• 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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  • 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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  • 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. ❤️
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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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April 25, 2020

why we love boppy

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Narrowing down the items worthy of a spot on your baby registry can be overwhelming. Not only are there endless options, but you don’t know what YOUR baby will like. When I was pregnant for the first time, I only had three things I knew I wanted to register for: a lawn drying rack, a humidifier, and a Boppy® Nursing Pillow. To me, these were three things I had seen in the store and fell in love with. I don’t know why, I just did. I knew I needed them. Six years and three kids later, these three items are still staples in our home.

Nursing Pillow vs. Newborn Lounger

Do I need both? What’s the difference? Do I need the nursing pillow even if I’m not planning to breastfeed?

Yes. Quite a few. And yes.

First up, what’s the different between these two?

The Boppy Nursing Pillow obviously has the “C” shape so it can fit around your midsection. It’s helpful for nursing a baby or feeding them a bottle. It provides relief for your arms and your back by lifting your baby up into a more comfortable position, up closer to your body. In addition to supporting the baby while feeding, it can be used for propping, tummy time, and supported sitting. It’s recommended for babies ages 0-12 months. It is not designed for sleeping.

Boppy Pillow

The Boppy Newborn Lounger can be used for babies up to 16 pounds or until they can roll over, whichever comes first. It makes the baby feel secure by cradling their bottom. It is also not designed for sleeping. We didn’t have this with Blaire but did with both Ben and Sloane. They both loved it! They would happily lay in it while I folded laundry, played with their siblings or made dinner. We used our Nursing Pillow with all three kids, while the Newborn Lounger was something we purchased with our second. Both Boppy products seem brand new, probably thanks to the fact that the pillows and the covers are all machine-washable. I primarily use the Nursing Pillow for feeding and then we also use it when siblings want to hold the baby for the first month or so. As the baby’s neck starts to get stronger, we use it for tummy time and to help support them when they first start to sit on their own.

The newborn lounger can be used for babies up to 16 pounds or until they can roll over, whichever comes first. It makes baby feel secure by cradling their bottom. It is not designed for sleeping. We didn’t have this with Blaire, but did with both Ben and Sloane. They both loved it! They would happily lay in it while I folded laundry, played with their siblings or made dinner.

ComfyChic® Baby Carrier

I think baby carriers, wraps, and slings are the one category I get the most questions about. They can be intimidating and there are tons of options, so it can get overwhelming. With any carrier I use, I find it takes a few tries to get really comfortable with it. I love that Boppy has easy videos that show how to do each of the positions for each of their carriers.

With the ComfyChic® Baby Carrier, you can carry the baby 4 different ways: newborn face-in, front face-in, front face-out (after the baby is 6 months old), and side-hip carrying when the baby is between 8-35lbs. This is the first carrier we have that allows Sloane to face outward and she LOVES it! I typically have her facing out if we are just hanging out around the house. If we are going for a walk I face her in, so she can put her head on my chest, because she always falls asleep.

This ComfyChic® Baby Carrier has a little pouch along the waistband which makes it easy to put your phone, keys, wallet, etc in so you don’t have to carry an extra bag along on your walk. It also folds up into a little pouch that makes it easy to keep in the car or diaper bag without taking up a ton of extra space. It’s a nice, stretchy, lightweight, and breathable fabric that makes it perfect for warmer weather. It’s also machine-washable.

4&More Multi-Use Cover

The Boppy 4 & More Multi-Use Cover is made of the same soft, lightweight yoga-inspired fabric as the ComfyChic® carrier and is perfect to use over it. One side of the cover is cooling mesh and the other side is made for privacy, perfect for nursing! The cooling mesh makes it easy to peek at the baby while they’re nursing or in their car seat and allows air to flow through to keep the baby cool. It has the Integrated Stash n’ Go Pouch (just like the ComfyChic® Baby Carrier) to make it easy to fold up and store when on the go. Bonus: it’s machine washable!

I am so happy to have had the chance to partner with Boppy the past few months. We’ve been able to share some of our tried and true favorites and we’ve been able to try some new things, too. We have quite a few other Boppy products in addition to the ones I’ve shared here… And six years, countless times in the washing machine later, they’re still going strong.

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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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    • #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. 
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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
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