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A Huge Thank You

2012 November 26
by Katie

At the risk of sounding like a broken record….I just wanted to drop in and tell you all that I really am so very grateful for your encouragement.  It was priceless to me.  No joke.  I couldn’t buy friends like you.  Really.  I tried.

Also, I just wanted to fill you in on how things might be affected with the arrival of little Weston.  First, things might be slower and posts may be shorter or more irratic….oh right…things are already irratic.  This blog is still gonna be like a Ponderosa all-you-can-eat-buffet of imperfectness…so there will be house posts, personal stuff mixed in with 10K photos of Will and Weston and a little craft-related, or photography-centric posts.  Like the header says….a blog about nothing and everything.  that’s us. 

Oh and I want to write out Weston’s birth story like I did with Will…for posterity sake because heaven knows my brain is mushier than week-old-diaper.   So even though it probably won’t happen right away, it will happen.   

(Jeremy, Katie, Dr. Tate, Weston – hour after birth)

In the mean time, I do have a ton of project photos and some ‘last-days-before-family-o-four’ posts to bring to you.  So please don’t email me saying that I’m ignoring Weston’s arrival…I’m fully aware he’s here.  especially at 2 and 4 and 6 am.  Oh and since delivering a 10 lb baby is no joke, you can keep me in your thoughts and prayers for some healing.  I expected it would be “body-altering” in a lot of ways but I am also experiencing some additional ailments…so mega-ouch. 

(Weston – 12 hours old)

And just so the grandparents know….Will is adjusting.  He went from spending 100% of his time with either me or Jeremy to spending four solid days away from us…which is quite the shocker for any two year old.  He had a great time while he was getting spoiled rotten. 

He’s definitely interested in the little brother, showering him with affection (when Will says “don’t cry baby Weston Knox” my heart pretty much spontaneously combusts)…but he also came back with a full blown sinus infection (we thought he worked through it weeks earlier but apparently not) and is making some sad behavior decisions.  So we are working on establishing some normalcy back in his life, giving him a little structure, and enforcing the boundaries and manners and still encouraging him with quality time and trying to heal his little body so he can spend more time kissing Weston and me.  and me.  and me.  I have four days to make up for.

(First family photo of four)

So all that to say…thank you guys.  Thank you for being so supportive.  so encouraging.  so everything. 

and congratulations. 

You are officially aunts and uncles :)



158 Responses leave one →
  1. Tinkster permalink
    November 26, 2012

    Take your time, makes me feel more normal. Enjoy those baby snuggles, mine is 11 weeks and getting bigger every day!

  2. Rebecca permalink
    November 26, 2012

    You are in my prayers for a fast recovery. It is TOUGH! I took me weeks to feel better… I sat on that boppy for a good 3 weeks. I’m looking forward to what you think about a vaginal vs a c-section delivery… I imagine not many women have done both! Congratulations and enjoy your sweet little family.

  3. Barbara permalink
    November 26, 2012

    Katie-
    Congratulations! I also gave birth to a big baby (although not quite as big as Weston), so I completely understand the “healing” needed. Here’s an amazing hint a pharmascist gave me: line up 3 Tucks medicated pads (so they form a 5/6 inch pad almost) and put them in a ziplock bag. Put them in the freezer for a few hours. Then every time you use the rest room, grab a bag, take the pads out and lay them so they will be against you. The medicated + cold is fantastic!! I used them for 3-4 weeks and was so thankful for the advice every time!

  4. November 26, 2012

    Just so you know, I didn’t post either of my boys’ birth stories on my blog until their first birthdays! It actually wound up being a great way to reflect – but I just tell you that so that you know can’t possibly take as long as I did. :) Weston is so precious – I hope you heal up quickly!! I had a 4th degree tear with my first delivery, and some unfortunate consequences from that after my second delivery, so I can identify! You will get through it!

  5. November 26, 2012

    Congrats again, Katie and Jeremy! You have a beautiful family! I hope you heal quickly (and that Weston is a good sleeper!).

  6. November 26, 2012

    Oh Katie…I understand about the ailments and “ouch”. My first son was 10lbs and second son was 9lbs. I think it was over two months before I could sit down without a “doughnut” seat! Not fun…but those little men are so worth it!

    Congratulations are your family of four. I promise you will heal and someday, like me, you will get plenty of sleep every night because they are grown. Enjoy these moments because time flies when we are so busy with life.

    I don’t think I have ever commented before and just wanted to tell you that I followed his birth and think you and your family are amazing. I was proud and I don’t even know you! Take care!

    • November 26, 2012

      Thanks Bonnie – I need a donut. Wait. Make that two :)
      xo – kb

  7. November 26, 2012

    Praying for healing, for blessings for the fam, for Will’s (and everyone’s) adjustment, for rest. So happy for you all!

  8. Afton permalink
    November 26, 2012

    You look so happy and peaceful. So so happy for you, Miss Katie!

  9. Rae permalink
    November 26, 2012

    Congrats Katie!!! You have such a beautiful and sweet family! Love your blog, photography and everything. All the very best xxx

  10. November 26, 2012

    What a beautiful family. I can’t wait to hear your birth experience because it sounds similar to mine, minus three pounds on the baby. But I might have you for hours in labor. Not sure. Love and zen to everyone.

  11. November 26, 2012

    How are you so freakin’ gorgeous while you’re having a child?! Craziness. I was doing my nightly routine of perusing Pinterest and pinning 48937860 +1 things and saw this:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/44473115042037980/

    Immediately though of you. LOL. Hope it makes you laugh a little ;)

  12. Carla Mahony permalink
    November 26, 2012

    Pushing out a ten pounder? No wonder you have some ‘extra’ healing issues going on Katie. I hope everything heals quick smart and it will…vaginas are pretty freaking amazing when it comes down to it ;)
    When we brought home our darling baby boyt twelve weeks ago, his older brother (2 y.o ) coped just fine but his older sister (4 y.o) was a MONSTER. She adored her new little brother but she struggled with the fact that life had changed and was no longer all about her. The good news? It got better, quickly. With a little bit of special attention for her, firm boundaries and fast consequences for bad decisions, we had a lovely, well-adjusted, grown up girl by about the four week mark. Life has been so sweet since then. It won’t be long until you are feeling the same way xxx

  13. Nicole permalink
    November 26, 2012

    Oh Katie – I rarely comment but have just had to say that they way Weston is enthralled by Will is priceless. Watching your kids love each other is one of the most precious gifts that motherhood provides. Good luck with baby, your healing and getting everyone settled in.

  14. Laura permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Oh, I have to recommend a book for you to read in your copius amounts of free time. :) But really, I thought this book was great at guiding me with regards to helping my daughter become a big sister. She’s a spirited kid – quite a handful – and yet she’s been awesome with her baby brother.

    Siblings without Rivalry

    http://www.amazon.com/Siblings-Without-Rivalry-Children-Together/dp/0393024415/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353993126&sr=1-2&keywords=siblings+without+rivalry

    Good luck!! Stay strong! And I hope you heal quickly and completely… down there! Eek!

    Laura

  15. Holly P. permalink
    November 27, 2012

    You are awesome; just like your babies, husband and entire family! We, your slightly offbeat delivery cheerleaders and blog followers, embrace our virtual and spiritual aunt and uncle roles wholeheartedly and wish you, & Will too, speedy recoveries and more than 2 hrs of sleep very soon! And for anyone who may be confused how this works, it’s your blog to do whatever you want to do whenever you choose. No expectations. :)

  16. November 27, 2012

    Congrats you guys! You sure make a cute family of four!!! Keep bringing those erratic posts of randomness because thats how you keep it real and thats why we love you!!!

  17. Liesal permalink
    November 27, 2012

    I love how Weston is already looking up to his big brother in that last photo! I love birth stories, so I can’t wait to hear how your’s went. But you heal up first! My little guy was tiny compared to your’s, but I still thought that healing was the worst part.

  18. November 27, 2012

    I must say, the thought of having to have pushed out my 9 lb 6 oz daughter made me feel better about having a C-section after 27 hours of labor. You get major kudos for doing it with a 10-pounder. Gotta love those almost-2-week-late babies!

    Speaking of Quinland, she says that in the “family of four” picture, Weston is looking at Will and thinking, “Who the heck are YOU? I’ve known these other two for two whole days already!”

  19. Melissa M. permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Hi Katie,

    I’m typing this while nursing my own 10 pounder son in the middle of the night – I’m sure you may be up too so I’m thinking of you. I must admit I was a tad jealous when I heard you got to deliver vaginally. . This is my 2nd (delivered my 7.1 pound peanut vaginally) as well but ended up with a csection which is also no joke to recover from as you know from your first. I know all circumstances are different and are happy you got the vbac you wanted. I was very interested to see when you would give birth bc my due date was about 10 ish days after yours but you gave birth 2 days after me. I do look forward to reading the birth story and knowing about the extra healing needed. It would also be interesting to know if you knew approximately how much he would weigh bc of ultrasound or something. I started measuring 3 weeks ahead at 34 weeks and dr was very concerned about baby getting stuck coming out. At 40 wks I had u/s that estimated 11.3 and baby was born 10.1. Anyways I’m rambling from lack of sleep. All this to say I’m thinking of you and your family and look forward to reading about the birth. Enjoy the pie- you most definitely deserve some!!!

  20. Tara (Downunder) permalink
    November 27, 2012

    I’ve already said congratulations…but it does warm the cockles of my heart seeing a 12 hour bambino…I hit 12 weeks today – yippee for me! One day the nausea will disappear & before I know it, my Lewis will become a big brother like Will.
    Aunty Tara xx

  21. Heather permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Beaut pics, Bowers! Love that little fella and his oh-so-gorgeous brother. Healing hugs all around. mwah Hx

  22. Jane permalink
    November 27, 2012

    That doctor’s face scares me :/ no wonder Weston is crying :/ poor baby

    Congrats ^_^

  23. elizabeth permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Congrats and you know we all (hopefully) understand and cant wait to hear more about him whenever you have time. Just enjoy him for now. P.S. holy wowzers does he look just like your boyfriend in that 12 hour pic?!

  24. November 27, 2012

    What a BEAUTIFUL family!! I love that last picture…it looks as though Weston is looking up at Will. So sweet. The adjustment from one to two kids isn’t an easy one. The more Weston grows and can start doing things, the more interested Will will get. And just wait till Weston is running around with him laughing. It’s the best thing in the world.

  25. November 27, 2012

    You’re a rock star – thanks so much for an update and also thank you for posting to Facebook so we can all see how Will and Weston are doing. :-)

  26. Alice H permalink
    November 27, 2012

    That last picture is my favorite. It looks like Weston is looking at Will and that they already have a special bond!!

    Way to stick to structure, and for still giving him boundaries, even with a newborn to care for. My older 2 kids are only 18 months and 3 days apart. And I was always so tired BUT I knew that structure was the best for Emilee!!

    So happy for your family!!!

  27. Lauren permalink
    November 27, 2012

    So sweet! Yay for a healthy baby!

  28. Stephanie permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Congrats to you & your family!! Love the family pic.

  29. Whitney Dupuis permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Katie, your family is beautiful. Praying for healing for you and for Will’s adjustment period to move quickly. I can imagine it being difficult for him but I know you two are such good parents that it will end well for all. Good luck and we will see you when we see you (on the blog). No stress!

  30. cathe permalink
    November 27, 2012

    babies big and small… grown and brand new are just a wonderful!!! just enjoy every moment! be well . i wish you and your family all the love and happiness! CONGRATULATIONS thanks for always making the rest of us laugh with your blog.

  31. November 27, 2012

    Congratulations! I pray you heal quickly and that your energy comes up to 110% soon. Keep the faith!

  32. amanda permalink
    November 27, 2012

    congratulations!
    my sister used Dr. Tate today too, she wanted a VBAC as well, she loved him so much she drove the 3 hours from home to atlanta. good choice!

  33. November 27, 2012

    Oh, the memories your “body altering” comment brought back. Our girl was just eight pounds, but oh my goodness the pain! I had a third degree tear, and I wished afterwards for a C-section! I never found anything but time that helped ease the pain, so I hope you have! And if you have, I hope you share! The chilled tucks comment above sounded promising. Thanks for sharing pics of your new little guy. He’s absolutely beautiful!

  34. Maryana permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Oh, Katie!!!!
    I love so much my new status!!! I’m loving to be Weston’s. aunt!!!! I’ll be Tia Mary, as we say here in Brasil!!!!:)
    Can I get to be Will’s also????
    Big kisses and lots of love coming all the way from Brasil,
    Tia Mary

  35. Emily permalink
    November 27, 2012

    I love the family photo! Just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you and hope everyone is adjusting well…it does take time, doesn’t it? Don’t worry about updating the blog all the time–we’ll still be here! :)

  36. November 28, 2012

    Loved all your updates on instagram. Thanks to your hubby for that. You look amazing for someone who had a 10lb baby. I feel for you on the body altering….my little miss is 5 weeks old now and I still have the odd twinge.

    Hope you are starting to get some rest now. and that Will is getting better- no fun for him :(

  37. ani permalink
    November 28, 2012

    You look AMAZING in the hospital pics!! I hope I can look half as good when I have kid(s) someday!! :)
    God bless!

  38. Jessica permalink
    November 28, 2012

    Congratulations! Hope your are getting some rest and healing fast. We just brought our 3-day home yesterday and between her & our 2-year-old I think we’re going to have our hands full:)

  39. November 28, 2012

    So happy for you!

  40. Haley permalink
    November 29, 2012

    Congrats a million times over! That family photo is beyond precious….

  41. November 29, 2012

    We had our second boy when our first, Sawyer, was almost 2, and it was a crazy adjustment. He hit the terrible twos (cue surprise tantrums from a beforehand totally non-tantrum-y kid) like three weeks before Lincoln, so having a c-section and not being able to pick up my almost-tw0-year-old who was throwing himself on the floor kicking and screaming while I was also holding a baby…yeah. Adjustment. :) Sawyer and Linc now get along (mostly) really well, and the tantrum thing went away quickly with firmness and consistency. Saw was just learning to talk and would ask to hold Lincoln by saying, “Have it?” Adorable. I predict that before you know it, you will have two boys who simultaneously love and try to kill each other with play swords. :) Hope the transition continues to move you toward that place! About six months later, I finally thought with real belief, I can DO THIS! So if it takes a while to fully adjust, I think it’s normal.

  42. November 29, 2012

    Hey Katie! Congrats on baby Weston. i have been thinking about you ever since I saw that he was a 10lb-er! My son was also big, 9lbs 9.5 oz with a huge head and I had quite a mess of healing to do. In retrospect, I did not advocate for myself enough, because I was tired and overwhelmed and thought that was just what a vaginal birth was like, and now I know better! So I just wanted to tell you that if you are in pain or not healed beyond a few weeks you should DEF speak to your doctor about pain meds and things to help. Because i waited to seek help I spent my first 7 months with my son barely able to sit down :(

  43. Gali permalink
    November 30, 2012

    He’s beautiful Katie, congratulations.
    Wishing you an easy recovery, good blocks of sleep and an easy adjustment to becoming a family of 4.
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    Gali

  44. Candice permalink
    November 30, 2012

    So much I could say from one mama to another who has also achieved her birthing dream. Such an intense and amazing way to welcome your new little one into the world! I only had a 9 pounder (no meds at all) and I agree the recovery is difficult- I had flippin’ SPD worse after the birth. I can’t wait to hear his birth story! (And would be happy to share mine privately if you’re interested, from one powerful mama to another). And yay for Dr. Tate! I live in the Midwest but he’s well known and respected around here. And I consider him my boyfriend. Along with Dr. Marsden Wagner… and Dr. Michael Odent. Anywho…

    Congrats on your achievement and healthy Mr. Weston! Welcome to the world, little (big) man.

  45. Abby permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Congrats on adding to your gorgeous family, and for a successful VBAC! You’re a rock star!

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