She was enjoying the mild evening breeze and listening to the birds chirping while everyone else was off at church.
In her cute little skirt from Grandma (actually, everything else in the picture was also from Grandma).
Chloe loves the hanging cradle, which was a relief after how much time and effort went into it. She will nap quite long in it if her older siblings don't yell her awake, to the point where I wake her after a couple of hours to make sure she eats enough.
So, yes, I put my babies on their bellies or sides to nap, so they actually stay asleep. I always have, with all nine kids, though I would NOT do so on a conventional mattress, as I am of the opinion that many SIDS cases are caused by the off-gassing of toxic flame retardants and other chemicals in the materials. Just throwing that out there for the haters.
At night, she sleeps by my side in bed. And look at that little stinker, cozily snoozing with both her hands up by her face. This is exactly how she was born.
Some pics with biggest brother. This young man will be 15 in the fall. With school done for the summer (he just finished his sophomore year of High School!), he has been spending much time this last week looking for a job. There are many places in Arizona that start hiring at 14, and he is one eager beaver to start earning "real" money, so he can save up for a car and start driving in less than a year. Insanity! He was just a wee newborn himself a few years ago. He had summer jobs the last couple of summers, but is now looking for something that he can keep doing even when school resumes, since he can ride the bus to places that are within reasonable distance. Lots of exciting but nerve-wrecking changes ahead! Having kids of all ages is not for the faint of heart. I feel like I have been strapped to the rack, and am slowly being stre-e-e-e-tched well beyond my comfort zone.
The following pictures were all taken by Miriam. I think she did a fabulous job, don't you? She said she wants to make a scrapbook for each of the younger kids, something she noticed I haven't had time for since I made a baby album for her.
Boaz, the little heartthrob. He's as lovable as he is mischievous.
Miriam and I spent an afternoon making headbands with interchangeable hair bows for Chloe.
Up next: birth story. Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your loves!