl is really getting the hang of eating! I forgot how good babies are at getting food everywhere. 🤣 #happilytrista
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  • We are so thankful for these warmer temps AND that we have a backyard with so much to keep these kids busy! From the swing set, to the sandbox, to the water table, it's our own personal playground. They're always moving which means they're burning off energy and making memories. I love using my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to capture photos of them. Today in stories I'm showing how to use the "Single Take" feature to get the best pictures of your kids!
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April 13, 2019

blaire turns 5 | ben turns 2


Blaire & Ben at Wallace'sThis spring both of our babies have celebrated their birthdays, with Blaire turning five and Ben turning two. They both have such strong-willed personalities. They LOVE to play together, but also play well separately because, well, they both want to get their own way. I hope Ben always enjoys having multiple mothers because Blaire is always watching him. She inspects the age for every toy he gets, even if it’s one I’m buying, to let me know whether or not it’s safe for him. Whatever did I do without her help and input?!

Blaire & Ben at Wallace'sBlaire & Ben at Wallace'sBlaire & Ben at Wallace'sBlaire & Ben at Wallace'sNicknames: Blairsey and I call her Blur/Bler lol

Height/Weight: 43.5″ (71%) and 45lbs (79%)

Learning: Still working on writing and recognizing all of her letters. She has all of her numbers down. Although she says sometimes 7s and 1s look alike when people put a “top” on the one. And she’s not wrong! She is actually really good at writing her own name, she knows how to spell BEN without help and also can write MOM and DAD without any help. 

Watching: She loves watching movies more than she likes to watch shows. She is usually happy to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Puppy Dog Pals with Ben, since those are his faves. But she like to pull up Netflix on the TV and pick out a movie for them to watch if it’s her choice. 

Reading: She loves the Lego Girl books, anything Disney Princess and Seek & Find Books. Those are usually the books she picks out from the school library each week. 

What She Wants to be When She Grows Up: A “Jump Teacher”. What is a jump teacher you might ask… It’s someone who teaches kids how to jump safely, like at a trampoline park. She says she is going to open her own trampoline school. 

Favorite Things to Do: She spends most of her time playing with her dollhouse. She has some Calico Critters and some of their little houses and some of the Peppa Pig play sets. She likes to set them all up and then take all of her people and play. She also likes Barbies. Santa brought her a bike so she is just so excited for the weather to warm up so she can get outside. Our new house has a playground in the backyard, so she is counting down the days until we move so she can get outside and run around. 

Favorite Foods: She really, really loves “tiny pizzas” aka pizza rolls. She likes cheese pizza, ramen noodles, pasta, quesadillas, fruit snacks, mini muffins, chips and veggies. She would eat grape tomatoes and broccoli all day long. She also really, really loves cucumbers. 

Biggest Milestone: Her independence. She is happy to go to school each day. She never whines about going or is sad to leave me. She kisses Ben and I bye at drop off every day. She had kindergarten round up last week and marched right off to the room and never looked back. She told us about her friends she made and that she got to ride a school bus and she just doesn’t seem to worry about leaving us. She’s brave. She’s confident. And it’s one thing I had really worried about because she had trouble in the past with daycare drop-off. She would cry and hold on to my legs and it was so hard. 

My Favorite Part of This Stage: She wants to help. She wants to do everything I do. She wants to help cook, she wants to help take care of Ben. Whatever I’m doing, she asks to help. From taking down pictures and filling the holes in the walls (before we move), to painting furniture, to getting Ben milk or a snack. Whatever it is, she wants to do it. Sometimes it’s hard to step back and give up control because it might take longer or get messier. But I just have to remind myself that she has to learn somehow. 

Blaire at Wallaces Blaire at WallacesNickname(s): Benny, Benny Boo, Ben Ben

Weight/Height: 33.25″ (25%) / 25.6lbs (17%)

Wearing: Mostly 18 months or 12-18 months and I’m buying him 18-24 month for spring.

Saying: He can say virtually anything you ask him to. He’s working to puts more than 2 words together to make his own little sentences and it’s so cute! The words he says most are sissy (duh!), mama, dada, dog dog, please and thank you.

Favorite Things: He loves to play. Whether it’s with Blaire or by himself when she’s at school. He is so good at putting people into cars or into any of the little play sets. He likes to make cars and people go down the slide of the Puppy Dog Pals play set. He also loves to play with cars, trucks and tractors.

Favorite Foods: Yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pizza, peanut butter sandwiches and anything he can snack on. Chips, popcorn, pretzels, goldfish, etc.

Biggest Milestone: There are so many! He puts words together really well, he always uses “please” and “thank you”, he plays well independently whether it’s at home or at the park (he’s a pro at climbing everything and loves the slides) and he listens pretty well. 

My Favorite Part of This Stage: I love that he now has favorite things. Like the little birdie he’s holding in the photos below. He calls it his “baby bock bock” and for the past five days he wants to take it everywhere, even to bed with him. 

Benjamin at Wallaces Benjamin at Wallaces Benjamin at WallacesSeeing these two together, even though they can make me crazy when they’re jumping on the couch and pushing each other off the slide, is just so much fun. Knowing they have a forever friend in their sibling is what makes me wish I could have a whole gaggle of kiddos. 

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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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