Monday, January 30, 2012

Meeting the cousins

This week Carson met his cousins Taylor and Tristan. Here is a photo of Tristan taking care of the babies. I can remember when Tristan was at small as Taylor and Carson. He's such a big boy now just talk talk talking. Lord they grow up too fast.

 Here is Carson spending a little time outside in the sunshine with one of his most favorite people, his Pops.

Carson is just growing growing growing. I feel like everytime I look away he is constantly changing. He is into evvvvveryyyythiiiinggg. He's reaching for my phone and the remote if they are ever in eyesight. He is trying to crawl but I think we still have awhile for this, but he is trying his lil heart out anyways to pull those legs up under him. I lay him at one end of his crib and he winds up at the whole other side. I have only thought I had my hands full with him up until this point, but the way he already is trying to be into everything he sees has me thinking I'm really going to have my hands full once this wild child starts crawling and walking. 

I took a few glorious days off work this week just to have some relaxing me time. I took Carson to daycare but as I was sitting in the quiet house by myself (which I have not done in a LONGGGG time), it felt so weird. I kept having to remind myself Carson was not at home. Although I greatly enjoyed my days off spent getting pedicures, shopping, and attempts at cleaning, I found myself picking him up from daycare early just cause I missed him. How could you not miss this face??? 

Doesnt this face just light up you life!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Count your blessings

I wanted to share a blog I came across that has really touched me. This mother has just lost her 2 1/2 year old child to a rare skin condition called "EB". This mother is amazing. She makes being a parent to a perfectly healthy baby seem like a breeze. Teething, sleepless nights, and plain ole fussiness are nothing to this mother. Her son had to have a trach put in which resulted in her not being able to hear his cry anymore. Can you imagine wanting to hear your child cry?? Sleepless nights are just part of babylife but this mother gets up 4-5 times ON A GOOD NIGHT to suction her child's trach. At one point she was getting up every 15 minutes. WOW! I can not even imagine. Not to mention that her and her husband divorced in the past she has been caring for this child that needs around the clock care by herself. She's the definition of tough. 

Please read her story and remember to count your blessings. Even this mother who has been dealt the unimaginable has found blessings and thankfulness in her life. This mother still speaks positive words in almost every posts she writes. WOW!! She seems like she would be a great person to know. This mother is a true example of unconditional love and selflessness. Before you read, know that her story is very sad so a few boxes of Kleenex will be needed. But her story will 100% make you think..."I'm not having such a bad day afterall!!"

Below is her blog...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Five Months!

Carson turns 5 months old tomorrow. It is so hard to believe. It really feels like he's still my newborn baby.... yet, if you have seen him lately you know there is nothing newborn about this baby....He's HUGE....the rolls in his legs are just adorable. We may have a football player on our hands.

 This has really been a fun month. He has become so alert this month. Just this past week he has seemed a lot more content and not doing the baby fussing as much. Someone once told me that their doctor told them that once that baby hits 4 months its like you have a brand new child. very true!

He has mastered the roll over in all directions. I will put him in the middle of the room on a blanket and leave to go do something and come back, and he has rolled smooth across the entire room. WOW...he's on the move!

Laughing, talking,squealing continues.

We are sleeping through the night sometimes, sometimes not:) Waking up once around 2 or 3 occasionally. This week he has been falling asleep around 730 or 8pm. I'll wake him up for a 10 or 1030 bottle and he's back to sleep until morning :))) but that is this week. He's very inconsistent but that's fine by me. Waking up once in the night is a piece of cake to me and completely doable.....a far cry from those up all night nights. He's taken 1-2 naps a day. As I type this, he has passed out on his play mat and it is not even 7pm yet. I wont argue with that. I actually have time now to eat, do laundry, play on computer, eat a meal with my husband, shower (nobody tells you these things go out the window when a baby is born).

He is eating baby food now 2 times a day. He loves anything I give him and slurps it all right up in like 2 seconds.  He's eaten green beans, squash, apples, bananas, pears, and sweet potatoes. I sent food with him to daycare for the first time this week. I might have shed a tear. My baby is eating baby food?!?! I feel like we just came home from the hospital yesterday :(

We are still teething. Soaking clothes and bibs with drool and knawing his fingers off. Tries to fit a full fist in his mouth at times. Poor thing. That tooth is just being stubborn. Orajel is our constant companion.

His most favorite thing to do is for you to stand him up on your lap and talk to him or sing to him. He loves seeing himself in the mirror and watching tv. During any meltdown, put him in front of a mirror or tv and no more meltdown.

Below is a preview of some portraits we had done recentlyby Jana Rodrigues. More to come...
Happy 5 Months Carson! I love you more everyday! You are the cutest funnest lil thing I have ever seen. Everyday with you gets better and better. I can not get enough of you.

In celebration of Carson's 5th month birthday, I wanted to share some of my favorite lil quotes that I have found on pinterest that make me think of my darlin lil boy.

Happy 5 Months Carson! Mommy and Daddy love you!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Have you met Carson's BFF?

I bet you did not know a 4.5 month old baby was able to have a bestfriend. Well they can and here is Carson's......

This handsome man on the left is 6 weeks behind Carson. His momma, Kristin, is one of my bestfriends since around the 5th grade. Recently her and Hudson came over for a visit, it was so funny to me for her and I to be sitting on the couch side by side with baby in arms bouncing and rocking.

I am so fortunate to have had a friend to share pregnancy and motherhood with. She has been my sanity at times. There has not been a day or 2 since the boys were born that we have not kept in contact. She has always understood, when nobody else can even imagine, how hard being a new mother for the 1st time is.  And she has always understood the undescribable love and greatness of  being a new mother.  We have experienced this motherhood thing together, and we will forever be bonded because of that. Carson & Hudson will be forced to be friends whether they like it or not. I can already see Kristin and I crying our eyes out at highschool graduation over our little men leaving us.

Kristin, Thank you for sharing the difficult and the wonderful with me. I think we may finally have this bull by the horns ;) Can we plan baby #2 together??

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Edit to my last post....

I want to edit my last post about the arrival Dylan. I said to Leigh Ann and Jason in my last post to enjoy life of a newborn because they grow so fast, but now I can say what I really wanted to say without completely scaring them to that they have been initiated into the parenthood club. What I really meant to say and know they already

Congrats Leigh Ann and Jason! Hold on for dear life ;) Your first few weeks are like riding a bucking bronco yet it wont buck you off. Just keeps bucking and bucking :) LOVE YALL!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dylan is here!!!

The Shive Family is so happy to welcome a new member to the family. Derek's cousin Leigh Ann and her husband Jason had their baby boy on Thurs Jan 5, 2012. Leigh Ann and her sister Sunny are like sisters to Derek. They are actually probably closer than many siblings are. So to say we are so excited about Dylan is just an understatement. God has heard an abundance of prayers for this baby even before he was conceived. We will continue to pray for Dylan has he grows.  Carson has not had the chance to meet Dylan yet, but they will no doubt be partners in crime. I am already looking forward to summers in the pool, holidays, and playdates with these two.

Congrats Leigh Ann and Jason,
Yall are going to be the funnest parents ever. Enjoy yalls time with newborn life (even in the wee hours of the night) because it flies by. It may be hard at times, but it is always amazing.

How precious is that face!!

There really is not anything more special in life than the birth of a baby, but it is funny how we women so quickly forget the experience of labor and delivery. The days leading up to the birth of Dylan I kept thinking back to Carson's birth, and the only thoughts I had were happy sweet cheery thoughts about how very special it is to see the face of your baby and hold it in your arms for the first time BUT as we waited at the hospital for Dylan's arrival after Leigh Ann had been in labor for ELEVEN long hours with epidurals working and not working it alllllll came back. Its funny how quickly we forget. It is so worth it but no walk in the park for sure.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Another year has come and gone. Goodbye 2011. I always get a little sentimental when a year ends. I always like to reflect on the year. 2011 was probably the best year yet. I say this every year. Which I guess is such a blessing that each year gets better and better. I am eager to see what 2012 holds for The Shive Family. Honestly every year of my life has been magnificent. Even the years that may have not been my greatest years were filled with tremendous lessons so who can complain about that.  Since 1984, every year has always been filled with love, laughter, and blessings. 

My Top 10 New Years Resolutions
1. Worry less 
 A  quote I found for inspiration on this:
 "My Child, You worry too much. I've got this, remember? Love, God)
2. Exercise more  (I may as well leave this off the list since I work 40+ hours a week and have a precious baby and handsome husband I would rather spend my freetime with)
3. Eat healthier (i love to indulge in some good ole fried chicken or some greasy pizza and fries but I gotta stay healthy for this baby boy and husband so I can live to see my greatgreat grandchildren ;)
4. Attend Sunday School at our church, Read a devotional daily
5.  Complain less (I'm really not a huge complainer. I feel like I can always find the good in any situation, but we all have our moments. It gets understand my skin so much to hear others complain that I strive even more to never complain. How amazing would life be if everyone only spoke positive things at all times?  Can you even imagine? Some days I think, I have heard 90% negative comments all day and about 10% positive comments. Hearts my heart!)
6. Volunteer/Mission Work (again something I would love to do but time is an isssue. My dad and I have dreams of going on a Misison Trip to somewere like Honduras, Costa Rica,etc; maybe this will happen in 2012?)
7. Keep a cleaner house (Again time is an issue....maybe this shouldn't be a resolution. I heard someone recently say "A clean house is a sign of a wasted life." This will be my excuse. My resolution should be more like not worry about a clean house.
8. Have more kindness & patience & mercy for those kinda people that are hard to get along with
9. Travel/Vacation More & Work Less (my husband recently asked me what PTO was when i was referring to taking some PTO....HA! He has no clue how lucky he is to not know what this is).
10. Slow down (I'm so busy I never slow down. My meals have become slim fast shakes and cereal bars because I do not want to take the time to slow down for a meal. I recently had a kidney infection probably because at work I will not slow down, stop and use the bathroom. I rarely call people on the phone because that takes slowing down and stopping for a sec instead I mostly text so that I can multitask and continue doing what I'm doing while I await your reply. I get so aggravated driving behind someone who is going slow or at the grocery store behind someone taking their sweet time.  I need to be the one that is in no hurry and taking my sweet time more often. Sometimes when I get in bed at night I laugh to myself because I feel like I just slid into home base in a baseball game after running the bases all day. Gotta stop and smell the roses more often)

My Motto for 2012: "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says, "oh crap, she's up." HA. I found this on pinterest.

Happy New Year to all my readers(the 3 of you..ha). I hope 2012 brings you all the love, laughter, good health and happiness your heart can hold. The Shive Family is spending the first week of 2012 awaiting and celebrating the arrival of our baby cousin Dylan. Cant think of a better way to start the year off :)))