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1: Our journey through the pregnancy of little baby boy. Our beautiful, sweet perfect little boy. We will always cherish our first 9 months together. Lovingly, Mommy & Daddy

2: Each little miracle of life begins with a unique story. Our little miracle didn’t even begin in me! Our story begins here, at the Reproductive Medical Group. | the beginning

3: Without going into too much detail, we have struggled with infertility for years. The hardest part for us to grasp was the fact that, through numerous tests, the doctors were unable to find anything wrong with either one of us. We both checked out perfect. I believe the proper term for this is unexplained infertility. Before coming to the crossroads of adoption or IVF, we tried oral fertility medication nine times and completed three rounds of insemination. It became obvious that if we wanted to become parents, we were going to have to adopt or attempt IVF, both of which are expensive and offer no guarantees. After a long, late night walk down Bayshore Drive, we agreed on adoption. After many phone calls and in-depth research over the next week, we changed our minds and decided IVF was a better fit for us.

4: Because this was our last attempt, we went for gold and signed the dotted line for a program that allowed up to six IVF attempts. We took out a loan to cover the cost of the treatments but it did not cover the cost of the medication. I believe this was God’s way of guiding our hearts to focus on what’s important in life. It was during this time we rented out our 3,000 sq. ft. townhouse and moved into an 800 sq. ft. apartment. If you know us, you know living in a small space isn’t a new experience for us. It works for us and has allowed us peace of mind to plan for our future. Although our decision to begin IVF took place in April, the first round didn’t officially begin until late August. I had a surgery in June and was required to be on birth control for a full month. The shots began in late August and continued through mid-September. I was giving myself up to three shots a day and visiting the doctor for blood work almost every day. I have become a pro at getting my blood drawn.

5: My egg aspiration was set for Tuesday, September 18, 2012. This is the day all my eggs (9) were removed and put together with John’s sperm in a petri dish. Today is the day our baby began life.

6: The doctor called me every day to update me on the progress of the eggs. We had 6 of the 9 eggs fertilize and had to wait five days before putting a fertilized egg or two back in my uterus. We had already agreed and signed paperwork requesting only one egg be placed back in my uterus. We were given this option for our first attempt only and it required the fertilized egg have a perfect rating. When making this decision, the doctor informed us that this rarely happens and more than likely, two eggs will be placed back inside me.

7: To our surprise (and John’s secret desire), we had a perfect egg and it was placed in my uterus on Sunday, September 23rd. We got to watch the egg being placed inside me on the sonogram monitor. This is something unique only IVF patients get to experience.

8: And then the waiting began.... I was restricted from doing any kind of physical activity other than walking. This was a bit of a shock to my body! I had already cut way back on my physical activity in preparation for IVF but walking 3-4 miles took waaaaay longer to complete than running. I was scheduled for a blood test on Tuesday, October 2nd, two weeks after my egg aspiration (fertilization). Ironically, October 2nd is the day John’s mom passed away two years ago. I secretly had a good feeling we would get good news today. The blood test was scheduled at 7:15am and the doctor was to call me between 2pm – 3pm that afternoon to let me know the results. John and I had agreed that I would tell him the news when we got home from work. I didn’t want to tell him over the phone, good or bad. | the waiting...

9: I was talking to John on the phone as I walked into Target on my lunch break. As we were talking, I received a call from an unknown source. I let John go and answered the call. It was the nurse telling me I was pregnant! I will never forget that moment in all my life. I couldn’t even talk, I just started crying. I’m even crying now as I type this remembering the moment. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get off work. I ended up staying later than I had planned and texted John on my way home asking when to expect him. He responded with “leaving now”. He couldn’t take the anticipation and decided to leave early. I had roughly three minutes to prepare my sign and hang a few streamers before John walked in the door. John was so thankful I decided to hang the streamers. He was worried (imagine that!) that I might have bad news and seeing the streamers right when he walked in made his heart soar. I tried to video tape his reaction but he came right over to me and hugged me, messing up my video. The photo on the next page, however, captures his feelings perfectly.

11: Although the blood test confirmed we were pregnant, we both knew we weren’t out of the woods yet. It all seemed surreal to us. Our first sonogram wasn’t scheduled until October 24th, three weeks away. Walking into that appointment, I could physically see the nervousness occupying John. We make quite the team. John is always prepared for the worst and I always expect the best. Today was no different. John feared the worst and I expected the best. I reminded him that God is in control. No matter what happens today, we still have each other. | We're Pregnant!

12: Seeing the embryo on the sonogram monitor and hearing the heart beat was like a dream. We had waited years for this moment and the moment didn’t disappoint. It was everything I imagined it would be and to experience it with John is proof there is a God. I’m a picture junkie and as soon as the nurse left the room to get the doctor, I broke out my camera to take pictures. I want to capture every moment.

14: We discussed when to tell our family the great news. I love living in Florida but I hate being so far from my family. Because of my desire to tell at least one family member in person, we decided to break the news as soon as we had our first family visitor. John’s dad and his wife were our first visitors in late October. We met them in Sarasota for brunch and broke the news by pulling out the sonogram photo. I really wanted to wait until my dad’s visit for Thanksgiving to tell him the news in person but we couldn’t wait that long. We called all our other family members that same weekend. We did FaceTime with my sister and her husband and seeing their reactions made the moment a little more special. | sharing the news

15: I was released from the Reproductive Medical Group after my last appointment on November 7th. We were amazed at the growth of our baby in just two weeks. The baby went from the size of a single piece of rice to the size of a quarter. Seeing our baby on the sonogram monitor is truly amazing and surreal. We celebrated our victory with cupcakes for the entire staff. They had become like family to me over the course of the last two years. I’m going to missing their warm smiles and friendly words. What a blessing they have been to us! We are forever thankful.

16: A little over a week later, I was scheduled for my first doctor visit with my regular OB doctor. I think John and I were most excited about seeing our baby on the sonogram monitor again. We could actually distinguish the head from the body this visit. God is simply amazing and beyond wonders!

17: All of our questions were answered, including my question regarding exercise. Although not quite through my first trimester, I was given the green light to start running, lightly. This was music to my ears. John, being John (whom I love with all my heart), was still concerned I would over do it. We’ve waited so long for this miracle; I wasn’t going to do anything to compromise our child. I agreed to walk to Bayshore and then jog in the grass. I returned feeling exhilarated. I’m back! Capturing the moment once again.

18: John and I have been volunteering at Amazing Love Ministries for several months now. Every Monday night we feed the homeless and then stay for praise and worship followed by a message. I mentioned to John one time that I would some day like to give the message. My time came earlier than expected. In early November, a volunteer was going around asking for volunteers to sign up and give the message. They needed volunteers for the entire month of November. John was asked and volunteered me instead. It was time for me to get out of my comfort zone and allow the Lord to work through me. | Inspiration

19: I gave the message the Monday after Thanksgiving at Amazing Love Ministries in which I spilled the beans about our pregnancy. I began the message talking about happiness and how we are all responsible for our own happiness. I shared about my infertility issues and how I used to let my issue affect my attitude. I played the pity card and felt sorry for myself. God had His way with me and truly changed me from the inside out. I no longer let my infertility issue affect my happiness. I trust God’s plan for my life and if that plan didn’t include being a parent, I was okay with that. God had already blessed me with an amazing, wonderful husband to share my life with and I was extremely happy.

21: I continued my message focusing on my favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I explained that I continue to pray for a child but I always include in my prayer “if it be Your will”. God’s plan for my life has already exceeded my expectations! If you’ve met my husband, you understand. I explained that when we ask God for the desires of our heart, His answer isn’t always yes. Sometimes His answer is no or not now. We cannot let that affect our happiness. We must remember He loves us and wants the very best for us. I used Christ as an example of when God’s answer was no. I shared God’s answer to my desire to become a parent was not now. Although I’m 8-10 years older than I thought I would be having my first child, it is truly the perfect time. God’s timing is always perfect; He is never late. Everything that comes from God is worth the wait. We feel incredibly blessed to be chosen as the parents of this child. I couldn’t imagine going through this experience with anyone else.

22: My second doctor’s appointment was December 14th but my next sonogram isn’t until mid-January. This appointment was strictly a checkup without a sonogram. I always feel more relaxed after I see our baby but this visit I was only able to hear our baby’s heartbeat. This was just as comforting. As we patiently wait for January, we look forward to seeing our friends and family up north for Christmas. I’ll be 16 weeks on Christmas day! | Family Time

23: Spending the Christmas holiday in Indiana was simply perfect. We were able to see all of our family and several friends. Lots of memories were made during our weeklong visit. My stepsister is also pregnant and is due in April. We were able to compare bumps; she obviously won! I gave her the bigger bow because little Carter is bigger than Baby Shaver. To our surprise, we received several baby gifts. I will say it was weird opening baby gifts. The reality still hasn’t hit me or John. It was while we were in Indiana when I decided to announce we are expecting. Several days after posting the announcement, I was able to read the comments made by our friends and family on both Facebook and the website and I was truly touched. Some of the comments came from old friends I haven’t seen or spoken to in years. I can’t even explain in words how I felt when reading through all the comments. I wish I could hug you all! I cried as I read through them and I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.

24: I think as a society, we focus so much on the bad in the world that we forget all the good in the world. Reading through the numerous, encouraging comments made me remember there is a lot of good in our world. I feel so blessed to be surrounded and uplifted by so many good, positive people. After the sixth Christmas celebration, it was finally time to head home. Of course we always wish for snow when we travel up north for the holidays, but having the snowstorm arrive on our departure day wasn’t what we had in mind. Although several flights were delayed and even cancelled, ours was scheduled to depart on time. Thank you God!

26: We had been anticipating our January 11th appointment for weeks hoping this is when we find out the sex of Baby Shaver. I just began my 19th week and know from all my reading that the sex can be determined at this stage of pregnancy. Unfortunately, our doctor wanted to wait until week 20 for the ultrasound because the baby will be bigger and easier to see. I think my sister was more disappointed with this news than we were. She started researching ways to determine whether I’m having a boy or a girl and asked me to urinate in a cup of baking soda! I cooperated only because I love her and it makes for a good story. And the results of the urine in baking soda test..undetermined. It looks like we will have to wait until January 25th.

27: I read that the day you find out the gender of your baby is comparable to the day you find out that you are pregnant. This comparison is so true! The appointment we have been looking forward to for months finally arrived. My sister and I have had a countdown going via text for the last week. The last text of the countdown I got from her this morning read, “2 hrstoot! I had a dream u txt me it was a boy last night.” If you would have asked me a month ago what I thought I was having, I would have answered “girl”. I thought I was having a girl the entire pregnancy up until 2 weeks ago. Something in me changed and I was sure it was a boy. Just to document my prediction, I had John interview me right before we walked into the doctor’s office. I predicted we were having a boy. After waiting 45 minutes for our name to be called, we finally made our way back to the sonogram room. The first question the technician asked is if we wanted to know the sex of our baby. Absolutely!

28: The technology today is so amazing. We got to see our baby up close and personal. We counted all the fingers and toes, looked at all four chambers of the heart, inspected the brain and at the very end, discovered the gender of our baby. We are having a baby boy!!! John’s initial reaction was “yes” and mine was “I knew it”. After our first words we were both so choked up we couldn’t talk for several minutes. I had happy tears running down my face. We were both so overjoyed there aren’t words to truly capture the feeling. It is 100% comparable to the day you find out your pregnant.

30: We left the office with three sonogram photos and a CD of additional sonogram photos to share with friends and family. The reality of the pregnancy has finally hit us. We are going to have a son. Wow! Not only do I know very little about babies, I really don’t know anything about boys! It’s a good thing I have lots of friends who have all know who you are. After a few snapshots with the sonogram photos and my second interview in which I reported my prediction was correct, we were each hesitant to get back to work. We sat in the car for a little while talking about how excited we are about having a boy. John did tell me that he felt a little bad for me that we aren’t having a girl because he knows I like doing hair and dressing up pretty. It was such a sweet, heartfelt comment to make. I assured him that I was extremely happy we are having a boy. | It's a BOY!

31: My very first phone call once John and I went our separate ways to work was to my sister. She said she had been staring at her phone for the last hour. She had the same feelings I had in which she thought it was a girl up until a couple of weeks ago. She is just as excited as John and me. | Seeing and hearing John’s reaction to the news was God’s way of telling me we are perfect to raise a son. We can bond on the bleachers.

32: Now that we know the gender of our baby, it’s time to start planning. What will we name him? I never thought I would feel so much pressure but this naming business is tough. He is going to have this name his entire life. We’ve ruled out family names as we want him to be his own person and have a unique identity. Not to mention John is already a junior. We don’t want anything too common where he has the same name as three other kids in his class. If you know us well, you know that neither John nor I excelled in spelling so we need a name that’s easy to spell. Our name selections change on a daily basis. We have purchased a small white board and placed it on our refrigerator so we can keep our list of names visible and make changes as we change our minds. I don’t predict this baby will have a name until he enters the world.

34: The last Saturday in February as John and I were just waking up I felt a dance party going on inside my belly. I laid John’s hand on my belly and he got to feel our baby kick for the first time. It was such a sweet moment. I absolutely love feeling our baby moving around inside of me. It makes doctor’s appointments not quite so nerve-wracking. As excited as I am to meet our baby, I’m really enjoying this bonding time within the womb. The third trimester has arrived! This pregnancy is going very smoothly and I’ve loved every moment thus far. I say ‘thus far’ as labor and delivery is right around the corner! We start our child birthing class next month and are looking forward to our last ultrasound scheduled at the end of March. We can’t wait to see our little man once again!

36: It’s March 28th, the day of our last ultrasound. It is moments like these that make life worth living. Seeing our little man yawn within the womb put permanent smiles on our faces. The ultrasound tech confirmed we are having a boy, thank goodness! He is a rather large baby, weighing 3 pounds, 10 ounces. He ranks in the 77th percentile and is predicted to be over 8 pounds by his due date. He has long limbs, just like his daddy and no hair (just like mommy at birth). John and I sometimes guess what he will look like. I think we should place some bets! Will he have blond hair or brown hair? Blue eyes or brown eyes? I hope he looks just like his daddy.

38: As the weeks go by, our anxiety level gradually decreases. Having several friends deliver premature babies weighing less than 3 pounds, the fact that our baby is almost 4 pounds and growing daily is a true blessing from God. I don’t care how big he gets, as long as he’s healthy. We began our child-birthing class this week and during the introductions I was asked what I like best about being pregnant. There are so many things I love about being pregnant! I love feeling him dance in my belly. I can’t help but smile every time I feel him. No wonder I have permanent laugh lines! People tend to be extra kind to pregnant women. I think of my baby bump as an accessory and I love it! There are so many ways to dress it up and show it off. It’s beach time here in Florida and my accessory is on full display. This pregancy is a miracle from God and I’m enjoying every moment!

40: Baby shower time has arrived! My friends at work planned a shower for me at work on Friday, May 3rd and my sister planned one for me on Saturday, May 4th. This was a weekend to remember. The amount of love and support we received over the course of the weekend was truly overwhelming. We were so extremely touched by all the kind, encouraging words and massive amounts of gifts. We did not expect anything near what we received and saying thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. My friends at work did an awesome job hosting ‘April’s Little MVP is on the Way’ shower. The décor was all about the ballpark complete with a full concession stand. We were blown away. John couldn’t believe that my friends at work would do something so nice and go to so much effort to make the shower one to remember. It was so cool and I’ll never forget it. I love those girls to pieces!!!

41: April's Little MVP is on the Way

42: My “Little Man” shower, hosted by my sister, my friend Lisa, my mom and my step mom, was a huge success. All four of them flew down to Tampa just for the weekend to host the shower. That is true love! My sister started planning the entire event as soon as she found out we were having a boy. There were mustaches and ties everywhere! My apartment started filling up with boxes weeks before the event. She must have sent at least 10 boxes of shower décor and gifts. We was under strict orders to not open anything. She flew in a day early to go through the boxes while I was at work. There were so many gifts! It took me so long just to get through the gifts that we ran out of time to play the game. I can’t even describe the feelings I had that day. I was so touched by everyone’s kind words. The amount of love and joy in that room was overwhelming. I got a little choked up at the end when I was thanking everyone for coming. I did make everyone take a group photo because these are the memories life is all about. I can’t wait for our little man to meet you all! He is already so loved.

43: Little Man Baby Shower

44: We are now in the home stretch to delivery and meeting our baby boy. We had hoped to be in our new home by now but the completion date has been moved to May 30th. The question is, will Baby Shaver be impatient like his daddy and come early (say, on move in day) or patient like his mommy and come on time (to allow us time to prepare the nursery)? As much as I want him to be just like his daddy, I really hope he’s like me in this aspect. Whichever way, we will roll with the punches and make it work. Our life is never boring! | Home Stretch

46: Week 40 has come and gone. Wow! I really never thought about going past my due date but I can officially say I am ready to meet our little guy. He gave us enough time to get moved into our new house and get unpacked. He will be getting evicted in one week if he doesn’t arrive beforehand. Our doctor will induce labor at week 41. John and I are praying he comes before the doctor has to induce labor, but as the days progress, I have a feeling I will be induced. This little guy is running on “Shaver Time”.

47: It’s Monday, June 17th and I have my last doctor’s appointment before my induction tomorrow. I have made no progress toward labor and the doctor wants me to check into the hospital tonight for a procedure to soften my cervix before starting the Pitocin tomorrow morning. John and I are both caught off guard. We were expecting to check in tomorrow morning, not 5:00pm tonight. We left the doctor’s office at 2:30pm and were expected at the hospital at 5:00pm. We both had to run back to work first, then home to pack and finally to the hospital. It was all becoming real and I was getting nervous and excited at the same time. A little part of me was sad I wasn’t going to be pregnant any longer. I had enjoyed every moment of pregnancy. | Before leaving for the hospital, I have my sister take a quick picture of us. Our last day as a family of two...

48: We arrive at the hospital on "Shaver Time", meaning a little past five. Once checked in and assigned to our labor and delivery room, the nurses begin my IV. Now you’d think after going through IVF and having my blood drawn on a weekly basis, I would be okay with needles by now. Too much time must have elapsed because I passed out during the process. This pushed my procedure back an extra hour to allow time for the baby to recover. Looking back, this was the worst of my labor and delivery. Crazy, I know.

49: I was allowed one last meal at 9:30 that evening. John brought me some food and stayed with me at the hospital. We just relaxed that evening watching TV and talking about tomorrow. We have been waiting what seems like a lifetime for this moment and it had finally arrived. God is amazing and our son is truly a miracle.

50: The procedure worked to soften my cervix but I wasn’t dilated any further. This was a bit discouraging but hopefully the Pitocin would do its job and we would meet our son this afternoon. I was started on Pitocin at 8:30 am to induce labor. The doctor’s second visit to my room at 2:30 pm resulted in hardly any progress and his decision to break my water. Hopefully this would speed things along. I believe I was 4 cm. dilated for at least 6 hours. I was moving at a snail’s pace. To top it off, every time I had a contraction, the baby’s heart rate would drop. I was being monitored very closely and was informed that as long as the heart rate only decreased with the contraction, the baby was not in danger. My motherly instinct had begun and I was worried and continuously watched the monitor. The topic of C-section came up early evening. If I didn’t begin to make some progress, the doctor would have to do a C-section. This scared me. I had prepared myself ahead of time that this was always a possibility if it was best for the baby. I knew this in my heart but I was still scared and cried after the doctor left the room.

51: The doctor continued to check on me every couple of hours and I began making progress, VERY SLOWLY. By late evening, John, the nurse and myself were convinced that I was going to have to have a C-section. She checked me right before her shift ended at 11 pm and I was still at 6.5 cm. She was on her way to tell the doctor and predicted he would call it quits. John reminded me of all the positives we discussed about having a C-section to try and calm my nerves. The nurse came back and said the doctor wanted to wait one more hour. I was overjoyed and prayed for my progression to speed up. That one-hour actually turned into 2 hours and it was in that last half an hour when I began to feel the pressure. I knew my body was finally ready. The nurse appeared just after 1 am and I was completely dilated and ready to push. It was then that my body physically began to shake. | It's Time!

52: After calling the baby nurses to come and prepare the room for delivery, I was ready to start pushing. Just after a few pushes, the head was crowning and the doctor was called. Once he arrived, I pushed a few more times and at 1:47 am, Phoenix Stone Shaver entered the world weighing 8lbs 1oz and measuring 21.5 inches long. A true miracle from God above!!!

54: Watching you grow for 9 months...

58: I am so excited to be an auntie! It has been a long journey for you, but as you stated, God has a plan. With patience and determination, you never gave up after so many years. I am SO EXCITED for both of you to enjoy the experience of parenthood...something that I know you have longed for your whole life. You both will make the best parents, I have no doubt. Thank you for sharing this website with your story. I believe it will be an inspiration to all. Love you both and can't wait to meet Baby Shaver! All my love, Aunt Brooke 12/18/2012 9:37:59 PM I've been sending lots of prayers up since my visit in September! This is the best Christmas gift ever! Even for me! I love you both and hope to see you while you are home! from: Lisa Griffith 12/21/2012 12:11:52 AM | Comments on

59: We read your story! We both cried tears of happiness! We love All 3 of you! from: Maureen and cub 12/21/2012 3:54:53 AM We are so thrilled for you all! I am in tears after reading your story and can't wait to continue to follow you from KY. God is so good! Sending love and blessings! from: Leslie Cochran 12/21/2012 7:12:43 AM So happy for you April!! I know what's that's like and I love your outlook on all of this. God's timing is perfect. He is never late!! Blessings on your pregnancy and in your little ones life! from: Erin (Hermes) Armstrong 12/21/2012 8:06:18 AM So excited for you! Guess book club with need to add some pregnancy books or be a shower?? ;) from: Jordan 12/21/2012 8:56:03 AM

60: Dear April, Aymie shared your website with me and I was so thrilled to hear that you are going to have a little babe. I cried through your whole story. As a labor and delivery nurse, I NEVER tire of a baby story. Can't wait to see the pics of Baby Shaver. Love, Susie Smith 12/21/2012 9:59:12 AM WooHOO! I want to cry and cheer for you guys all at the same time! So, so happy for you, April. I loved reading of your journey to gratitude - recognizing the gift of a loving husband, and finding a place of peace, with or without a child. And now, the cry of your heart has been fulfilled! What a blessing! What a journey! Thanks for sharing your story. from: Hayley Lahr 12/21/2012 1:18:36 PM We are soo excited to be an aunt and uncle! I feel so blessed to be able to share this pregnancy experience with you! from: Audrey and Jeff 12/21/2012 5:15:01 PM

61: I LOVE your website! How cool. You are doing a great job documenting your progress in pictures, April. Can't wait to see you both in person! Love you both so much! from: Lori Likens 12/21/2012 10:45:38 PM Lisa has shared your journey and now this website with me and knows my strong feelings of God's miracle of life. Too many take it all for granted. I am so very happy for you and know how blessed you feel and believe me you are very deserving. My Godchild went thru this twice and has two wonderful sons. My dear friends daughter has a daughter and a son from this immmensely emotional process so I have heard all the soties and prayed for all of you. Be happy and blessed and have a wonderful holiday season. I plan to follow you on your most joyous journey. from: Kathy Omo 12/22/2012 7:28:30 AM I was in tears when I found out that you were expecting. What an incredible story of Gods blessings. from: Adam Ross 12/27/2012 2:21:05 PM

62: Congrats on your little miracle! Enjoy this time--enjoy every moment as it goes so fast! from: Paula Pautauros 1/7/2013 4:52:16 PM Having been blessed with a front row seat to this life story for many years now, I am so happy for you and John! I have never known you happier than now, and this baby is sooo blessed to have you as parents. You are both amazing humans, and I look forward to meeting your amazing creation. Hugs and prayers of happiness to my dear Shaver friends, all three of you! from: Jesse Collins 1/15/2013 6:16:18 PM Anxiously awaiting Baby Shaver. Cannot wait until Friday when we know the sex of little Shaver! I'm still over-the-moon and grow more excited each and every day. I may love pink and tutus, but I'm more than excited to welcome a healthy girl OR boy. I think I'm most excited to see you April, and John as parents. You have both waited so long for this moment, and I am so happy to be along for the journey with you. I love you all (3) very much! from: Aunt Brooke 1/20/2013 9:20:47 PM

63: We have been checking the website always!!! You look so Great!!!! Your little boy is kicking that is so cool and the most Amazing thing your son can't wait to have you and John hold him!!! We can't wait to hold him too!!! Love you all!' from: Maureen and cub shaver 2/18/2013 5:19:08 AM I need to pay more attention to my grandson. I finally got on and have enjoyed this sight. God is alive and still blesses all of us. from: Dad "grandpaw" Likens 3/24/2013 7:37:40 PM Your story is incredible.. I'm SO EXCITED for you and john, and this entire family. So blessed from: Adam 4/17/2013 10:04:10 AM

64: Baby Shaver- what a great weekend I had with your mommy, daddy, and family. It was fun celebrating your anticipated birth. I cannot WAIT to meet you very soon. Keep mommy healthy these last few weeks and let her get her rest! Much love! from: Lisa Griffith 5/7/2013 9:33:49 PM April- So happy for you! You will be such a great mom. Miss you bunches. Love, Jen Summers 5/9/2013 8:04:04 PM Have you packed your bag yet? ;) from: Auntie Brooke 6/6/2013 7:37:27 PM

65: 33.5 hours until I arrive and I'm overcome with emotion. I can't believe Baby decided to wait until I get there to make his debut! I can't even explain how I feel, and I'm just his Aunt! I can't wait for the next few days and experience this with April and John. Feeling so blessed and excited, and probably every other emotion somewhere in between! Baby Shaver is such a miracle and I'm so happy to be along for the ride! Getting anxious!!! from: Auntie Brooke 6/13/2013 10:11:25 PM I miss my little Phoenix already! Just made it home. What a joy it was to be there over the past week. Although I though he would already be there when I arrived, it was extremely happy to be his first visitor! He gets cuter by the day, and I'm so happy for you two! I'm happy for myself too! LOL. He is just too cute for words and I can't wait to see him grow. Love you guys! from: Auntie Brooke 6/22/2013 8:52:33 PM

66: April and John, He is beautiful!!!! He is truly God's gift. You both will make wonderful parents. Enjoy every minute as they go by fast. He will celebrating his first birthday before you know it. I can't wait to meet him in person. Your mom is soooooo excited about getting there and holding him. You think being a parent is wonderful.....being a grandparent is even better!!! Keep posting those pictures on FB. I love seeing them! Love you April!!!! from: Kathie Taylor 6/26/2013 12:06:52 PM

67: Comments from our Facebook announcement on December 20, 2012 "Santa came— with John Shaver." Morgan Tanner oh my gosh!!!!!! exciting xoxo December 20, 2012 at 10:46pm Jeff Dyer oh my is right...merry christmas :) December 20, 2012 at 10:50pm

68: Aymie Smith-Nielsen WHHHHHATTTTTT!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! I am so excited right now I'm crying :) Congratulations you guys and what a perfect time of the year to be able to announce it! Wahoooooooo!!!! December 20, 2012 at 10:52pm Sarah Taylor I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU TWO!!!!! Can't wait to catch up one of these days!!! Love u!!! December 20, 2012 at 10:58pm Tracey Lehman Abate Awwww!! So happy for you both~you will be an Amazing mom&<3 it!! Congrats&GOD Bless~ December 20, 2012 at 10:59pm Corey Ross Congratulations!!! December 20, 2012 at 11:05pm Jill Fisher Yay!!! Sooooo exciting!! I'm very happy for you guys!!! December 20, 2012 at 11:07pm Sarah Stevens April im so happy for you, I remember you were wanting a baby when we worked in myrtle together which seems like a different life time! You are an amazing person and I wish you the best!! Xoxo December 20, 2012 at 11:16pm

69: Bryan Allen Reed How awesome is that! Congratulations! December 20, 2012 at 11:20pm Jessica Romack Cox Yay!! So happy for u!! Praise God!! December 20, 2012 at 11:21pm Shana Goltz Wasserman Congrats! So happy for you! :) December 20, 2012 at 11:33pm Sabrina Govin Your Uncle Scott would be so thrilled to be a Great Uncle!! I am just so thrilled for you!!! December 20, 2012 at 11:34pm Sara May I'm so happy for you! Congratulations! What a great Christmas!! December 20, 2012 at 11:44pm Heidi Davis Congrats! And Merry Christmas! December 20, 2012 at 10:48pm Sherri Gulley I'm so happy you!!! You will be awesome parents!! That's one lucky baby in the making! December 20, 2012 at 10:57pm

70: Mallorie Aquino Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I am so excited for you!!!! December 20, 2012 at 11:18pm Wesley Mullinax Congrats December 20, 2012 at 11:24pm Jessica Romack Cox I love your faith April! God's timing is always right. I am praying for u each day of your journey! December 20, 2012 at 11:31pm Sherri Gulley ^^^this is the truth. It took a little time for me to realize why I wanted my babies 2 years apart, but God's plan was 5 years apart. Believe me, His was a better plan. December 20, 2012 at 11:32pm Katie Bower So happy for you! Congratulations!!! December 20, 2012 at 11:38pm Kimmy Dvorak Congratulations to you both! You will be wonderful parents!! December 20, 2012 at 11:48pm Hilary Armstrong Congrats!!! So happy and excited for you guys:) December 20, 2012 at 11:19pm

71: Cammy Crockett Congrats April!! December 21, 2012 at 12:23am Kathie Gibson Taylor OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! I'm so excited for the both of you!!!!!!!!! So sad our plans took a different path today! Got to see you before you leave if only for a minute! December 21, 2012 at 12:57am Lisa Griffith Im so excited! Merry Christmas! December 21, 2012 at 12:58am Tonja LaKose Loos I was wondering when we'd see this, because you've been pinning a lot of baby stuff on Pinterest! Congratulations! Being a mommy is the BEST job ever! December 21, 2012 at 2:17am Jason Brown Congratulations!!!!!! A December 21, 2012 at 7:40am Maureen Wehr Ohhhhh my God little Baby Shaver!!!! I'm So Happy as you know !!! Have fun in Fort Wayne!!!! Kisses to you and John both! XOXO. Love Great Aunt Maureen and Great Uncle Cubby December 21, 2012 at 4:37am Laura Locke-Walker Congrats, April!!!!! December 21, 2012 at 10:58am

72: Claire Epstein Shawhan Yay!!! Congratulations! December 21, 2012 at 10:41am Kathleen Kennedy Congratulations! What a neat story and I am so happy for you! December 21, 2012 at 12:07am Heather Emami Congrats April! Thanks for sharing your story! December 21, 2012 at 12:08am Aisha Gearig Awwww so nice :) December 21, 2012 at 12:39am Stephanie Bubp Horner Truly amazing story! Congratulations to you both. God works in mysterious ways. December 21, 2012 at 2:26am Ed Wernig That's awesome you two! Congrats! December 21, 2012 at 3:50am Claire Young Omg! April! I'm so happy for you sweet girl! Congrats for your family! You must have taken Julio Escobar's advice hahaha! And yes, he is on facebook! Xoxo December 21, 2012 at 4:51am

73: Jennifer Jk Hathaway How wonderful! You will be the most amazing mom. Congratulations! December 21, 2012 at 5:48am Hannah Messman Yay!! That's awesome news, I'm so happy for you and John!! Merry Christmas indeed :) December 21, 2012 at 5:55am Lori Omo Congrats! December 21, 2012 at 6:15am Mandi Peak Garcia Congrats! What a beautiful story December 21, 2012 at 6:22am Sara Gerig Congratulations to you both! Merry Christmas! December 21, 2012 at 7:45am Brenda Warstler Hermes Congratulations April! I am so happy for you! God bless! December 21, 2012 at 7:49am Jesi Howard Im so excited for you guys!!!!!!!! You both will be awesome parents. December 21, 2012 at 8:08am

74: Tobie Stein Barton Oh my crying and driving is not good but they r tears of joy! I am so happy for you and thanking God for giving you such a miracle!!!! December 21, 2012 at 8:19am Jason Henthorne Very Nice!!! December 21, 2012 at 8:44am Jennifer Stemen Oh April I am so thrilled for you! What a journey! I am holding you all close in my prayers and celebrating this wonderful news! December 21, 2012 at 9:19am Laura Schmidt Stone Congrats April!!! What an amazing miracle! Enjoy every minute December 21, 2012 at 9:28am Jamie Hales Pruitt What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing, April ... enjoy this special time of happiness. You deserve it and I cannot wait to see little Shaver! Will you be honoring/remembering his mother with the baby's name? December 21, 2012 at 9:38am Susanne Millan Cusick Congrats to you both- what a journey! December 21, 2012 at 10:16am

75: Krystal Kressner Martel Oh April! I am so happy for you! This what you have always dreamed of . You both will be amazing parents! December 21, 2012 at 10:54am Amber Kay That is the most wonderful news! So happy for you guys!!! : ) Merry Christmas ; ) December 21, 2012 at 12:54pm Audrey Thobe I AM SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU! We can't wait to see you this weekend and catch up! :) December 21, 2012 at 6:09pm Brad Ingram How amazingly exciting for you two!! Greatest present ever. Its the gift that keeps on giving. Like the jelly of the month club. Lol December 21, 2012 at 6:36pm Jeremy Nuehring Congrats u happy for you..its a fun ride thus far.....enjoy every minute December 21, 2012 at 12:08am Lisa Griffith In so tickled! What a journey! You two will make wonderful parents! December 21, 2012 at 12:59am

76: Jill Surine Awesome December 21, 2012 at 1:50am Lawrence Stanley Congrats you guys. Looking fwd to seeing you two and baby S in 2013 ; ) December 21, 2012 at 1:58am Liz Ambler-Conkle congrats! December 21, 2012 at 6:28am Amber Keithley Schleinkofer So happy for you! Congrats! December 21, 2012 at 6:40am Katie Ley Congrats to you both!! That is fabulous news!! Merry Christmas! :) December 21, 2012 at 7:02am Jim Buchanan Congrats April and John!! You guys will be amazing parents!! December 21, 2012 at 7:11am Heather Morgan So happy for you!!!!!!!!!!! That's an amazing story!! Congrats!!!!!!! You will be an wonderful mom, you got a lucky kiddo in there:) December 21, 2012 at 7:30am

77: Barbara Sidenbender We are so happy for you guys. We know a G'ma and G'pa who are pretty excited. December 21, 2012 at 9:18am Tracy Shaver Dolsen I'm so excited!!! A little cousin for the boys!! December 21, 2012 at 9:48am Staci Stephens Shuuuuuuut up!!!!!! I got gooseys!! Im so happy for yall!!! December 21, 2012 at 12:52pm Ryan Davis Friends with John Shaver Nice work, congrats December 21, 2012 at 5:25pm Bj Hayden Friends with Mike Kelley and 2 others Congrats. Hope this world is ready for another Shaver. December 21, 2012 at 5:30pm Aaron Hohenbrink 3 mutual friends Congrats!! December 21, 2012 at 6:19pm Travis Marple Friends with John Shaver Wow must be makin great money congrats December 21, 2012 at 6:23pm

78: Ivan Linares Friends with John Shaver Congrats! December 21, 2012 at 6:40pm Trent Kinsella Friends with John Shaver and 5 others congrats!!!!! December 21, 2012 at 6:41pm Tish Hartman Friends with John Shaver Congrats, John...I just had my first!! So happy for you December 21, 2012 at 7:59pm Kyle Johnston Friends with John Shaver Congrats!!! December 21, 2012 at 9:37pm Jennifer Omo Congratulations!!!!!:) December 22, 2012 at 4:29pm Tom Jones Friends with John Shaver Wonderful! Happy Holidays! December 22, 2012 at 12:03am Donnie Rogers awsome!! Congrats December 22, 2012 at 1:34am

79: Timothy Fields Friends with John Shaver and 1 other Congrats to both of you December 22, 2012 at 9:53am Ken Kline Friends with John Shaver and 3 others Great news!! Congratulations to you guys, you're going to be great parents!! December 22, 2012 at 12:14pm Melody Munguia congrats!!!! so happy for you!!!! December 22, 2012 at 8:53pm Greg Neal Friends with John Shaver best christmas present! December 23, 2012 at 10:06pm Steve Scott Congrats guys, again... December 24, 2012 at 1:53pm Tracey Tiernon congrats!!!!!! January 20 at 8:14pm Sarah Lehman Twedt Really can't believe I missed this announcement! So happy for you. January 26 at 10:23am

80: Jessie James Congratulations!!! January 26 at 12:24pm Aymie Smith-Nielsen Wahooooo!!!! SO, SO, SO excited I'll let everyone else read the post....but YAY!!!!!! January 26 at 12:37am Laura Locke-Walker Congratulations! Boys are sooooo sweet! You are going to be an amazing momma! I love reading your blog! I hope you are feeling well. Enjoy the second half of creating your little miracle! And happy shopping, now that you know to buy blue! January 26 at 12:57am Kristin Elaine Yay!! I am excited beyond words for you guys! January 26 at 2:15am Brenda Warstler Hermes Sooo happy for you!!! Sons are so special!!! God bless!! January 26 at 5:43am Jesse Collins Congrats Mom & Dad, I look forward to meeting Mr.Shaver! January 26 at 6:25am Lisa Griffith I'm so excited for you both! January 26 at 7:38am

81: Lisa Valenti I'm so happy for you both!! What a blessing. January 26 at 8:15am Tobie Stein Barton Hooray! I was thinking of you all day yesterday:) You guys have to come over now and get in some practice with my boys:) January 26 at 9:03am Tia Denise Congratulations!!! This is WONDERFUL! Xoxo January 26 at 9:05am Heather Morgan Yay! Congrats guys!! Lil boys are definitely special!!!! So happy for you! January 26 at 9:44am Kristi Likens Congrats to both of you!! Boys are so much fun!!! Crazed at times, but all worth it!! Congrats again!! We can't wait to meet him : ) January 26 at 10:07am Sherri Gulley I WAS RIIIIIIGHT!!! Yay for you and John!! January 26 at 11:29am

82: Chris Cochran Congrats guys! This is awesome. January 26 at 11:41am Tracy Shaver Dolsen Congrats!! welcome to the boys club!! The boys are excited to meet their cousin!! January 26 at 11:42am Jeff Burkett Friends with John Shaver Looks like your boy and my boy and girl will all be enrolling at Ball State at the same time! Congrats! January 26 at 12:14pm Ed Carey Congrats April & John January 27 at 12:00am Maureen Wehr Yea!!!! Great ultra sound pic!!! He is so cute already!!!! Congrats you guys!!! January 27 at 6:35am

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