What Chapel wore - Month 8













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8 Months with Chapel Raines





This little girl had a big month...moving into her own room and starting to crawl. Every time my babies have a big "first" I am so thankful to get to witness it. The first time she crawled I was sitting with Shep in the chair in her room, and she was rolling around on the floor. All of a sudden I can hear her kind of huffing and puffing and we realize she is crawling. Shep got down on the floor on one side of the room and I got down on the other and we cheered her on crawling back and forth between us. 

At the end of last month, Chapel's sleep started going downhill. After four kids I finally have realized that means they are ready to be in their own room. After moving her into her big crib in her own room, she is back to sleeping through the night. Thank you, Lord!

She's turned into quite the chunk, filling our her 9 month clothes and moving up to size 4 diapers. I think by next month she'll be in size 5, which is the same as Breaker was until a few months ago.  Giving Big Booty Judy a run for his money.

Its really just so sweet how much she loves me. I'm soaking it up, because it only is like this for a short time. Another few months and she'll be a daddy's girl. Little baby obsessed with you is the sweetest kind of love! She likes to have me in her line of vision at all times. If I leave her with Joey he pointed out that she is craning her neck every which way searching for me.

Some of my favorite pictures from the past month:


I turned the camera around to selfie mode and this was the face she gave me:






She is an animal any time I try to change her diaper.  She pulls that lamp off everytime. 



Her cousin Sydney was born this month! Yay!! I love having them together.


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Breaker Blue's Big Boy Room


The time came to move Chapel out of our room and into her room, so we finally got around to decorating a room just for Breaker. This room used to be my painting "studio"/where we stuff all of our junk. I was a little sad to give up my painting room, but I know the memories that we make playing in this room with Breaker will be more than worth it. We wanted to try and not go out and buy anything new, and we were successful. A lot of this stuff came from Major's nursery at our old house so it makes me happy to give new life to it and make new memories.
I've painted something for all of our kids nurseries* and since this was kind of Major's nursery 2.0, I didn't want to reuse the same painting, and instead decided to paint something new, but use the same color palette, so Breaker could have his own painting.
*Except Shepherd's Joey and I started painting it together, then I was too annoyed at the difficulty of making a pattern and had to leave the room and Joey finished ;)

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The only baby item I couldn't live without

I packed everything but the kitchen sink to go to the hospital when Shepherd was born. I dutifully checked off everything deemed necessary to buy from our registry checklist. I had his nursery finished months in advance. And I would not change any of that for THE WORLD. It was the best time of my entire life. The excitement of a new baby. AHHH. I love it. There is NOTHING like that excitement.
But, once you have a few kids, you realize babies really don't need much. At least in my opinion. They need you to hold them and feed them and a place to sleep. 

But, I have an undying love for the Miracle Blanket. I could live without any other baby supplies. Seriously, I've thought about this, and I could make do without anything else that helps take care of a baby...swings, bumbo, bassinet, toys, wipe warmer, Nose Frida, Sophie the giraffe, diaper pail, pacis... but I could not live without a Miracle Blanket. I've tried tons of different swaddles...nothing compares. The Miracle Blanket is #1.
(Well a paci would be hard to do without, but I would still choose a Miracle Blanket first.)

So in my effort to soak everything up, I just want to document my babies all swaddled and snug in their Miracle Blankets...because now that Chapel has outgrown hers I'll never have a baby in one again. (CRYYYYING.)
 (I didn't know about it until Major was born, and I wish I'd had it for Shep! I never swaddled him because I was clueless and his sleep suffered!)

Chapel:






Breaker:




Major:


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The Last Time

I don't think I could ever read this and not just completely weep. Reading it honestly makes my stomach hurt like I could vomit.



With Chapel being our last baby, I am very aware of these things being "the last time." Its going to happen no matter what, so all I can do is soak it up and enjoy it as much as I can, because there will be a last time, last "firsts," I can't do anything about it, so I try not to dwell on it too much in the moment. But then I have nights like this when I just bawl my eyes out thinking about it. 

I do think I've always been aware of that, and done a good job of living in the moment and enjoying my kids and every stage as much as possible.
But it is hard with Chapel being my last baby. Putting away newborn clothes, and I'll never have a baby that small again. She's about to move into her own room, and I'll never have a little baby sleeping in a bassinet next to me. I'm a total weirdo and I didn't want to start Chapel on solid foods because I knew it would change the way her poop smelled and I have always liked the way my babies poop smelled. I know, I'm a freak.



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7 months with Chapel Raines


This sweet little girl is 7 months old. 

This month she started solids. So far she's had applesauce, green beans, bananas, and rice cereal mixed with breastmilk.

She outgrew her Miracle Blanket (tear) and transitioned to a Zipadee Zip sleep sack. For all of our kids, around 6 months is when their sleep starts a downward spiral. I was looking back on the chair pictures I did for the boys, and on Major's at this age I wrote "Woke up 8x a night" and on Breaker's I wrote "Wakes up approx. 600x a night." I think Shep was the same way. I can't remember when they start sleeping through the night. Anyway, Chapel is not that bad...yet...but about once a week, without fail at least once a week, she will have a night where she wakes up about the time we're going to bed, and just straight up will not go back to sleep. For hours. Its awful. I've been up until like 4am with her just wide awake. She'll be laying in her bassinet and start talking to herself and then she'll start crying to get up and none of my usual tricks will work so one of us has to just get up with her until she's tired again. Other than that, she usually wakes up about 2x a night, nurses and goes right back to sleep.

She is a crazy lady in the bathtub. She splashes so much that I am soaked, the floor is soaked. She still has a little baby bathtub that we sit in the big bath, and she just kicks her legs so hard down on the water.

I should have written this on her picture, but she is also sitting up on her own now.

Its funny, because the boys were never like this...but she has so many toys. With all three of the boys, I never remember them having toys. I know they had them, but they never seemed to care about anything or pay anything much attention. She just seems much more thoughtful??? about toys. Like she'll pay attention to the same toy for a longer amount of time. Does that make sense? She has this little seahorse that lights up and plays music and we've had it since Major was born but it looks brand new because no one ever liked it. I've bought her lots of different "chew" toys because she actually uses them. Again, we had one of those little ring teethers that every baby has that has water in it, and we've had it since Major was a baby and it was brand new condition because the boys didn't play with it. She has a pink unicorn and bunny rabbit rattle and a blankie and lots of different teethers and little baby toys.

Some of my favorite pictures from month 7:










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