• 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.
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.
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.
📷: @ashleyrhempel
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August 2, 2017

4 Reasons You’ll Find this Mom in the Water


Thank you to Lime Ricki for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. 
Lake Visit July 2017

I am going to talk about something all of us mamas really love to talk about (not really)… our postpartum bodies. The changes your body goes through during pregnancy are amazing! There’s no other way to describe it. You created, and carried around 24/7, a tiny person, or two, or three for 10 months. Then you birthed them. But after giving birth you may not feel so amazing when you catch a glimpse of your new body in the mirror.

While it can be hard not to be frustrated with your new body, it kind of is what it is. Every pregnancy is different. And every body is different. Some people gain barely any weight, some people gain 50lbs. Some people get stretch marks, some people don’t. And some people lose that weight (seemingly) instantly, while others don’t. My body has definitely changed in the four years since I found out I was pregnant with Blaire. I gained about 20lbs with both of my pregnancies, and while that was within the healthy range for me, that doesn’t mean my body isn’t COMPLETELY different, thanks to both pregnancy and breastfeeding.

I love food… even more-so when I’m nursing and ALWAYS hungry. And I love not working out. I would rather go on a walk with my babies and relax on the couch in the evening when they’re finally asleep. But I’m trying to find the motivation to get to the gym while they’re in bed… I’m almost there! haha. I want to be healthy for myself and my family, and I realize that being active and healthy eating are the only ways to do that. 

Since I know I’m not the only mama with a toddler begging to go to the pool or the beach this summer, I wanted to share 4 things with you that I hope will make you feel confident to don that bathing suit and get out there with your babies. Just because you don’t have that same body you once had doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful and don’t deserve to have some fun in the sun.

1. EVERYONE at the pool is self conscience about something. It may be cellulite, it may be their love handles, or it might be their feet! For some reason so many of us worry about how we look, even when there’s WAY more important things to worry about… like do you want nachos or french fries from the pool’s snack bar?

2. You are teaching your kids about body image. If your child grows up with a mom who always sat on the sidelines because they didn’t look like a flawless supermodel/celebrity (Shout out to Photoshop), they’re more likely to grow up with body images. I never want Blaire or Ben to think their body makes them better or worse than someone else. We all know it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

3. Contrary to what you may see on social media: Pictures are NOT mandatory. You do not have to take pictures of yourself in a bathing suit. And even if you do, you don’t have to post them to social media. But I will go on record to say I am a huge fan of pictures and I’d hate to miss out on capturing special memories just because I was worried about my side roll making an appearance. (TIP: Hiding your body in the water or hiding behind your baby/toddler/husband is the perfect way to take a picture at the pool without having to show your entire body in a bathing suit!)

4. It’s way less terrible than you think. I’ll paint the picture for you: It’s your first time heading to a public pool in your bathing suit since birthing your child. You look around at everyone, convinced they’re staring at you and wondering what your body looks like under that coverup. You take off your coverup and think everyone is staring at you, comparing your body to that of some (made up) flawless human. Now I’ll paint the real scene for you: You take off your cover up. You realize everyone is actually focused on their own families and fun than they are on your body. Contrary to what your brain tells you, people are too busy enjoying themselves. You are your own worst critic! If you can win your internal battle, you’ve done the hard work and you have nothing to worry about.Lake Visit July 2017Lake Visit July 2017 Lake Visit July 2017 Lake Visit July 2017

Water Dot Cropped Peplum Top c/o Lime Ricki | Sapphire High Waist Bottom c/o Lime Ricki | Blaire’s Suit | Ben’s Rash Guard & Swimmers | Blaire’s Puddle Jumper; Sold out; Similar here

Just get out there and enjoy the summertime with your family! Whether that means wearing shorts, instead of jeans, so you’re not sweating to death, or wearing some type of swim cover up so that you can get in the water with your kids… you’ll be so glad you did! Dads shouldn’t get to have all of the fun! The suit I’m wearing is from Lime Ricki. I love the high-waisted bottoms. They’re perfect to cover up my C Section scar. And the top has built in bra that’s great for someone with a large chest. It’s been impossible to find a suit with the appropriate cup size that didn’t look completely inappropriate or like I was about 3 seconds from a wardrobe malfunction. The exact pieces I’m wearing are linked above. If you’re in between sizes, I suggest sizing up. You’ll be more comfortable and comfort is key!

Remember, donning that suit seems so much scarier than it really is. US moms are worriers by nature, thus making everything seem scarier in our own heads. 

This body of mine has made and fed two tiny humans. One of which was literally living in my body just over 4 months ago. I may still struggle with finding the motivation to put down my evening snack and get to the gym. And I may use any of my time outside of the office to soak in every, single minute with my babies. And I’ll never regret that. Snuggling my baby and running around the house with my toddler will always take priority over a workout… and I’m fine with that! And it doesn’t mean I can’t rock a bathing suit! xo

Feeling Confident in Your Mom Bod | Shopaholic & a Baby Blog

  • Reply
    Kim Woodward
    August 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I love this so much, Trista! You are beautiful – inside and out. And I often remind myself that no one is even paying attention to me at the pool/beach. If they are anything like me, they are just trying to keep small humans alive around water.

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    Jamie L
    August 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I love your swimsuit and totally agree with this whole post! I’ve been making it a point to get out and in a swimsuit and be more present in photos.

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    JeeYoung Dubs
    August 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Love this so much beautiful friend! I am definitely trying to embrace it and spend the energy chasing my little boys and making forever memories!

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    Anna Strazi Thompson
    August 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I love this post and find it so encouraging as I have been so insecure about being in a bathing suit. You are right though. EVERYONE is self conscious about something. Everyone!

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    August 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I love everything about this post! Great tips, adorable coordinating swim suits, and a great message. Thank you!

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    August 2, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    What a cute suit! You look amazing and I love all of this! #4 is so spot on.

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    August 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Such a great suit! I’ve never heard of Lime Ricki before but I’m definitely checking it out. It’s so important to let go and enjoy time with your kids.

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    August 3, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. I found a suit, very similar to yours but black, and have been going around all summer. It’s so beneficial to the kids to see us live in the moment with them.

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    August 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I love this! My mom ALWAYS came in the water with us too and I’m so glad I have that childhood memory over her sitting out and watching us from a distance :)

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    August 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I absolutely love this post!! It’s so important to be in the water with your littles than worried about your body

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    August 5, 2017 at 8:12 am

    #2 is so much yes! Also think you look great momma ❤️

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