Instagram dump is here with the next sweet 16. Here she blows…or maybe I should say “Here she blogs”?…
Just in case you missed it, I got totally hooked onto Instagram. Hooked, lined, and sinkered… and fishermaned ….boated …etc. Fishing confusion aside…I’m in. And every 16 instaphotos get posted here too…with my top three. In true Olympic spirit, I hand out weekly virtual precious metals to my favorites.
First up – clear and obvious winner in my book is the photo of Will praying. Seriously?! Can you get cuter than chubby little fingers, head bowed and eyes lowered?! The answer is no. Will in this brief and tenderhearted moment was the sweetest boy on the planet. My apologies to the mothers who have Gap Baby Models running around.
Silver goes to the photo of our first tomato harvest. This is actually the first instapic of Will & the Little Baby. and our yummy tomatoes. The funny thing is – our tomato plants actually died. Our weirdo weather in the spring fooled me and got warm before I realized it. Then we had a frost…the day after I planted the tomato plants. One plant didn’t make it. The other three were de-leaved and only mostly dead (name that movie). I nursed those bad boys till finally they are niw showing me some love.
Third and final for the sweet 16 is the beginning of Nana Camp. Each summer, my mom takes the grandkids for a week and plans activities for them…kinda like girl scout camp but with a lot better food and less emphasis on badges. This year, it was tough because of the huge age range (and since my mom helps each week with the play groups for Will) I wasn’t expecting it to be toddler-geared…thankfully, there was enough generic stuff planned to have Will participate just a little everyday. He’s LOVING being around the cousins each day. He’s probably not loving being squished by a bowling ball however.
What has this past week held for you guys? Anyone harvesting? Anyone bowling? I know you are all praying…right?…praying for me to finally announce the gender of the baby?
And tomorrow, hopefully, will be the perfect time to share!!! I am just making sure the rest of the fleshy family knows before we spread the news to all you virtual aunts and uncles 🙂
Courtney C says
I notice something in this post that mayyy be a giveaway! Love love love your hair with bangs!
Oh, you might just have to consider some new wall art with this newfound Instagram love!
Looking forward to hearing your big announcement. How exciting, either way!
Can’t wait to hear KB!! And…yes, that’s affirmative! Nothing much cuter than little ones praying! Melts my heart!
I was thinking the same thing…Virtual giveaway…for the virtual aunts and uncles…those aren’t Will’s shoes!
Are those cute little pink shoes for a possible baby girl bower… ?? : )
Pink shoes!!?? Is this a hint for the gender?? 🙂
Amy in Lake Tahoe says
I see pink shoes!!! Is that a hint?
Hmmm, I may see it too!! So exciting!!!
I want to go to Nana Camp. Sounds like a blast. Bowling ball squishes and all.
Yes, hopefully tomorrow we’ll know the deets of Baby Bower 2! I’m tuned in and ready!
Ah! I see it now 😉
Is the last picture a clue to tomorrows announcement!?!?
Whoo-hoo! I can’t wait to hear what the baby is!
She said that the shoes were for a friend (I think). I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. 🙂
I guess girl!
Yay! Also more bump pictures, please! I think the last one was at like 10 weeks. That was a while ago.
Rachel G. says
I spy with my eye something that is pink!
Mama D says
Whoo-hoo! Excited to hear your news! So, I have a firstborn little boy who is a little older than Will, and I’m also preggo (20 weeks on Saturday)! Therefore, my prediction for you is based on what I’m having: a second boy!
Courtney @ One Fine Wire says
I notice that “giveaway” too! Ican’t wait to have a smart phone so I can really use Instagram!
Oh Katie..the last pic on the collage is such a giveaway.. 😉 But maybe you are just trying to confuse us 🙂
I agree, more bump pictures please! You are such a cute pregnant lady.
Eeek! I can’t wait to find out!! And I love love love the picture of will praying.
You’re killing me, smalls!
The suspense is literally killllllllllllllling me. If there is a sudden death of multiple women tonight/tomorrow know that you’re to blame katie bower!
All the pics are amazingly adorable. My parents had a camp for all of our cousins every summer growing up. Love that your family does something similar… it gave so many great memories we still talk about over 20 years later. Looking forward to the announcement tommorow, being a virtual aunt and all… 🙂
Hopefully we will get a post about how this pregnancy has been going for you in comparison to the first? I am with everyone else…I was thinking you were going to announce the gender at the end of this post since I saw those pink shoes. I am looking forward to that post now!
I’m usually a “silent reader”, meaning I always read. Like religiously. But rarely comment even though I’m obsessed with your totallyawesomeomg cute family. Anyway, just thought I would let you know I am on the edge of my seat while biting my nails for the gender reveal! Hoping for a girl!
Oooh! So excited – can’t wait to hear (or read, I guess), boy or girl!
totes my favorite too. my baby caleb (2.5 yrs) breaks my heart when he does that, too. often…but not every time…after we pray, he’ll protest, “I SPEAK TOOOOOO!” and demand we hold hands, which we don’t normally do. i swear God speaks more directly to his sweet little heart. maybe he just hears Him more clearly?? i’m gonna start getting caleb to ask that we score winning lotto tickets. (i keed, Lord, i keed.)
Are those little pink shoes a baby hint?!? So cute!
Adria Ray says
Those little pink shoes are too cute – can’t wait to hear if they are a clue or a red herring. (more fishing analogies, eik!)
And the quote “only mostly dead” is from the best movie ever… Princess Bride!
I spotted the pink shoes immediately and thought this post would include an announcement… Can’t wait to hear! 🙂
Brittney Saffell says
Can’t wait to hear the big reveal!! Eek!!! I am hoping the pink shoes are a hint! 🙂
Cannot wait til tomorrow!! My guess is girl too 🙂
Ahhh, the pink shoes-a hint? Or to throw us off the trail? HMMMMM 🙂
I think no matter what, you could have your readers donate to a worth baby cause in honor of your lil one-to-be.
Sadly, poverty abounds, and some babies are not so eagerly awaited as your prince/princess to be 🙂
I know I’d be happy to give a lil something to a non-denominational cause that makes babies’ lives easier somewhere in the US.
Note to self: must capture my little guy praying on film. Adorbs!!! I cannot wait to hear the gender news! I call another boy!
Eileen Catherine says
Seeing how you are now COMPLETELY hooked on instagram, I couldn’t resisted not sharing these two posts I found on Pinterest…. #1: Instagram Photostrips… It is a tutorial from a blogger on how to make ur instagrams a photostrip using photoshop. The link is: http://www.thecollegeprepster.com/2012/01/tutorial-instagram-photostrips.html #2: Stickygram… This turns your instagram pictures into magnets! Hope this helps feed your creative juices (and instagram addiction!) hahaha Enjoy! :o)
Christine Witt (Brush Dance) says
The tomatoes + baby + Will is a sweet sweet capture.
So..it’s a girl? Those shoes look really big, though – they don’t look like baby booties.
The piccie of you holding the tomatoes under your bubba bump just made my heart melt…not sure if I’m clucky or just hanging out until my tomatoes ripen haha 🙂
Lori @ Lighten Up! says
“He’s only mostly dead” = The Princess Bride, of course!
Love the praying pic. Love your cute bangs. Excited to see how big you’ve gotten! Can’t wait to hear the gender, though we’ve had more than one wrong ultrasound in our family (and a pink room that had to get repainted), so stay flexible!
I miss checking in with you when I’m traveling out of internet range!
Jenni McIntire says
Princess Bride. 🙂
Glad I’m not the only one who caught those pink shoes! Adorbs!! Can’t wait to hear about the newest Bower babe!
erin d. says
Look at that belly!! Too stinking cute, you are. And good eye on the pink shoes everyone. I can’t wait to find out! And see what you do with the nursery, of course…
Love your photos!!!! hmmm thoses little pink shoes are swaying my vote to GIRL!!! I love the belly shot…where did you find that fabulous blue tank?
Caitlin @ HH says
Calling us virtual aunts and uncles is super cute! I’ll take it! Congrats to the growing Bower family!
Nicole @ Post Grad says
I thought the same thing! But the caption for that was that it was for “a cousin’s baby” and was taken several days before the appt. Guess we’ll find out soon…. 🙂 🙂
Though I read your blog daily, I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to comment. However, today I needed to take the time to say, you look GORGEOUS with bangs!!! That is all.
She said on Instagram the other day that the pink shoes are for her cousin’s baby. Can’t wait to see if a second pair was purchased for Baby Bower!!
The is wonderful that your Mom has camp. She is cute,no cute is just average,she is so pretty. I love Instagram!
[email protected] says
Those little pink shoes make me think there’s going to be more of that color in your near future…?
Pamela @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups says
Oooh I can’t wait to hear what you’re having and an update as to how things have been going for you pregnancy wise! I vote a girl, those pink shoes seem like a giveaway!
Gabriella @ Our Life In Action says
Just reading through the comments – too funny. It’s like a giant puzzle….what is out of place in these pictures. PINK SHOES!!! Love the excitement. 😀
Only mostly dead is from The Princess Bride… One of the all time best movies ever!
Andrea L says
Here is an example of the power of a blog: I’m leaving early tomorrow for a family vacation where we will not have internet access. I had a moment of dread about leaving because I realized I would miss the gender reveal and have to wait a whole week! Then the excitement of the vacation came back. Crazy how you can feel like you know someone through the Internet!
[email protected] says
The praying picture is too adorable! I LOVE it! 🙂
I am guessing girl as well… 🙂
I am 8 months pregnant with a girl and based on what you look like, I am guessing girl.
Nana Camp? That sounds awesome, I want to go to Nana Camp. Such a nice idea.
-Why won’t my arms move?
– You’ve been mostly dead all day.
Emily A. says
Umm.. it’s tomorrow already! Inquiring… and nosy.. minds need to know!!! 🙂
I get plain giddy when it comes gender reveal time, even in the case of complete-stranger-yet-super-familiar-blogger-from-another-mother… I mean, I’ve been dying to see the gender reveal post since pretty much the beginning. You had me at “pregnant”. I petered out on my blog at “pregnant” (no, seriously, my last post is titled “I’m pregnant!” and I haven’t located the time or energy since to blog… and my new arrival is 15 mos old!!!). So I blog vicariously through you (though mine was pale and amateur in comparison – still, though…) and redecorate… and much else I can’t actually summon the energy for myself… one of these days, though! 🙂 Meanwhile, I enjoy reading about all your successes!
Keep up the great inspiration!
Sarah W. says
I recently discovered Instagram on my phone too! Loooove it! Love it probably more than Facebook! I thought it was for Iphones only. Follow me at: sarahhhh17
I love the one of your boy praying. Children prayers are the best because everything gets a blessing.
Hahaha — I was thinking the same quote: “You’re killing me, Smalls!”
Courtney C says
waiting (not so) patiently!!! Maybe that friend is her baby? 😉 My mum’s my best friend! hehehehehehhe
Courtney C says
Aahahhaha I loved this! Maybe just let the little dude scratch em for ya? My papa always buys all 18 of his grand children scratch tickets for our xmas party (I’m in my late 20s and I still get one! yay!) and my godson won $500 when he was 6 months old. I offered to “hold onto it until he was older” but nobody bit! Kids piggie bank was BUSTIN at the seams!
Stephanie N~ says
Only the 38th person wondering if the pink shoes means GIRL!?!?!?!?!?!
Well???? Can’t wait to find out!
Ahhhh! Been waiting ALL day! Keep checking your site. Cannot wait to know the gender. 🙂
I decided to not share today. Jeremy called this morning and told me of the horrific news in CO and I decided that today would be better served praying for the victims, first responders, families and friends who experienced loss. I am also praying for the shooter and those in the justice system. I hope you guys will consider doing the same…and telling your loved ones that you love them today! I’ll be back on Monday with the reveal.
xo – kb
I decided to not share today. Jeremy called this morning and told me of the horrific news in CO and I decided that today would be better served praying for the victims, first responders, families and friends who experienced loss. I am also praying for the shooter and those in the justice system. I hope you guys will consider doing the same…and telling your loved ones that you love them today! I’ll be back on Monday with the gender reveal.
xo – kb
You just get more awesome everyday.
Target (it’s from when I was pregnant with Will so it’s a few years old).
xo – kb
I decided to not share today. Jeremy called this morning and told me of the horrific news in CO and I decided that today would be better served praying for the victims, first responders, families and friends who experienced loss. I am also praying for the shooter and those in the justice system. I hope you guys will consider doing the same…and telling your loved ones that you love them today! I’ll be back on Monday with the big reveal.
xo – kb
Awesome! I’ll have to keep that link on file for future use 🙂
xo – kb
She mentioned on FB they were for her cousins baby
IT’A A GIRL..
1. pink shoes
2.pink bowling ball
3.baby girl in camera screen
4.katie’s husband and wil holding cardboard tubes in the shape of X (girls have 2 X chromosomes)
5. jeremy is holding a girl’s bracelet in picture? or what looks like a bracelet.
I know people may be upset you didn’t post, but today was such a heartbreaking day and I respect you waiting and giving this day to the victims. Not that it would be horrible if you did post of corse, but your reasoning is very admirable. I honestly haven’t stopped thinking of the families of the victims all day, my heart is just breaking for them. I’m just hoping they can feel the love coming from all over for them, and not just the fear everyone is feeling.
Take care, I’m sure you are giving your family extra love and snuggles tonight.
oh-forgot to ask…in the one instagram picture…the women in the picture with you–is that lauren luke? the woman who shows makeup artist tutorials on tv? it looks totally like her.
Class act, girl. Goodonya.
Ha ha ha! I’m with you. Mine is 6mo old…haven’t blogges since Feb. Thankfully others still blog with children and homes and I can read theirs! Thank you Carrie for reminding me I am not alone!!
Will is seriously ones of the cutest little guys EVER! That little picture of him praying…so adorable!
Christine Williams says
I had a feeling you would hold off on the gender reveal due to the horrible events in CO. Your heart is just in the right place that way. Such a sad time and babies are meant to be celebrated. Praying for all of people out there that have been affected, including the shooters family. You are right…hold on to those you love and let them know how special they are to you!
I’m guess the very last instagram pic is a hint at the gender 😉
You look so beautiful!
As for the baby, I’m going to guess another fabulous boy for you.
Katie you are KILLING us with waiting to tell the gender! we knoooooow you know now. i’ll try to stop stalking you now. my guess is another sweet boy.
1. shoes were a gift to someone else
2. will had a green bowling ball
3. shes a photographer and the photoshoot made her WANT a g irl
4.those are cardboard car tunnels
5. all of these were taken BEFORE the doctors app.
UHM….I’m guessing girl, too with the pic. of the pink shoes and all….unless you are TOTALLY trying to trick us! 😉 I wouldn’t put it past you! Can’t wait to hear!!!
Love the pic of the little guy praying. I am so behind the times. Everyone is talking about instagram- embarrassed because I have no idea what it is still! Must check this out…
Kelly Lane says
Umm…didn’t you already tell us with the picture above of the little girl’s shoes???
The Instagram had a caption that clearly said those were for a cousin who is expecting…but lotsa people said it was too tricksy. I didn’t even think about it that way until after everyone said it was a giveaway!
xo – kb
Nope – it does look like her, right?!
It is a blog friend who bought our old kitchen pendants and we got to hang out for a little bit 🙂
xo – kb