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  • I’ll take 3 more of her.
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  • these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (sponsored) When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
  • 6 weeks of this angel girl ✨
She is still waking up once over night most nights. She just started smiling at us these past few days. She loves tummy time but rolls herself over all of the time so we have to roll her back. She loves to be worn and snuggled. And we have to restrain her brother from kissing her 193739 times per day. 🤪 #happilytrista #newborn #sixweeksold #fourthtrimester
  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • Yesterday was almost 60° and today it “feels like” 21°. We had a handful of fall days and it’s not fair because I’m not ready to skip right to winter. There’s nothing better to get us all out of the house than a walk, especially because wearing Sloane puts her right to sleep. Anywho, trying to squeeze in a nap before we get Blaire from school because once we get home it’ll be a mad dash for me to shower and get everyone ready for Blaire’s first kindergarten parent/teacher conference. AND it’s book fair at her school. Who still gets excited for the book fair? 🤭🙋🏼‍♀️ #happilytrista
  • someone changed out of their pajamas today. it wasn’t me.
#happilytrista #rainbowbaby
  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
#dst #daylightsavingssucks #happilytrista #targetstyle
  • Sorry if this made you yawn. 🤭 I just love that Sloane feels the sleep dust when I’m wearing her, just like Benny did! 💕 Hope you’re having a weekend as great as this girl. She is one month old today! Still waking just at 1:30am most nights to eat... occasionally around 5am, too. When she’s awake she likes to look at lights and stare at mama. Whenever she does tummy time she rolls right over to her back. 🥰 #happilytrista
  • Tried some Pinterest-y nail art while the two older kids were at school this morning... and I’m ready to remove and do something a little less crazy when they’re all in bed tonight. 🤪 Real wild Friday night plans, am I right?
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  • Sloane’s first Halloween... the one where it snowed 3 inches and was 20° outside. Woody and Jessie lasted about 30 mins trick-or-treating, then they wanted to head home to hand out candy. What was the weather like where you live? And how many pieces of candy do people give out where you trick-or-treat? Here, it’s a tie between “choose two pieces” and “grab a handful.” #blairebenandsloane #halloween #halloween2019 #happilytrista
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October 2, 2018

where to shop for inexpensive maternity clothes

Fall Maternity Style

Spending a ton of money on maternity clothes is NOT necessary. There are plenty of places to shop for inexpensive maternity clothes.  Luckily, there are now a TON of options for maternity pieces that won’t take all of your money and have lasted me throughout both of my pregnancies. Don’t panic! You can find inexpensive maternity clothes. For me, I try to maximize anything in my pre-pregnancy wardrobe…

July 5, 2018

hospital bag checklist

Hospital Bag

One question that never goes away in the mom community is “What the heck do I need to pack in my hospital bag?” Well, today I’m sharing a free, printable hospital bag checklist to help you tackle packing your hospital bag! (Scroll to the bottom to save the free hospital bag checklist printable – you can easily pin it to Pinterest to help yourself (and other mamas!) find…

June 7, 2018

the best maternity graphic tees

I'm So Pregnant Hello Collection Graphic Tee

For those of you currently rocking a baby bump (not me!) I keep coming across the CUTEST graphics for baby bumps and I just had to document them. So I figured I may as well round up some of the cutest maternity themed graphic tees, right?! These are all super cute and they look so comfy! Some are not actually printed on “maternity” tops, so make sure you read…

September 20, 2017

Benjamin’s birth: my VBAC birth story

Newborn Ben

Holy. Geeze. Ben is 6 months old. HOW?! I thought it was time I share his birth story with you all because better late than never, right? Let’s start with a little back story. Blaire was breech my entire pregnancy, thus forcing me in to a planned C Section and I was actually so HAPPY to have a C Section. Our birthing classes terrified me and a C…

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…

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 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 2, 2017

the 9 best double strollers by budget

The hardest part of preparing for baby number was choosing the right double stroller. There are SO many options. And they’re all heavier than I thought they would be. They’re giant. And expensive. The stores closest to my house just didn’t have quite the assortment I was looking for when it came to choosing the best double stroller for us. They each had between four or five options,…

February 22, 2017

32 & 34 Week Bumpdate: Baby No. 2

Can we just talk about the difference between these photos?! How I wish we were home more during daylight hours because it is WAY more flattering. But since it’s winter and all… the sun is down by 6PM every night. Boo! I never posted my 32 week update and I’ll be 35 weeks tomorrow, so I figured I may as well combine them! Overall I feel fine. I…

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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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