Kate is Six Months

Kate is six months and we love her more and more every day.  She lights up with just a glance out of the corner of your eye.... meaning it doesn't take much to get her to smile and she loves any attention.   Her nature is to be happy; the first few months I wasn't sure of that but I believe it now.  She has the brightest twinkle in her eye and a face that radiates sunshine.  Kate absolutely adores Capri.  I have thought multiple times that Kate must remember their relationship from the preexistence, there is no other way to describe the excitement Kate has for Capri when they are in the same room.  It is the sweetest thing to watch but also painful because Capri doesn't pay near enough attention to Kate for how much she adores Capri!  Kate is wearing 9 month clothing and I think 12 month size is just days away.  She is one lovable chunk!  She is a fabulous eater and finds her green vegetables to be delectable. Veggie straws might as well be french fries, she two fists those things!  I am pretty impressed with her ability to pick up the tiny yogurt melts and cereal puffs this past month. We definitely started feeding her food earlier than Capri, but she was ready and obviously loves it!  I'm pretty sure Kate's big belly helped her to sit up as early as she did, she had that mastered in her 4th month.  Kate scoots backwards and turns herself around; hopefully this month she'll figure out how to move forward because I hate seeing her so dang frustrated! I'm a total softy, we need to spend more time on the ground without me rescuing her.
I'm not sure if it's this humid Houston weather, but Kate is my sticky baby.  I feel like no matter what she is always a bit sweaty!  Kate thinks she's pretty hilarious when she kicks her feet and rocks herself in the RockNplay bed.  She even pulls herself up to a sitting position, probably time to retire it. Sleeping is so much easier with Kate than it was with baby Capri (and still is)!  She falls asleep on her own most of the time; as soon as her blanket touches her face her eyes are closed.  My two favorite things right now are 1. that she puts in her own pacifier (so nice while you are driving) and 2. how much she loves to use her voice and communicate.  Watching her try to imitate, coo, sing, or make noise in general is so fun!
Happy Half Birthday Baby Girl!


The rest of April

How do the months fly by?  Here's a bunch of randoms from April 2014 that didn't make it to their own post.
 ^Landon's view from the 37th floor of the Exxon building on Bell St.  Sometimes Houston can be beautiful.  Notice my early bird is there as the sun is rising, I don't know how Landon does 5am every day.
 ^Capri doing physical fitness with the scouts.  Her push ups are looking awesome!
^Oh Kate, that smile is my fave!  Can't believe how much she plumped up in the month of April.... these are the before pictures.
 ^This outfit was a baby gift from Leslie Dao and is one of my all time favorites, isn't it precious?
^Our Thai Friend Panya sent Landon home from work with some Easter treats.  Panya and Mauy are always spoiling us.  Landon took the foodie pic.  We are becoming pros since we grill at least 3 or 4 times a week. I don't think we could ever get sick of grilled veggies.
^ We did a little road trip to Dallas.  The Valenzuela's had us up to their new place for conference weekend.  I don't know why I didn't take any pictures!  We had the best time and always do.  Gabe and Abby should be professional hosts, they have the most wonderful way of treating you like their special guests (ex: leaving pretty treats in the guest room) and like you are family and can raid their fridge at the same time.  Capri loved Londyn's toys and Londyn was a little sweetie for patiently watching Capri go from one thing to the next.   I can't count the number of times Capri begged Londyn to ride horseys with her!
 These handsome men went to "Brisket and Brethren" (the priesthood session of conference) and us gals went to a cute pizza bistro "Sisters and Salami" if you may, then to Hobby Lobby, and back to make spring wreaths. I love the way they turned out!  Abby always makes the cutest crafts, she is really just the best homemaker. Don't mind my front door being taped off, it's been there forever because I need to freshen the stain.
and as always there was good food involved with our visit with the Valenzuelas.  We feel so incredibly lucky to be in Texas with some of our besties.
^ "SURPRISE!" one of her favorite games to play. She really did want to pack herself up and go back to Dallas.
Love me some matching snuggle babies.
^Timing dinner and the house being picked up before Dad gets home is tricky because usually messes are being created while I'm making dinner.  I've heard about the "five O'clock scramble" and now I totally get it.  The days when dinner is all prepped and the house looks clean we go to the park to keep it that way for a few extra minutes!
^These two love baths together. 
 If Capri had any idea how much Kate loves Capri's attention she might give her a little more.  Kate literally beams when she thinks Capri is going to play with her.
^Two baldies!  Usually I can comb Kate's hair so it isn't this bad haha!
^ This girl.  I put a ribbon on her hat so she could tie it under her chin like "just like Mary Poppins" (in the chalk paintings scene) and she insisted on wearing her dress up skirt on her walk with Grandpa.  I was probably so happy to have her walk off some energy I didn't care that she looked like a character.
^Date night selfie.  Grandpa please don't go, best babysitter.
^ One Sunday morning Landon let me sleep in and took this girl to the park in her pjs before breakfast! Kate woke up minutes after they left, but Capri had a good time.
^We had a girls day and went to lunch with Melissa and Lyza.  I forgot to snap a picture at lunch but tried to get a selfie while Capri finished her gelato.   Some nice man came by and offered to take one, not sure if it's much better since my girls still aren't looking.
^ These aren't my favorite pictures to look at but they are still kind of my favorites.  I found them on Landon's phone when I loaded his pictures.  I didn't know he took either of them, but this is our day to day reality.  I really do love being a mom.  
We went bowling for Christi's birthday the Saturday before Easter.  We usually go out to dinner to celebrate birthdays with our friends so it was fun to switch it up.  See that score?  161 is probably my all time high, I got really lucky.  No pictures with the birthday crew dang it!  Christi is one of the most thoughtful and beautiful people, happy birthday lovely lady!  Bowling with babies makes you feel really dirty so Kate just chilled in her carseat most of the time.  Isn't Lyza's Alec an adorable little man?  He's about 6 weeks younger than Kate.
^those upside down glasses, she's too cute!
^Kate isn't nearly as fussy loud as Capri was, but she sure likes to be held and needs constant attention.  I do a lot of baby wearing and tried this wrap Mary Jane gave me since the sling was getting a little warm for Kate.  I think it's going to be our new routine for vacuuming and mopping. 
Notice that chubby bath time baby.... that's the April "after."  All that plumping up happened in mostly one months time!  The pictures below are my of two of my favorite baby poses 1. Sleeping like an angel 2. Baby stretches. So stinking cute.  Even her little fingers were stretching.
That's all the randomness of April! Few, maybe I should break it up more next time.

Nap Time

Capri sure loves having Grandpa here! (He recently got a job at the University of Houston and we insisted he stay with us while my parents decide what to do about relocating etc.)   The poor guy rarely gets a moment to himself as long as Capri knows he's home.   As soon as he walks in the door she follows him to his room asking for some of his secret trail mix stash, colors in all of his notebooks, and then counts his spare change.  My Dad's too nice to send her away.  I came across this situation and found it hilarious.... I'm sure my Dad won't when he see this but it's just too cute.