• We picked up the last of this little boy stuff from his preschool today. So here is his last day of school picture! He talks about his friends and his teachers almost every day. He can’t wait to go back in the fall 2 days per week! Swipe to see little Benny on his first day. ❤️🥰 #happilytrista #benjaminp #thebump #theygrowuptoofast
  • A random share but I put on this dress today and then felt like I had to take a picture. Little Ms. Sloaney with 7 months on the inside and then 7 months out here with us. ❤️
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  • pictured here: a rare moment of these two getting along. 🤪 also those pictures on the back wall are some of my favorite things ever. they’re 16x20 but I feel like they look so tiny in pictures. maybe I need them to be life sized? 🤣🙌🏻
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  • I will be crushed when I can’t babywear anymore. Being so close I can see her every expression. She loves looking around seeing what her siblings are up to and what I’m up to. It has been so helpful with my anxiety. This past week has been really hard but I tweaked my medication dosing and am hopeful things will get better. #happilytrista •
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  • her hands 🤣 she is ready to pounce on everything and get it into her mouth ASAP... including the phone when it’s within reach. she has two tiny little teeth just barely poking through. she has FOMO from having two loud siblings home with us 24/7. she started biting me when she’s eating, I scream/yell/make a crazy noise. she cracks up laughing... then does it again. I can’t say that’s my favorite part of this stage. But gosh she is just funny and sweet and already so full of personality. 🥰
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  • This photo is a very accurate representation of my children. Ben being crazy, Blaire is over it and Sloane is just along for the ride. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a mama — in one way or another. I know this is a tough day for many, so I hope you are taking some time to yourself today. ❤️
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  • baby toes ✨ Sink baths will probably be happening all the time now that this girl is really getting the hang of eating! I forgot how good babies are at getting food everywhere. 🤣 #happilytrista
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  • We are so thankful for these warmer temps AND that we have a backyard with so much to keep these kids busy! From the swing set, to the sandbox, to the water table, it's our own personal playground. They're always moving which means they're burning off energy and making memories. I love using my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to capture photos of them. Today in stories I'm showing how to use the "Single Take" feature to get the best pictures of your kids!
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November 9, 2019

must haves for a newborn baby

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Does time fly by even quicker with each child? I thought Ben was an easy baby… then along came Sloane who basically takes care of herself. I wanted to update the items that are our must haves for a newborn baby. There are SO many pieces of baby gear out there and they’re always changing. These types of lists helped me immensely when trying to decide what to buy as a new mom, so I’m happy to share mine in hopes of helping someone else.

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1| Copper Pearl Burp Cloths (set of 3): These are THE BEST burp cloths ever. They’re super absorbant and so soft. I never want to use anything else.

2| Footie PJs: These footie PJs are the. best. They have an inverted zipper, which means the zipper starts at the top and zips downwards. It makes diaper changes easier, since baby stays cozy on the top. They also have built-in mittens to keep baby from scratching him/herself. They come in packs of 3 for $12.99.

3| Solly Baby Wrap c/o Solly Baby: Yay, baby wearing! The Solly Wrap is SO comfortable and easy to use. For the wrap I had with Blaire, you had to purchase it according to your size and I just never felt like it fit right. The Solly wrap is one size fits all and it comes in THE CUTEST prints and colors. I love it! It’s amazing for wearing baby around the house because they’re secured from both sides, so they are snuggled right inside while you do whatever you need to do.

4| Como Tomo Bottles: Since I’m pumping in addition to nursing, I love that these bottles have easily allowed my kids to do both without any issues.

5 | The Ollie Swaddle c/o The Ollie World: We used one of these with Ben and now are using one with Sloane. Both kids sleep/slept SO well in them. The velcro and elastic band make it easy to use and

6 | Wildbird Ring Sling c/o Wildbird: I have two Wildbird ring slings and they are SO good. I love how easy ring slings are to use. They’re my go-to when we’re out and about because I can already have them threaded and can easily put Sloane right inside without having to tie up a wrap before I get in the car or in the parking lot.

7 | Dockatot c/o Dockatot: We used the Dockatot with Ben as an infant and now are using it again with Sloane. It takes up the entire mattress of her bassinet and she sleeps very well in it, just like Ben did.

8 | 4-in-1 Nursing Cover c/o Covered Goods: Even if you’re not nursing, this is a must have because it’s a lightweight carseat cover, too. I use it to cover the infant carseat and then just take it off to use as a nursing cover when we’re in public. They have tons of cute prints. I have used one with Blaire and Ben, too. As baby grows, you can use it as a shopping cart and high chair cover. Covered Goods was actually the first company to come up with the 4-in-1 cover idea, so I’m happy to support the originator of this design!

9| Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet: This isn’t the fanciest bassinet, but we love it. It’s lightweight, so it’s easy to move around. It was easy to put together and is the perfect height for me to reach Sloane from our bed.

Blaire Newborn Picture
Benjamin Robert Newborn

Most days I still can’t believe I’m a mama to three. It’s so much fun… I just need time to slow down a little bit!

What were your favorite items to help you through the newborn stage? Did I miss anything?

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    Nicole Kamai
    April 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    This is such a great list! So many good baby shower gifts on here too. I am also definitely getting a dock a tot for my next baby!

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    Amy Jones
    April 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    We loved those swaddle blankets too and now we buy them for every new parent. My kids are 4 and 6 and they still dig them out.

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    justine de jesus
    April 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    yes! absolutely to every single one of these items :) i agree with the mittens because i’m SOOO uncomfortable with cutting/filing nails. And baby wearing saved my life when my husband deployed lol two free hands are so much better than one.

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    val
    April 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Love your must-haves! And so happy it’s going great for you :)

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    becomingbrienzoblog
    April 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    This list sounds amazing! I am not a mommy yet but I cannot wait to be! I am going to save this post to refer to once the nesting begins someday, :) Thanks for sharing & congratulations on your bundle of joy! <3

    XOXO,
    Shelby

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    Kristen
    April 13, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I still have to get a nursing cover! Love that this one has many functions!

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    April 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Bookmarking this for a few years from now if I’m blessed to be a mama…!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Anna Strazi Thompson
    April 13, 2017 at 11:09 am

    This is such a great list! We loved using our Rock n’ Play for our little girl!

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    Amber Starr
    April 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Great list! The Rock n Play, DockaTot and swaddles were definitely our favorites and must haves!

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    Erika Ortega
    April 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    He’s precious and I wish I had tried dock a tot when my babies were little. Hear great things about the company

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    Kerry
    April 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Great list! I’ll be having my second in October so it’s nice to hear what others are loving. I really want a Solly!

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    Angela Amores
    April 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Such a great list!! That rock in play in a life saver!!
    Angela

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    Chelsey
    April 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    We had the non-automatic Rock N Play for our first two kids, but I am definitely getting the automatic one the next time around! I’ve been seeing the Solly Wrap all over Instagram, so I’ll have to keep that in mind too! I’m loving the black and white swaddle! :)

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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.
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  • 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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  • 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
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