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September 3, 2016

Hey, baby! Blaire is going to be a big sis!

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I am so, so excited to finally share our exciting news! We are expecting baby no. 2! We are so excited/happy/nervous for Blaire to become a big sister. She talks about the baby every day… including telling us that the baby in her belly is making her tummy hurt. (Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to explain my “morning” sickness to her?! lol.) We have been praying for baby 2 for quite awhile now, so we feel incredibly blessed it’s finally happening. God’s timing is the best!

So far I feel sick almost all day, every day. But I don’t actually get sick that often… which is exactly how I felt during my pregnancy with Blaire. I’m pretty sure I could sleep 12 hours a day and still be tired. Nothing sounds good except cereal… and ice cream.. and that’s probably why it’s already time to get out the maternity clothes. And it may almost be time to get out the maternity pillow! ;) And that will probably require kicking the 2.5-year-old out of our bed. :( We definitely plan on finding out the gender… because there is no way I could NOT find out. I’m too much of a crazy planner for that! Also, am I the only person who finds it weird to just casually mention in a conversation to someone that you’re pregnant?! I’m just so happy to finally be sharing our news with everyone!

We decided to take some fun announcement pictures to celebrate this exciting time in our lives because we aren’t quite sure how many babies we will have. So if this is my last pregnancy, we want to live it up! As you can tell, Blaire was really excited to take these pictures, which made it even more fun. 

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Maternity Maxi Dress c/o Pink Blush | Denim Jacket by American Eagle (Sold Out) | Blaire’s Dress by Cat & JackTM at Target | Salt Water Taffy Moccs c/o Freshly Picked | Jason’s Shirt by GAP (Sold Out)

My maxi is from Pink Blush and it is so, so comfortable. I love that Pink Blush carries trendy, cute maternity clothes. Just because you have a bump doesn’t mean you can’t wear cute clothes, right?! To celebrate Baby Peterson no. 2, you can head on over to my Instagram to enter to win a $75 gift card to Pink Blush. They don’t only sell maternity clothes anymore, ya know?! I’m already stocking my closet full of cute, new maternity clothes.

We are over the moon about baby no. 2 and can’t wait to see what this next chapter of our life is like. We are so blessed with lots of amazing family and friends. Blaire is so excited to be a big sister, which makes it fun to go through this with her. She’s always asking “Is the baby awake in there?” and always wants to tickle my belly because she says it makes the baby laugh. It is so, so sweet. Most days I feel like my heart is so full, it may just burst! 

Thank you to Pink Blush for the super cute maxi dress and for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. And THANK YOU to Ashley Hempel Photography for our photos. We LOVE them! 

  • Reply
    Carol Davis
    September 3, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Love, love , love all the pictures and of course your wonderful write up of it all ! So excited for all of you ! The last pic. with Blaire kissing your tummy is sooooo precious ! ????

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you! ❤

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    natalie welanetz
    September 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Beautiful pictures and congrats!!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    lindsay
    September 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    first off, CONGRATS!! secondly, I am seriously obsessed with your dress! Pink Blush has the best maxis!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay! I’m definitely obsessed with PB! I need all the clothes! ;)

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    Cait
    September 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    oh my gosh this is amazing and I LOVE the pictures!! how cute and congrats lady!!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much!!

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    Sheila
    September 5, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Congratulations!! I have to laugh as I read this because you sound a lot like me. I know I’m going to need my maternity clothes early and of course the pillow as soon as possible! Haha. It’s just so comfortable. We are praying for baby # 2, and we are trusting God’s timing! Congrats again!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Lol! I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one. I’ll definitely keep you and baby #2 in my prayers. Sometimes it’s hard to be patient!

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    Samantha Kuzyk
    September 5, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Congratulations!!!! and what a beautiful family, pics are adorable! You look fabulous!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you! ?

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    Maggie
    September 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Congratulations!!! I love that she is so excited to be a big sister!!! I also had to find out gender, I could not handle the suspense and not being able to plan! Your dress looks so comfy!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you Maggie! I’m happy to know there are more planners like me out there! ;) ?

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    Krista Nile
    September 6, 2016 at 7:27 am

    So so exciting!! Congratulations!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you, Krista! ?

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    Heather
    September 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    What a special blessing!!!! That dress looks awesome on you!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you, Heather! ?

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    Kerry
    September 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Congratulations! These pictures are precious and I absolutely love your dress. PinkBlush is one of my favorite places for dresses. I love that they have maternity and non-maternity.

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      Trista
      September 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Kerry! Yes, they have such a giant selection. You can find way too many cute things at PinkBlush! lol.

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    Jacki Q
    September 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Congratulations on your growing family! You are gorgeous mama! There’s nothing quite like seeing your babies love each other!

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      Trista
      September 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you, Jacki! We are so, so excited to see Blaire become a big sis!

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    Kristen
    September 7, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Congratulations!!! Such exciting news!! xoxo

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you! ?

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    Oh to Be a Muse
    September 7, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Congrats on the second pregnancy, Trista!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you, Cheryl!

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    Anna English
    September 8, 2016 at 7:31 am

    CONGRATS beautiful! So exciting!!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you, Anna!

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    Jacqueline
    September 8, 2016 at 8:13 am

    So exciting! Love the photos!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Jacqueline!

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    Jenn @ Drink Coffee & Prosper
    September 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

    So cute. Congratulations!

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! :)

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    Candace
    September 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    How exciting! Congrats to you and your family :)

    Best,

    Candace
    http://www.liveloveandREAD.com

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      Trista
      September 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Candace!

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The sleepless nights.
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