28 Days and Counting

This is something I wrote about 20 days before Kyle was born, and it is appropriate right now because I am having the same feelings I did before I met my little man.

Well folks believe it or not but I am going to be a Dad again real, real soon. I know some of you have been down this road and others of you can't even imagine taking this path. I am excited, nervous, and scared, but as the due date - November 6 - creeps ever closer I find myself looking forward to this moment that will turn my life upside down more than ever. So Kyle's brother or sister I hope you inherit the best of what Mrs. Shife and I have to offer.

I can hardly wait for you to enter the world and see the joy you bring.
Sweet baby of mine, you're a magnificent gift.
Living proof of how your mother and I have shared our love.
I hope you have your mother’s eyes
Then you will go into the world able to look at all things wise.
I hope you inherit my ability to plan.
With that you will be able to face all things in life as a strong woman or man.
I hope you receive from your mother her selfless ways.
For this will bless you all of your days.
I hope you learn from me, spirit and let no one take it.
Believe me you will need it in life, and many will try to break it.
But with that spirit you must have your mother’s center.
With that you will be cautious of any door you enter.
I want you to have my curiosity. There’s nothing wrong with questions you may blurt!
But receive your mother’s discernment, so you'll know when to let go before getting hurt.
Have my big heart; know what emotions are and how to be real.
Share your mother’s strength so you can handle what you feel.
Share my sense of humor! Laugh a lot it helps you through life.
Share your mother’s sense of duty. Know how to be serious and take strife.
And most importantly please remember to be true to yourself and know that the day you are born you will inherit the greatest love your mother and I could ever offer anyone.

I can’t wait to meet you Baby Shifley.

The Shifley family is going to get a little bit bigger here real soon.


  1. I loved this the first time I read it. Its wonderful to have a dad's perspective. And so beautifully written.
    I know that Baby Shife is going to be born into a wonderful loving family and will thrive. Its been fun watching Kyle grow and I can hardly wait to watch Baby Shife too.

  2. I can only echo what silly rabbit said. The new baby is soon to find out what a loving family he/she belongs to.

  3. I like how Tank is howling right in time for the photo. Cute!

    Congrats on your second kiddo!

  4. Baby Shifey II: Electric Boogaloo


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