• #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.
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  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
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  • 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
  • ...when your mom takes too long in @target. Realized when we got out to the car that his binky was lost somewhere in the store. 20 mins into bedtime tonight I FINALLY found one in a diaper bag. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #tristalovestarget #happilytrista #terribletwos
  • Today turned out to be the most beautiful day and we spent it at the zoo for “Boo at the Zoo”. Soaking it up while we can since Thursday is calling for snow. Think our kids will be fine with staying in to hand out candy? 😂😂 #thepetersoncrew #happilytrista
March 1, 2015

Blaire’s Birth Story


Writing about and sharing pictures from the day Blaire was born gave me such a flood of emotions! I knew I wanted to share her birth story, since I wasn’t blogging one year again when she was born. We knew Blaire was breach at about 32 weeks. We were given a few options: aversion, seeing a chiro, laying upside down on the staircase with something frozen on top of her head and I’m sure there were more. I had never seen a chiropractor before and wasn’t comfortable starting then. The process of the aversion freaked me out, and it would have had be done during the week Jason had to be in Brazil for work. I tried putting a bag of frozen corn on her head and while she did seem to get mad, she didn’t change her position much.

Meeting Blaire

We decided we would leave it up to Blaire to get herself where she needed to be, and we just scheduled the C Section. I have noticed a giant push in recent years for natural childbirth and a lot of moms feeling like they’ve “failed” if they have to have a C Section. Well, I am not one of those moms! However you get your baby out, you still GAVE BIRTH! You carried a baby and brought a new life in to this world. So kudos to you, mama! I also know I would have had to have gotten an epidural because I’m a whimp. I’m a control freak, so being able to schedule the date and time, and knowing what date we would be leaving the hospital with a baby was comforting to me. (Obviously she could have decided to come sooner, but I just had the strongest feeling she’d stay put.) Before you see the next picture, let me provide you with a disclaimer. In my surgical paperwork that I had to sign off on ahead of time, it said I was not allowed to wear makeup or nail polish in to surgery. Therefore… I look terrible in ever photo taken this day. (It also said not to bring your wedding rings… which was stupid because they would’ve been super cute in her newborn photos.)

Before Blaire's Birth

The day of my C Section we had to be to the hospital around 5AM to get all checked in and up to the room. I don’t think I have to say that we didn’t get much sleep that night. There’s something so exciting and frightening about knowing you’re leaving your house in the morning, and coming home in a few days with a baby. I had to get all changed in to my gown and get my IV hooked up. (I HATE NEEDLES!) They immediately started pumping lots of cold fluid through my IV and it made me shiver, which meant they brought me warm blankets to keep me cozy. The nurse hooked my belly up to a machine to monitor Blaire’s heartbeat and I was having some small c

ontractions (probably because I was so nervous!). About 20 minutes before surgery was supposed to start they did a quick ultrasound to confirm she was still breech. The worst part of the entire surgery was getting the spinal, and the fact that Jason couldn’t be in the operating room while they gave it to me. They literally tried about 20 times. It was terrible… but I knew if they couldn’t get it, then I’d have to be put under while they performed the surgery. Luckily they were finally able to get it and our beautiful girl enter the world less than 20 minutes later! She had red hair and was so tiny and precious. She also had the common features of a Frank Breech baby – a perfectly shaped head and she was amazing at doing the splits! ;) For those of you who don’t know, Frank Breech is just one of the different breech positions. It is when the baby is bent in half. Her head was up on one side of my ribs, with her hands and feet on the other side… and her little butt was down where her head should have been.

Newborn Blaire

I was worried that they had to take her and Jason back to the room while they finished the surgery, but it was only another 10 minutes and I was in the room with my two loves. I also thought I would be much more aware of what was going on in the operating room. Between Jason and the anesthesiologist, they kept me entertained and I had no idea they had even started the surgery until the doctor said “We have two legs! Now we just need that little head!” And about 30 seconds later, we heard Blaire cry for the first time! In the end, it was an amazing, tiring day. The feeling of knowing you get to meet you baby within minutes is just the craziest feeling you can ever imagine. And all of the nice texts, posts and visits from friends remind you what a great group of people you have around you, helping you welcome that precious new baby in to the world!

First Family Photo Trista and Blaire Breech Baby Blaire Newborn BlaireNewborn Blaire Newborn Blaire

There it is… Blaire’s birth story.

Were able to deliver vaginally or if you had a C Section. If you had a C Section – have you had C Sections with your next children or did you try a VBAC? xo

  • Reply
    Carol davis
    March 2, 2015 at 3:48 am

    TRISTA, this is just so beautiful! This blog was amazing memories ! Absolutely love this !

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    March 2, 2015 at 6:03 am

    That was so sweet! And yes, even with a c-section YOU GAVE BIRTH!! And i love that you can choose a birthdate! I however chose to give birth vaginally (since baby wasn’t breeched) with an epidural, although I did make it to eight centimeters dilated all by myself beforehand (probably because my water broke). I was really calm, excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time – I even took a quick bath before we headed to the hospital! With all the Braxton hicks I had the weeks following up to the “real” contractions, it didn’t seem as bad as I thought it was going to be, yep, those really do prepare you for the real deal! And did you know even orgasms during pregnancy can give also give you contractions too?! Anyways, my point was it wasn’t as bad as some ppl make it seem, or maybe I have a high pain tolerance, who knows. But I am so glad I still got the epidural! Huntley came out 8lbs 11oz (that’s almost near 9lbs!) I had an episiotomy, with a third (almost 4th degree tear), and took near an hour to stitch me back (which I’m glad my doc was a pro at!) Even right after giving birth I looked to Tanner and said, eh’ that wasn’t too bad, I can do that again. Lol!

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    March 2, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Ps. Who has time for make-up anyways?! You’re about to have a baby!! Btw, you look gorgeous even without!

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    March 3, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I love your blog and birth story. My first child I had a vaginal birth. She was in the perfect position by 37 weeks. I did have an eperderial and my labor lasted about 14 hours with her. She was born on her due date which is rare. No tearing at all which was awesome. She was 7lbs 8oz. For my second birth I decided to go all natural. My son also came on his due date. I was in labor for 5 hours start to finish. I only had to push 3 times and he popped right out. Lol. I hired a doula and decided to see a midwife group. It was an awesome experience. I loved that he came into such a loving and clam environment. Also no tearing and he was 8lbs 5oz. Both of my birthing experiences where different and wouldn’t change them for the world. I have two beautiful kids and I am truly thankful for them.

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      March 9, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Congratulations, Isabel! Thank you so much for sharing! Our birthing class instructor was a doula and she definitely convinced me that they make all the difference in the world… Especially if you want a natural, calm birth. I’m so happy for you, mama!

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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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  • 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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