Because it's been a month.

Nate just noticed that it's been awhile since I last posted, and when he notices that's a call to action. (And he just told me to go back to school because he believes I misspelled/made up the word "awhile." I love having him watch me blog. And I guess I just laughed at him too hard - he's walking away...)

Hazel is doing good, growing leaps and bounds every day. She's starting to take steps, hesitantly but at least the desire is there (finally!). On Monday she started sporting spots all over her little body. I took her to see the pediatrician - turns out she has Hand, Foot, and Mouth virus. Awesome. Poor kid is pretty uncomfortable right now, and she's not up for many pats and snuggles from us. She was super needy on Monday so she did cuddle some that day, but that gene generally isn't part of her make-up. I knew something was wrong on Monday when the clock hit 9:20am and she was still asleep, she who wakes up promptly at 6:45am. I finally just got her up - and then I started noticing the spots. Sores popped up inside her mouth (one or two around her mouth), on one thumb, and on her bottom. I know it could be worse, but I'm sad she's having to deal with this right now. Especially since she's working on cutting two or three teeth at the same time.

Nate is staying busy with his work. He's been doing a lot of organizing in his office, which is a very good thing. I don't say that because it's physically messy - it's not at all (except for my corner). He's working to streamline his processes. I don't know how to say that better...Cody (the black lab that joined our house a few weeks ago) adores Nate, does everything he says. It's been fun having a dog around, although a bit overwhelming at times. Cody doesn't listen to a word I say until I "dominate" him, aka throw him to the floor and lay on him for awhile until he settles. Following that he behaves quite well.

We had an ultrasound last Wednesday night - and I suddenly can't remember why. Peace of mind, I think. Anyway, it was so good to see the kid! It was wiggling like crazy, showing us all its fingers and toes. It was good to see its pumping heart and full bladder. We got a good picture:

The next day I saw Peggy and she answered many of my questions regarding VBACs. I'm not up for saying quite yet what I'm feeling on that front, but soon enough. It's taking a lot of prayer and thought to figure out what's best for this baby and for me. I love this kid already, and all I really want to do is bring it into the world in one great big healthy piece.

My nausea is improving every single day! I'm on Zofran to help curb the harsh edges of my morning sickness, so that's been wonderful. Some days I wonder what it would be like if I wasn't on Zofran - I'd probably be kneeling in front of the toilet. My energy is also coming back, so I've had a much easier time making dinner (aided by my lack of nausea, so now I can eat dinner every now and then, too!) and I've begun baking again. It's nice to take control of the laundry again, too.

My belly is sticking out. I'll show you soon.

OH! And Rae Ann, Stella, and Ivy are in town for five weeks! Much family time taking place these days - it's good to have them close again.

Must run! Spaghetti is calling my name!

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