Love this one! I am trying to figure out which ones I am going to blow up and frame? It's sort of hard to pick....
Sweet, 3 year old Kate Embry! Can't believe she is already 3! It's so fun to see her personality come out each year as she grows. She truly has been such a pleasure to raise and have as a daughter. I hope and pray that we remain close as she continues to grow! It is definitely hard to learn to "let go" as they grow up, but I know that is what we are called to do as Christian parents. I hope and pray that we can teach her how to depend on God more than on us as her parents....then we will know we have been successful!
It's hard to believe, especially since I am "camera" crazy, that we have had family pictures taken. The last time we had professional pictures taken of Dave and I were our wedding pictures. So it was WAY overdue! Of course, I always get yearly pictures of Kate so we were able to combine them in this photo shoot. And I never had any maternity pictures taken when I was pregnant with Kate, so I thought with Cooper, I was going to capture it all!!!! I was sooo happy with how they all turned out. A sweet friend of ours is a photographer and she took all of these for us. She is so talented!
Can't believe Cooper will be here in a few short weeks! Yay!!!
Very bored. There's a funny story about this photo shoot. During the shoot, Kate was not acting like herself. I mean, don't get me wrong, the pictures of her still turned out great and I was very happy with them, but she was just not the normal, happy, silly girl the whole time. She kept saying that her "booty hurt"!! lol I couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. Well, after pictures, we were driving home and all of a sudden Kate started screaming and crying from her car seat! She was yelling "I'm going poopy"...over and over again. She was so scared and seemed to be in pain. I felt so bad for her. Well, Dave couldn't pull over because we were on a bridge, so I turned around in the car and unbuckled her from her seat. I lifted her out of the seat and just held her until we could pull over. I kept having to tell her that it was okay and that we can clean up everything. She just kept crying with this look of horror on her face. And pretty soon, the smell took over the car....Dave and I started laughing at the whole situation. By the time we pulled over, it was everywhere. We had to strip her naked on the side of the road, throw her cute bloomers she was wearing away...and totally clean everything...all in which with this wreched smell. I start gagging and Dave was laughing at me! So then I started laughing so hard that I couldn't control my bladder (remember, I am 8 months pregnant)!!!!! lol So then after it was all clean, we got back in the car and told Kate to tell us if she feels like she has to go some more. Mind you, she is now sitting in her car seat butt naked....not 2 minutes back in the car, she starts crying again saying that she has to go again. So we pulled over as fast as possible and grabbed her from the car. Not a second after I was holding her in mid air on the side of the road, she started with it all over again. Poor thing. It was quite an event. Gross, funny and sad all the same time. But after all that, we finally figured out what her "booty hurt" and why she wasn't being her normal self during pictures! lol
But who can tell that her tummy was hurting during this photo shoot????
Kate sure is excited about having a baby....she talks about him every day and kisses and hugs my belly on a daily basis. I really think she is going to be a great big sister. I keep trying to imagine what life is going to be like with another baby....it's hard to imagine splitting time between Kate and Cooper...Kate has been the only child for 3 years and we've had a blast with her. I want to have that same time with Cooper, but I guess it will just have to be a different experience. But Cooper will be so lucky to have a big sister in Kate. She will truly love him!
Love the different effects our photographer/friend used on some of these pictures.
My favorite family pic!
6 more weeks until Cooper is here. I have to revel in these last few weeks of having him inside me before he will be shared by everyone else!
I truly love being pregnant, even though this time around has been MUCH more difficult as far as heartburn, uncomfortableness, aches and pains! But nothing is too bad when you feel them moving all around inside you and you can only wonder what on earth is he doing in there?!?!
Could any 2 people look more alike? They are sooo cute though! Kate sure has a blast with her daddy! He really knows how to have fun and adventurous with Kate. Dave loves his dirt bike, and now it seems as though Kate is picking up his love for them too!
She keeps asking when she can ride one by herself? lol Not for a LONG time, at least that's what I say. Daddy thinks in just a few short years!?!?! We'll see about that!!
This dress was my niece's when she was a baby and I absolutely love it. Kate just loves having pictures taken of her! Gosh, I wonder where she gets that from??!! haha
My Happy Baby!
As long as Kate is being held or talked to, she is the happiest and easiest baby in the world. But don't mess around with trying to put her down and walking away.... She has started her attachment disorder with me. It is very tiring, but also endearing. It's sweet that she loves me so much, but sometimes mommy needs a break!
Security bumper pad!
Kate goes to sleep in her crib while she plays with the satin fringe on top of the bumper. It's so cute. My sister made her bedding, so I think it's so sweet that she looks for the satin every time in order to fall asleep!
Pillow Bumper Pad!
Kate also will use the bumper pad as a pillow every now and then. It's usually after I have let her cry herself to sleep, this is how I find her.
Yea! This was one milestone that I was excited for. Kate can now hold her own bottle! But of course, she plays dumb most of the time so she can relax! But when time is neccessary, she will hold onto it!
Emma and Kate LOVE eachother. I have never seen a baby who is more aware of dogs! She giggles and screams when she sees Emma. And Emma licks her like a crazy.
Yet another picture of the two girls. Wherever Kate is, Emma is not far! Emma actually gets very alarmed if I walk away from Kate and leave her by herself!
I love Baylor!
Our future Baylor Bear! Let's hope she gets a scholarship!!!
New favorite toy!
Kate loves playing with her picnic table. She pulls herself up to stand and will play with this toy for hours!
My sister, Tania, has been so gracious to give Kate all of her little girl clothes. This is one of them! A Baby Guess dress! It is adorable.
I work every Tuesday at the hospital and every other Saturday. The Saturdays I work, Dave gets "baby" duty! And this is what it usually looks like!!! They are really bonding!!!
Kate's first trip to downtown Chicago!
We had so much fun in Chicago visiting my family! One day, Dave and I took Kate on the train downtown and spent all day in 20 degree weather. Kate absolutely loved it. She slept the whole day we were down there! She definitely has the northern blood in her!!
We take a picture every month of Kate's birthday in the same black and white chair. It's so fun to see how much bigger she is getting in that little chair! This was taken on January 6, her 3 month birthday.
Future nurse....or doctor!?
I had fun the otehr night and took some adorable "feet" pictures of Dave and Kate. I absolutley LOVE this picture.
Summer dress in November!
Kate and I played dress up the other day and we had so much fun. Texas is still warm enough for this summer dress. Kate has been the greatest addition to our lives. I am having so much fun with her.
We had a great time last weekend at homecoming. Dave and I got to introduce Kate to all our friends. She was the hit of the weekend! She is such an easy traveler so far. We will be going to many more homecomings to come!!!
Kate is already a baby bear! We are so excited to introduce her to her first Baylor Homecoming next weekend! She has an entire Baylor outfit ready to wear to the game.
My special flower hat!
My best high school friend made Kate this hat. It is so cute on her! It keeps her little head nice and warm in this beautiful fall weather. Thanks Aunt Jacki.....
We love our sling!
Kate loves to snuggle up in her sling. This is the way we get her to sleep when she has already eaten and still fussy! I guess she still feels like she is in the womb!
WOW! So many things to see out in the world! I can't wait to meet my Chicago family!!
Our wonderful midwife!
Here Dave and I are with Betty, our amazing midwife, holding Kate. I truly feel blessed to have met Betty and to have had her a HUGE part of our birthing story! She is a precious friend of ours now! I plan on all my next babies to be birthed by her!
Sweet baby girl!
I think I have my mommy and daddy wrapped around my little finger!!!
Come out, Kate!!
Daddy is already "scolding" his daughter. We are VERY ready to have Kate in our arms. I asked Dave yesterday if he wouldn't mind holding her for a couple hours now!! He just laughed. She weighs approximately 6.5 Ilbs. right now. Dave likes to be goofy with Kate even now!
This is my best friend, Rene'. She is excited to meet Kate. Rene' and I were college roommates at Baylor and became instant sisters! Dave and I love going to Waco to see her and stay at her nice "pad"!! We love her, and we know that Kate will too!
Baylor Alumni Rugby Game
Dave and his cousin Matt (far left) with two of their buddies! The "old geezers" won against the current Baylor rugby guys. They played really well. Even in their "older" age, they still got it!!!
This is the person I was meant to be with. He is my best friend, the one person who can make me laugh harder than anyone else, and the man whom my heart loves the deepest!! He is my husband! It hardly feels like we've been married for a year in a half. And now to be awaiting the birth of our little girl! We are so excited for Kate to arrive. She is already so much loved.
Every day seems to bring us closer and closer to holding Kate in our arms. From the day we found out that we were expecting, until when we got a VERY real glimpse of our little girl. It has been an exciting and wonderful journey.
Mommy and Kate
I love being a mommy. Kate is such a good baby. She makes my life so much more fulfilling. This picture was taken on Thanksgiving Day. We went to Possum Kingdom where Dave's family has a log cabin. It ended up snowing all day long. It was a beautiful and cold day.
Daddy and Kate
Dave loves having a daughter. I feel bad for Kate when she is older because Dave is not going to be easy when it comes time for dating!!! Now that Kate is smiling and more interactive, Dave is loving it. He can't wait to actually play with her. He has no problem changing diapers or feeding her. Kate is one lucky little girl!
The Singletary Clan!
Kate was honored to have mommy and daddy's friends come all the way from California to visit her the week after she was born. Mike and Kim Singletary have 7 kids, so the house was pretty crowded but we had soooo much fun.
Daddy and daughter time!
Dave's favorite part of being a daddy is just cuddling with her on his chest. He likes when she is sleeping or quiet!!!! But then again, I do to! Kate loves her daddy!
Fun pictures of Baby Kate
Here are some more pictures from our first 2 days home with Kate. The bottom left picture was our first moment meeting our daughter. I labored and delivered her in the tub. It was absolutely amazing!! We were so excited to finally get to see what she looked like!
The new Queen of the house!!!
Mmm, I wonder if I have my parents wrapped around my little finger yet??
My growing belly!!
How fun to see the monthly changes as Kate grows! She is VERY active and is now moving to where my stomach moves all over the place! Being pregnant is the coolest thing ever! I already love my little girl more than words can describe.
The sweetest things come wrapped with a bow!
Cabo San Lucas
Our last "outing" before Kate arrives. We went to Cabo San Lucas when I was 5 months pregnant for some R&R. We stayed in this beautfiul suite overlooking the ocean. We had a great time just the two of us! As you can see, we got really dark!
The beginning of the nursery!
Daddy worked soooo hard on preparing Kate's nursery. He painted the top half of the wall a deep red, and then placed white bead board on the bottom half. It was an ALL night event! But we had a lot of fun.
Kate's first bed!!
Kate is VERY blessed to have an extremely talented Auntie!!!! My sister, Tania, made her crib bedding. It is absolutely breath-taking. Now if only Kate will learn to not spit-up or make a mess!!!haha! We LOVE Tante (that is what Kate's gonna call her)!
A little glimpse of Kate Embry's nursery!
Everything is ready for her arrival! She has a closet full of clothes (thanks again to Tante and Heidi!!!) and parents super excited to hold her and kiss her!
Kate Embry Harris
Our sweet baby girl! It was amazing to see her moving around and sucking on her hand. She is so cute (of course, I'm a little partial!!!) The bottom middle picture looks EXACTLY like Dave when he is sleeping. But I think that the profile of Kate resembles me. We'll have to wait until October 8th to see (well, whenever she decides to come into the world).