Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Toys, Development, State Fair, Doctors, & It's a girl!

Here's our once again long overdue post.... I will call this the weekly digest :) Lots has happened since the last post.

State Fair, yummy food, playing at Oma's, learning new things, shooting, Doctor's appointment and it's a girl!

So this past week has been full with lots of fun things!! Myla and I went to the state fair and enjoyed some food together and walked around, Mina got to enjoy some time with her Oma & get her fingernails painted, we got to go shooting with some family and friends and have had doctor's appointments. 

Mina's appointment was on Monday which you can read about below in the previous post.

Jim had a doctors appointment this am cause he has been having severe migraines... and my ultrasound was this morning.  IT'S A GIRL!!! Very soon we will be having our 3rd little girl! Oh how much fun this shall be 3 sisters so close in age. LOL We are very excited and grateful for the little blessing on it's way that the Lord has blessed us with.

Check out all the new pics and some precious videos of Mina!!

Mina has mastered digging through her box of toys!! 

Mina and mommy took a trip to Orange tree to get some frozen yogurt and this video shows what she thought about ice-cream.  It is so funny! So I guess she's not a big fan of the cold wet amazing treat just yet but I'm sure before long she will love it :)

OKC State Fair! Myla and mommy took a trip to the state fair while Mina got to hang out, take a nap & play at Oma's.  We thought Mina may be a little overwhelmed and overstimulated going to the fair with lots of people around just yet.
Eating lots of yummy state fair bad for you food. We had cheese on a stick, fried pickles, fried snickers, cinnamon roll, jug of root beer & a snow cone. And I think I'm sick just typing it out :)

Playing at Oma's out by the pool.

I showed Mina how to put the balls in the holes on this dinosaur maybe 10 times and helped her do it a few times and here our quick learner is doing it by herself! Amazing!! She is just picking up on things so quickly!

Coloring sitting in great grandma's (Mimi) lap

Trying out our new double stroller that will soon be a triple stroller. This stroller is amazing.  Once the third baby gets here there is a standing board on the back so Myla will stand on the back, Mina will sit in the toddler seat and the baby will be in the back seat.  It is the size of a single stroller and is great for outdoors with air pump tires and it pushes so easily.  Love it! I won it off of Ebay! Just what we needed!

I included this pic because this was something that was so precious to me.  Myla got in the fridge and grabbed out her milk, her sisters milk, and got each of them a bottle.  When I walked in the kitchen later there it was all sitting out on the counter. I can't believe my 2 year old is getting so big.

Watching sign language "My baby can talk" videos

Shooting.... Jim and I got to go shooting with some family and friends. Shot a Colt 45, 22 rifle, AR-15 and 356 magnum. Jim has been wanting to teach me how to shoot and now he got the opportunity.  Just hopefully I can remember if a day like this ever comes again :) LOL It was fun & I enjoyed doing something with my hubby that he likes to do.

Please excuse the nasty cigar in his mouth. Yuck!


AddingOn said...

Congratulations! Will it be another M name? They will all be the best of friends!
Mina looks like she is adjusting so well, she looks so easy going. You must be exhausted though!

Rhonda Sloup said...

The girls are both so cute. I love the pic of them in bed together. Mina seems to be doing great. Congrats on the baby girl on the way. My mom and my aunt were 13 months apart and had an amazing bond.

Jamie said...

Cool pics :)

What is the brand name of the stroller?? We might be expecting another little one next year... \0/

the Gower Fam said...

Not sure if it will be another M name. That of course wasn't planned with the girls just happened to be that way. But it may be a tongue twister if we try to go with another M. We will just have to see what we can come up with :)

The stroller is Valco Trimode. It is an awesome stroller and pushes with ease. It can be a single stroller or you can attach a toddler seat and make it a double and they also have standing boards for a 3rd child on the back. I definitely think it is one of the greatest strollers. Of course it is a bit pricey and I wouldn't have been able to buy it with all the peices had I not bid on it through ebay and won at a great price. Definitely recommended though!