Thursday, July 3, 2014

asher: 5 months old


Little Mark Asher turned 5 months old just over a week ago.  Earlier this week I was finally able to snap some photos of him in the chair and big brother of course, had to join in.  I don't think you minded, though.

This past month you have been all about your feet.
As soon as mama or daddy lays you on your back, your little toes make their way to your sweet little mouth.  Even when sitting in my lap, you try to bend down and chomp down on your little piggies. It's too cute.
You've been rolling for the past two months and are a roly-poly man.  It's not uncommon for me to find you yards from where I layed you down only seconds before.
You have the cutest little voice and baby expressions.  We all love it when you talk to us.  
You also enjoy sticking your tongue out at us on occasion.
You are a pretty easy going guy. Mama can take you in and out of your routine and you seem to adapt well and go with the flow, which is so helpful!
You still aren't quite sleeping through the night...I don't know if it's hunger or just wanting mama snuggles.  But either way, I'm willing to oblige.  I love my Asher snuggles. 
You are SO close to sitting up.  I can get you to balance yourself for a few seconds at a time, but you always get overly excited and try to throw yourself forward towards a toy or something and end up on your face.  I have a feeling once you do get to really moving, you're going to be all over the place!

If you haven't already gathered, you are a well loved little man.  One of your biggest fans is your big brother! And if these pictures are proof of anything, I think it's that you two are already on your way to becoming best buds.  




Monday, June 9, 2014

asher: 4 months


 
 
As always, this post is a little late. But as I was thumbing through Ephram's monthly chair pictures, I giggled as I saw his four month old picture.  So similar, yet so different.  Both with their hands in their mouth :)
 
 
Asher had his 4 month check up a couple of weeks ago & was well over 14 lbs, in the 50th percentile & in the 75th percentile for length. 
 
Some notable things from the last month & a half:
 
You are rolling over BOTH ways.  You are my little roly-poly man.  As soon as I set you on the floor you immediately start rolling, first onto your tummy & then from tummy to back.  I think you are quite pleased with yourself.  You seem to have amazing strength & determination to get where you want to go!
 
You are one drooly man.  I can't launder burpie bibs quickly enough for all your drool!
 
You (still) have the sweetest little smile. You love to be held sitting up so you can see what's going on around you and your favorite mode of transportation is mommy's hip, again, so you can see everything as you pass by!
 
Your favorite toys are your Manhattan toy, Squoosh & Sophie the Giraffe.  You are able to reach out for & hold onto toys & grab them really well now.  I've even caught you grabbing your paci out of your mouth & putting it back in again.
 
You are still sleeping about 8-9 hours through the night, which mama appreciates, although your wake-up time (4am) is a wee bit early for me.
 
Your biggest fan is easily your big brother and you handle his overly affectionate ways well.  I often find him trying to "hug" you, which basically involves laying himself out on top of you.  We are working on being more gentle, but even though he gets in your face a lot, you seem to always enjoy having him nearby. 
 
And though you are definitely a mama's boy right now, it's daddy who can get the most smiles and giggles out of you :)
 
We love you little man and it is truly a blessing to call you our son.



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ephram's 2nd Birthday

 
Hard to believe this kid turned two yesterday.  Even harder to comprehend that he was a little babe in my arms like Asher less than two years ago.  It's bittersweet to watch this little man grow so quickly, but we are so so thankful for each day we get to spend with him & I can't think of any way I'd rather spend a long holiday weekend than celebrating his life.


 
Some presents and a quilt handmade by momma this kiddo's big boy bed, which we are hoping to transition to soon!
 

 
When we asked Ephram what he got for his birthday, after opening all his presents & cards, his reply was, "cupcake!" This kid loves his food.

 
Although we are in a new town, separated from friends & family, we did have the pleasure of having Uncle Austin here for the weekend to celebrate with us.  We also happen to live in a beautiful area of the country, where picnicking on the beach seemed just the thing to do to for a small family celebration.
 



 
Little brother Asher turned 4 months today & experienced his first trip to the beach yesterday :)

 
 

Based on this picture (Ephram was also asleep & the time these were taken, I just wasn't willing to risk waking him to get his picture!) I'd say the day spend celebrating our favorite two year old's birthday was quite a success. 


 

Friday, May 2, 2014

asher: 3 months old


Hey there sweet thang! On March 25th you turned 3 months old. Forgive Mommy for being a bit behind in posting!
#secondchildproblems

Here's what you've been up to lately...

You've officially discovered your hands and in many of your waking hours can be found stuffing your fist as far into your mouth as possible. With this new discovery has come lots of drool! I think we need to put a permanent bib on you:)

Mommy has continued to enjoy good rest at night and you are too, sleeping about 10 hours straight! Nothing says "I love you" quite like that!

You're still cooing and smiling so big and sweet. You don't have a whole lot to say but when you do talk or grin, you light up the room! 

You have become really aware of Bob lately and enjoy looking at him when you are on the floor playing. He is a baby lover and keeps a close eye on you when you're playing. Ephram also likes to join you on the floor so it's really just one big Asher fan club when you're awake! 

You aren't much of a fan of tummy time. That's really the only time you've gotten upset lately...we're slowly working you up to tolerating it. Big brother likes to show you how it's done and cheer you on. 

Your favorite place to be is snuggling up in momma's arms. You are my little cuddle bug for sure! And I don't mind;) I know how quickly this baby stage goes by and I will take all the cuddles I can get! 

You've started to bat at & grasp for objects & momma is trying to work the giggles out of ya. I got a teeny one yesterday when playing with your feet but I can't wait to hear more to go with that precious smile of yours!

Love you to the moon! 




Monday, April 7, 2014

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

asher: 2 months + ephram: 22 months

 
 
 

 
The yellow chair is back!
 
And just in time for Asher's 2 month picture!
I went ahead and took some pictures of Ephram too at this age & stage, because two {partially} naked babies are better than one, right?
 
 
 
I'm such a mix of emotions over Asher turning 2 months old.  In some ways I can't believe it's already been two months & in other ways, I can't believe it's only been two months!
 
It's been a crazy, tumultuous, adventurous and {sometimes} tiresome two months, but it has also been a JOY.  You are a JOY, Asher. 
 
At two months old you are 11 lbs. 9 oz. and in the 74th percentile for length.
You love face time with your mama, daddy & big brother.  Whenever we catch your eye, we are sure to be met with the cutest little dimply grin.
You've also started to coo and make little "goo" noises when you "talk" to us.  You are quite animated and I can't help but melt & think how blessed I am to be your mama each time you look at me with those eyes & that smile. 
You are a pretty easy going little guy and really only fuss when you are ready to eat or have the occasional gas {poor guy!}
You love your paci, much like your older brother & love snuggling with your mama.
You've got quite a bit of neck strength & although you aren't rolling over on a regular basis yet, when you were only 4 days old, you rolled over from your tummy to your back, twice! 
 
It's only been 2 months, but already we can't imagine life without you little man.

 
It's hard to believe this {not so} little guy will be 2 in just a couple of months.  My wild-haired, sweet Ephram has been growing SO much and changing overnight in just the past few months. 
 
 I love this age and watching all of the wheels turn in your mind and each new day brings an assortment of new discoveries.  I can't even count all of the words you can say now.  You pretty much try to copy whatever you hear mommy or daddy saying and you love to associate objects or people with a name. 
 
You are also putting together multiple words, sometimes up to 4-5 at a time! Communication has really opened up between us in the past few months and it is so exciting to watch you grow and learn. 
You are starting to try to sing.  Your favorite song is "The Wheels on the Bus"
You can count to 13, although you often leave out numbers 4-6...it's adorable:)
 
You LOVE to pray.  It's the sweetest thing.  We have a "call to prayer" from you at least 10 times a day.  You fold your hands, and say "pray?" and wait for mommy or daddy to start praying.  I love how the Lord is molding your heart even at such an early age & it has also challenged mommy & daddy to really talk to the Lord & give thanks more often as we go about our day.
 
You have endured so much change in the past two months: a new home, a new little brother, temporary lodging, leaving friends and making new ones, two year molars, crazy long car rides and so much more, but have really done so well.  One thing's for certain: you LOVE your little brother.  You ask, "Asher, hold you?" when you want to hold him. 
 
You are a super active little guy and when you are awake you pretty much go at full speed all the time {unless you are breaking for food.  You love your food}. It's not uncommon to see a flash of Ephram zoom past as you run circles around the room, chase Bob or run after a ball.
 
Your favorite things to play with are your cars & trucks, balls & your kitchen pots & pans.  You love to make soup for mommy & daddy in your kitchen. On the rare occasion that you do sit down, you are enjoying learning to color with crayons and to identify shapes and colors.
 
You have a very sweet and joy-filled spirit, Ephram, as well as a very independent will. You seem to really thrive off of spending time with people, whether it be me & daddy or friends...you have a big, loving heart toward others and love to engage people.  Life is never dull with you, and though it's crazy to think that you aren't my "baby" anymore, you are stepping up to role of big brother well.  Love you, big guy :)
 


Monday, March 3, 2014

Mark Asher


 
 
Being that my little Asher man is already one month old, this post is a little delayed but I am imagining that is what being a mommy of two under two will look like.  And I'm ok with that.
 
Mark Asher was born on Saturday, January 25th at 5:07pm.  A healthy chunk, at 8 lb 8oz, and a miracle baby, as the nurses called him.  After delivery we discovered a knot in his cord that was never detected during pregnancy.  By God's grace it stayed loose enough throughout my entire pregnancy that it never created any issues for him. Even in the womb, he was already living up to his name, Mark, which means Warrior. 
 
Many of you known our story behind Ephram's name, and although there was not as much of a "journey" to go along with the name Mark Asher, we pray that it will be a word of truth spoken over his life. 
 
My dad's name is Mark, and he and my mom also named my brother, Mark.  We not only love the meaning behind the name, and pray that Mark Asher will be a mighty warrior in the Lord, but we also love and respect the Mark for whom he was named and pray he will be a man of integrity and wisdom like his Pop.  My dad & brother also have the middle initial of "A" and my brother goes by his middle name, Austin.  We liked the idea of giving this little one a namesake in my father, but of calling him by his middle name, one that would be unique to him.  Enter Asher. Asher means "happy" and although happy is not the first adjective one would use to describe a warrior, we really loved the idea of speaking that over him.  We want him to be a mighty warrior, but also one filled with happiness and joy! Asher is also a tribe of Israel, which we loved because Ephraim, is a tribe and is Ephram's namesake.  Let's be honest, the names Ephram & Asher just fit.  Like peas and carrots. And if the Lord so chooses to bless me with a household of all boys, at least I can pretend like Asher was named after me ;)
 
That is the story behind our little Asher man's name.  We are absolutely in love with him and are so thankful for the gift of his life.  His big brother Ephram is also a huge fan and always has to know where "baby asher" is so he can go give him a hug (or on occasion steal his socks and pacifier).
 
This little man has already lived in two states, traveled cross country, & lived out of suitcases in hotels and friend's houses.  It's been a crazy first month of life, but he has been a champ.  If we are able to find a new home soon & get my big yellow chair back from storage, I hope to start his monthly pictures/write ups soon! 
 
For now, I'll leave you with this cuteness from his newborn session.  :)