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  • 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
  • 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.
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April 23, 2019

pregnancy update: 16 weeks

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13 week ultrasoundGosh, this pregnancy is just flying by so quickly. I am already 16 weeks and haven’t written a single post about it here. So, let’s start from the top with some of the questions I’ve gotten so far, then I’ll get into my “typical” pregnancy update bullets.

When did you find out you were pregnant?
Monday, January 28 and I was exactly 4 weeks pregnant.

And how did you find out?
We spent the previous weekend away in Galena. I drank two glasses of wine Friday night. Then had another glass Saturday night and immediately felt TERRIBLE. Monday morning my Clearblue App popped up saying I should’ve started my period a few days ago and asked if I wanted to log it. I figured my cycle would be off for a bit considering it was literally the first cycle after my miscarriage in December, but I figured I may as well take a test since I had a box of them. Seeing that positive pregnancy test was definitely a shock and I honestly didn’t believe it.

I called my doctor immediately and they sent me to have my HCG and my Progesterone tested – my HCG was higher than it had been at any point during my December pregnancy.  I was retested two days later and then again one week from the day I had my positive test. My numbers increased as they should have and I had an ultrasound 10 days after my positive pregnancy test. Since my December pregnancy was a “Pregnancy of Unknown Location” they believed it was ectopic, but not developing as it should have, resulting in my very low HCG numbers. I was able to have the first ultrasound at 5w 3d because my HCG was high enough that there would be SOMETHING to see. They wanted to confirm it was in my uterus and not ectopic or a blighted ovum. I went back for my second ultrasound two weeks later and we could see our little 7w 3d baby (still with a tail, lol) and a beautiful, perfect heartbeat. 

What did your OBGYN say about conceiving so quickly after your miscarriage?: 
Holy moly, I got this question from a lot of people. Throughout my pregnancy in December, my OBGYNs thought it was probably not viable due to the low HCG. But obviously miracles happen and sometimes they can come around. They immediately though it could be ectopic, although most ectopic get higher and then lower, then rise, then fall. Mine were always rising, barely, but rising. So I held out hope. After 4 weeks and two ultrasounds showing nothing in my ovaries, Fallopian tubes or uterus, I was diagnosed with a pregnancy of unknown location. I was given one week to miscarry on my own before I would be given a dose of Methotrexate to start the miscarriage. I ended up miscarrying on my own over the course of two weeks. So, I was told (by my OBGYN) if I had have a dose of Methotrexate (the shot used to end an ectopic pregnancy) I would have had to wait at least six months to conceive again. Since everything happened naturally and “without complication” I was told it would be safe to try to conceive again right away.

When are you due?: October 8, 2019!

Are going to find out baby’s gender?: YES. We considered not finding out, but ultimately I just REALLY love to know ahead of time. Although knowing this is our last baby has made it bitter sweet for me. Having one of each, I would just love one more of each! So finding out what we’re having definitely makes it more real to me that this is the last time we will ever have the excitement of it.

How far along: 16 weeks

Total weight gain: None yet. Not sure how that’s possible with the size of my belly.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Movement: These past few days I’ve just now felt movements here and there that I’m SURE are the baby. By this time with Ben I had already felt flutters for a week or so.

Mood: Overwhelmed. Honestly moving and being exhausted and not feeling well has been really hard. I know I have a short temper with the kids and I NEED to fix it. We are hosting Easter here next week so if I tackle one room per day (unpacking and cleaning) then I’m hoping I can get back into a routine. It’ll help get my anxiety under control and hopefully some patience too.

Food cravings: Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and sour candy! For some reason anything sour seems to help with my nausea.

Gender: We did the Sneak Peek Home Test kit and found out it’s a boy! 

Sleep: If my kids were sleeping better, then I think I’d sleep like a rock. Ben had croup and was waking a lot at night and Blaire still crawls in our bed most nights. Now that we have spent our first month in the house, they are slowly becoming more comfortable in their new rooms. So fingers crossed everyone will be sleeping in their own rooms all night soon.

Highlight of the Week: Finding out baby’s gender… seeing him moving all around on the ultrasound. 

Miss Anything: Fitting in my clothes. Being pregnant in a different season means I am in some dire need of new maternity clothes.

Symptoms: Fatigue. I had my usual morning sickness (not getting sick, just feeling nauseous) almost days until around 12 weeks. Now it’s just here and there, although more intense when I do have it.

Looking forward to: Hopefully kicking the fatigue to the curb for this second trimester. Mama has a house to get in order!

Blaire & Ben with Ultrasound

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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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    • 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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    • 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 😂
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