October 24, 2007
So, after our hiatus of 10 months we are back in the
digital world, friends! We'll try to be better about updating this thing
more often. Everyone I talk to who spends any time at our house eventually
says, "Wow, I forgot how much energy a two-year-old has." Yeah. We know.
That's why we keep inviting you all over. We're EXHAUSTED!! All kidding
aside, we have to thank all of the friends and family who have been
helping out since my unfortunate fall. It's hard enough to keep up with
all your appendages intact, but being down one leg makes it 100 times
harder. Oh, did I not mention that I broke my ankle the end of September?
Three breaks, a pin and a plate later I am in a (very pretty purple) cast
until the second week of November then they take more xrays and decide
what kind of brace is next. For those not faint of heart, here is the xray,
. Gross, I know.
Well, to get everyone up to speed, JP is totally and completely a
toddler boy. Last night, for instance, he was yelling "no supper" over and
over as he walked (on his own) to the dining room to climb into his chair
for supper. Incidentally he continued yelling "no supper" while he
was eating his supper, too. We switched him to a different daycare in
August. It is working out really well. He is spending lots more time
outside and seems to really enjoy the other kids and all the activities.
Having your child in daycare is a hard thing to do, so we are very
thankful for the good experience he is having. I have been reminded that
his vocabulary is quite extensive for his age. He has been known to talk
in complete, calm sentences. Mommy and Daddy beg to differ as he only
screams at us. But then I'm pretty sure his entire mission in life right
now is to give us a nervous breakdown. I think he plots at night how he
can make us crazy! Or possibly he and the girl who is slightly younger at
daycare are working together. I'm told they chatter to each other all day,
I have a feeling they are in cahoots!! Actually, he is quite a sweet
little boy. He has been kissing mommy's "owie" leg to make it better. As
well as singing to me. He does every third syllable of Jesus Loves
Me. It's incredibly cute!
So I have picked out a selection of more recent photos for your
enjoyment. We hope you are all well and looking forward to the holidays.
Eryn, John & JP
December 19, 2006
So, being a little short on time and sleep this month we decided to have a
holiday contest. "Who can add the best caption to the photo?" You
may or may not know some of the folks in the pictures, but don't let that
stop you! There are an assortment of Grandparents, college friends and
pets we consider family. Email your best effort to Eryn. Winning
submissions will be announced after Christmas, OK after New Years--let's
Have a great Christmas!! :)
Eryn, John & JP
November 4, 2006
Exploration is the name of the game here. Over, under,
around, through, climb up, climb down, climb up again. Toddler on the
move! We are anticipating JP's first airplane flight next week. Wish us
luck!! Mommy's first plane trip was at 25. So we are in uncharted
Some of you know, JP had minor surgery the beginning of October for a
hernia-type problem. He has recovered completely and the scar is starting
to fade. Yea!
Pretty much everything we have to share this month is summed up in
pictures. Including formal, 1 year
We hope all are well.
Eryn John & JP
September 5, 2006
A whole year!! Can you believe it?!?!? We have all survived
and are better for it. There are just two birthday pictures in this batch,
but I didn't want to wait any longer to share other pictures. Suffice it
to say, we came. There was cake. We all undressed. OK, only JP undressed,
but everyone else was warned to come prepared to undress before dessert
next time! Thank you for all the wonderful gifts JP received. He is
enjoying them all. Particularly the cool weather clothes. It has suddenly
become Autumn here. Highs in the middle 70's and lows in the mid-50's. I
know it won't last, but it is a nice relief from the heat of August.
JP's one year check-up went very well. He is nearly 22 lbs and 30 3/4 in.
and growing fast. He is not walking yet, but has started unconsciously
letting go of whatever furniture he's holding. Just for a few seconds, but
it is happening more frequently every day. We have also been practicing
clapping together and giving high-fives. His favorite song right now is
"If You're Happy and You Know It, Tickle Your Tummy." We purchased
what we hope is the final car seat before $20 booster seats when he is
over 100 lbs. Woo Hoo!!
Finally, we have plans to visit friends in Phoenix in November.
We haven't seen them in two years and are really looking forward to it.
This will be JP's first plane ride. Tune in for all the gory details. Film
Our best to all!
Eryn, John and JP
July 2, 2006
My how the time slips away. In reading the last entry I realized how much
John Patrick has changed since April. He is very independent, curious and
happy. He is a master crawler (those two brain hemispheres have no problem
talking to each other!). And is pulling himself up to standing on
everything that will hold him and some things that don't. He's bonked his
head enough times now that we no longer come running for every little
topple. Most often he doesn't notice either. He actually sits down
sometimes, I think, just so he can stand up again. At his 9 month checkup
he was 20 lbs, 29 in.
We have reinstituted the bunny gate, less to keep the bunnies out as to
keep JP in. His new mission in life is to terrorize the bunnies. Crash now
runs when he sees JP. Tulip freezes, I think she thinks if she doesn't
move no one will see her. Anyway, JP stands at the gate to the back porch
and sings/yells/screeches to the bunnies. They have yet to appreciate the
In May we had JP baptized here in Ames. We had a wonderful turnout of
friends and family. It was a special weekend and we are really glad that
so many made the trip. As part of the festivities, we all trooped to Sears
for group photos. Some worked, some not so much. Poor JP was so tired by
then that he didn't smile much, but we had fun with all six cousins
together for the first time and nearly all grandparents in one place.
As you will see in photos, JP is already earning his keep--dishes and
lawn watering are just the beginning! He follows us from room to room
always wanting to be in the middle of the action. His favorite bedtime
books are Good Morning, Good Night (this one HAS to be read EVERY night),
Bunny and Me, and I Love You Through and Through.
On that note we will wish you all well and hope to see you soon.
Eryn, John & John Patrick
April 11, 2006
Let the teething begin!! Yes, we have two bottom teeth and the
others are slowly making their way to the surface. May we recommend now as
a good time to purchase stock in Infant Tylenol and Ambesol? JP is a very
happy boy. His smiles are brilliant and easily given (then again what mom
wouldn't think that!) and his frustration is short-lived. He is working
very hard these days on trying to crawl. The coordination is not quite
there yet, but we are having a fun time shouting encouragement and
clapping every time he tries. Our daycare provider is taking her first
vacation in years which means we are without her for two weeks. Our great
thanks and appreciation go out to grandparents who are coming to stay with
JP so John and I can keep working. Though for the couple days I am home, the good weather has
made it very nice to walk in the afternoons. Easter pictures will
come shortly after the holiday. We are looking forward to meeting the new
baby chicks and ducks at my parents farm this Easter. No new height or
weight measurements to report other than "heavy." Also new 7-month Sears
photos* available here. Grandparents will be
receiving copies soon.
We hope you are all enjoying spring and the anticipation of new life that
comes with it!
Eryn, John & JP
*We have the copyright release for these photos, so can reproduce them at
will. Please let us know if you would like a copy as we can print directly
from the CD at a much higher quality than what we can post here.
February 25, 2006
Boy, have we grown! JP has lots of tricks these
days, favorites being...rolling front to back and back to front; pulling
one sock off and gnawing on it until completely soggy then pulling the
other off; and doing lots of baby push-ups. He is getting along great at
daycare. Miss Nancy and the other kids are fun to see every day. We did
have a bout of the Martian death flu attack our house in February. OK, so
it was RSV for JP and sinus/ear infections for mom and dad. We appear to
be inching our way towards health again as all of our antibiotics expire.
We made a short trip to see Great Gramma Bonnie in Illinois at the
beginning of Feb. She and JP had great fun giggling and playing together.
We have started some solid foods in the last week.
Consensus is "yea" on the oatmeal, "nay" on the rice,
and "the jury's still out" on the peas.
JP has also, just in the last few hours, learned that thrashing one's legs
in the bath makes fun splashes!
Statistics from JP's six month checkup: 15lb, 3 oz. 27in, more shots and
nasty looks at the nurse.
We hope your family is well and healthy and anticipating a great summer!
Eryn, John & JP
December 26, 2005
Whew! We made it! Office parties, dinner
parties, sending and receiving gifts and cards, we made it! Our
first holiday as a three-some was monumentally successful. We thank
all who have sent gifts for baby John. We are scratching are heads
together to think of places to put all the toys. Eryn keeps joking
about how we need a bigger home. John is still at home taking care
of John Patrick, so if you want to send care packages to him you can.
J.P. will start daycare on the 23rd of January. His four month
check-up went swimmingly. Most recent stats: 12lbs, 15oz and 25 inches
long. Still on track and everything looks great. With the exception of
bedtime hysterics, JP is a pretty happy boy. He is little Mr. Sunshine in
the morning. Unfortunately, when the sun sets, so does he. We've been
referring to him lately as Baby Crabby-butt in the evenings. I know, it's
all a phase and will pass soon enough, to be replaced by something equally
disruptive...probably in the morning! He likes to go to new places
and watch what's going on. He does great in a crowd and doesn't mind being
passed around one bit. With a little help he sits straight up and watches
everything. Still not rolling over yet, but definitely lifting his head
when laying on his tummy.
A word of explanation, we upgraded to a much newer version of Photoshop
recently and are still working out how to properly enhance and adjust
photos. A few of the photos currently posted may be slightly off in
coloring (OK so I know they are and I'm too darn tired to go back and redo
them!). So, forgive this month, we'll get better as we go. :)
Professional photos from Sears at 3 months old.
Hope all is joyful and merry in your lives.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Eryn, John and John Patrick
November, 11, 2005
Many apologies for the long time between updates. Hopefully the new
pictures will show that we have been terribly busy and will try harder
this month to be more timely.
Happy Anniversary to us! Yes, today is our 5th wedding anniversary.
Can you believe it's been five years?? Wow!
The parent transition begins next week. Eryn will go back to work half
time until after Thanksgiving, then full time. John will share half days
then stay home for 8 weeks, until the end of January. We are all a little
nervous, if for different reasons. However, we have found a wonderful
in-home daycare provider who comes with very high recommendations. She
will begin taking Baby John when dad goes back to work.
Some of JP's newest tricks include big smiles, small giggles, and full
flailing arms and legs when the lighted star plays music on the playmat.
He also noticed himself in the baby mirror the other day. He was
mesmerized for a solid 20 minutes! He and his reflection had a very
in depth conversation. We also play "toes in your nose" which elicits BIG
smiles. Statistics at his 2 month appointment: 10 lbs, 11 oz.; 23 1/2 in.
The doctor was very happy with his progress.
Our congratulations to Aunt Debbie and Uncle David on the newest addition
to their family in October. That makes four Grandsons on
John's side of the family.
We will have formal 3-month pictures taken next week and anticipate many
Thanksgiving pictures as well. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.
We thank God for all of our Grammies and Grampies, Aunts and Uncles,
Cousins and Friends every night in our bedtime prayers.
John, Eryn & John Patrick
September 27, 2005
I have finally had more than two minutes to work on this. Amazingly, the
sound of the keyboard actually relaxes John Patrick enough to help him
fall asleep. Weird. Anyway, we are working ourselves into something of a
routine. Out of the big three, eating, pooping and sleeping, two out of
three ain't bad. We are still having trouble sorting day from night. JP is
practicing for grad school early by wanting to be awake from 5:00pm-2:00am
and wanting to sleep all day. We take walks and make visits in the
afternoons as mommy has never really been a morning person either.
We made it through our first big party in Des Moines a couple weeks ago
and have been to church twice. We had our two-week checkup and did
very well. He was 7 lbs. 2 oz. and otherwise very healthy. We haven't
weighed lately, but the "mommy scale" says he is over 8 lbs by now.
We are looking forward to a friends wedding in a couple weeks (our first
formal occasion) and to Grampa, Gramma and Aunt Sally's visit from
Colorado. Of course, Grammy and Grampy O'Hare live nearby and have been to
visit several times. We just have to remember to get the camera out next
Enjoy the photos.
August 26, 2005
Ok...so Tuesday was optimistic. As most of you know we are
celebrating the birth-week of John Patrick Shriver. First things, first...
Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 10:30 pm
6 lbs, 5oz.
21 inches long
Many of you have heard the long version of John Patrick's birth story, so
I will share the abbreviated, kid-friendly version. For the full gory
detail version click here (coming soon). (Hey, don't say I didn't warn you.)
Monday evening began the first of two 12-hour rounds of induction
intervention. By Tuesday night at 10:00 pm there had still been no change
in cervix or dilation. The doctors (and notice I use the plural) let us
stay in the hospital overnight Tuesday to rest and began more serious
intervention on Wednesday morning. At 8:00 am my water was broken, and by
12:00 they started the pitocin to induce contractions. At 5:30 the
epidural was bellowed for and by 6:00 pm life was good again. Labor moved
quickly after that. Unfortunately, midway through the final stages poor
J.P. became stuck and professional intervention was again needed. The
final result...a beautiful baby boy and a mother who needed some quick and
We are so very thankful for the many doctors and nurses who cared
for all three of us. We know it didn't happen the way any of us imagined,
but the right people were definitely in the right place when we needed
them to be.
And a huge thank you to everyone who sent email congratulations as well as
phone calls and visits. We are surrounded by so many loving family and
friends it is truly a blessing. Photos
August 19, 2005
Well, here we are. The tests all went very well this morning. Doctors were
all very happy with the results and say the baby is doing great.
However....there must be an end to this pregnancy. The child cannot attend
college in utero. So, if the full moon tonight does not incite a sudden
wave of contractions and the baby to figure this out on its own, we will
be sent to the hospital Monday evening to begin the induction process. By
Tuesday at the latest we will have a baby! Yeah!! If you
haven't heard anything by Monday morning, assume we are headed to the
hospital that evening. Of course we'll let everyone know the results as
soon as we are able on Tuesday. On a very happy note, we have a
wonderful new ultrasound picture to share.
The first look at the baby's face full on. Enjoy!
August 11, 2005
Howdy baby fans! Yes, today is Due Day. We had another Dr. appointment
today and we are very, verrryy sloooowwwwly moving toward actually giving
birth to a real live child. They all promise me that there will be a
birth eventually. If nothing changes in the next week, we go back on
Friday, Aug. 19 (19!!!) for another ultrasound and a non-stress test for
the baby. Both of those being satisfactory, the doctors will let us go up
to two weeks late before inducing. All hopes are that the appointments
next week will be cancelled because the baby just couldn't wait any longer
to join us. Eryn's last day of work was Friday, Aug. 5. She has been
keeping busy with many projects at home and getting in two naps a day can
be a challenge! John's work-related travel has been suspended and
all field research is to be held in the bi-county area only, as decreed by
the mom-to-be. Please keep all three of us in your prayers that all
remain healthy and we embrace patience and give baby all the time it
needs. Our best to all.
July 5, 2005
It seems everyone is healthy and happy in the O'Shriver household. Baby is
apparently learning ancient Chinese martial arts when not concentrating
on, you know, growing limbs and things. Mom is maintaining her blood
sugar well with diet and no insulin. And Dad is completing assigned
baby-related projects with, if not enthusiasm then at least determination.
It was good to see family at the O'Hare reunion in June. And to stay with
Peg and family
nearby. Some photos of reunion are available here.
We continue to gather necessary items to make baby as comfortable as
possible. The infant crib from Eryn's family is in place and ready to go.
The new (to us)
baby-mobile is now owned by our bank and thoughtfully
given to us to drive in the meantime. The dresser is finished and the
first load (of thousands) of baby clothes have been washed in Dreft.
Next on the list...new glider rocker. Woo Hoo!
June 9, 2005
Short belly check appointment today. Everything appears to be
going fine. The doctor is happy with the baby's progress. And though I
lost another 2 pounds, she says the baby keeps growing, so that's just
great! For those counting, that puts me at a net gain of 3lbs for
the pregnancy. Very, very strange!! Living on the diabetic diet has
its challenges, but we are making it work. It still feels like a square
peg in a round hole some days. John has been learning with me things like,
exactly how much is 6 oz of potato?? We are taking the hospital's
Childbirth class this weekend, so will be fully trained by Monday. (Yeah,
right!) :) John has been working diligently on refinishing the
dresser we will use for baby. It will have originally belonged to be the
baby's great-great-great-great-grandmother. It's a very special connection
to keep in the family.
We had a second ultrasound on 5/26/05. According to the tech and the OB,
everything looks great. The baby is quite healthy and happy.
Unfortunately, at the time of the US baby was being a bit shy and had
covered its face with both hands, and a foot just for good measure. So, we
didn't get any pictures clear enough to post.
The other news of note is that I failed with flying colors my glucose
tolerance test. That and my 7th grade rock identification test are the
only things in my life I have completely and utterly failed!!
Anyhow, I am scheduled for the Gestational Diabetes Class on 6/2/05. I
anticipate they will tell me to stop eating all of the sweets that I
already don't eat. And they will set me up with a monitor, strips, etc.
(no, mom, I don't need to borrow any testers right now! ;) The doctor
didn't seem too concerned and my weight gain has been minimal so she said
to keep doing what we're doing.
We look forward to seeing the O'Hares and a few of the Donnellys in June,
then our travel hiatus begins. Best wishes to all.
Eryn, John & Baby O'Shriver
Welcome to our adventure. The pictures on these pages are for family and
friends far away to share in our excitement. Most photos have been reduced
for easier web loading. If you would like prints of any photo in
particular, please let us know and we can have the full size version which
is suitable for printing made available. We will send an email when photos
The first sign....
Sorry it's a little out of focus, we had a loaner camera.
Special thanks go to our next-door neighbor, Andy, and Eryn's student,
Adam, for helping us get this going. Thanks guys!! And homage to Jae &
Joel from whom we blatantly stole this idea. :)