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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 💕🌈
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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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June 7, 2018

35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer

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35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summerIt’s finally summer! I compiled this giant list of 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer.

To me, summer means meals outside, sticky ice cream on my kids’ hands, and sunshine. Good ol, Mr. Sun. Summer also means the sweet smell of sunscreen on my kids. When it comes to protecting my children from the sun, I don’t take any chances. My family has a history of skin cancer, so I want to make sure I do everything I can to minimize my children’s chances of sun exposure any time we are outside. Whether we’re eating outside, playing in the sprinkler, or at the pool, I make sure any of their exposed skin is slathered with sunblock.

Last summer, I went back to work from my maternity leave in June. So this is my first summer home with my kids and I am so excited to let them spend lots of time outside. While it does get hot and humid here in the midwest, it’s usually best to do something outside, if it’s not water related, in the morning or evening. We like to spend the early afternoon at the pool or playing in the water, then both kids are exhausted and ready for a nap right after. #score.

35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer

1| go for a walk
2| play in the sprinkler
3| play playdoh
4| color with sidewalk chalk
5| blow bubbles
6| go to the zoo
7| swing
8| play hopscotch
9| go to the park
10| play in the sand
11| dig for worms
12| have a picnic
13| go for a bike ride
14| water the flowers
15| jump in rain puddles
16| catch lightning bugs
17| swim
18| plant a garden
19| go for a boat ride
20| explore a local park
21| try a new (local) ice cream shop
22| catch butterflies
23| pick flowers
24| play with water balloons
25| set up an obstacle course
26| paint a “pet” rock
27| make or buy a bird (or squirrel) feeder – then animal watch
28| wear glow bracelets and play tag in the dark
29| roast marshmallows
30| go to a baseball game
31| watch fireworks
32| go to a splash pad
33| visit a lake, river or beach
34| hike at a state park
35| splash in a water table

35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer
We use Aveeno Baby because it’s safe for both of our children’s sensitive skin.

Aveeno Baby is a hypoallergenic, natural sunscreen with 100% mineral sun blockers. I am happy to know we can enjoy our time in the sun without having to worry about Blaire or Ben’s sun exposure. We keep a tube in the diaper bag, my purse, and in each car because you never know when I’ll take it out of the diaper bag and leave it sitting on the counter. It never hurts to have a back up! We also provide the suncare we authorize daycare to use on Blaire. So we buy the 2 packs of AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 at Walmart.  35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summerNow through July you can save $5 on the AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Twin Pack at Walmart through Ibotta.

I love that this sunblock doesn’t have the traditional whitening formula. Since I slather both of my children with sunscreen, they both sometimes look like ghosts when we’ve tried other sunscreens. (That looks super cool! Not.) It is also 100% Zinc-Oxide UVA/UVB mineral protection for those of you who are wondering.

I hope you enjoy your summer with your family! I love that kids don’t care how fancy something is. Blaire has just as much fun in the sprinkler or the sandbox in our own backyard as she did at the beach. You don’t need a big vacation to make your kids happy. You just need some time together outdoors.

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    Carol davis
    June 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Love how you take advantage of every day ! Looks like a FUN summer ! Pictures are awesome ! ❤️❤️

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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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  • 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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  • When your brother is getting big but you still want to hold him... you gotta pinch his butt because he’s so wiggly. 😂😬😍 #blaireandben •
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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 😂
“Yuck!” —Ben #blaireandben
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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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