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The big one

March 29, 2010

A year ago our little guy, Asher Seth, was born. He zoomed into the world (hour and a half labor, start to finish) and has dazzled and delighted us every day since.

This babe had all the potential to be sweet and mellow. But he landed in the lap of such an adoring fan club, with three strong and vibrant older brothers. Needless to say, he is not shy. He loves being right in the middle of the action, and there was much action yesterday. Poster-making, decorating, present wrapping, birthday cake making. He took it all in stride.

(And some creative self-decorating with markers while Seth and I napped. Hm.)

Preston had very specific instructions for his vision of Asher’s birthday cake. It needed to be made with some of Asher’s favorite food, topped with baby food, and decorated with teething biscuits, which are intended for Asher but somehow get eaten by everyone else as well. So we ended up with a carrot cake topped with banana puree and biter biscuits.

Um, he loved it. We’ve never laughed so hard, watching him attack that cake.

And have no doubt. He finished off that entire piece. I spirited away the rest so he wouldn’t get sick.

The names we have chosen for our children always seem to work out like a self-fulfilling prophecy. The name Asher means happy or blessed. We feel both in his presence. The other day he and I sat on the couch alone. It was way past his nap time and when Asher is tired he gets downright silly. We somehow got the giggles and started laughing, both of us, for five minutes straight. For a moment I forgot that I was sitting with a baby. It was like having a hearty laugh with a best friend.

Earlier this week I was talking to the boys about Asher’s birthday. “Do you remember what life was like before Asher joined our family?” I asked.

“Life is so much better with Asher!” Jackson said. I couldn’t have said it better.

Aware, Spirited, Happy, Eager, Rotund

Happy Birthday, little guy.

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6 Comments
  1. Jill Turner permalink
    March 29, 2010 10:01 am

    I love “This babe had all the potential to be sweet and mellow.” That is exactly like my Lucas (#4) He would be such a different first child, but because of the influence of his crazy and loving older brothers I think he is more out going, friendly, and rambunctious. He really is the most loved by them all, and he livens up and brings peace to our family dynamic. Happy Birthday to little Ashser!!!

    • March 29, 2010 7:41 pm

      Thanks Jill! Yes, those number fours are a social lot, aren’t they? We need to get our crew together sometime. Can you imagine EIGHT boys! It would be spectacular!

  2. Amber permalink
    March 29, 2010 6:38 pm

    wonderful! Happy Birthday Asher!

  3. March 29, 2010 10:09 pm

    He melts my heart! I want to kiss those fat cheeks. Happy 1st Birthday, Asher, and many more to come!

  4. Alice-Anne permalink
    March 30, 2010 12:23 pm

    what a sweet boy! I’m glad he brings happiness and blessing…Happy Birthday, Asher!

  5. janice Gee permalink
    March 31, 2010 3:52 pm

    my sweet little Asher!!! Can’t wait to see him tomorrow….and all the boys. looks like his birthday was well celebrated!!!! gammy

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