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  • T W O weeks old 🌈
  • 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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  • Obviously I’m biased, but this girl is just perfect. Not to jinx it, but she only cries when she’s hungry, I have to wake her up at night to feed her and she’s just so dang cuddly. 💕
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  • Life is a beach and Ben’s just playin’ in the sand. 🎶 I am really proud of how well Benny is doing as a big brother. He had a rough time leaving me in the hospital and being home without me, but other than that he’s been a champ! He is so gentle with Sloane. He says things like, “Her tiny toes are so cute!” “I like her little hands.” “Want some chocolate milk, Sloane?” Don’t worry: we don’t actually let her have chocolate milk. 🤪
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  • Took all three kids on an errand by myself today... and this is what it looked like. 🤪 Ben was in PJs all day and I didn’t put shoes on him to get Blaire from school. So he squeezed into some really dirty/too small shoes we found in the car. Blaire said her one boot hurt but the other didn’t... explains why she is wearing one of each. And Sloane slept. Even if they looked a little wild, they all behaved and that’s all that counts to this girl.
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  • Yesterday was my due date and today marks a whole week with Sloane. To celebrate, I shared her birth story on the blog before and now I’m going to take a nap. 💕🌈🤪 •
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  • @tristapeterson_ “today was the due date for our baby who we miscarried at Christmas. It’s a hard thing to mourn this day for our baby in heaven, knowing we will have our baby girl here with us in a few months. it makes me feel like I don’t appreciate this rainbow baby, but I do. obviously. being pregnant so quickly after our miscarriage has helped me to cope, but this day was still hard. my anxiety has been high these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to give myself grace, but as moms it can be so hard to make time for ourselves, to prioritize our own health. —
as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN yesterday I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve sat there, broken-hearted. during my fertility appointments while we were trying for our second baby. during all of the ultrasounds and appointments for my pregnancy in December. seeing people come out with their strips of ultrasound papers. laughing and smiling over their sweet baby. something I had done before without giving a second thought to the fact that other people in the exact same waiting room might be having one of the worst days of their life. I wondered if anyone there was having one of their worst days and prayed for everyone there. —
I’m not sure there’s really any point to this other than to say life is full of good and bad, ups and downs. if you are going through a bad time now, just know you’re not alone. this bad time will pass.
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people don’t always share their bad, so can’t we all just treat others the way we want to be treated? be kind. be the reason someone smiles instead of being another reason they frown. •”
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  • Sloane Mackenzie Peterson 💕🌈
8lbs 3oz & 20” | One pound bigger than her brother and sister were and we are obsessed with all of her tiny little rolls! •
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  • we are so in love!
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  • it’s time 🌈
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  • 39 weeks tomorrow and I guess Ben is the only one who took it easy on his mama and came during week 38. The girls are apparently stubborn and are not leaving without medical intervention. 🤣😭😭😭 I have my 39 week appointment tomorrow and we will talk through options for being induced and, we’ll, I’m hoping it’s an option to go straight from the doctors office to the hospital because this mama is more than ready to meet the final member of our family.
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February 11, 2017

Making Memories with Carter’s

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Thank you to Carter’s for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This weekend we had some amazing weather! It was in the 50s, which almost feels like Summer when you’re in Iowa in February and it was just snowing three days ago. Blaire got a tricycle from her great grandparents for Christmas and this weekend was the first time she was able to ride it outside. And she was SO excited! Not only was she excited to ride her bike, she was happy she could wear sandals. She’s been asking to wear her new sandals for the past week and it’s just been absolutely freezing, so she’s had to settle for wearing them around the house. Also on our spring weather agenda? Bubble blowing. Carter's Spring Baby Clothes

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She has been practicing riding her bike around our basement since Christmas, so she did a great job pedaling up and down the sidewalk. Knowing baby boy will be here with us in just about 6 weeks, we are excited to make the most out of this time while Blaire is an only child. Hopefully this weather will stick around so we can make lots of trips to the park, walks around the neighborhood, and trips down the slide in the backyard.

We’ve been busy getting both Blaire and her baby brother’s closets stocked up with cute baby clothes for spring and, of course, that means we’ve made plenty of trips to Carter’s. Their spring lines are so adorable! For girls, there are lots of florals, ruffles, stripes and bright colors. The little rompers and bloomers are the. cutest. Lucky for me, we have four friends having baby girls within the six weeks after our boy is due, so that means lots of shopping for cute baby girls clothes. And for boys there are some super cute dinosaur pieces, bright colors, and layers. I love being able to shop in both sections now! Oh, and how cute is the little cutout in that floral babydoll top Blaire is wearing? I couldn’t help but keep thinking about how grown up she looks as we were outside playing. I can’t believe she’s going to be three in just a few weeks!

Carter's Spring Baby ClothesCarter's Spring Baby ClothesCarter's Spring Baby ClothesCarter's Spring Baby ClothesKnowing my due date is March 30, I’m really hoping that means spring will have hit us by the time this boy makes his appearance. I can’t wait to make the most of my 12 weeks home with my two babies! Blaire is really excited to take her baby brother on long walks (she says she will push the stroller) and she really wants him to watch her go down the slides at the park. These last three years being a mom have been the best of my life. I can’t wait for the memories we’re going to make as a family of four! And speaking of baby brother, we have his closet stocked full of adorable pieces for spring, too! How adorable are these little bodysuits?

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Carter's Spring Baby ClothesBefore I get too emotional… Are you ready to stock your kiddo’s closet full of adorable spring clothing? Use the exclusive Carter’s coupon below to save 20% off your purchase of $40 or more, in-store or online. What spring pieces do you love most for your little ones? Floral patterns, rompers and bloomers have always been my favorite! There is just nothing cuter than baby legs! 

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    Carol Davis
    February 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Great pictures and writeup ! Cute outfit and love the sandals ! Love the Carter store and they always have great prices plus you can use coupons too !

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    workingmommyabroad
    February 13, 2017 at 8:02 am

    So jealous of the weather you have!! We´re locked inside here with so much rain!

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    Joanna @ Motherhood and Merlot
    February 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    This outfit is adorable!!! We love Carter’s so much. Their clothes are great quality and a great price too:)

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    lifeofaministermom
    February 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    It really does look like springtime here! She’s darling in this outfit! Carter’s clothes are so cute!

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    Kelly
    February 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Looks like you guys made the most of the warm weather! She is crushing it on that tricycle and looking adorable doing it! Definitely going to put this coupon to good use :)

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    Ash @ Spit Up and Sit Ups
    February 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    We love Carters! I wish those cute little shoes were available in my size!

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    Melanie
    February 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I love Carter’s. I was just there the other day. I’m so glad that my daughter can still wear their clothes. I will be upset when she stages out!

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    Angela Kim
    February 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    What an exciting time for you! Congratulations on your pregnancy. This spring outfit is so cute. I love Carters!

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    February 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Carter’s has the CUTEST kids stuff!

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    Kerry
    February 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Ohh her outfit is adorable! And yay for a spring like day! We are having one of those today.

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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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  • 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 😂
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  • Sibling love: hugging 5% of the time, wrestling 95% of the time. Another day... another target trip. And in PJs because it’s so cold and, well, if you’re still in PJs at 4pm, what’s the point of changing? #tristalovestarget #blaireandben
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