My sweet boys, there were many times in the early days when I was sure that one or both of you would not make it to this day. But you got through all of your challenges, as insurmountable as they seemed. I never would have guessed that the sound of your laughter would be resonating through our house. Or that you would both be sitting in your high chairs, yelling for dinner so loudly that I couldn't hear my own thoughts. Or that you would look so identical but each have such distinctly different personalities. Or that despite all the trauma you've been through, you would be two of the happiest, most laid back babies anyone has ever seen. You have truly shown us every single day what strength, resilience and miracles look like.
Asher - you are a total mama's boy and I love it. You are our observer, watching everything around you, learning and growing every day. Your smile and your eyes light up a room and your crazy babbling and laughter are infectious. You radiate pure joy from your soul and people can't help but be happy around you. While I often wish that you didn't need to physically work so hard, no part of me wants to change you. You are perfect.
Nolan -You are the mover and the shaker.You learn by doing and you always figure out how to get what you want with such determination. You can be so serious and quite discriminate about who you're willing to smile at, but you make us laugh endlessly and you have the cutest scratchy voice. The immense love you have for your siblings is so obvious - you are Rio's biggest fan and Asher's protector. You are a gift.
A year ago was the scariest day of my life but today is one of the happiest. You have completed us and made us the luckiest, most blessed family in the world. You bring more love to our lives than I knew was possible. Happy 1st Birthday Asher and Nolan! You are worthy of every celebration we give you, and more!
Asher - Nov. 1, 2009 - 2 lbs 1 oz.
Nolan - Nov. 1, 2009 - 1 lb 15 oz.