365 days later ...

and my baby boy is turning 1 tomorrow. The tally after one year: 1,027 dirty diapers, 847 lost hours of sleep, 730 laughs and smiles, 322 new toys and outfits, 106 trips to Wal-Mart and Toys R Us, 17 bumps and bruises on his forehead, 4 new teeth, 3 lost pacifiers, 2 rookie parents, and 1 giant heaping of unconditional love. It has been a wonderful and educational year, and it still feels surreal that I am a parent. And the last time I checked he still has all his parts so I am not doing too bad as a Dad. I love and adore him so much and I am eternally grateful for the precious gift bestowed upon me. So happy birthday Baby Shife, and thank you wonderful readers for your patience as this blog slowly awakens from its hibernation. And my ankle is doing fine - thank you for those who asked. I am just doing physical therapy and hope to be running soon.

Happy Birthday Son
Covered in cake and icing,
Your smile stretched ear to ear.
A single candle celebrates,
The joy of your first year.

We sing Happy Birthday,
You play midst wrap and bows.
We marvel at how you touched our lives,
Just one year ago.

I remember the first time I held you,
Kissed your head, whispered your name.
You've changed our lives forever,
Our hearts will never be the same.

As a child you'll love this day,
For all the sweets and presents too.
As parents we'll love your day,
For the gift we got was you.

Each year we'll add another candle,
So proud to see you grow.
But always with the memory,
Of your first day long ago.


  1. Happy birthday to Baby Shife; he is lovely. Glad to hear you on your way to recovery!

  2. Congratulations! What a beautiful year! Happy Birthday Beautiful Boy!

  3. Wow... that brought tears to my eyes Shife! Happy birthday to Baby Shife and happy becoming parents day to you and the Mrs.
    I've witnessed the frist year from start to finish and can't wait to be here for many more.

  4. @ Kori - Thank you.
    @ Merely Me - Thank you as well.
    @ Ananda girl - And thank you too. I am glad I got to share my little man with everyone.

  5. Holy smokes... I've been reading your blog for over a year already? The only reasons I hang around are for the Little Shife photos and the fact you hate Boise State more than I do.

  6. For goodness sake pass the tissues, I seem to be losing control. Oooo HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, CUTIE MAN. I just relived your year looking at those gorgeous pictures.

    Tell your Dad I hope the ankle is progressing as it should. Oh, and that it's great to see him back on line... if only 'cause we get to see more pics.

  7. Me again, I didn't want you to miss this one ... my pride and joy


  8. Happy Birthday!!

  9. A year already? Happy B-Day to Baby Shife!

  10. That boy is adorable!


  11. Happy Birthday Baby Shife!

  12. happy birthday baby shife!!

    i have a funny feeling baby shife is going to get a ton of gifts.

  13. That's a helluva lot of trips to Wal-mart & Toys R Us.

    Happy first year to the little man and to you and Miz Shife. Been so fun watching him grow! Can't wait for the terrible twos!

  14. Happy birthday little adorability!

    And all best to the no-longer-rookie-parents.


  15. Happy Birth-Day. That just made my heart so warm. Thank-you for sharing and thank-you for being such a loving, caring, attentive daddy. Your son will be a fine and good person because of your love. I know it.

  16. HAPPY BERFDAY BEHBEH SHIFE! What a handsome, loving little boy he is growing up to be. You can see what a loving mother and father he has just by his demeanor. Good kiddo ;-)Happy birthday and maaaany mooooore...!

  17. WOAH! Cute baby picture overload!

  18. It is amazing how quickly they grow up. I seriously thought that was a cliche when I first heard it.

  19. missed u my friend..Happy b day to the lil squirt!!:)

  20. Shife...I kinda fell off the face of the earth...but slowly coming back... I know I am late...SO late...but HAPPY Belated birthday to your gorgeous son...
    Now, I;m off to catch up with you and your going ons...


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