• traded in the root beer float for a sno cone tonight... jk might still have a root beer float once the kids are asleep. 🤪 what better way to celebrate the end of the golf tournament that lasted 3 days but aged me 33 years?! •
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  • 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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  • ice cream outside with two of my favorite people. when it’s only 70° outside you can actually eat your ice cream without it melting all over us... and by us I mean them. 👆🏻👆🏻 #blaireandben
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  • It makes such a difference to my mental health when I prioritize some “me time” in my schedule. Instead of rushing around cleaning up toys or folding laundry during nap/rest time, I’ve been sneaking outside to read a few chapters in my book and relax in the sunshine. The weather has been perfect these past few weeks! [#ad] These mini @kindsnacks nacks bars are the perfect size and they’re only 100 calories… which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I grab both a Caramel Almond Mini AND a Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for my snack. 😜#KINDcollective #bekindtoyourself #backtoschool
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  • our ultrasound this weekend confirmed our final little babe is, indeed, a baby girl. I think she looks just like her big brother. If she follows in his footsteps we will meet her in just 6 weeks! so now I’m slightly freaking out about all of the random things we need for her since I’ve basically done 0 prep. 😬 #thirdchildproblems •
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  • Enjoying one last long weekend road trip before Blaire starts school in a few weeks. I spent the day shopping and ended it with an XL root beer float 😂... the perfect day! We are heading to Omaha tomorrow where I just might have booked an ultrasound to check on this baby. 😬 I’m so excited!
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  • we have been to the pool every day this week! our house may have toys covering every surface and the laundry is piled up (both the clean AND dirty laundry). But both kids have gone right to sleep each night and I’ve ended the night with a root beer float, you know as my reward for being so cool and hanging at the pool all afternoon. 🤣
  • snack break #benjaminp | Less than 3 months and we’ll be adding another kiddo to our crew. I have been looking back through baby pictures and am just so dang excited to meet this new baby. I can’t wait to see if they look like either of their siblings... also can’t wait to find out if it’s really a she or a he! 🤪🤣
  • YUM! The @starbucks pink drink, blended. So good! 💕
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  • My little daredevil. I can’t believe he’s going to be a big brother in just a few months! #benjaminp
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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
March 21, 2018

happy first birthday, benjamin!

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Ben's First Birthday Happy first birthday to my baby boy Benjamin Robert. I cannot believe we are celebrating one whole year with him today. I thought this milestone might be easier after my first baby, but it’s not. It’s still the strange mix of excitement for what’s to come, pride for all they’ve accomplished and nostalgia for those sweet newborn cuddles. 

I know I have said this before, but I always thought I’d be an ‘All Girl’ mom. When we went to our ultrasound to find out the gender of Baby Peterson #2, they took Blaire out of the room to give her a pink or a blue balloon. I was sure it would be pink. Their birthday would be just about a month apart. We’d be able to reuse all of her clothing. Girls would continue to outnumber Jason in our house.

When she walked into that ultrasound room with a blue balloon – I am sure my facial expression was such disbelief. I just couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have a baby boy in my arms. But from the moment I met that tiny sweet face, we immediately locked eyes and he looked at me in a way that still makes me cry when I think about it. He KNEW I was his mama. He was the baby boy I didn’t know I needed to make my heart swell with even more love than I ever knew possible. He has loved his mama so much, from the second he was born. (Blaire was a C Section. I got to see her a few minutes after she was born, but didn’t get to hold her for about 45 minutes. The experience of having a VBAC and having Ben laid right on my chest was just the happiest moment for me.

Nicknames: Ben, Benny, Benji, Benny Boy

Weight/Height: 20.9lbs (18%) /  29″ (25%) 

Wearing: Mostly 12 months – but can fit into 18 months

Saying: dada, mama, mom, hiiii, thank you, and trying hard to say Blaire.

Favorite Things: Remotes! Reading books by himself (he loves to turn the pages), cuddling, following sis around, being outside and being worn by mama

Favorite Foods: Oh, this boy and food. He LOVES something the first time he tries it. Then I serve it to him again the next day and he acts like it’s the worst thing ever. Things he ALWAYS loves are crackers, chicken, yogurt and pizza crust. Lol! Things he sometimes loves and sometimes despises are strawberries, waffles, pancakes, pizza, and cheese. Things he always dislikes are bananas and scrambled eggs. 

Biggest Milestone: Starting to talk! 

Biggest Challenge: Walking and sleep training. He still doesn’t like going to sleep without being rocked. He is also very cautious, so he is just beginning to be interested in walking. I remember Blaire would reach for the couch, thinking she could make the few steps there but then would fall. Ben thinks about, then crawls the foot to the couch. When he does fall, he gets right back up. But, he would just rather not fall. 

My Favorite Part of This Stage: His personality. Seeing him grow and learn something new every day will never get old. 

Ben's First Birthday Ben's First BirthdayBen's First BirthdaySo much has changed since he was born last year. I went back to work full-time after my 12 weeks of maternity leave. I made it a whole 3 months before I decided I needed to be home with my babies again. Being home with them every day has been the biggest blessing. The first five months home have been challenging, but so rewarding. We are really finding our groove and I think I’m balancing work, housework, and playing with these babies pretty well now. Ben's First Birthday Ben's First Birthday Ben's First Birthday Ben's First Birthday Ben's First Birthday Ben's First BirthdayYou know when I posted his gender reveal back in 2016, one thing I was worried about when it came to having a baby boy was being able to find cute clothes for him. I have always been able to find more than enough clothing but Blaire, but wasn’t sure what it would be like to shop in the Boys section. Thankfully Carter’s keeps that side of their store stocked just as well, because dressing this little boy up is one of my favorite things. He looks so stinkin’ cute in everything. I love that we have had Carter’s along to celebrate all of the firsts for each of our babies… and any future Peterson babies. ;) Be sure to check out Carter’s With You From the Start video here

Ben 1 year old ; Blaire 4 years oldBen 1 year old ; Blaire 4 years oldBen’s Romper | Ben’s Sandals | Ben’s Onesie | Blaire’s Dress | Blaire’s Sandals | Blaire’s Sandals

Seeing how much Ben adores Blaire brings tears to my eyes. He just thinks the world of his whole family. He is such a happy guy and his laugher is so contagious. He makes all of us so happy. We prayed for this baby to join our family for more than one year. And every tear, heartbreak, disappointment and worry was worth it. Benjmain, you’re healthy. You’re happy. You’re the perfect fourth to our family.

Benjamin 12 months Benjamin 12 months Benjamin 12 monthsBenjamin, you are the sweetest, most outgoing baby. You love to meet new people. You love to be carried and cuddled. You also love to get into trouble and think it’s funny when we call you naughty boy! 

This first year as a family of four has been so full. Definitely stressful at times, but so, so full of love and happiness and craziness. Lots of craziness! We are so lucky to have been blessed with this sweet baby boy. I can’t wait to see his personality continue to grow and change. 

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    Carol Davis
    March 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Awesome blog and the pictures are sooo cute too ! ❤️❤️

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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
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