• 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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January 30, 2020

some new favorites for new moms

Before becoming a mom, I was unaware how many “things” there were marketed for moms, specifically for during pregnancy or right after giving birth. And they change so quickly! In the three years between Blaire and Ben, SO many things changed. One of the reasons I started this blog was to test out new items and share what was worth trying for yourself and what I thought my…

January 13, 2020

the best rainbow baby gifts

I love finding special baby gifts for my friends and family. Some of my favorite things include anything personalized or a basket of my favorite new mama items. When I found out I was pregnant with Sloane, our rainbow baby, I wanted to find something special for her with a rainbow on it. And… we actually own quite a few of the items on this list. A friend…

October 25, 2019

5 ways to prepare for your new baby

Diaper Station

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…

October 8, 2019

Sloane’s birth story: my second VBAC

Labor with Sloane

Happy due date, baby girl! A week ago we were heading to the hospital, hoping we would be meeting the final member of our family soon. I had contractions every day throughout the last 8ish weeks of my pregnancy. Some days they were intense, they just never got close together. FINALLY, on 10/1, at exactly 39 weeks, they stayed consistently five minutes apart for an hour while we…

September 15, 2019

pregnancy update: 36 weeks

How far along: 36 weeks Total weight gain: 18lbs Movement: Still all of the time. It’s so fun to be able to see and feel her moving around in there. I can’t believe I’ll never feel another baby kick after this! Mood: Happy and excited! Food cravings: Root beer floats! Gender: Girl. Sleep: Not terrible! I feel like I might actually sleep the best when I’m napping with Ben during the day.…

August 31, 2019

pregnancy update: 34 weeks

34 weeks and baby is the size of a pineapple (approx 17.7″ and 4.63lbs). Also the size of a butternut squash or a box of Eggo Waffles. Lol! I am measuring right on, which I did with both Blaire and Ben. They were also similar sizes when they were born. Blaire was born at 49W 1D and was 7lbs 2oz and 18.5″. Ben was born at 38W 3D…

August 30, 2019

TLC during pregnancy and as a new mom

It’s funny how each season of my life I’ve felt like I couldn’t possibly be more exhausted than at that moment. Being pregnant with Blaire, I had NO idea I’d learn a new level of tired after she was born. I thought I was exhausted throughout my entire pregnancy! Then being pregnant and chasing around a two-year-old, now being pregnant with a five-year-old and a two-year-old. At this…

August 2, 2019

8 tips to survive breastfeeding

As a first time mom I had no idea what breastfeeding entail. I didn’t take a class. I bought a nursing tank, a nursing bra and a nursing cover. Boom. I was prepared. I was going to survive breastfeeding. I was even offended when several mom friends suggested I have a thing of formula at home just in case I needed it. Just in case? Just in case…

July 23, 2019

pregnancy update: 28 weeks

How far along: 28 weeks aka THE THIRD TRIMESTER Total weight gain: 7lbs Movement: All the time! If I am sitting or laying still, this baby is on the move. I usually lay in bed for an hour or so feeling her kick and move around… then she calms down and I can fall asleep. I definitely believe she’s about 2lbs and 16” long by the strength of…

June 25, 2019

target try on: summer dresses & maternity

Target Dress Try on June 2019

my favorite target summer dresses and maternity dresses I found myself across the street from Target this morning. With an hour to kill and only one kiddo, I decided to go to Target to try on summer dresses because my current summer wardrobe is sparse. Usually Ben and Blaire are fighting over my phone in the fitting room, but this trip, Ben was content just hanging out. So…

June 10, 2019

pregnancy update: 22 weeks

Holy moly! We are over half way to meeting this baby and I am so excited! Ben was born at 38W3D, so that is only 16ish weeks from now. How far along: 22 weeks Total weight gain: 2lbs… I guess you don’t need to gain much right away when you’re still holding onto 10lbs from each of your previous babies… Movement: All the time! I LOVE it! Just…

April 29, 2019

golf course gender reveal: baby #3 is…

Golf Course Exploding Golf Ball Gender Reveal

With our other two kids, we’ve opted to find our their gender during the ultrasound. For Blaire, the ultrasound tech just told us. For Ben, the ultrasound tech took Blaire outside the room and gave us a blue balloon so she could be the one to tell us. So for our last baby, we thought it would be fun to do a gender reveal.  I did the Sneak…

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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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