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June 27, 2017

5 things you should do after baby is born

Ben Newborn

Thank you to Tiny Prints for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Whether it’s your first or fourth — bringing home a new baby is exciting, hectic, scary and just plain overwhelming. There are so many new and important factors I’ve never had to deal with (see number 1). Consider this your quick list of things to work on once you’ve unpacked those hospital…

June 3, 2017

Ode to my Maternity Leave

Blaire and Benjamin

  My little guy will be 11 weeks on Tuesday. Which means I go back to work in two weeks… I have had such a fun 10 weeks home with my babies! We sleep in until 9:30AM each day, we eat breakfast together, we spend a lot of time at Target, parks, the children’s museum, the zoo and then the pool! My friend Jackie even came from New…

May 10, 2017

Mother’s Day Questions

I’ve seen these Mother’s Day questions floating around Facebook and since my answers would be super long, I figured it’d make a better blog post. And, since I haven’t shared Ben’s birth story yet (you can read Blaire’s here) some of this information, and some pictures are things I’ve never shared before! Motherhood is seriously mind blowing. You spend your days googling things you never thought you’d type, stepping…

May 3, 2017

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Basket for a New Mom

Mother's Day New Mama Gift Basket Supplies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeHerMothersDay #CollectiveBias Can you believe Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away? As a mom, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I look forward to celebrating that day with my little family. In addition to celebrating with my own family, we also spend time with my mom, my grandma…

April 3, 2017

Nursing Must Haves

Nursing Must Haves

Before Blaire was born, I did nothing when it came to preparing to breastfeed. Okay… fine. I bought one nursing bra and one nursing tank top. Then called it good. I didn’t take the Breastfeeding Prep class through our hospital because it seemed like all anyone talked about how natural nursing was. Something that’s natural doesn’t really mandate a two hour class, does it?…

March 29, 2017

4 Things I’m Doing Differently as a Second Time Mom

VitaTops on the go

My first week with Blaire as a newborn was such a blur. I was so tired. My body was drained from my C Section. We had endless visitors. This time, everything is different. Whether it’s because my recovery is easier since I didn’t have to have a C Section. Or because we’ve had less visitors stopping by. Or because I’m getting more sleep at night than I was…

March 26, 2017

Welcome to the World, Benjamin Robert

Benjamin Robert

I am so, so happy to announce the arrival of our sweet baby boy, Benjamin Robert. He was born March 21, at 3:50 a.m. weighing 7lbs 4oz and 20″ long. I actually couldn’t believe I was in labor with him because he was a week and a half early, but we are so happy he decided not to make us wait any longer! He looks just like his big…

March 12, 2017

37 Week Bumpdate: Baby No. 2

Hospital Bag

Woo hoo! I’m full term. I can’t believe it! Baby boy can come any time now. Well… he could wait about a week, give/take a few days. Reason 1: Our final baby stuff shipment will be here Tuesday.   Reason 2: My temp at work starts Wednesday, so it’d be nice to train with her for a few days before ditching out for 12 weeks.  We finally have…

March 9, 2017

Maternity Pictures

Floral Maxi Maternity Photo

Some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. You guys. It’s March! … and that means it’s baby month. I am SO in love with our maternity pictures. We got so, so, so lucky with the weather that day. Who knew we would be blessed with a 70° day, in February,…

March 5, 2017

While You’re Still Our Only Baby

OshKosh Spring 2017

We are less than four weeks away from my due date, which means we are taking every opportunity we can to spend quality time with Blaire while she’s still our only baby. Luckily, we’ve had patches of nice weather and getting outside to the park has always been one of our favorite things to do together. So we’ve taken advantage of it, especially on the weekends. Blaire isn’t…

February 15, 2017

7 Tips for Work-Life Balance as a Mom

VitaTops

Over this past year, working full-time, blogging, mom-ing, and now prepping for baby number two have had me feeling more stressed than ever before. I finally decided to do something about it, because life doesn’t just destress itself. So, over the course of the past few months, I implemented a few simple changes and I’m happy to say they’ve paid off. While I can’t say I’m stress-free, I can…

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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