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Hazel is five months old today! This was a particularly eventful month for us–some expected and some not–but Hazel has been a champ as usual to roll with interruptions just as we were trying to settle into a new routine.

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So thankful for the cross and the empty tomb! Such good news is reason to celebrate each year at Easter. This year we made a trip to Raleigh to visit family and spend some special time together.

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Hazel is four months old today! We’ve had a nice, long stretch together since she was born, but the time has finally come for me to return to work next week. It will be good to get back to “real life,” but I will miss the time we’ve enjoyed together.

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Hazel is three months old today! She just keeps surprising me–usually in a good way, but sometimes I have to shake my head as I try to figure this little girl out.

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I stewed on the idea of taking Hazel to Arkansas for a long time; in fact, the thought probably crossed my mind even before she was born. Not everyone in the family is able to jaunt over to Washington DC to pay a visit to our newest family member, so it made sense to bring her to them. However, it’s a little daunting to consider taking a newborn a thousand miles on a plane all by oneself. But the more I stewed on it, the more I decided I might just be able to swing it. Eventually, circumstances finally pushed me over the edge to give it a try last week.

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Winter defiance 2017

I know, I complain about winter every year, but let’s be honest: it has few redeeming qualities. I worried that being stuck in the house with a newborn would be depressing this winter; thankfully, I’ve actually been quite active and upbeat. However, the dreary days and long nights always have me dreaming of short sleeves and sunny skies. And despite being a brown thumb, somewhere around January I always imagine all the green things I would like to try my hand at keeping alive the next season. And if I get an early start on the vegetation, even better. I can brown-thumb my nose at winter’s last dregs and scoff in defiance at the cold.

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Hazel is two months old! She’s growing so fast, which is what babies do best, I’ve been told. Month two has been much calmer than the first one, and we are enjoying our time together on maternity leave.

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