Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why I Think We Are Having a Boy

So Wednesday is the day. Jared and I are very excited mostly due to the fact that we really don't KNOW if it is a boy or girl. We just KNEW Kate was a girl so it seemed like a very happy confirmation the day we went in and not necessarily a surprise. This one will be a total surprise either way. I am a list person so I have compiled a list in my head for both a boy and a girl. Hopefully if our dear one cooperates on Wednesday we will know. Although this is usually thought of as the sonogram to find out the sex it is also a very important sonogram to make sure all of the organs are in the right place and that the baby is growing in the right way. We would appreciate prayers of protection for our new one. Thank you!

Why I Think We are Having a Boy

1. I am told this means nothing but my pregnancy with this one has been very different than with Kate. I am a lot hungrier and a lot more tired. For example, I was out with my Mom last Sunday and we were looking for a place to eat lunch and I was starving. She was taking a little too long to decide where to eat and I said to her, " Mom would you just pick a place? I am starving!" I could have thrown a please in there to make myself sound better, but I am giving you the unvarnished truth! I had a relatively normal appetite with Kate so this immediate hunger thing is new to me.

2. I have some bedding for a boy I already bought. When I first learned I was pregnant I had a very strong feeling that this is a boy. I went out and bought some very boy bedding. I have a very safe receipt in case of return so I wasn't really that far out on a limb.

3. Jared needs a golfing/watching Tech games/watching Rangers games/watching Bengals games/watching ESPN buddy. My husband is all Man.I have never seen a guy so into sports and I grew up with 3 brothers! I think it would be very precious (very macho word) for him to have a son to experience these things with.I can just see them heading out to play golf on a Saturday morning leaving Kate and I to do "girl" things. Kate will do all of these things with her Daddy I'm sure (she is a big Daddy's girl already)but a bond between a Daddy and son is so special.

Why I Think We Are Having a Girl

1. I had a dream we had a girl. Right after we found out I was pregnant and right when I was having the feeling we were having a boy I dreamed we had a girl. I never dreamt baby things when I was pregnant with Kate. Of course I also dreamt that Tiger Woods proposed to me but that's another story for another day. Just so you know how I turned him down declaring proudly my love for my husband.

2. The name that we have picked for a girl goes perfectly with Kate.

3. Sisters would be so awesome. Especially that close in age. My head is just swimming with possibilities that come with being sisters.

Bottom line we will be overjoyed and thanking God on Wednesday for a healthy baby no matter if it is a boy or girl. We just feel so blessed that God has chosen US to be parents for a second time. It is truly humbling. Until Wednesday.........

Friday, August 22, 2008

Did You Miss Us?

To our few loyal readers, we are back! I can only blame sheer exhaustion for my lack of posts. I favored sleep over blogging. It's the kind of exhaustion where the laundry has been done but we are living out of a laundry basket and I refuse to put up the clothes. Maybe by the time I get around to it there will only be 2 things to put away. Ah, real life. Don't you just love it? Jared started a new job a week ago. He is officially a rough neck on a gas rig. And yes it's hard work. He works 12 hours a day for 7 days and then is rewarded with 7 days off. Pretty good set up and he really likes it so far. He works with a good crew that is above all safe. Very important. God has really poured blessings on our little family. Other big news: Jared turned 30! What? I met him when he was just 23 years old. God has done wonderful things in and through this wonderful man in my life. Never in all of my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have this kind of amazing husband. God has blessed me far beyond what my little mind could fathom. Our Kate continues to grow and grow. Sitting up by herself. Laughing and squealing and screeching. She sleeps in just like a teenager on the week ends. Thank you Lord! Sometimes Jared and I get up on the week ends and just wait for her to wake up. It's pretty cool and we are hoping she will give baby #2 the heads up on this wonderful habit of hers.In fact, we wouldn't mind if baby #2 was like Kate in every way. She is a wonderful little girl. Speaking of baby #2 a week from Wednesday we will more clearly define this new little one in our lives. In true Gowens fashion once we find out if the baby is a boy or girl we will be full steam ahead in preparations and plans. We are loving life right now. Here are a few pictures just in case you are interested.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

182 Days

182 Days. That's how long our beautiful blessing has been alive. We look forward to everything our God has in store for her future. Happy 1/2 year Birthday to the sweetest girl in the world!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

September 3rd

This will be a big day for our little family as this is the day we will find out if Kate will have a little brother or a little sister. We are so excited to find out about this little one. We had a Dr's appointment yesterday and listened to the baby's heartbeat and it was strong and so good to hear. Kate was with us and even though she will not remember it we will tell her that she was there to witness it with us. So...........the big question for all of you is WHAT DO YOU THINK WE ARE HAVING?????????

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Little Girl in a Big Tub

This week we decided to do away with the baby tub and introduce Kate to the "big tub." She looked around like she had no idea that all of this tub existed out of her little baby tub. She loved it!

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6