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The Byers Family ∙ "Stay simple"

BirdRock Baby- Shannon Byers

The Byers Family

Kirkwood, MO

What is your favorite family tradition?

My husband and I travel to CO every year (sometimes twice a year) and we are excited to share this tradition with our daughter. We are taking her there for her first trip this month! My parents started a new tradition a few summers ago by renting out a beach house near 30A (Destin, FL) and our entire family spends a week enjoying the beach, golf cart rides, seafood and making memories. It's such a sweet pleasure watching our babies make fun vacation memories.

Tell us about your favorite family story.

My husband and I were married for 15 years when we surprisingly got pregnant with our daughter, Paige. I have endured years of severe endometriosis and several surgeries to where I was told by my Dr that in my case I would need a hysterectomy in my 30's. I changed my diet and products I use everyday and also started using Young Living essential oils and within 2 months I was pregnant! Paige is 5 months and we still look at each other and say "Can you believe WE have a baby?!"

What is your family's motto?

Stay simple

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about your family story?

My husband owns his own Contracting company and I worked for a local Magazine before I had our baby, we travel often and regularly participate in volunteer work yet once we had our daughter we felt as if we had never really lived before her. She was a blessing we didn't know we needed.

Share Your Parenting Wisdom

BirdRock Baby- Shannon Byers

What's your number one tip for new parents?

"This too shall pass." Our daughter had horrible colic and silent reflux and so evenings were really hard but soon that phase ended and a new one started like her screaming for every car ride and then that ended and something else started....when you have tough moments just remember it will pass. Babies grow and change constantly and so you will see that as soon as you figure one thing out it changes.

What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?

Unconditional love. I thought I had felt and understood that but I had no idea until I had our daughter.

Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)

Paige spent some time in the NICU due to low blood sugars and feedings. It was a tiny NICU where each baby was close to the other babies, no walls or rooms to separate each baby. My husband did so well with learning how to care for her (bathing her, feeding her and diaper changes) and he was changing her diaper one evening and as the diaper was open she started spraying poop everywhere- it almost reached the family and baby directly across from us and my husband was yelling for the Nurse "Help! Dad needs help!" Everyone was dying laughing.

You can find the Byers Family on Instagram at @ShannonLByers.