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, April 3, 2013

14 months and Easter!

Asher's First Easter at Home! 

Last Easter....3lbs, this Easter 17 1/2lbs! 

Finally! A photo shoot where Asher's sitting skills are better. I've been waiting for this! 

He did so good!! 


 Asher's first time to eat indoors in a public place! Eek! It was a BIG step for us. He loved it! We sat in the corner, so we felt better not being right next to other tables. 

The grandchildren 

Asher just turned 14 months (and 10 months corrected) and he continues to surprise us with new things! In one week he picked up the back scoot, wiggling backwards on his belly, and rocking on all 4's! That is HUGE. AND he figured out how to get to a sitting position from his belly! OH MY GOSH. I don't know if I can explain how exciting these things are because again, it's taken a while, and we have always wondered if he will have significant delays from being so small and being given so many different meds as a tiny tiny baby.  So, we thank the Lord for his progress! 

He did this right after I laid him down for a nap! Of course he's showing off and doing his "no hands" trick-- holding his blankie in his mouth. Mmm...who else likes to show off that I know?? (not me)

And his balance with sitting has improved SO much! I think because we go to physical therapy we are always aware of what's next on development stuff, and what we should be looking for. And because Asher seems to conquer things on the tail end of when is "typical" for his corrected age, I feel like I am always anticipating a certain skill for a long time before we see it. That makes seeing these things EVEN more exciting! I will cry when he crawls. I really will.  I just have to think, "My tiny 1lb, born on the brink of viability baby boy is doing _______ (fill in blank)" and it gets me every time!!  God's miracles don't get old. Especially the greatest and most central to our faith that we celebrated this weekend.... Jesus dying for us on the cross, taking the weight of all our sins past, present, and future. Now that, is overwhelming. That is THE miracle of them all. 

Happy Easter! 


  1. It's always so exciting to read about Asher and what he's doing! :) What a handsome little doll! :)