Journey to Parenthood

I want to be purposeful about journaling during this time in our lives as we watch our miracle micro preemie, Asher, continue to grow and thrive. I began this blog during my month of bed rest at the hospital while I was pregnant with Asher and his brother Titus. We continue to hope and trust the Lord for Asher's future. This blog begins with the story of how both of our boys came to be. They came about after many tears, many prayers, and many months of crushed hopes. On February 2, 2012, our boys Titus Bauer and Asher Mark were born at just 23 weeks and 2 days gestation. My water around Titus broke at 19 weeks, so his lungs were very underdeveloped. Titus lived 45 minutes and is now living a perfect life in heaven as he watches over his little brother Asher. Two and a half years later God redeemed our story of hurt with a precious full term baby brother for Asher. We are humbled by how the Lord has loved on us in our journey through parenthood.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Labor Day- First Family Outing

For Labor Day we went to my parents house to cook out and eat dinner. This was our first time, as a family, to go somewhere together besides a doctor appointment or the hospital! Such small thing, but a big thing for us. A nice piece of "normal"! Asher enjoyed getting loved on by his Gammers and Papa Ron!
 We also got to go on our first date since Asher came home this weekend. We went to church and dinner with friends and that was SOO nice and fun! It's been quite the change for us to not really go anywhere! Bryan and I had many many dates eating out, especially while Asher was in the NICU because we just didn't have time to eat at home, and then before that, many dates where I remember thinking that I was ready for our lives to be different. We had waited almost 3 years before we had a baby at home. I know that's not a long time compared to some, but when you live 2 of those years one month at a time meaning, "is this the month we are pregnant?", it can seem very long. And then we spent the 1st half of this year in a hospital. Hospital life drags on, it's like time is moving, but very very slowly and you feel like for everyone else life is happening, but you are kind of just stuck. I still feel like I'm in last fall. I can't believe it's September again!  I feel like it was just last fall and the holiday season!  It' a weird feeling!  So, anyway in that time of waiting, there were lots of dates and lots of moments of me telling myself to enjoy the freedom ....even though I was often very hurt and frustrated we were still waiting to have a baby at home. It has been a looong process. But, now I can really, really appreciate those days even more and that freedom! We have been ready for this change of pace though, and we are very grateful for this precious boy God has entrusted to us!

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