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.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Fun and Coming Full Circle

Here are some pictures what Asher has been up to!

First, this was such a special moment. A few weeks ago, we decided to take Asher to the end of church, for worship. He had not been to church at all before this! We still won't take him to the nursery until after he's 2. Let me tell was so so sweet to have him there with us. Even just for a short time. And it was especially sweet for him to meet our Pastor and his wife. The weekend Asher and Titus were born, our pastor asked for prayers for Asher and us. He specifically prayed that Asher would run the halls of church one day. I never forgot that part of his prayer, because for me, that was very hard to picture for a long time and especially in the moment he prayed it. At that point, it was still not certain that Asher would survive his extremely premature birth. So, we had to get a picture of Asher walking around, because he was VERY excited to do that! It was so surreal to have him there, and walking all over the place. It was, without a doubt, a full circle moment. What a blessing for our miracle boy to walk around the church that prayed him to this point. I know that the many many prayers said for Asher are the reason he's here. Thank you. 

Here are some other fun moments from this summer !

Meeting a very large dog...and not being scared, even when he barked! 

...and a kitty named Boo  (we have no pets so it was new for Asher) 

Hanging with papa

Meeting a new friend Lucy

Meeting some of great-grandpa's friends

And great-grandpa's wife, Hazel. Asher's great-grandpa came to see him twice in the nicu before he was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away shortly after Asher came home from the hospital. I really wish Asher could have met him now that he's bigger. He would have had so much fun with him. 

Lots of play dates! 

He loves Elim :)

Growing so much from last summer to this summer...

More play dates! 

Being symbolic...walking over the Children's hospital mat (he spent most of his nicu stay in children's)

More fun with friends- nicu/tubie buddy Wyatt


He loves to walk on the step

Swimming with friends 

NOT sitting still for the picture 

Wooden spoons are very fun... (for now)

Trying on wedding clothes is NOT fun...

Standing up in the grocery cart and turning around IS fun! There is no seat belt Asher can't get out of. 

Group dinner date with friends! Feeding 4 one yr olds is fun! Luckily there were 3 adults! 

Smiling on the patio 

Big smile after he ate and drank ALL he needed to for dinner. That's right- no tube on that meal! 

Walking dinner off

Sweet boy 

More playing! 

Asher's First Wedding! 

He was one of the ring bearers for Little Robyn and Brandon's wedding! 

Kristi's kids were the flower girl and other ring bearer. So fun! 

Go go go....all the time! 

Papa and Gammers helped to keep A out of trouble and took him home afterwards! YEA! 

He did so good! No crying! 

His ring bearer buddy, Trevin 

Friends Trevin and Adi were in the wedding too! Adi was such a precious flower girl!! 

Lookin good - those are cowboy boots too! The groomsmen all wore cowboy boots. This was quite the ordeal to find, but worth it for the whole look! 

Yay for Gammers! We love her so much! 

And the bride.. beautiful "Little" Robyn! This is one of my old high school bible study girls. So sweet to walk with her from high school to getting married! She was always Little Robyn, and I was Big Robyn...I just didn't want to be called Old Robyn - so that was the name that stuck! Ha. It was a beautiful and sweet wedding we were so blessed to be a part of! 

It's been a busy and fun summer!