Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


I have plenty to be thankful for this year with my darling Hayden joining my already wonderful family, but I also need to thank each and every one of you who stop by and say hi. I am humbled and grateful for your support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.






I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It's a girl.
Miss Hayden was born at 3:56 pm and weighs a whopping 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Everyone is doing well.
Sorry about the photo quality. My phone doesn't take the best pictures but I will get some better ones up soon.
Thank you for all of your love and support.
Take care.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

OT: Day 14

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Well unless something happens real quick it looks like tomorrow will be the big day.
We will be going to the hospital bright and early Monday, and once I have some information I will let everyone know the big news.
I just want to say again that I am humbled and grateful for all of you stopping by to check in on me and my family. I really appreciate it.
Wish us luck, and I will talk to you soon.


This is a picture of the Shifley family about this time last year. Next year's Thanksgiving portrait is going to look a little different.






I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OT: Day 13

I dedicate this song to you, Mrs. Shife. In a few years, we will look back on this pregnancy and have a laugh. We had no idea we signed up for the bonus plan. After 40 weeks, you are entitled to receive 2 free weeks at no extra cost. I must have signed that when I was hooched up on the High Life. This has been out of our hands since the beginning, but it is just another adventure on our journey together. Looking back, I hope you had the time of your life with me. I know I am glad you decided to take a chance and accompany me to Pirate's Dance. Look what happens when two people fall in love. I am looking forward to meeting our baby any day now, and spending the rest of my life with you.






I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, November 18, 2011

OT: Day 12

Thanks Just Bob for today's inspiration.




And we will probably be waiting tomorrow and Sunday too.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

OT: Day 11

Kyle is helping us pass the time by making cookies. The package said it would make 6 dozen, but I don't think the cookie manufacturers took into account that a 2-year-old would be the head chef. The little man helped himself to more than his fair share of dough.

Well here is the latest and greatest. Mrs. Shife's stress test was fine, and the baby doctor said he will induce at 7 a.m. Monday morning if nothing happens between now and then.
So what do you think? Will Baby Shife arrive before Monday or will Mrs. Shife have to get induced? I am done making predictions because I have been wrong so many times. I just know the baby will be here sooner that we think, and it is going to be a whole new set of adventures. Help me baby Jesus.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OT: Day 10

Calling all wind talkers, code breakers, intelligence agents, super spies, deciphering dudes, encryption experts, and blogging buddies, what does this picture mean?



This is what I found on the floor after Kyle went down for his nap. He is really getting into letters and numbers, and now he is organizing them by colors. It is so entertaining watching him sort his letters out and say what he thinks the letter or number might be out loud.

Oh by the way, still nothing going on with Baby Shifley. Mrs. Shife has another stress test tomorrow, and then she has an appointment with the baby doctor. Then we will decide what our options are if the baby decides to continue with Occupy Sarah's Belly.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OT: Day 9

I came across this while I was perusing the Google machine trying to find another way to say that there is still no baby news. So here is an excerpt from that article:
Exactly when a baby will be born is one of the last great unknowns in life: something nobody can predict. These days, you can find out the sex of the baby, pregnancy tests can even tell you when you conceived and you can genetically screen for certain conditions. But if you leave nature to take its course, you cannot dictate the precise day when a baby will arrive, no matter how rich or powerful you are. I rather like this uncertainty, the triumph of nature over technology and "progress". When the baby is ready, it releases a hormone that crosses the placenta and triggers action stations. Imagine the take-off scene fromThunderbirds with palm trees parting, but perhaps a bit more slowly.

In completely unrelated news, Tank and I saw something that I was not quite prepared for. While on our walk, we saw a mature woman soaking in her hot tub while rocking out to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me." She said hello, I returned the greeting, and then I rubbed my eyes to make sure I was not having an acid flashback. Not exactly what I expected to see walking the basset.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


Monday, November 14, 2011

OT: Day 8

The stress test went just fine, which is good because that means the baby is healthy, but the test also showed that the baby is still content just cooking in Mrs. Shife's baby. Her next appointment is Thursday so hopefully something happens between now and then. Someone suggested that Mrs. Shife start working on a really intense puzzle because babies love to interrupt stuff. I thought that was a good idea, but maybe a nice tattoo would be the motivation to get that baby to come out and say hello.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OT: Day 7


Hello there. Another day, and another report of nada.
Mrs. Shife goes to the doctor tomorrow to do some stress testing to make sure everything is OK under the hood. Honestly, everyone is doing fine but we are just waiting for something to happen.
The baby doctor told us he will not let Mrs. Shife go 42 weeks because that is when things can get scary for the baby and Momma.
I really want to post some news because I am running out of ways to say nothing is happening and recent pictures of Kyle to put on the blog.
Hope all is well wherever you are visiting from.
Take care.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

OT: Day 6

I broke down and asked the Magic 8 Ball if Mrs. Shife was having the baby today ...

Maybe tomorrow.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, November 11, 2011

OT: Day 5


A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

And we are looking forward to those times, but we are still waiting on the stork.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

OT: Day 4


He is smiling because he is still an only child, and doesn't have to share his Mommy and Daddy yet. Mrs. Shife went to the doctor, and he said we will discuss options on Monday if nature does not take its course between now and then. So now maybe an 11.11.11 baby? We shall see.
Have a good night.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

OT: Day 3


Greetings and salutations. We are still here. Mrs. Shife has a doctor's appointment tomorrow to see what is going on with Occupy Belly: Day 283.
In other news, there was some interesting developments to our checking account as we had to call a plumber to unclog the toilet. I am not going to mention any names, but a certain 3-foot-tall little person decided to flush one of his action figures down the toilet. Well all 4 inches of Scuba Steve - as we affectionally called him until I got the bill from the plumber then it was more like Sh*!&%#! Steve - evidently wanted to try out his diving equipment and got sent on his merry way by his commanding officer. Unfortunately, he was unable to carry out his mission of getting Tank Tank a promiscuous poodle as he got stuck in the toilet flange. So that $5 dollar toy ended up costing me about $150. And then the plumber reminded that this is only the beginning.








I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

OT: Day 2


Hakuna habari mtoto bado. That is Swahili for no baby news yet.
I am humbled and grateful for everyone that stops by the blog to find out what is going with Baby Shife and the rest of the Shifes. Thank you.
Maybe tomorrow.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Monday, November 07, 2011

OT: Day 1

I am going with OT for overtime.
We also considered Occupy Mrs. Shife's Belly: Day 281.
Since we got signed up for the bonus part of the pregnancy, I thought I would share some quotes that my wife might or might not find amusing.

"Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife." ~ Queen Victoria

"By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant." ~ Phyllis Diller

"Childbirth classes neglect to teach one critical skill: How to breathe, count, and swear all at the same time." ~ Linda Filterman

"Have you ever tried getting out of your car through the exhaust pipe?" ~ Murphy Brown

"Having a baby is like taking your bottom lip and pulling it over your head". ~ Carol Burnett

"If men bore children, there would only be one born in each family." ~ Unknown

"If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternately, there would never be more than three in a family." ~ Lawrence Housman

"If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters." ~ Nora Ephron

"Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside." ~ Rita Rudner

"Pregnancy The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." ~ Rajneesh

"Prepared childbirth is a contradiction in terms." ~ Joyce Armor

"There is a reason God makes you pee every 2 hours those last 3 months, it's training for the every 2-4 hour feedings." ~ Unknown

"Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes." ~ Joyce Armor

"You can sort of be married, you can sort of be divorced, you can sort of be living together, but you can't sort of have a baby." ~ David Shire

"You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment." ~ Dave Barry



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


Sunday, November 06, 2011

0 Days and Counting

Today is the day, but right now we have no baby news to report.
Nothing. Not a thing. Nil. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Zippo. Nada. Diddly squat.
So how is your day going?
Any suggestions on what I use for a title if I have to post tomorrow and beyond since I have counted down to 0?
I know the baby is coming soon, but we are just really excited to meet our new little person and want to know if it is a little brother or littler sister for Kyle.
A few days after Kyle was born, I was able to hold him all night long at home as I watched my favorite basketball team - North Carolina Tar Heels - beat Michigan State to win the National Championship. UNC and MSU rarely meet during the regular season because they are in different conferences so if they do play, it is usually during the NCAA tournament.
Well this Friday, the Tar Heels play Michigan State to start off the 2011 college basketball season. Coincidence or not? A sign from the universe? I guess I will find out if I am watching a basketball game at home holding my new son or daughter.
Take care.



I am not exactly sure what Kyle is doing in this picture. He might have been yawning or filling up his diaper or wondering why I am wearing a thong in November.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

1 Day and Counting


Well tomorrow is the due date.
Mrs. Shife and I will be surprised if that baby comes tomorrow, but Kyle kind of showed up in a hurry so you never know. We showed up at the hospital around 12:30 in the morning, and the little man arrived at 2:57. If the baby does show up tomorrow and this is our last day as a family of 3, we are having a pretty decent Saturday. We went out to a farm to get some meat, and Kyle got to see combines, chickens, cows, goats, and pigs. He petted a goat, showed the pigs how to make good snorting sounds, and saw the inside of the chicken house. Hopefully, Mrs. Shife and I will get to watch "Bridesmaids" tonight after Kyle goes to bed. Maybe a few LOL moments will get that baby ready to meet the Shifleys.
Have a good one.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, November 04, 2011

2 Days and Counting

Still nothing to report.
Mrs. Shife is under the impression that she will be pregnant forever.
I assure her that not is possible.
She just tells me to suck it because I am the one who got her pregnant.
Good times.

In other news, I think it is safe to say grammar is dying a slow, painful death. As I was running errands today, I was amazed and appalled at the misplaced apostrophes. People seem to think if a word is plural or has an S at the end, then it needs to have an apostrophe. Walk-in's instead of walk-ins; Fee's instead of fees; Fridays instead of Fridays. Horrible stuff out there. Here is my favorite grammar lesson: Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.
Have a great rest of your Friday.


When you misuse an apostrophe in the Shifley household, you get the business from Tank.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

3 Days and Counting


Did I mention that Kyle likes to climb? Now he also likes to jump from the places he has scaled?
Besides him looking like an awesome dude in his new winter hart, I also like to think of this picture as a metaphor as I just want him to keep climbing and reaching new heights. And fortunately for me, someone with much better writing abilities says how I feel:

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances but they're worth taking
When you come close to selling out reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance
-- I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

4 Days and Counting

The setting is ominous: A dimly lit home on a cold, Fall evening. Not one where the sleep-deprived or wary tread. The parents ready themselves for a toddler attack that could come at any moment. After all, there must be danger nearby. He is 2 1/2-years-old boy hopped up on sugar. Sure it seems safe for now, but is it ... is it ever? Then someone breaks the silence, "It's way too quiet in Kyle's room."
And he got us again.
The little man was playing "I Dump It." Every 2-year-old's favorite game. The object is for the little person to dump out as much stuff as they can before their parents realize it is way too quiet back there. Kyle decided to go with 2 cans of butt powder and he thought the powder would look outstanding on his stuffed animals. And his dresser. And his toy chest. And his diapers. Good times.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

5 Days and Counting

You see that cute little dude up there? Yep, that one. He is awesome. Not much to report today except that I am trying to figure out how I am going to love another little person as much as I love him. I know it will happen but right now it just seems baffling to me. I wish I had more to say, but feeling a little blah today as the first real cold spell has hit us here in Boise and not looking forward to the darker, dreary, and not-so-warm days heading our way.
Have a good one.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.