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.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

15 Months!

A LOT of things of happened this month! Asher has been very busy doing new things and going new places!

First trip inside Eatzi's- YUM!

Reaching new things.

Getting the crib lowered (right after this pic!)

Pulling the camera down.

Oh so close crawling moves...

To actual crawling!! YEA!! 

Trying whole milk for the first time! 

Getting toys out by himself! 

Mmm..discovering the new sound of the shutters banging and then hearing the phrase "no touch" for the first time. :) 

First trip into a store- he loved smiling at sales associates! 

Using the "B" sound to babble!  (We've been working on this!) 

At Children's for his 6th dilation of his esophagus 

He was so happy and loved playing in the crib! 

From his last dilation to this one- 2 mo to 11 mo (corrected). 

After....very sleepy 

He cuddled a LOT with us. We loved it! 

After getting home and some rest, he felt much better. He loves exploring his closet! 

We are incredibly thankful for all the progress Asher has made! We can't wait to see what the next month brings us. He's changed so much already! It's so fun to see him to try to follow us into a room, crawl over to us, and pull up on our legs.  He's getting pretty quick too! Just today I thought, "Where is he?" and he was on his way to see dad in the bedroom. His next step is working on pulling up to standing and then cruising around furniture. (I can't picture this!!) He's also going to be getting a bit more OT time to reinforce some fine motor skills as well. 

He will have a swallow study in the next week or so to see if we can find out why he's struggling after swallowing sometimes. He did try pieces of cheese today at therapy and did well so that was GREAT! We might attempt very flat and thin grilled cheese sandwich bites in the next week too. We will see how that goes! 

We'd love continued prayers for protection over his lungs- against sickness (which damages the lungs), and for his eating skills-- that he would have the desire to try new things, that the esophagus would cooperate, and that he would understand hunger and that's the reason we eat so that one day we can say goodbye to the g-button!! 

Thank you!! 


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing all of this! It's so exciting! PTL for all his progress! :-)

  2. When Reese first started the "B" sound, we would sing "Baa Baa Blacksheep" to him, emphasizing the "B"