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Michelle | PNW 🌲🏔  "For I will walk by faith even when I cannot see." -2 Corinthians 5:7 💕 Endo, infertility, adoption 💛 Future family fundraising: @ohsolovelylippies 💋

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Taken at 33 weeks + 1 day because we were at the cabin on Sunday... and posting this a few days later because I forgot! 😆 I don't know how I've kept up with these for so long! I love this age because Hazel's personality continues to grow and shine. She's so happy, sweet, and silly! She's got her second bottom tooth popping up and it's so cute. We figured out that she prefers food in pieces and not puréed. Her favorite thing to do is army crawl everywhere, especially under the coffee table. She also loves to talk and her babble is the sweetest thing ever. My heart could burst, it's so happy! ☺️💗 Also, pineapple (like on her onesie) reminds me of our infertility journey, but more so, what led us to her. In the moment, I cried "Why," but now I hold the answer. I'd do it all over again if it meant our precious Hazel in our arms! 🍍
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Earlier this week, we welcomed two sweet guests who we have been so excited to finally meet! @loracoots, another mama blessed by adoption, and her darling daughter, Audra, spent the afternoon with me and Hazel and we had the best time. I've said it before and I'll say it again... I LOVE this adoption (and infertility/TTC) community! I've made so many special friends through IG and my heart overflowed being able to wrap my arms around one of them and her precious girl! And Hazie loved playing with her new friend. How cute are they?! 😍 (Swipe left to see all the pics!)
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Sweetie in a sling 💕 This color is so pretty on her! 😍
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32 weeks old + Mother's Day || Getting these photos are so tough these days! Baby girl is sooo squirmy and she would rather be doing anything else than lay still and take a photo for me. 🙈 I love her eagerness to explore the world around her and the wonder in her eyes over the simplest of things... the dog playing, a spoon, a dust bunny on the floor. 😆 I hope you never lose that curiosity, sweet Hazel! Today was so special and I spent every chance I could cuddling and loving on her. When she slept, I missed her even more than I usually do. The emotion and gratitude of celebrating Mother's Day was even more overwhelming than I anticipated. So many tears! I still can't believe I get to be your forever mama, Hazie! ❤
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We tried to do the matchy mommy and me thing... it was a decent attempt! 😆 Different, yet the same! (Hazel's dress is knotted too, she just is so squirmy that it looks like a shirt. 🙈) Also, this @dwellandslumber housedress is oh so comfy! Plus, it has adorable gold snap buttons which is great if you're nursing and it also has pockets!
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My First Mother’s Day 💕 || This week has been progressively more emotional for me as Mother's Day approached. I have so many different feelings coursing through me… Immense joy. Gratitude. Love. Disbelief. But, interlaced throughout, are also memories of utter pain, desperation, loss, and grief. It's hard not to reflect on Mother's Days of years past and those memories magnify my thankfulness. I dreamt of what I have now… I fervently prayed for it on my knees on a cold bathroom floor clutching another negative pregnancy test, curled in my bed after a miscarriage, in my car after a baby shower, in an empty room where a nursery should be. For those of you who are in the wait and deep in the trenches, I remember, I see you, and I'm praying for you. You are not alone and I know the heaviness this day can carry. Your story is unfolding each and every day, just as mine was a year ago, even when I didn’t realize it. Each day is one day closer. Last year, all the mothers at church were recognized and told to stand up. For me, it was another year, sitting silently in pain. Today, I stood with Hazel in my arms.
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Yesterday, was Birth Mother’s Day. I wrote a long post about it but never quite finished because I kept breaking down. Hazel’s birth mother is an absolute inspiration, a hero, and she is everything to me. I hope by sharing our journey and story that, at the very least, it shatters the many misconceptions about birth mothers. Hazel’s first mama is courageous. Brave. Loving. Kind. Selfless. She made a tremendous choice and sacrifice that most of us will never know. Above all, she chose LIFE. She chose Hazel's life. This brings the most tears to my eyes as I cannot fathom a world without Hazel in it. And then, she chose us. She chose me to care, love, protect, and raise this precious girl. She made me a mother. And there is no greater gift or honor, and there's not one day that passes by that I take this privilege for granted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👇🏼Continued in comments below... 👇🏼
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I love this video because it captures so many Hazel things I love... her sweet babble, baby toes in mouth, and her silly raspberries. I can't get enough of this little girl! 😍
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This girl is going places! Hazel is getting squirmier every week and does not sit still! She wiggles and twists and turns when we hold her. She's now army crawling and I'm amazed at how quickly it happened... first she was moving an inch or two, then a few days later, she's moving all over the place! 😳 Gone are the days where she's in the same spot as where I left her! It's a whole new world now and it's only going to get crazier the more mobile she gets. 🙈 It's so much fun though and we're so proud of her! Her little tooth is popping up a little more (so cute!) and she's enjoying rice cereal + banana. She started blowing raspberries immediately following her sneezes and it cracks me up every time she does it! Love love love her. 💛
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(Turn the sound on... 👆🏼) @enduring_strength asked #widn and I was rocking Hazel to sleep and didn't get a chance to post till now. ☺️ So this is what I was doing... rocking a sleepy Hazel who will blow raspberries to resist and protest her sleepiness. It's so hard not to crack up! 😂 She's the funniest little girl and I don't ever want to forget these moments or the sweet, silly things that she does ❤

Bright and cheery and showing off the top of her first tooth! (Zoom in on the top right photo) 👀☺️
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Hazel turned 7 months old today! 💕 Time seems to be going by so quickly and I spent all day soaking her in. Memorizing her 7 month old self, holding her longer, napping together. Hazie has been a trooper this past month through sleep transitions and teething. She started solids, has one little tooth popping up, and is inching forward on her belly. Hard to believe that she's going to be on the move! She sleeps on her tummy now and hates when she's put down to be changed. She loves watching Sophie (our pup) and adores her books. Her dancing is the cutest, her babbling and talking is the sweetest, and she blows raspberries like a pro. Her sweet, silly personality is the best! She says "maa maa" nonstop... I can't wait till she says it in connection to me. 💗
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I could stare at this perfect angel face all day. Sometimes I gaze at her tiny features and notice how her lips and chin remind me of her amazing birth mama. And it makes me smile... Hazel is the sweetest reminder of her and her immense beauty, strength, and love. What an honor it is to be this precious girl's parents! To have been chosen to nurture, love, and protect her. Every day with our Hazie is an absolute gift! ❤
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