Naming Chapel

When deciding what to name Chapel, our other option was Vivien. We have a running list of names in each of our phones, but Vivien has always been our only girl name. We have always loved it, but it was just a little too popular right now. Vivien was actually the girl name I've had picked out for my entire life, after Vivien Leigh who played Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. 
But one day I was driving and passed a little tiny country church, and I was like "Chapel" and so that was her name. 
If she had been a boy we were talking about the name "Kentucky" with the nickname "Tuck."

Chapel's middle name is Raines and that is for Joey's mom. Raines was Rhonda's maiden name. We actually considered Raines when we were naming Breaker for his first and middle names.

Now, if you know me you know I hate anything "fluffy." I'm not an inspirational quotes person, I'm not an "everything happens for a reason" person. Its just not my thing. I'm not into the things a lot of people will believe or tell themselves to make themselves feel better. I like reality and what is true and I honestly don't have a lot of patience for anything else.  
So this is not typically something I would get behind, but...
Joey's mom absolutely loved babies, and she loved all of her grandsons. She would always talk about when she would get a granddaughter and couldn't wait to buy all of the girly things. 
So when we found out we were having a girl, I really never expected it because I honestly thought we could only make boys. But at the same time I can honestly see Rhonda up in Heaven begging God for a granddaughter. And it is so her personality that she would have asked for them to share a birthday. (Chapel's due date was the day after Rhonda's birthday.) So I don't know that that is exactly how it works, but no one does. I could believe that Jesus would be up in Heaven talking to you about whatever and hear you go on about wanting a granddaughter for your birthday. So while its a little fluffy for me, that is SO Rhonda. 
So Chapel's middle name is for her Nana.

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taking Chapel home

After a few days in the hospital, we packed up and headed home as a family of 6!

My friend Lindsey's family has a wooden stork that they pass around whenever anyone in the family has a baby. When I saw it I was obsessed and my brother in law made one for me. How cute!?! I just am so sad we didn't have it when all of the boys were born. It is literally MY HEART thinking about one day Chapel having a baby and putting this stork in her yard and taking pictures with it just like we did. That is seriously the stuff that just makes me so happy. I love traditions. I wish I had it, but when I was born someone rented a big sign and I have a picture of my parents standing in front of it with me. I think it was a stork too. If I find the picture I'll share it here.

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Breaker Blue is TWO

Still playing Catch Up with my blog posts! Breaker turned 2 back in March and it was a little overshadowed by having a brand new sister!
We celebrated his day with cake and balloons with family.

Breaker is the funniest little thing. He will not be left out. He loves his big brothers and wants to do everything they're doing. We think he may be our wild child. He's just a liiiiitttle bit naughty ;)
 And gosh he's just so good looking. That dimple will melt your heart. His wild ponytail. Gah I could eat him.

He is the best sleeper. He goes to bed around 7:45 and all you have to do is rock him for a minute while you sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, then you lay him in his bed wide awake with his "friends" and a few extra pacis and he goes right to sleep. He sleeps straight through the night and when he wakes up he is happy to lay in bed and just talk to himself until someone goes to get him. I'm telling you it is a DREAM and I'm also telling you it is a dream that will not last. His older brothers are the worst sleepers, but they've all been amazing until they realize they can climb out of the crib. Breaker hasn't caught onto that yet so I'm just hoping this phase lasts as long as possible.
He takes one long nap around 11am and usually sleeps about 2 hours. But again, hes happy to lay in bed when he wakes up and talk to himself and play with his stuffed animals. Sometimes we will hear him downright cackling in laughter. He's so sweet.

He likes a sippy cup of milk as soon as he gets out of bed and his show of choice is Peppa Pig. He loves George.
 His favorite food is eggs.
He wears size 5 diapers and is about to grow out of 2t clothes. Breaker, Shep and Major all currently wear the same size shorts lol.
He has the fattest feet and I have the hardest time finding shoes. I finally ordered a pair of Extra Wide New Balance shoes that he will probably grow out of soon. They velcro across and his feet are so thick the velcro will barely reach.
He loves to read, loves trains, loves being outside, loves bubbles and dumping water in the bathtub. In the bathtub he always gets two cups and very seriously dumps the water back and forth between the two.
I've said before we have a million nicknames for our kids, some nicknames for Breaker are: Judy, Ju, Juju, Juju Bean, Judy Blue, Breaker Bug

Some of my favorite pictures of Breaker over the past year:

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Breaker also answers to "Judy." Which we know is probably really confusing when people hear us call him that in public ;) And everyone thinks he's a girl anyway because of his hair, then we're calling him Judy haha.

So when Breaker was like 8 months old, he wore the same size diaper as Major and he just had a big butt. He looked so funny with this giant diaper and a big ol booty, so we started calling him Big Booty Judy. And sometimes his grump comes out so we say he's being a Moody Judy. The nickname just stuck and we all call him Judy as often as we call him Breaker. But if you ask him his name, he does say, "Break" so there's that. 

This is the face of a Big Booty Judy:

And this is the face of a Moody Judy:

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Breaker Blue - 18 months

This is so behind but I still want to post it since I did for Major and Shep.
I'm trying to think back to Breaker at 18 months.
This was when he self weaned from breastfeeding. I was pregnant with Chapel so that makes weaning off nursing very easy.
At 18 months he was taking one long nap a day, and bedtime around 7:45.
He loved Taylor Swift and would dictate only listening to her on every car ride.

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a few more hospital pics

I kind of love being in the hospital and being taken care of for a few days. Every other time I've had a baby I've practically begged to stay an extra day. 

My mom's birthday fell while I was in the hospital, and the boys picked out a birthday cake for her...dirt cake with worms ;)

"Push presents"

I loved Chapel's sweet going home outfit. I got it from SK Creations on Etsy. They have a really cute instagram account too.

And just for fun, all four of my babies in the hospital. I love traditions and anything that all of my kids can do...I plan on someday framing all four of their newborn hats they wore home from the hospital.

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meeting their sister

Having 3 kids at home, getting to be in the hospital for 4 days actually sounded like a vacation. My mom was staying with the boys so Joey could be in the hospital with me. Then the night before we were going home Tara stayed the night with me so that Joey could go home and spend time with the boys, and also clean the house so I would be happy. 

OK, long time blog readers may remember me sharing this after Shep was born....long story short, we had this awful nurse during my hospital stay with him.  My husband is the calmest, most easy going person in the world. But when this nurse was rude to me, I saw a side to him I had never seen before. Read all about it here.
So this time when I was in the hospital with Chapel, we had the same nurse from when Shep was born. She walked in and Joey and I both immediately recognized her and looked at each other. 
6 years and 4 kids later, Joey and I were not worried about this woman. Joey thought that maybe she pulled up our file and it had a note in it from 2012 or that maybe she recognized us too, because she was actually super super nice.

After Shep got out of school, my parents brought the boys to the hospital to meet their sister. They walked in carrying flowers for us and were so sweet and excited.

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