Trista Rakow

My name is Trista Rakow! I'm a mother to a 4-year-old son named Everett, an angel baby named Audrina, and a rainbow baby named Aidan . During my 20 week ultrasound, my daughter was diagnosed with Thanophoric Dysplasia, a death bearing condition. She likely passed away during labor from a rare uterine tear that nearly took my life. I've been blogging about my experience to heal and help other mammas suffering from grief. I'm a fighter and convinced that I'm born with a purpose. I believe life will be what you make of it regardless of the heartache you might endure. All I ever wanted in life was a daughter, and God gave me one. I live in honor of Audrina by living passionately with gratitude. Aside from my blogging, I enjoy painting large scale murals, scrapbooking and decorating.

Losing My Daughter: Lessons and Signs from Above

I’m a mother to an angel baby. Ever since I lost my daughter Audrina, I know firsthand what it’s like to have half your heart on earth and the other half constantly reaching toward...

A Holiday How-To: Creating a Holiday Dollhouse

My mom always had a way of making Christmas magical when I was a child. My favorite memories are of her creating bonding moments. She always found a way to instill creativity in me,...

Without Rain, There Would Be No Rainbow

It’s hard for me to understand why tragic events happen. Especially when it comes to mothers who lose a child. To me, there's no greater strength than a grieving mother who wakes up each...

I’ll Carry You

I was 20 weeks pregnant when doctors detected a lethal form of dwarfism in my daughter on the ultrasound. The condition meant my sweet baby girl would die of respiratory failure at birth. The...

Being a Mom Boss: Taking Back Your Power

A week ago, my son Everett, who is 4 years old, started negotiating with me like a well-seasoned cars salesman. He wouldn’t take "no" for an answer and I was pulling teeth to get...

Having a Baby After Loss: Not All Sunshine & Rainbows

My 4 year old son is my Sunshine Baby. For those of you who don’t know what a “sunshine baby” is, it’s a baby you have before experiencing the loss of a child. My...

Her Beauty Still Blooms

After I lost my daughter Audrina, all my passion for life fell into a black hole.  There is something very wrong about leaving the hospital without your baby. What should be a moment that...

Letting Go, and Losing Audrina

August 30 is National Grief Awareness Day. Twin Cities Moms Blog contributing writer, Trista Rakow, is bravely sharing her story with us today about loss and how it's impacted her as a mother.  Life has...

Hope for Mothers Facing Adversity

Deep inside the heart of every mother lies a powerful and courageous instinct to protect their young, no matter the cost, even if it means their life. It’s in our nature to shield them...