• This angel baby is the calm in the chaos over here. The other two are bouncing off the walls and she’s just so happy and sweet.
  • How is everyone doing? today was so rough. *this picture is not from today* Blaire and Ben wake up before Jason even leaves for work. They wake me and Sloane both up. It feels like I spend my whole day breaking up fights. And part of me feels like I can’t complain because I left my job to work from home (for myself) and be with my kids. But, I have to remind myself this is new for me. I haven’t been at home with three kids before. The schedules of a 6 year old, 3 year old and 5 month old are very different. From being in school for the past six-ish months, Blaire wants to constantly be learning. She wants me to be reading to her, doing crafts with her, etc. and that’s hard with a 5 month old attached to me and a 3 year old who can’t sit still. Anyone else who feels lost during this time, just know you’re not alone. But we can do it! I’m so hopeful nice weather is coming and that will make the days so much more bearable! Fingers crossed anyways. 🤞🏻 #happilytrista
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  • step 1: get your baby sleeping.
step 2: get yourself to stop staying up on your phone until midnight. [ad] It’s been over a month of using the @littleonesbabysleep program with little Sloaney girl here. She’s self-settling at bedtime and overnight, sleeping in her crib without being swaddled, and it’s glorious. I’m sharing all about our experience on the blog… and there just might be a discount code, too. #littleones #littleonessleep #littleonesbabysleep #happilytrista
  • our neighborhood has been posting different activities in our Facebook group. today was “chalk your walk”. So we drew all kinds of stuff on our driveway and sidewalk. I hope they bring a smile to someone when they’re out for a [cold] walk! #happilytrista
  • my baby boy is THREE! 3 years of Benjamin Robert. the perfect mix of sweet and sour. always kissing us, then jumping off the furniture and pulling Blaire’s hair 3 seconds later. •
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  • going through these photos from our session with @rachelclemphotography a few weeks ago and they are giving me all the feels. 🥰❤️ #happilytrista
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  • thankful for baby wearing and breaks in the rain. 🌧 #happilytrista •

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  • accurate depiction of life right now. 🤪 #happilytrista #socialdistancing
  • this photo was our workout for the day. 💪🏻 j/k. we got dressed in our green and went shamrock hunting around the neighborhood. we found lots in people’s windows, they had so much fun. it was less than 40° but sunny! ☀️ are you self distancing? how’s it going? #happilytrista #selfdistancing
  • we have to stay inside for how long? 😳how are you passing the time? and how’s the weather where you live? it’s a cool 30° here this morning. ❄️ #happilytrista #mywildbird #wearallthebabies
  • Don’t they look like they’re up to something? It’s 3-on-1, 10 hours per day for the next 5 days. 😅🤪 #happilytrista
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September 22, 2019

Ben: 2.5 years old

Nickname(s): Benny Weight/Height: 27lbs (20%) / 34.75” (27.4%) Wearing: Finally moving into 2T for shirts and still in 18-24 or 24 month pants and shorts. Saying: Oh gosh, he’s saying everything. Some of my favorite phrases of his include “uh huh, yep.” instead of just yes or yeah or yep. “right, mom?” “naughty, naughty, naughty, naughty.” He also likes to tell you that police officers will come get you…

April 13, 2019

blaire turns 5 | ben turns 2

Blaire & Ben at Wallace's

This 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…

January 13, 2019

ben: 19 months

Ben 19 Months

Weight/Height: 22.5lbs /  32″ Wearing: 18 months / 18-24 PJS and 12 mo or 18 month clothing.  Saying: My favorite things he is saying right now are “K!” and “Ya!”  Favorite Things: His sister, anything I’m trying to drink. I love that he is always thinking about his sister. He always gets in the fridge and gets an apple sauce for both of them, then runs the apple sauce over to…

October 13, 2018

ben: 18 months

Ben, 18 months old

My little guy is a year and a half old already. HOW. It’s just a bittersweet age. He looks more like a toddler than a baby. He’s talking more. He wants to be independent. He says “no” when I try to help him. He knows what he wants and is really learning to communicate it to us. He has quite the temper if he doesn’t get his way,…

September 4, 2018

ben: 17 months

Ben 17 Months Old

This is a little late since Ben turned 17 months old on August 21… but, oh well! Better late than never?  Weight/Height: 22.7lbs /  32″   Nicknames: Benny, Ben Ben, Benny Wenny, Benny Boy and Benji Wearing: Moving into mostly 18 month (or 18-24 month) clothing New Words: Sissy, binky, doggy, kitty, Mickey, Coco, truck Favorite Things: Coco and Mickey Mouse! He also loves crawling around the floor, playing with…

July 30, 2018

ben: 16 months

Benjamin 16 months old

Weight/Height: 22.5lbs /  30.25″   Wearing: This little guy is still wearing mostly 12 month clothing and 18 month PJs.  Saying: Doggy, Moo and still saying: Mama, Dada, Hi Dada, Go, Car, Hi, Blaire, Ball, Night Night, Quack, Ruff Ruff. Favorite Things: Animals, climbing, yelling, and other people’s drinks. Seriously. He is always stealing his friends sippy cups, his sister’s cups and screaming when I am drinking something. It used to…

June 21, 2018

Ben: 15 months

Benjamin, 15 months old

Ben turned 15 months old on June 21 and I still can’t believe it. He’s definitely not a baby anymore. He is always busy running around, climbing things and causing trouble. He loves animals, he says “ruff ruff” and “quack quack”. We finally found a few movies he is happy to sit still for a few minutes to watch, Sing and The Star. He does still love Puppy…

May 27, 2018

Ben: 13 & 14 months

Benjamin Robert, April 2018

Ben has had so many firsts and milestones in the past two months. He went from crawling to running, looks like a big boy after his first haircut, gave up formula and is sleeping in his own crib. Ben’s stats and photos for 13 months are from March 21 through April 21 and 14 months are from April 21 through May 21. Most of his exciting firsts came…

April 3, 2018

one whole year of benjamin robert

Ben 1 through 12 Months

This baby boy has been one for two whole weeks. It doesn’t seem like it was a whole year ago when I was snuggling that squishy little newborn. I’m so happy he still loves to snuggle his mama. We did these same pictures with Blaire until she was two years old, so I guess we’ll see if I can keep it up with Ben that long! haha. (Second…

March 21, 2018

happy first birthday, benjamin!

Benjamin 12 months

 Happy first birthday to my baby boy Benjamin Robert. I cannot believe we are celebrating one whole year with him today. I thought this milestone might be easier after my first baby, but it’s not. It’s still the strange mix of excitement for what’s to come, pride for all they’ve accomplished and nostalgia for those sweet newborn cuddles.  I know I have said this before, but I always…

March 20, 2018

Ben: 11 Months

Benjamin Robert 11 months

I have been doing these 2 months at a time, but I have a big post ready for his first birthday (tomorrow!) so I published month 11 by itself.  Weight: 20.5lbs Wearing: Mostly 12 months  Favorite Things: Remotes, swinging, he loves “reading” by himself aka turning the pages in books,  Biggest Milestone: Teeth #5 and #6. The top (his) right and the one next to it. The fastest crawler ever!  Biggest…

January 29, 2018

Ben: 9 & 10 Months

Ben, 9 & 10 Months Old

9 months Weight/Weight: 20.3lbs (24%) / 20.3″ (45%) Wearing: Mostly into 12 months now. Favorite Things: He loves when we read to him, he still loves to chew on everything, and loves to crawl over and get into whatever his sister is playing with. Biggest Milestone: His third tooth popped through just the day before he turned 9 months. It’s his top right (if you’re looking at him). He is also pulling himself…

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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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