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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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Hazel is one month old! The first month went by quite quickly because it was chock full of holidays and visitors and travel, but now that things are settling into a more normal routine, it’s time to look back on our first few weeks as a family of four.

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Good riddance, 2016

In case you didn’t notice, 2016 was just about the worst year ever. In addition to social and political drama such as a glut of celebrity deaths and the presidential election, many people I know, including our family, had a pretty crummy year personally. That doesn’t mean 2016 was a total failure, but I’m not sad to see it go.

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Welcome, Hazel Ruth Taylor, born at 12:57 am on December 8, 2016 and coming in at seven pounds and 21 inches on the nose.

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Well, baby is due on Sunday but theoretically could come any day now. Did you hear that, baby? Any day now. The second pregnancy has been relatively uneventful but definitely more tiring with a 15-month-old involved. I’m so thankful my parents have been here for almost two weeks now to help out as we await the arrival; while Bart has been super amazing as usual, we could never have managed this well on our own.

I could say a lot about pregnancy and all the thoughts and emotions associated with it or described the unique aspects of this one, but as we count down the final days I thought I would keep it relatively light by reflecting on some of the questions and comments I have received over the last few months. Most are pretty benign or guileless, even if they get annoying in their frequency or short-sightedness.

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Four years ago, we were unpacking boxes in our new Maryland rental house and taking in the reality of the fact that we were no longer in Colorado, our home for the previous eight years.

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