• 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.
#happilytrista #rainbowbaby
  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
#dst #daylightsavingssucks #happilytrista #targetstyle
  • 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
  • crib naps and sweet dreams 💤 #threeweeksold #happilytrista
  • 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.
#AnythingforBaby #Gerber @Gerber #happilytrista
March 29, 2017

4 Things I’m Doing Differently as a Second Time Mom


My first week with Blaire as a newborn was such a blur. I was so tired. My body was drained from my C Section. We had endless visitors. This time, everything is different. Whether it’s because my recovery is easier since I didn’t have to have a C Section. Or because we’ve had less visitors stopping by. Or because I’m getting more sleep at night than I was with Blaire. Or… if it’s because having a three year old (#threenager) at home means our newborn seems like the easy one. ;) 

Eating VitaTops

During this exciting time adjusting to a mom of two, I have done some things differently from my first time around and I’m happy to say I’m getting WAY more sleep than I got with Blaire. And I wanted to share them, with the hopes they might help you newborn (or soon-to-be newborn) mamas, too.

4 Things I’m Doing Differently as a Second Time Mom (and getting more sleep!) 

  1. Pumping into Bottles, then Storing in Bags
    I can’t tell you how much time I spent washing bottles when Blaire was an infant. SO many hours. This time, I’m pumping into the same two bottles each time, and then storing the milk in bags. And if you’re freezing your expressed milk, it needs to be in a bag anyways. Throughout the day, I do nurse Ben, but he typically falls asleep after only 10 or so minutes of nursing, so then I pump. And then I have pumped milk for him to eat while we’re out and about, and for Jason to feed him when he’s home from work. And if he’s hungry again after I’ve just pumped, then I feed him from a bottle.
  2. Nursing Overnight
    With Blaire, she lost too much weight in the hospital. She also didn’t latch well. I was so freaked out and would stress out when she was crying and I couldn’t get her to latch, that I just started exclusively pumping when she was about 4 days old. I had to pump every 3 hours overnight or I’d wake up engorged and in pain.
  3. Letting Dad Help
    When Blaire was little, I was super controlling. I had to know exactly how much she ate, how many times she had a wet/dirty diaper. I wanted to wash her bottles and my pump parts. This time around, everything is different. Whether it’s because I am more confident in my ability to care for a newborn or the fact that I have two kids to spend time with, I am happy to let Jason help. Whether it’s him feeding Ben a bottle when he gets home from work, him changing the overnight diapers or just stopping at the store on his way home from work, letting him help out makes things so much easier on me.
  4. Eating Well
    Any mom knows there are days when you are just so busy, you forget to stop and eat. If you’re anything like me, nursing makes you hungry. As in you’re hungry all. the. time. And if you’re nursing, eating a well-rounded diet and drinking tons of water is so important to keeping your supply up. I struggled with my supply most of the 9 months I nursed Blaire. So I am doing everything I can to be able to supplement less with formula this time. To help me avoid falling into the dreaded, junk-food-filled “new mom diet,” I’m keeping our freezer stocked with VitaTops. They’re the perfect way to indulge without guilt.

Whether you’re looking for something that’s packed with protein, organic, or gluten free, there’s an option for everyone! And because you can toast or microwave them, or you can just thaw them at room temperature, which means they’re perfect to throw in the diaper bag for for moms on-the-go. Wild Blueberry and Deep Chocolate are my favorites. Wild Blueberry makes a delicious breakfast and Deep Chocolate is so good in the afternoon. It has 10g of fiber and fulfills my chocolate craving! Win/win. 

VitaTops on the goVitaTopsEating VitaTopsVitaTops Wild Blueberry Muffin TopsVitaTops Deep Chocolate Muffin TopsVitaTopsI found my VitaTops MuffinTops at Kroger. You can find yours at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, or Target locations. Check out this store locator page to find a store near you!

What tips do you have for adjusting to life with a newborn? Or life as a mom of two? Let me know in a Comment! xo

4 Ways to Get More Sleep with a Newborn
  • Reply
    March 30, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I would keep snacks in her dresser so I didn’t have to go fumbling around the kitchen in the middle of the night! These look really yummy, I’ll have to give them a try!

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    March 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Great tips and insight to becoming a mom of two. And #threenager…that’s the word for it! Mine will be three next week, I so get that!

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    Ashley Peavey
    March 31, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I need to try those!

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    Christy Kangas
    March 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    So amazing the difference two makes! My newest addition is 3 weeks old yesterday- and my first is 19 months. I had a 2nd c-section and despite the recovery proccess feeling long, I agree with you in that it has been “easier” with a newborn second time around! And I feel way more rested then I feel like I should be. Hehe strange, but I’m thankful!

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    April 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    VitaTops are SO good, girl! I completely agree with you!

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    Angela Amores
    April 4, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I love this list. Especially the letting dad help more. I did the same thing.

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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.
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
  • 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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  • 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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