Birth Day!


No sooner had we arrived in Chicago Friday evening, I was on the phone with Ashley and told her we looked forward to seeing her Saturday morning. We were sure we'd spend time with her and John again before the baby was due to arrive on the 18th, but in the early morning they headed to the hospital/birthing center and the happy news came by phone call around 11! I'd been responding to comments when the phone rang! Everything changed as Ken and I dashed out the door along with the new aunts, Heather and Tina. "Ashton Oliver", our first grandbaby and newest family member, is a 7#14oz adorable and healthy baby boy! Mom & Dad were all smiles and and seemed quite happy with today's production number! You can guess where we'll be for the rest of our visit!
Congratulations! He is adorable!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!! Happy birthday baby and glad that all is well. Enjoy the little fellow. Looking forward to more pics soon, I'm sure!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Oh my, I can see the joy inyour big smile Louise. It is precious, and your new Grandson, he looks perfect. Mother looks like she is doing quite well too. It is a wonderful photo. So happy to hear the good news, and a new chapter begins.
posted October 17th, 2010  
HC
Yay!!! Congrats on your beautiful grandson! The first boy? Oh, let the spoiling begin! He is absolutely gorgeous! And mom looks GREAT!
posted October 17th, 2010  
HURRAY+++++++++Ashton has arrived and all is well. I am so happy for you all. He looks precious and perfect! I wish the best to each of you as you enter this most remarkable time of life.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations Ashley and Grandma!!! Congratulations to all of you! He is beautiful and I love his name...Welcome to the world Ashton Oliver!
posted October 17th, 2010  
@hcochrane ...First grandchild! I'd begun to wonder if we'd ever have one! Thanks from all of us!
posted October 17th, 2010  
@annelis @hbdaly @digitalrn @bbm @skt Thank You All! I can hardly believe the perfect timing so that we can enjoy the baby for our full visit! Thanks for all your wonderful notes!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations Grandma! You are so blessed to have a wonderful family. He is beautiful : )
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulation. A picture of three generations. One very happy grandma.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations to all! The baby is beautiful, I love his name, Ashton! Louise you and the Momma look awesome too! What a neat, neat photo!
posted October 17th, 2010  
OHMAI!!!!!! :D YAY!!!!!! CONGRATS GRANDMA!!!! What an honourable new title and a huge congrats to your daughter! I think this is just too amazing and I'm soooo happy that you shared this precious moment with us! This is such a joyous occasion and I really like this precious new photo! again congrats! :D
posted October 17th, 2010  
@Qaisimonking Thank you! We, as a family, have been blessed, and we're so very grateful!
@jamestan It hadn't dawned on me that we'd taken a generational photo! The newness of all this is only slowly sinking in!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Had to stop back by and leave you a song. This song always makes me smile and since this is such a special occasion...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xotoDy5806Y
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! How wonderful to be able to spend so much time with your new Grandson Ashton, before you leave. Blessings to the family. Lovely three generations photo.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!! How wonderful and blessed to be grandparents.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Aww congratulations! He's adorable!
posted October 17th, 2010  
@skt How perfectly appropriate...a favorite on any day, but all the more so that we have that baby he sings about as well! Thank you for that! You know I love a song woven in!
@seattle @estelle @jennarichards Thank you so much from all the family! It was a life-changing day for us!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Wow, Congratulations on becoming Grandparents! Wonderful news! You all look so overjoyed, love the three generations in the photo!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations on becoming a Grandma!! He is adorable! :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! :]
posted October 17th, 2010  
Aw! What a beautiful photo! Welcome to our world, little Ashton Oliver! Congrats Ashley & John, Louise & Ken, and Heather & Tina!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congrats!! He is beautiful !!
posted October 17th, 2010  
congratulations, he's adorable!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Awwww he's adorable and I love his name, "Ashton." Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa!!!! This is such a beautiful photo to capture a very special moment in your lives. You're so right - becoming a grandma and becoming a mom is life-changing! I can see the joy in your twinkling eyes, Louise. So happy for you all!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Ooh, how wonderful news! Congratulations to all Family!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Adorable and so lucky to have you as a grandma.
posted October 17th, 2010  
He did it, she did it and you did it! Congratulations all around! Beautiful baby, mommy and grandma! Isn't it amazing see your child become a mommy? And that view will only become more beautiful as you watch her with your grandson. Congratulations and God Bless!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations grandma :-) He looks adorable.
posted October 17th, 2010  
OH!!! Beautiful, beautiful! Wonderful!
Congratulations, to all!
What an absolutely gorgeous baby boy! Perfect in every way, and so lucky to have such a loving family...and such a special Grandma!!!
Ashley looks lovely, too! Just glowing!
Now when you say, "Ash" you're going to have to clarify who you are referring to! lol. But I DO love his name!

Louise...I am so happy for both of us! Looks like our happy events, went perfectly and were well and truly HAPPY.
I know your heart is as full as mine is!
And we both STILL have lots of upcoming fun to look forward to!
Ain't life grand????
Congrats again, to the whole family...parents, aunties, and especially to you and Ken! XO
posted October 17th, 2010  
Fav Fav Fav Fav Fav!!!!!!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
A baby boy! Congratulations! Hugs to all family.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations to all family!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Ira
Wo-hoo! Congratulations! =D
This picture is pure joy and happiness!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Ohhhh congrats Louise..on your beautiful grandbaby!
So precious..
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations Louise & Ken. Your are going to make the most amazing Grandparents. The smile on your face says it all.
Enjoy every single moment of your time in Chicago with your new grandson. Ashton Oliver, what a fantastic name!

Love to you all xXx
posted October 17th, 2010  
Oh so cute. Welcome Ashton Oliver you have your picture on 365project. congratulations to the parents, you, Ken, Heather and Tina.. are you grandma, nana or oma as we are called??
posted October 17th, 2010  
This is wonderful!! Welcome, little Ashton Oliver!!
Congratulations, to mom,dad, grandma, grandpa and the aunts!!!!
Enjoy the miracle!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Awww, that's wonderful, a big congratulations to you all :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
CONGRATULATIONS!!! :D
what a sweet looking little baby boy! :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations on your first grandchild! That is wonderful, have fun.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Oh how perfect! He timed it just right. Congratulations to the beaming parents and grandparents!
posted October 17th, 2010  
woooohoooo! woot woot woot woot!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! You're going to adore being a Grandmother!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!!! You got there just in time! I'm glad everyone is safe and healthy - he looks adorable!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Now that's called timing! I'm glad that you arrived when you did! Wow! Congrats...and he's beautiful.... You have a grandson to spoil....and to photograph. How wonderful! i'll be waiting to hear and see all of his adventures!
posted October 17th, 2010  
wow! congrats!!! and I am glad i caught this to see it ~ i have been surfing the site much lately ~ o enjoy !!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Aww he is beautiful, and what a lovely name! Congratulations to you and your family Louise - can't wait for more photos of this little guy :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
What an awesome blessing! Welcome to the world and to our little Project 365 Ashton!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! He is adorable!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations...so glad all is well...your new family is larger than you possibly can imagine...
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! He is precious! A baby brings so much happiness!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Such wonderful news, Louise! Congratulations to you and your family . . . thanks for sharing this photo. He's perfect, of course!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! Beautiful!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations, Grandma! Ashton is just adorable, and Ashley looks so happy (you both do!)!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations to parents and grandparents and WELCOME to Ashton Oliver!! It really seems that he waited just for you and your camera to make his appearance.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Awww, congrats to the proud parents and of course to you and Ken :D looks like you made it just in time!
posted October 17th, 2010  
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Congrats on your 'promotion', Louise & Ken.
Best wishes for Ashley & Ashton too.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Thats a lovely lovely news Congratulations!!! grand MOM...............lots of joy and happiness to you and the family
posted October 17th, 2010  
CONGRATULATIONS to you, to Ken, to Ashley and John, to Heather and Tina! There is absolutely nothing that teaches us more about love than a baby ... Enjoy your time with that precious bundle, Louise!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Happy BIRTH day. Enjoy life to the fullest...
posted October 17th, 2010  
Oh Louise how do I express in the typewritten word how THRILLED I am for you. I swear I got all goosebumpy and teary eyed when I saw this picture. You are on a grand adventure now with Ashton Oliver! Best wishes to Ashley and the rest of your family. Tell her to lounge around like lady muck and let everyone else do the house work. That way she focus all her attention on her beautiful beautiful baby because as we have been discussing lately it goes by in a flash. HUGS GALORE!!!!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Welcome to the world "Aston Oliver "Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful grandson Louise and Ken.I said I was looking forward to seeing you holding, the baby,maybe next shot ???You and Ashley look thrilled to bits. ( you only just made it in time )
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!! You look so happy :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Its got to be a Fav
posted October 17th, 2010  
I think he's really lucky to have you as a grandma!
posted October 17th, 2010  
3 generations on the PP Louise, you'll tell Aston Oliver that he hits the PP on his first day when he'll be old enough to understand!
posted October 17th, 2010  
A happy and tender photo! This special boy will be surrounded in love always. Such a blessing!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Great news Louise! Welcome to the world of Grandmotherhood, it's marvellous!! Perfect timing too. I too was expecting a few days with Kathryn before Eloise arrived, but she arrived the day before me. Enjoy your time with little Ashton, they change so quickly, best wishes and congratulations to all the family.
posted October 17th, 2010  
CONGRATS!!!! Hooray for the newest addition to your family! :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!!! What a beautiful baby! My mom always said "a grandmother can never spoil it's just pure LOVE" So LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that grandbaby.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congrats,Such happy faces x
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations to you all!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!!! And what a lovely shot of the three of you :-)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations on your newest family member! Mother and son look wonderful. And Gramma looks pretty good herself! I'm sure we'll be treated to some great family photos. Don't be shy; we're all expecting to be kept informed. God bless your family.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! What a joyous day!!!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! What a happy picture.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations. Gave me goosebumps.
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations, Ashley, John, Ken, Louise, Heather and Tina!!! What wonderful news!!! I love the name!! Ashton looks like a healthy baby boy!!! I am sure he'll bring a lot of joy in the family!!!! ;-))))) Well, pround grandma, you are going to have your hands full now!! Enjoy holding that precious baby boy!!!! ;-)))
posted October 17th, 2010  
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seems like i just checked your photo and this is the greatest photo ever! little Ashton looks so content and looks PERFECT!! Grandma louise! you better start to get used to that name :) oh i'm so happy for all of you!!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations Ken & Louise. Very proud granparents. I please for all of you. So what will you be Grandma Grandpa, nan grandad, nanny and popsy?
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations Ashley John Louise & Ken! What a beautiful baby boy! Life will never be the same again & all the better for it. Wishing the little one all the live in the world.
posted October 17th, 2010  
How absolutely wonderful!! Congrats to you all! I am sure we will be seeing at least one more photo of this handsome little guy before you leave =)
posted October 17th, 2010  
congrats!!!!!! sooooo cute!!! :D cutest thing i hve ever seen!!!!(: awww
posted October 17th, 2010  
FANTASTIC!!! Sooo happy for you...grandparenting is lifes most beautiful adventure. LOVE the picture,.... beautiful baby, beautiful new mom and beautiful grandma....Congratulations to you all, Louise!!!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations! He's a cutie!
posted October 17th, 2010  
WOW - Congrats !!!!! So excited !!! They look so healthy !Was just thinking about you and them xxx
posted October 17th, 2010  
Awww, that's great! Congrats!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Then the shot from the 14 th's for her :-))))
posted October 17th, 2010  
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Welcome to the world little one! I love his name! He was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, just right! How exciting for you to have your first grandchild. He's gorgeous, of course!!

My apologies for being SO far behind! I hope to come and catch up soon.
posted October 17th, 2010  
How exciting! Sounds like you got there just in time! Congratulations on that adorable grandbaby!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Aly
Yayyy!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!! :)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congrats!!!! Lovely happy photo :-)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Look at you with that great big grandma grin. He is just beautiful - most babies aren't. An Ashley, she looks great! A big Congratulations to all!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations Grandmother and mom :) The little guy would make an interesting subject for his own project ;)
posted October 17th, 2010  
Ya got there just in the nick of time Gramdmommers!
posted October 17th, 2010  
Congratulations!
posted October 18th, 2010  
what a happy picture... it says it all
congratulations
posted October 18th, 2010  
He's very cute! Congrats!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations, Louise! This is such a milestone in your life! You are in for the best part of your life! He is a gorgeous specimen - perfect! You are very fortunate indeed!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Oh wow congratulations to everyone concerned. Your grandson looks wonderful. You must so proud and happy!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations, grandbabies are wonderful. Make sure you spoil him!
posted October 18th, 2010  
That looks one beautiful baby. Congratulations. Happy life to the little un, and have fun bringing him up to you and the mum.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Happy Birthday Ashton Oliver!
What wonderful news here is nothing like the first grandchild - such a great feeling - that they are part of you :D
Fantastic photo.
Congratulations Ashley & John on your new arrival :D
Hope you are all well!
posted October 18th, 2010  
congratulations :) what a beautiful child....and happy grandma.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations! Beautiful family photo. God Bless.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Oh, congratulations Grandma, Grandpa, mom , dad, and aunties! He's adorable!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations!!! He is adorable!!
posted October 18th, 2010  
life at its best! congrats to all. i would tell you to enjoy, but i know you already are. beautiful family!
posted October 18th, 2010  
awww... what a great welcome! his name is so cute!! welcome to the world little one!! you're smiles say it all...
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations!!!!!! What fun.
posted October 18th, 2010  
How wonderful is this. What an amazing photo of the three of you. Congratulations.
posted October 18th, 2010  
ali
oh my gosh i squealed out YAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!! when i saw this photo. he is perfect and i am so happy for you all! :)
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations!!! What a beautiful baby boy and Mommy and Grandma are simply glowing. Wonderful!!!!!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Brilliant.... lovely cherished family photo to put in the album! Congrats from me and mine and Syko and Nero send a meeeeeeeow!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations on your beautiful grandbaby! Your smile says it all!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congrats on your grandson.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations! You're in for a wonderful ride. He looks beautiful and it's a lovely photo of you all.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Oh my goodness, this is such a sweet picture!!! You ladies look so wonderful...go Ashley! And Ashton looks cute as a button! So happy that he was able to wait till you guys got in. Congratulations to the whole family, I'm sure everyone is simply overjoyed! Welcome to the 365 family Ashton!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations. That's beautiful news, and a lovely photo :)
posted October 18th, 2010  
Wasn't on line yesterday ... so missed this.... am thrilled and what a beautiful picture. God bless.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations and God bless you all!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Oh Louise so exciting!! I'm so happy for you all and glad it went well. He looks absolutely gorgeous :)
posted October 18th, 2010  
CONGRATS! Nothing like a baby to make the world feel instantly like a better, brighter place :)
posted October 18th, 2010  
Oh my goodness, congratulations! I've always loved the name Ashton :)
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you guys. What a wonderful addition to a very special family!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Wonderful news and a beautiful photo! I have been falling behind on 365 but was so happy to check it just now and see your picture! Congratulations! While he's not a Kappa legacy, perhaps he'll marry a Kappa? ; ) Beautiful baby and such happy news!! Love the name too!
posted October 18th, 2010  
CONGRATULATIONS Grandma! Will you be called "Grandma" or do you have something else in mind? Oh how special for you and your family. A Baby!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Wow, Louise. What a wonderful gift for you all. She is beautiful and both mom and grandma look so happy that you may burst. Lovely portrait to frame of the big event!! I am so happy for you!!
posted October 18th, 2010  
I am bit late but all the best wishes to Ashton Oliver and his parents and of course the grand parents as well.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations, he looks so lovely!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Look at that giant smile you have :) Congrats, he is adorable
posted October 18th, 2010  
Awwww....Congrats to You and Ken on your grandchild! And congrats to the new parents as well! He's beautiful!
posted October 18th, 2010  
congrats! and he is so cute! lucky you!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congratulations!!! He is handsome!
posted October 18th, 2010  
Congrats!! You look so happy.
posted October 18th, 2010  
Oh my gosh Louise--how does it feel to be the luckiest woman on the planet? Judging by that beautiful smile--inexplainable. You daughter is as georgeous as the baby and your smile.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!
posted October 18th, 2010  
many congratulations for you and your family :) and welcome to the world little baby ..he is sooooo cute
posted October 18th, 2010  
Aww, congrats Louise!!! I'm so happy for you and your newest member (: All of you look fabulous--your daughter is beautiful
posted October 18th, 2010  
And have you chosen a name to be called? Congratulations!
posted October 18th, 2010  
I'm still just stunned but the comments from *so many* of you, my circle of friends here! I'm afraid this might never be seen by all who've written, but I'm not going to find the time it would take to make all the proper replies. For the time being, to answer the question many of you asked, Ken and I are fine with Grandpa and Grandma...I have the feeling that by the time Ashton talks, he'll come up with something we never thought of, and that's just perfect, too! While the new parents look after the baby, we're doing more of the errands and cooking for them. So glad he arrived at the start of our visit as I know we'll have a full portion of cuddle time. I feel badly I don't have more hours in the day to answer all your notes individually, but I know you understand! From the bottom of my heart, *Thank You* for your amazing thoughtfulness!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Congratulations.
posted October 19th, 2010  
I'm a little behind the times, but congrats to you and Ken! What a beautiful little blessing!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Congratulations!! He's beautiful!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Aww, congratulations on becoming a grandma!!! You are totally going to be one of those fun grandmas that spoils their grandkids :). He's adorable!
posted October 19th, 2010  
Awesome. Congratulations, Grandma. :)
posted October 19th, 2010  
What a gorgeous portrait! Congratulations all around, and welcome young Ashton!
posted October 20th, 2010  
I guess I miss the big day. Welcome Ashton Oliver!!! Congratulations grandma! All the best for your family! :D
posted October 20th, 2010  
Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both! And, of course, to your daughter and new grandson! Tom
posted October 21st, 2010  
Congratulations to you and to mother! Baby so beautiful! And I like his name :)
posted October 21st, 2010  
congrats
posted October 21st, 2010  
I don't check 365 for almost a week and look what I missed...Congratulations everyone! sorry I'm late!
posted October 21st, 2010  
You both look soooooo happy. Once again, let me just say Congratulations!!! Whoohoo!! :-)
posted October 22nd, 2010  
What a beautiful family photo...love the smiles!!!!!
posted October 23rd, 2010  
oh, i've been so, so busy (though clearly not as busy as ashley!) (: and am trying to catch up a bit today. i'm SOOOOO very happy for you and your whole family! and how wonderful that you get to spend so much of your time there loving on that sweet baby. he is absolutely beautiful. and you and ashley look beautiful too!! a very heart-felt 'congratulations' to you all!!
posted October 24th, 2010  
Wow, Louise, I had to scroll down quite a while to get here. You are so popular!! ;)
Congratulations on your grandbaby, he is perfect! So cute and so tiny and I love how you were around for the moment and I looked at all the other pictures of him, too, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw, just too cute for words! Love his name, especially the second part since it's my husbands name. :) I hope you keep enjoying your bundle of joy and have a bit of time left with the new parents. Please tell them and Ken my congratulations, too!
posted October 24th, 2010  
Fantastic news Louise & Ken - I have begun from the last post and working my way backwards. I bet you have thought you heart would burst with Love when you first saw baby Ashton Oliver, love his name. The heart is a most remarkable Organ it can stretch, beyond imagination, with so much love, and yet after 11 grandchildren, I can tell you that it just keeps stretching with Love so much that after the first few you wonder how you would ever be able to Love another as much - it is like the First all over again.
Enjoy the beautiful Grandson, and being first time grandparents, is such an honour, this is a wonderful 3 generations photo, keep those memories forever in your heart. Congratulations to the happy and proud Parents.
posted October 29th, 2010  
Congratulations!!!!!

Again sorry I'm late.
posted October 31st, 2010  
Congratulations!!
posted October 31st, 2010  
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