Hi Baby: 20 weeks

Hi Baby,

Well, we reached the halfway mark! 20 weeks down and 20 weeks to go. I haven't felt you kick yet but I know you're in there (and you don't like it when I sneeze).

Daddy is just as sweet as ever and talks to you every night. He scratches my itchy back and rubs my feet and talks about how awesome you will be. He also hopes you don't want to become a dancer or cheerleader...but we can cross that bridge when we get to it :)

I see all of these darling babies and toddlers at church and wonder what you are going to look like! I keep having dreams that I forget to feed you as a baby. Is that a thing? Do moms forget to feed their babies? I'm going to assume things like that will come naturally once you are here.

I am still getting use to my changing body and get frustrated most mornings getting ready. It's a weird thing to have your pants fit until you go to button them! As strange as it is to have a growing belly, I can't help but to be thankful for this miracle happening! I know it's such a blessing to have you come into our family and I am honored to be a part of your life.

Now that I am feeling better I am doing my best to improve some habits...I have had a hard time following my Hashimotos diet and exercise has been the last thing on my mind. I'm hoping to take it more seriously now since I know it will make us both feel better! (yes, I even said no to the tootsie rolls passed out in church today)

5 months still seems like a long time, but I know you will be here in no time! We can't wait to meet you and just know we love you already!

Stay strong and keep growing baby girl



More S%$@ Bart Says

Did I mention I am saying the opening prayer in sacrament tomorrow? Ya..take that women!

M- We are working out.
B- When? 
M- Soon. 
B- .....Tomorrow? 

These suspenders used to be a fashion accessory...now they are a necessity 

M- I just have no desire to work out
B- Well that's fine...just sit there and eat your potato chips 

Megan he is a single dad with two boys. You should be happy they aren't living in the forest somewhere eating their own shit 

Megan. I have vowed my life to proving you wrong 

B- My foot hurts so much!!
M- Why?
B- A fat kid stepped on me.

People are stupid. They think what they say is fact when in reality it's what I say that is fact. 


Gluten Free Pancakes

I have always loved pancakes. Bart doesn't like them as much as me so when I had to go gluten free it didn't seem like a huge issue. About a month ago I couldn't get my mind off of them and I finally found a recipe to make GF pancakes! I'm officially obsessed and now Bart gets them every weekend. It only a few ingredients and I usually half the recipe for the 2 of us since GF flour is $756 a pound. Add some butter (because I kind of love butter right now) and some maple syrup and bam. Sunday morning breakfast! Enjoy

1-1/3 GF flour
1 tsp baking flour 
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla 
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp warm water
2 egg whites 

Mix dry ingredients
In separate bowl add wet ingredients except the eggs
Combine dry and wet ingredients
Add egg whites 

Ladle mix on skillet. Cook like typical pancakes



The boys you will meet along the way

Hi Baby,

Since finding out you are a girl I have been thinking a lot of my own life growing up and how yours will be different and similar

Your life will differ from mine in so many ways. And there will be days when you will think I just don't get it at all. You might be right...but there is something I know a little bit about and I want to fill you in. What am I talking about? Boys

Oh yes, the boys you will meet in your life! You might be like me who was very comfortable around boys and enjoyed having them around. I had lots of crushes and a few heartbreaks and then of course my boy journey ended with the love of my life. 

So what boys will you encounter along the way? Here are just a few: 
*these were some of the boys I had in my life. From Elementary to College...see, mom was there once too!*

The Neighbor Boy
You grow up with him and see him pretty often. He may or may not be cute but he sure does like you!! Be nice to him. He might have a crush on you for years but it's okay if you don't like him back. Just be nice, be his friend and hey, if you need help with something he's probably your guy to call...

The Boy That Will Never Talk to You 
You will have a crush on him for years and for some reason you will never talk. Just admire from a far, write in your journal and imagine running away together...

Your Dream Boy who FINALLY Asks You Out
You may or may not have 'loved' him for years...chatted in class throughout jr high and high school...stalked his locker...(you get the point) but never really hang out. Then you move away to college and he asks you out. The date will NOT be as great as you wished and he probably sucks at kissing...but at least it happened once right?

The Mean Boy in Class
He will fart, burp and laugh in your face. It's embarrassing and he finds it hilarious to tease you. If he's just annoying you can ignore him. If he's hurting your feelings or harassing you then talk to a teacher.

The Boy You Have Fun With
Chances are one or both of you have crushes on each other but it never goes anywhere. That's okay! Not all of your friendships with boys have to have a kiss down the road. You won't be friends with him forever, so just enjoy his company and don't take advantage of his friendship. He probably treasures you more than you know.

The Nice Boy vs The Bad Boy
Let's be honest. There is something about a bad boy you just can't ignore. He probably smells really good and has hair not like the others and drives a nice car. He is also probably a total douche. As long as he keeps his hands off you, you can ride in his nice car.
Then you should call the nice boy. Not as interesting and sometimes seems to be a little desperate. This nice boy doesn't totally understand that stating his love/respect/interest for you within days of meeting isn't usually the way to go. He wears his heart on his sleeve and I promise one day that sensitive type is the thing you will be looking for. When you're a teen/young adult, don't completely write him off. Give him a chance. He will either grow up super hot with a great job or will just always be kind of weird...either way he deserves at least a second date.

The First Boy You Call Your Boyfriend
I don't know when this will happen for you, but when it does, enjoy it! It won't last forever. Sorry. Be nice, make sure he is nice to you, and don't break up with him through a note.

The First Boy You Love
This might be your first boyfriend, but maybe not. I want you to know that I believe teenagers can be in love. I loved a few boys before I was 18. Just because you're young doesn't mean love doesn't exist for you. It does. It's powerful and overwhelming and amazing all at once. It can also be unsteady and hard to deal with. I will never tell you to not be in love, but I might have some advice when you get there...

The Boy Who Breaks Your Heart
Love is real when you're a teenager. So is heartbreak. You will cry for days and delete his number and try to forget about him. Every sad song on the radio will remind you of him. You will be tempted to try to make things work again if he ever comes back. Don't. Be sad, cry, scream and eat ice cream. But don't go back. It will never be the same after that heart break and it won't be worth it.

The Boy Who Makes You Forget All Other Boys Forever
I don't know when you will meet this boy. This boy will be a man. and he will take your heart into his and make it his own. You two will fall in love. Maybe quickly, maybe over time. Become best friends with this boy. Get to know him and love him. He should never make you cry because he hurt your feelings. You will cry over fights and arguments (because every relationship has them) but he should NEVER make you cry on purpose. This boy shouldn't cause drama or make you stress. He will be the missing half in your life, and I can't wait to meet him one day.



Stop Eating Taffy

What's happening lately:

Bart touches my belly everyday and says "you look extra prego today". Bye bye bloat...hello bump! Don't worry Bart...it's only going to get bigger!

...on that same note: he is already talking to her and cupping his hands into my belly to "whisper" to her so Mom can't hear...it melts my heart.

Yes we have picked a name, no it's not one from THIS list. (thanks dad)

I have had a headache for the past 5 days because I just can't stop eating Red Vines flavored taffy. It's a drug and my kid is going to come out addicted.

Most of my feedmerightnowori'lleatyourface tendencies have died down. I don't have to be snacking all the time and I'm trying to eat more balanced (carrot anyone?)

My favorite things right now are Strawberry fruit bars and GF toast with homemade raspberry jam. with butter. obviously.

I'm not exercising. Like...at all. I get an email pretty much daily from different websites saying how great it is to exercise while pregnant. I want to reply saying sitting on the couch is pretty great too. Jk...but seriously. I did however try prenatal yoga and only got stuck twice...

No I haven't bought anything. Nothing comes to mind and whenever I'm in a baby aisle my eyes glaze over...

Being 18 weeks pregnant is MUCH better than being 6-14 weeks pregnant. I am feeling so much better (minus the taffy induced headaches that I can't complain about or Bart just says "stop eating taffy" which..isn't happening)


Hey baby girl

Hi Baby
or should I say baby girl?

Daddy and I found out you were a girl yesterday! You should have seen the look on his face....he just put his head down and started laughing. Don't misunderstand. It's not that he wasn't happy, it's just that there are no other Bowen girls on his family tree and he was just as surprised as I was that we made the first one!

Since your daddy and I dated and got married he talked about his kids like they were sons. He would talk of all the cool things he would teach his boys and the games they would play. He said sons and boys because he has never been exposed to a baby girl. No sisters, no nieces. nada. Here is the wise wisdom your mama gave: Girls can do anything boys can...they just look prettier doing it.

I got a little teary eyed during the ultrasound as the tech showed us your little body as you covered your ears like we were bothering you and finally moving around so we could see your face. It once again reminded me that yes. there is something in there. someone. my daughter.

We baked pink cupcakes in your honor and it still feels crazy saying I'm having a girl! I am so excited. We can't agree on any names and daddy is still a little concerend about what he is going to do with you...but he will catch on quickly.

Love you little one. 

Stay strong and keep growing



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