Lil’ sis is 7 months.

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seven months ago, Baby Girl was added to our family and we have been blessed by her every moment since! as we face this week as our last before the surgery (a week from today), we celebrate how much growth and joy Hazel has accomplished in her short seven months. she's almost sitting up consistently by herself, smiling at anyone and everyone … [Read more...]

surgery confirmed with a date.

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  deciding to move forward with surgery for Hazel's cortical dysplasia was not a decision we have taken lightly.  yet, after 4 months, 2 (maxed out) medicines, hours of online medical journal reading, and several doctors later, we have, indeed, decided to do the surgery.   on tuesday, we met with Dr. Myseros (who was also Rogan's … [Read more...]

Hosting a large-scale Sole Hope Shoe-Cutting Party.

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  I've talked before about Sole Hope and their amazing mission to help fight jiggers and their debilitating effects on the people of Uganda.  You can watch the short video on what got them started below. I hosted a shoe-cutting party awhile ago on a much smaller scale and when the opportunity for our church's women's group came up, I … [Read more...]

…and just when you think it might be sort of close to the beginning of spring…..

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  …...THIS HAPPENS.   i have to take cute photos of snowflake-catching, or i just might lose my mind!  happy snow day, friends! … [Read more...]

6 months (and some cute photos).

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  yesterday's post wasn't as fun as today's!  Hazel is officially half a year old and is doing nearly all the things a healthy 6 month old should be doing despite her diagnosis with cortical dysplasia. she coos, flaps all of her arms and legs around when she gets really excited, rolls over (but only if she really has to, we are … [Read more...]

moving toward surgery.

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(i love how she likes to sleep with both arms behind her head--just chillaxin!) Baby Girl is 6 months old today. she's cooing and rolling and being pretty much all-around great! the neurologist called today to explain that she presented Hazel's case to the larger epilepsy team at Children's National and the board was in agreement, after … [Read more...]

a vintage inspired baby shower.

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  i braved the long 10 hour trip with three kids last Friday and visited my family in Indiana.  the main reason i did so, was so that i could be there to celebrate my littlest sister's soon-to-arrive baby girl!  i had nothing to do with the theme or decorations, but man, were they cute and fit my sister's personality so … [Read more...]

frozen (in time).

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  last week we had a big snow storm.  we went to bed with no snow and woke up to over 2 feet of snow on the ground!  there was a lot of shoveling, fire-building, and snowball throwing. tea-parties all around! …also, i really would love to "freeze" each of the kids at this age.  they are just so … [Read more...]

Hazel: 5 months.

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another month older and we just can't tell you how much joy this little baby has added to our lives!  she's the smiliest, happiest, squishiest babe in all the land and we love her so much! Lil' Sis has continued to thrive and develop on schedule despite the seizures.  the meds continue to help but not completely stop them.  she's generally … [Read more...]

easy, DELICIOUS, sprinkle number cake tutorial.

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  i'm a cake person. more precisely, a cake and ice cream person.  seriously, it just doesn't get much better for me.  cookies, nah.  pie, sure, most days.  but moist, flavorful, not-t00-sweet frosted cake?  YES, please! of course, it's always fun for it to look pretty at the same time that it tastes great.  everyone was raving about … [Read more...]