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  • #sponsored When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
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She is still waking up once over night most nights. She just started smiling at us these past few days. She loves tummy time but rolls herself over all of the time so we have to roll her back. She loves to be worn and snuggled. And we have to restrain her brother from kissing her 193739 times per day. 🤪 #happilytrista #newborn #sixweeksold #fourthtrimester
  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • 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.
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  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
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  • 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
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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  • 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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  • 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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