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I had every intention of posting a blog entry following the Owls-Cardinal series, and because everyone was at the Sunken Diamond for so long on Saturday (shivering throughout), Sunday morning was the targeted time for when I would compile thoughts on the Stanford sweep.

But then I got an alarming text from my wife on Sunday morning. She and I were expecting, initially given a due date of March 23 (which is why I booked the trip to Palo Alto) only to have that bumped back 13 days. No worries, right? Surely my first son wouldn't decide to make his appearance two-plus weeks early while I was watching quality baseball in Northern California?

Mizan Kekoa Bower had other plans. My wife started having contractions on Sunday morning, and my second child was delivered at 3:14 p.m. (Central). He was a bit premature so he's had some minor complications, but he seems to be improving rapidly. I couldn't be more thrilled.

I'm sharing this news to alert you all that The R will be quiet for a couple of weeks. I'm going to take some time to spend with my family, to help my wife finish preparing the nursery that remains incomplete, to help my son make the transition from the hospital to his home, and to help my daughter deal with the fact that she is no longer the focal point of her parents' full attention. My goal is to be back in the blogging saddle for the Rice-Sam Houston State game at Reckling Park on March 9, but this situation is fluid. The Miz has already proven to be a tad unpredictable, so we'll just play the next couple of weeks by ear. Maybe the Owls can get their act together while I am away on paternity leave. There is nothing wrong with hope, is there?



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Congratulations on the birth of your son! Going from one to two is challenging - I speak from experience here - but even more rewarding than you expect. My best wishes to you and your family.

MK -- Congratulations on your new arrival! That is wonderful news and best of luck to all 4 of you. You are definitely doing the right thing by focusing on the important stuff. The rest of us will somehome muddle along without you in the meantime.

Family comes first...enjoy time with them.

Congratulations, MK!
Enjoy your paternity leave, you've certainly earned it!

Best wishes to you and the rest of the Bower family!

Thank you for all the time you give to us. Now it is time for you to take time for yourself. Congratulations.

Congrats, MK! Enjoy getting to know the new guy.

Congrats MK, guess I'll be relying on The Parliament a little more heavily the next few weeks!


Fantastic! Sincere congratulations to the Bowers.

Well done MK. Enjoy your time off with the little guy.

Congratulations MK!

Congratulations, MK. FWIW, I disagree with Charles; the second child is a breeze. It's the third that really gets you.

Either way, enjoy this time in your life; it's like no other!

MK: Congratulations. We'll miss your observations but your absence will be, not only excusable, but laudable. Enjoy the experience. There is none better. Regarding baseball, as Albert Camus opined: "Hope is resignation." You can safely leave the team to Wayne. He'll know what to do even if you aren't around to comment on it.

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