8 years old
8 years old and wearing fancy shoes



So, it happened. I have an 8 year old. 8 years ago I was in the middle of a 26 hour labor, wondering if she was ever going to come out. She did. … Her birth was dramatic and long and ended in an emergency c-section. But she came out! She was 7 pounds 14 ounces and had a full head of hair. Everyone told me that it was going to fall out or she was going to rub a bald spot… she never did. She’s always had a full head of hair. It was jet black when she was born and has lightened up considerably. It’s sun-bleached right now and it’s so pretty. While she doesn’t have my eye color, she has my eye shape and the most beautiful full lips. The first thing people tell me when they meet her is, “Wow, she’s beautiful!” and she is. She’s beautiful. She’s also smart, dramatic, sporty, and sweet. She’s an artist and a cheerleader. She’s going to go places, this child of mine. Whether it’s an art route or a sporty route, she’s going to be something. She has the determination and drive of someone who is going to work her butt off to accomplish her goals.


Her dad hasn’t been in the picture for a long time and I can’t help but feel sad for him. He’s missing out on so much. He can try to blame me for cutting him out, but he did that to himself. He never was mature enough to be a father to her. There were times when she would come running up to him and say, “Daddy! I love you!” and he wouldn’t say anything or acknowledge her. It’s sad to think about. But you know what? She’s alright. She’s going to be just fine. She has a big family that loves her. She is happy and healthy. She’s forever my best friend and shopping buddy. She makes me laugh and continuously surprises me with her talents.


Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of her over the years…

Baby Chanel
Dirty Face
The time she put some red lipstick on …..
At the zoo
Her lovey blanket, sucking her thumb.



Heather is a 29 year old Social Media specialist that enjoys writing, reading, video games, and nerdy things in general. She has two children, 3 dogs, and a handful of chickens. Her favorite fandoms are Star Wars, Tolkien, and the Harry Potter universe.


  1. HiHoVictoria

    Time goes so fast! It really does. And she has a great family. 🙂 Happy birthday, Chanel!

  2. Shann Eva

    She is adorable! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

  3. That night was crazy – it’s mostly a blur to me because of the drugs they had to give me. Babies are stressful.

    And we need to plan a get together for sometime. Maybe we could meet somewhere on the east coast??

  4. Thank you!!

    Crazy! Both of my kids had hair and neither one lost it. Chanel’s stuck straight up for like… a year, though. I couldn’t get it to do anything other than a sticky up pony tail. Hahah

  5. She has always been beautiful with all that hair! I can’t believe she’s 8. It’s making me all nostalgic about the day she was born. She’ll always feel like another niece to me.

  6. She really is gorgeous, and looks just like her mama! 🙂 Happy Birthday to your little girl! (And random fun fact – my little was also born with a full head of hair – blonde though – and they told me it would all fall out. Hers never did either!)

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