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March 22, 2020

motherhood photo session with rachel clem

We haven’t had professional photos taken since my maternity pictures while I was pregnant with Sloane. I’ve really been wanting to get some taken, other than the 1947 I take of her per day, so when Rachel of Rachel Clem Photography reached out about shooting a motherhood session, I jumped at the chance. Rachel has a client wardrobe with lots of beautiful, neutral pieces that all fit well…

March 2, 2020

10 things I didn’t know until I started breastfeeding

Evivo

Okay, so I’ve admitted before I thought breastfeeding would be so easy and natural. I didn’t take a class while I was pregnant with Blaire. Didn’t prep, didn’t do any research. If it was so natural, everything would just work and it’d be just as easy as everyone said it was. (Spoiler alert: not the case for me.) There were so many things I didn’t know with Blaire…

October 8, 2019

Sloane’s birth story: my second VBAC

Labor with Sloane

Happy due date, baby girl! A week ago we were heading to the hospital, hoping we would be meeting the final member of our family soon. I had contractions every day throughout the last 8ish weeks of my pregnancy. Some days they were intense, they just never got close together. FINALLY, on 10/1, at exactly 39 weeks, they stayed consistently five minutes apart for an hour while we…

April 29, 2019

golf course gender reveal: baby #3 is…

Golf Course Exploding Golf Ball Gender Reveal

With our other two kids, we’ve opted to find our their gender during the ultrasound. For Blaire, the ultrasound tech just told us. For Ben, the ultrasound tech took Blaire outside the room and gave us a blue balloon so she could be the one to tell us. So for our last baby, we thought it would be fun to do a gender reveal.  I did the Sneak…

April 23, 2019

pregnancy update: 16 weeks

11 week ultrasound

Gosh, 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…

June 8, 2018

what it’s like to be a mom with generalized anxiety disorder

Trista Peterson June 2018

Constant worrying. Obsessing over a sad story on the news… so much so that it keeps you awake until 4am.  Feeling too nervous to ask for help… thinking if someone else helps care for your baby or child, something bad will happen to them.  Cosleeping because you’re too worried about your children’s safety to let them sleep in a different room.  Avoiding busy public places because you’re scared…

February 13, 2018

9 easy ways to practice self-care as a mama

10 Ways to Practice Self Care as a Mom

If you’re a mom, you know there’s nothing more rewarding than motherhood. There’s nothing more rewarding, more exhausting, more terrifying, more exciting, more draining than being a mother. Being a mother is, quite simply, the hardest thing you will ever do. Being pregnant in 2016, for a few months in 2017, then having a newborn… trying to balance two kids, work, being a wife, laundry, errands, everything! It…

October 2, 2017

supplementing formula and mom guilt

Formula Feeding

Two things that have rocked my world since becoming a mom are 1) mom guilt and 2) mom shaming. And one of the things that surprises me most is that these two go hand-in-hand when it comes to how a mom chooses to feed her baby. I was clueless to the pressure many moms feel to breastfeed and to the fact that many moms have a difficult time…

June 27, 2017

5 things you should do after baby is born

Ben Newborn

Thank you to Tiny Prints for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Whether it’s your first or fourth — bringing home a new baby is exciting, hectic, scary and just plain overwhelming. There are so many new and important factors I’ve never had to deal with (see number 1). Consider this your quick list of things to work on once you’ve unpacked those hospital…

May 10, 2017

Mother’s Day Questions

I’ve seen these Mother’s Day questions floating around Facebook and since my answers would be super long, I figured it’d make a better blog post. And, since I haven’t shared Ben’s birth story yet (you can read Blaire’s here) some of this information, and some pictures are things I’ve never shared before! Motherhood is seriously mind blowing. You spend your days googling things you never thought you’d type, stepping…

April 3, 2017

Nursing Must Haves

Nursing Must Haves

Before Blaire was born, I did nothing when it came to preparing to breastfeed. Okay… fine. I bought one nursing bra and one nursing tank top. Then called it good. I didn’t take the Breastfeeding Prep class through our hospital because it seemed like all anyone talked about how natural nursing was. Something that’s natural doesn’t really mandate a two hour class, does it?…

December 13, 2016

7 Things Working Moms and SAHMs Have in Common

7 Things All Moms Have in Common

I recently read an article with a list of things SAHMs want working moms to know. And every, single item on that list was something that also applies to me (not a SAHM). I am bombarded with pieces on Facebook, almost daily, of the differences between working moms and SAHMs. But when you really think about it, us moms aren’t all that different.…