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  • 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
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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
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  • As soon as dad walks through the door, everyone is fighting over him... and that means alone time for me! 🙌🏻 Jason loves being a dad and I love that @pampersus has stepped up to make things easier for dads by committing to install 5,000 changing tables in public restrooms across the U.S. and Canada by the year 2021. These changing tables will make such a positive impact in each community! I am talking more about it in my stories. #LoveTheChange #PampersPartner
  • #ad You can find me right here soaking up this newborn bliss! Today on the blog I shared the 5 ways to prepare for a new baby. I’d love to hear what tips/hacks you have to make sure new moms are ready to welcome their babies.
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February 25, 2016

Blaire is 2!

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 I can only start this post by saying these past two years have been a whirlwind. It’s true what they say about motherhood… the days are long, but the years are short. It seems like just a few months ago we brought Blaire home from the hospital. We were still in shock someone trusted us to care for and raise a helpless, precious little baby. Fast forward two years and she is the sweetest, funniest, sassiest little thing. We never have a dull moment around here and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Favorite Words: Treat, Snack, Drink (lots of food related ones here!), baby, meow, Brylee, I do, walk, duck, mommy, choo choo, counting to 6 and singing the ABCs (both with help!)

Favorite Things: She still spends most of her time playing with her babies. Lately she really loves changing their diapers and clothes. She’s constantly pushing them around in the strollers or the shopping cart. And also loves to put them in the high chair and crib. This last week, Frozen was on TV so I recorded it. She loves watching it, but mostly loves dancing to the songs. She’s always dancing around, singing. I love her sassiness! She is also really loving church. She loves singing along and loves to put the kneelers up and down by herself, and likes to stand on them so she can easily see the priest. She also loves dressing herself and loves to pick out her own clothes. She is also very interested in what mama is wearing. 

Favorite Foods: Pizza, french fries, rice, blueberries, strawberries, carrots & mac and cheese

Biggest Milestone: She is back to putting herself to sleep every night. She still ends up in our bed eventually during the night. But like I’ve said before, that’s fine with this mama! She is also using the potty quite a bit. She is getting really good at telling us before she has to go. 

Biggest Challenge: Listening. At times she listens well, other times she just doesn’t care what you want her to do. I am not the most patient, so it’s hard for me to not get annoyed when she runs away from me while we’re in a store or during church. I think it’s also her trying to be more independent. So she’s teaching me patience, I’m teaching her how important it is to stay with mama/daddy while we’re out.

My Favorite Part of This Stage: I love how much she wants to mimic the people she looks up to. Whether it’s trying to wear a scarf like me or trying to stand just like her daddy — She is always watching, observing. I also love how caring and sweet she is. She loves to give kisses and hugs. 

Looking Forward To: Since it’s still pretty cold here, we are going to start tumbling and toddler ballet classes to help get out some of that extra energy. I can’t wait for trips to the parks and running around the backyard! Also looking forward to her 2 year well check and her first hair cut!!

Newborn Picture

These past two years have just flown by. I never knew what true love and joy were until the moment we met you, Blaire. I never dreamed that I could be so proud or in awe of someone. Each day you amaze us with something new. I spend every day being nostalgic about how much my baby has grown, but also with such an excitement for the future that’s still ahead of us. Happy Birthday, Blaire Elizabeth. We love you so, so much. xo

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    Carol davis
    February 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

    TRISTA , this is so beautifully written ! Love reading it and of course seeing the pictures!

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    Anna
    February 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I always love checking in on your blog and seeing her smiling face! Happy Birthday little love!

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    Mindy
    February 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    What a cutie! Happy birthday to you love bug! Xoxo Mindy

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    Laci
    February 29, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Yay !!! To her putting herself to sleep that’s huge and aweosme happy #2 Blaire !!!!!

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    Irina
    March 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    What a little cutie!!! It’s so amazing how much they change in such a short time..
    Happy birthday little princess!!
    xoxo,
    Irina
    http://www.SmallBigThings.com

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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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  • 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 😂
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