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2012 November 17
by Katie

Today is my induction date.  It is planned for 7:30 pm.

I would be completely lying if I didn’t say that there was a side of me that is terrified.  A part of me that worries and is full of self-doubt and oozing pure FEAR.  This experience is the unknown for me.  the great obyss of what-ifs.  the unlit road of anxiety over possibilities.

I also find it completely ironic that I am attempting to bring this baby into the world on the week of Thanksgiving.  This is the week where we celebrate those brave strong people….probably in a similar mindset as mine….who came to a foreign land and learned how to do something new…something different…something completely out of their comfort zone.  Was it hard?  Absolutely.  Were they scared?  Yes.  Did they have moments of weakness and fear and self-doubt?  Probably.  But the thing is…they prevailed.  They pushed on.  They worked hard and surrounded themselves with the best people who knew the territory.  And then at their harvest….after they looked back at their blessings….they realized that expressing their gratitude should be their first and foremost task.

So that is where I am.

I have realized that I too need to pour out my heart…praising my God.  Thanking Him is my way of being content and satisfied in this harvest.

I am thankful that I have an amazing doctor who supports VBACs and is someone I can trust.

I am thankful that I am carrying a baby that is healthy and strong.

I am thankful that Will was given 12 ’bonus’ days of extra one-ness attention and special moments that make my heart soar.

I am thankful that Jeremy can be home this coming week.

I am thankful that my family and friends get to meet my new son on such a special week.

I am thankful that technology and medicine and science are available to me to help keep me and the baby safe.

I am thankful that inductions and caesareans exist.

I am thankful that my body is feeling really really good even overdue.

I am thankful that you, my friends, have been patiently supporting, praying and encouraging me as I wait on my little guy to arrive.

I am thankful.  through and through.


p.s.  Jeremy will be posting regular Instagram updates on the baby progress if you want to follow along!  We are really so thrilled that we have such a cool tool to keep in touch with you, friends, and family.  You can find us on Instagram @bowerpowerblog….and if you don’t have IG, you can see the updates on Facebook too.   

152 Responses leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Prayers to all of you that this will be another healthy, beautiful boy to add to your family. Enjoy all the firsts with your second.

  2. Amanda permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Good luck Katie! Sending prayers your way for a safe and joyous day! Can’t wait to see the pictures of your sweet little new one!

  3. Katie V. permalink
    November 17, 2012

    I’m so thankful that you are sharing this with us! Good luck and I’ll be thinking of you!

  4. November 17, 2012

    Praying for you and your growing family! Can’t wait to see your healthy little one grow up as you share it on your blog.

  5. Kristen permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Good luck! Don’t be nervous, doctors/hospitals are great now a days and will keep you and your baby super safe. I was induced this year and it was great actually. Good Luck Katie!

  6. Carolyn W permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Although you probably won’t see this until your little one has arrived, I just wanted to add my reassurance to the comments! I have had 2 kids, one induced and one arrived on his own, and the induction labor was actually MUCH easier than the other. Praying it goes the same for you!

    Also, my birthday is tomorrow, so perhaps I’ll get to share a birthday with your little man. And my daughter was born on Nov. 22nd, which was 2 days before Thanksgiving that year. We got to bring her home on the holiday and it was the best thing I have ever had to be thankful for!

    Prayers and blessings!

  7. Sherri permalink
    November 17, 2012

    What a beautiful post, Katie. I am sending prayers to you and your family. We will look forward to the updates. A close friend of mine was born on Nov. 17th, and she is the best God has to offer. God bless all of you. We love you.

  8. Kate permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Best of luck! Don’t be nervous! I just had a second successful induction on Monday and am holding a beautiful 9lb baby boy from it while watching my 20 mo old little girl run around :)

  9. April permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Praying for you and baby boy! I had to be induced and it was a very smooth delivery. Just take the drugs. Lol

  10. Barbara permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Sending good thoughts & prayers to you Katie. You will soon have your new baby boy to hold & I hope you will soon be home with your family. What a great Thanksgiving gift.

    Best wishes from Canada.


  11. November 17, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this! I will be praying for you and successful and safe delivery! My mother can relate with your “waiting’ for a November baby. My due date was October 26 and I didn’t enter the world until November 20! Back then they didn’t induce and she said it was almost unbearable waiting that long! Funny thing is, I’m still a “late person” to this day…no matter how hard I try, can’t make it anywhere on time. Hope your little guys doesn’t have the same tardy problems that I do! Good luck! Can’t wait to see the post announcing his arrival.

  12. November 17, 2012

    Sending love and prayers! You’ll be holding sweet B3 before you know it!!!

  13. Emily R permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Praying for you, Katie!

  14. Cathy permalink
    November 17, 2012

    prayers from Canada!!

  15. Anca permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Good luck, be strong and keep being positive. Soon you will hold your beautiful baby!

  16. Maggie permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Big prayers and happy vibes for bower baby two. Thanks for keeping us posted—I’m so excited for you guys!

  17. robyns permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Prayers for you Katie!!

  18. Nicole permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Prayers Katie!

  19. Kelly permalink
    November 17, 2012

    best wishes!

  20. Amanda permalink
    November 17, 2012

    I was overdue & induced with my daughter who was born on Nov. 20th. It was a great time to have her and to introduce her to the family. I also had a really easy labor & delivery…I figured I deserved it after carrying her for an extra week ;) . Good luck!!! Praying that your experience is as positive as mine was!

  21. Aussie Deb permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Such a wave of good feeling for you Katie. All the very best wishes for you and your family as it reshapes to include a new little man.

  22. November 17, 2012

    Well, right as I’m reading this there may be a new baby! I’m saying a little prayer for your family right now, for grace, peace, comfort and good health! Looking forward to meeting the new little one!

  23. Tracy permalink
    November 17, 2012

    Good luck Katie! Praying for you and hoping that you get your vbac. You can do this, regardless of where that baby comes out! Above all, praying for a healthy mom and baby to celebrate this coming week.

  24. November 17, 2012

    Good luck!

  25. karen permalink
    November 17, 2012


  26. Heather permalink
    November 17, 2012

    You and your new little blessing are in my prayers tonight! I had a successful VBAC this last July and it was a wonderful experience. Praying the same for you. God bless you and yours!

  27. November 17, 2012

    I’m so excited for you and your family, Katie! I hope your beautiful little boy arrives safely (and quickly)! Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Diana permalink
    November 18, 2012

    Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. We can hardly wait to meet your precious little baby!

  29. Kim M permalink
    November 18, 2012

    Sending warm wishes, prayers and loving thoughts to you and your family. Can’t wait for the news of your new little man’s arrival. We are all cheering you on. xoxoxo

  30. Beth permalink
    November 18, 2012

    Sending prayers your way!

  31. November 18, 2012

    Congrats to you and your family! What a great season to bring the newest member of your family into the world! A major thing to be thankful for this season!! Can’t wait to see/hear about the newest Bower!

  32. Susan permalink
    November 18, 2012

    Prayers from Brazil! I also waited 13 months for my miracle, and here I am, 19 weeks to go, waiting for my first baby boy, Bernardo! All the best, you deserve!

  33. November 18, 2012

    Praying that you had a quick and easy delivery! Can’t wait to “meet” the little guy!

  34. Trish permalink
    November 18, 2012

    Praying for a speedy and easy labor and recovery.

  35. Sarah permalink
    November 18, 2012

    Good Luck! I’m following on instagram. Thank you for this post. I am single, definitely not pregant yet also facing a scary, new, overwhelming situation. Your words brought comfort to me and reminded me to keep my eyes on God when I’m overwhelmed. Gratitude is better than wallowing in fear. God is good. God always shows up and provides us strength to make it through. I’m thankful for your wise words and how encouraging you were to me.

  36. angelia permalink
    November 19, 2012

    I’ve followed your blog for a few years now and love love love it! I envy your talent, laugh every week at your choice of adjectives, and bawled over you’re pregnancy announcement! You are so sweet and incredible to be so open with your life and your faith! Thank you! I’m SO excited for you guys! I can hardly wait to see little W! I know he’ll be a cutie like his big bro! Praying for you and baby!

  37. November 19, 2012

    I’m late on this but hope all is well!!! I wasn’t able to keep up on instagram but hoping to check it out this am. :)

  38. Lisa permalink
    November 19, 2012

    What an exciting day!!!!!! Can’t wait to see pictures! Prayers for a sae delivery…you’ll be fine :)

    • lisa permalink
      November 19, 2012

      she had a baby boy last night after 11 pm…it was a safe vbac delivery and everyone is doing well…oops–maybe katie didn’t want anyone to know yet on here?
      well, if she doesn’t mind if they know–she did well!

  39. Diana permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Congratulations on your new baby boy Bower! Cannot wait to read about the details and see pictures!

    P.S. I wore the same striped t-shirt 4 months ago on the day I delivered my twins. My last bump pic is with that shirt. Oh, the memories! :)

  40. Jerri permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Can’t wait to meet sweet baby Bower! I hope you, baby and the rest of your family are doing well.

  41. Carolyn permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Congratulations Katie! Sending goof thoughts to you and your boys!

  42. November 19, 2012

    So excited for you guys!

  43. Robyn permalink
    November 19, 2012

    Thinking of you and wishing you luck! I had an induction last year, and it was actually really great! Long, but it was smooth and easy and better than Id ever imagined! You’ll do great!

  44. November 19, 2012

    Congratulations to you all!

  45. November 19, 2012

    Blessings to you! Both my babies were 17 days late. The first one had to be induced in the hospital.

    BTW I just found your blog and I love it. I also love that you love God. We are in the process of buying our first house, and I can’t wait to apply all your tips!

  46. Jetpack permalink
    November 21, 2012

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby.

    I did want to say, though, that your description of thanksgiving and the colonizing of this country is incredibly deluded and inaccurate.

    • Martha permalink
      November 25, 2012

      Thank you, Jetpack!!!!!!! I was wondering if anyone else was going to mention that. Katie, congratulations on the birth of your little boy. When you have some time, read up on colonisation and try to move beyond your version of the events. That is a total fabrication and a slap in the face to Native Americans.

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