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March 16, 2018

mr. golden sun

March 10, 2018

We have finally had some sunshine this past week and it’s been so refreshing to be able to get these kiddos outside! Last weekend, we went to a little local ice cream and candy shop for lunch and ice cream. And, of course, had to pick up some of our favorite candies while we were there. Ben slept the whole time, so it was quiet and relaxing, and…

March 12, 2018

ben’s favorite breakfast: 11 months old

Breakfast for 11 month old

  Our food journey with Ben has been a bit different than it was with Blaire. It’s crazy how quickly they can change recommendations for babies. With Blaire, it was recommended to start solids around 4 months old. This time around, only three years later, the AAP recommends waiting until 6 months to start your baby on solids.  Honestly, waiting until 6 months to start solids was a…

March 4, 2018

sleep training our 11 month old

Halo Snoozy Pod

Thank you to Halo for gifting us the SnoozyPod to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.We were blessed with a little baby who LOVED to sleep this time around. When swaddled, Ben would fall right to sleep on his own. He’d sleep in stretches of 4-5 hours at a time and slept through the night for the first time around 10-weeks-old. Blaire didn’t sleep through the…

February 5, 2018

snow + sink baths

Sink Bath - Ben 2018

I am SO happy our kitchen has such a giant sink. When we bought our house, I never realized how perfect it would be to bathe our babies in. And by “babies,” I mean as long as they’ll let me. ;) During the last few months I was pregnant with Ben, Blaire loved to take a bath in the sink. It made me feel like she was still…

January 3, 2018

9 month must haves

At the age of 9 months, Ben is crawling and pulling himself up onto the couch, the coffee table, etc. He likes to sit up in the shopping cart and we’re now putting him in high chairs at restaurants (before he would usually sleep through our meals in his infant carrier). We’re almost ready to move him from his infant carrier to a convertible car seat, but it’s…

December 29, 2017

family photos – winter 2017

Outdoor Family Photos Winter 2017

We finally got family photos done, for the first time since Ben’s newborn pictures back at the end of March. And I love, love, LOVE how they turned out. It was 70 degrees the Monday after Thanksgiving. Which is UNHEARD of for Illinois. I am obsessed with this location. It’s about an hour from our home, so we shot with a different photographer than we typically use. She…

December 17, 2017

want, need, wear, read: the gift guide for infant boys

First Birthday Gifts for Baby Boy

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. My baby boy is turning 9 months old this week, I can’t believe it! I already mentioned in my gift guide for toddler girls that for Christmas this year, we’re trying out the Want, Need, Wear, Read method, meaning they each get 4…

December 14, 2017

10 tips for the best photos of your kids

Tips for Photographing Children

The question I probably get the most often when it comes to blogging is how I take photos of my kids. From the type of camera/lens I use, to the settings, to just how the heck to get them to cooperate. And, oh boy, some of those are easier than others. Since there are so many ins and outs, I thought it was time to document them all here.…

November 27, 2017

9 things I didn’t know until I started breastfeeding

Hanging out at Home

Okay, so I’ve admitted before I thought breastfeeding would be so easy and natural. I didn’t take a class while I was pregnant with Blaire. Didn’t prep, didn’t do any research. If it was so natural, everything would just work and it’d be just as easy as everyone said it was. Well, that was not exactly the case. There were so many things I didn’t know with Blaire…

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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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  • 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
  • Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻 #blaireandben
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  • Bsquared #BlaireandBen 😍😘☺️
  • This sums up our Sunday. After driving around like crazy people to go to three parties yesterday, today was lazy and included movies, popcorn, long naps, quick trick or treat at the mall and then spaghetti pizza. And I might be eating my kids candy on the couch right now. 😍 How was your weekend? #blaireandben
  • Childhood... drinking a frosty in your teepee. what. a. life. We had a slow weekend. Literally vegged out at home 95% of the time and it was marvelous.  #blaireandben