Wednesday, February 20, 2008

He's Finally Arrived!

Today marked the arrival of Shawn Raymond Shumway, who was born at 10:55 a.m. (Feb. 20).
Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz.
Height: 20.5 in.
Sass: 100%
Rachel did such an awesome job throughout the labor and delivery! Around 1 a.m., we were still up talking in bed (Rachel couldn't sleep cause of her discomfort and I had just finished some homework) when she thought her water broke. She almost dismissed it until it was soon apparent her water definitely broke. So, we grabbed Ty, hopped in the car and took Ty to the Wilson's home (friends of ours) to hang out for the rest of the night. We rushed to the hospital and, to make a long story short, had Rachel get an epidural, watched her labor progress until she finally gave birth just before 11 a.m. She only had to push for about 30 minutes. I'm so proud of how well she did!Now, for the kid. He's pretty much awesome. The funny thing is, he looks a lot like a mini version of Ty. They have a lot of the same looks. Shawn is just a little smaller (Ty was 8 lbs. 10 oz.). Shawn is eating very well (which we're really relieved about and keeping our fingers crossed that it will continue), he's sleeping well, and he's already starting to say a few words and laugh at our jokes.

Ty was pretty funny around Shawn while visiting today. During the first visit, Ty pretty much masterfully acted like the new one didn't exist. No eye contact, no desire to say "hello," no wanting to hold his brother. As his personality came around during the second visit, however, things got a little better. Two funny happenings: 1) Shawn is crying because he's uncomfortable. Ty very firmly looks at Shawn and says, "Stop! stop! stop! stop!" 2) Shawn is crying during Ty's second visit. Ty climbs on Rachel's bed to get a better look at Shawn in the little cart he's in and gently pats him on the head repeatedly. He even tried kissing him on the head to calm him down. There's some compassion in there somewhere.

Bottom line: We're very blessed to have experienced this day.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


I am no good at replying to being tagged! I thought I would at least do one and apologize to all I have let slip through the cracks. Just be warned that I am very flaky when it comes to the tags!

The rules of the game are posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

10 Years Ago
I was a sophmore in high school and had just gotten my license. My parents let me have their station wagon, it was huge. This was proably my favorite year in school, everyday was an absolute blast at school. Sometimes I wish I could repeat this year at least once.

5 things on my to do list
Put new songs on my ipod
Get Ethan something for Valentines Day
Do some stuff for Primary
Doctor appt on Thursday

Anything that is chocolate, in my opinion if it does not have chocolate it is not worth the calories.

What I would do if I was given a billion dollars
Start building my dream house, buy a mini van, save some for the kids, give some to my favorite charities, tell Ethan to quit his job and school.

3 bad habits
Playing with hair
Wanting more money
Crying over Oprah shows

5 places I have lived (I only have 3)
Taylorsville, UT
Cedar City, UT
Provo, UT

5 jobs I have had
Secretary at Jody Wilkinson Acura
Discovery Zone (Kid Play Place)
Hogi Yogi
Longview Elementary after school program
Working with kids with Autism

5 things people don't know about me
Once I was on this candid camera type show on the travel channel
I love, love my family history
I read the Twilight series just to fit in
Once I was driving past a truck with livestock in it and poop flew all over my windshield and I was screaming and all by myself.
One of my biggest fears is turning 30

5 people I am tagging
Michelle Berg
Laurie Mackay
Heidi Phelps
Marie Lefler
Sally Anderson

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Poor Ethan!

So last night Ethan was going to babysit while I had a girls night out. Well, he calls around 4:00 and says "They just found that couple that was lost and they are bringing them to the hospital now. I think I will be getting a lot of media calls so I probably can't babysit tonight." Of course I said, "They are alive?" and they where. So luckily I found a babysitter and had a great time, but poor Ethan was at the hospital until 12:30 am. He did two press conferences and then came home. The back of his head was on the 10:00 news and you could hear his voice telling the reporters who they could direct their questions to. I thought that was pretty cool because I hadn't seen him all day. Well he also had a test this morning in class so started studying when he got home, but the media kept calling till around 2 am, so after that he studied some more, then came up, showered, and said goodbye to me at 4 am, and left for work to take more media calls. Any way I feel so bad about his all-nighter. I hope he can come home and take a nap. So far he has had calls from all the local stations and other media, the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN, NBC Nightly New, CBS Evening News, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Inside Edition. Crazy Night!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Will #2 Be Bigger?

So, we've been trying to gauge how big our second child will be. Here are some interesting stats:

Rachel's weight gain at 37 weeks with Ty: 37 lbs.
Rachel's weight gain at 37 weeks with this kid: 29 lbs
Stress of marriage during 1st pregnancy, causing slightly higher weight gain: Moderate
Stress of marriage during 2nd pregnancy: Medium (middle ground) because husband isn't home much with work/school.

Rachel's 1st Pregnancy vs. 2nd Pregnancy