• 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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  • ...when the hardest part of your weekend is deciding which part of the watermelon is your favorite: the one that tastes good or the one that feels good on your gums. 🍉 #happilytrista
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  • my sweet baby girl 🥰 #happilytrista •
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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. 🥰
#happilytrista #babywearingmama #momentsiwanttoremember #itsagirl #safeathome #thebump #babiesofig #breastfeedingmama
  • I can’t get enough of her leg rolls. 📷: @ashleyrhempel 
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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. ❤️
📷: @ashleyrhempel •
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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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October 8, 2019

Sloane’s birth story: my second VBAC


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 were out to dinner with my grandparents.

We got home and took a walk around the neighborhood with hopes they’d stay close together. After about 30 minutes Ben and Jason went inside to get Benny ready for bed. Blaire stayed out with me and we did a few more laps around the neighborhood.

Finally around 10:30pm, I called my doctors office and they said I could come into the hospital. We called Jason parents to come over and stay with the kids, and made it to the hospital just a few minutes before midnight.

First we had to be in the triage room to make sure I was really in active labor and progressing. From 12-3am I continued to have contractions for about 45 seconds, 4-5 minutes apart but didn’t move past the 4.5cm I had been at earlier in the day before I had a membrane sweep at my 39 week appointment.

I was definitely frustrated at the thought of being sent home even though I was having such painful and consistent contractions. I had mostly been up and walking when not attached to the monitors, so I got on my phone and started googling what I could do with a birthing ball to help progress labor. One thing I read was to do small circles with your hips for twenty minutes, changing directions every few minutes. Holy moly, it kicked my contractions up in intensity quickly. When they checked me again at 4am, I had finally moved to a 5cm which meant I could be admitted. I was so relieved!

They started my IV and I did all of my paperwork before getting moved to our delivery room. I tested positive for Group B Strep this pregnancy, so I knew my labor would be different than Ben’s to allow for the antibiotic needed before delivery. Our pediatrician recommends two doses of the antibiotic before delivery, with 4 hours in between the two doses. They started the first round of antibiotic as soon as they got my IV in, right around 4:30am. We finished signing all of the paperwork to be admitted and then made it to our delivery room about 5am. Since I knew they couldn’t break my water until I had my second round of antibiotic (around 9am) I opted to have the epidural ASAP, hoping I’d be able to get some sleep since we had been up all night. Around 5:50am I had my epidural and I was probably asleep by 6am.

At 8:30am they checked me and I was still at 5cm. They decided to start a low dose of Pitocin because my contractions had slowed down a bit since I’d just been laying in bed, and I obviously hadn’t progressed any more since 4am. At 9am they started my second round of antibiotics and at 9:30am they broke my water. They checked me again at 10:50am and I was at 10cm. She was still up (at about a -2) in my cervix, so they said to rest while my doctor headed to help in a surgery, then they would check me again in an hour to see if she had moved down.

My epidural this time was way different for me than it was with Ben. I had a button this time to be able to administer more if I was in pain and that was not a thing with Ben. With Ben I really only felt pressure in my rib cage with each contraction. I did feel like I could move my legs to lift them when pushing, but really didn’t feel anything at all below my ribs. My epidural was also so strong, it didn’t wear off for about 4 hours after his birth (vs. the 2 hours they said is standard).

This time, I could feel pressure pretty much everywhere, but no pain. It definitely made it easier when it was time to push because I actually knew it was time to push. With Ben I pushed for two hours and never had the “I have to push now” sensation people usually talk about. This time was completely different. This time was more of a “my body will push this baby out whether I want it to or not” feeling.

Around noon I felt really nauseous and got sick. They said that feeling is normal when the baby has moved all of the way down. She was down and it was time to push. I started pushing a few minutes after noon and after a few contractions and 12ish minutes later, she was born at 12:14pm.

I didn’t need an episiotomy this time but did need some stitches while we did skin to skin and she nursed. After about 90 minutes I inhaled a grilled cheese while they weighed and measured her. After another hour, they had me take a quick shower before moving to my room. It was just a quick rinse off (I didn’t wash my hair or anything, lol!) but I did put on my own pajamas and socks after and felt SO much more comfortable.

Blaire had an early out that day, so they went home and opened their gifts from the baby before they came to visit. Blaire and Benny got to meet Sloane around 3:30pm that day. Ben was a little shy when he walked in and saw me sitting in the hospital bed. Blaire ran right over to the bassinet to explain to Ben that his baby sister was here. He warmed up after a few minutes and wanted to sit with me and give Sloane the gifts they had brought for her. Blaire wanted to hold her right away and when Ben saw, then he wanted to hold her too. They each asked before they touched her, “mom, can I touch the baby?” or “mom, can I kiss her?” and it was so sweet.

with Ben at hospital
Blaire and Ben at the hospital
Blaire and Ben at the hospital
Blaire holding Sloane
Ben holding Sloane
Ben holding Sloane
Blaire and Ben with Sloane
Family in the Hospital

We decided on her name the next day. We were between two, but felt Sloane really fit her best. We are so happy to have the final member of our family home with us. While it’s definitely hard to know I’ll never get to experience another pregnancy, it is nice to know I won’t experience contractions or an epidural again. ;) Although in this first week she has been such an easy-going baby that she still makes me want more.

Welcome to the world, Sloane Mackenzie. We love you so much.

Read Blaire’s birth, my scheduled C Section.

Read Ben’s birth, my first VBAC.

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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.
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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    • 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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