Thursday, October 9

You're Gonna Miss This

Yesterday on my way into work, I was listening to XM Channel 16. This is a country station on XM radio. A song came on, "You're Gonna Miss This". I heard the cheesy twang begin in the singer's voice and reached down to change the channel, but then something stopped me and I listened to the song. Like most country songs, it was telling a story in 3 verses.

Verse 1: Daughter is being dropped off at college very excited to be independent. Parent's say, "You're Gonna Miss This" - meaning her high school days and living at home. This verse I couldn't relate to, I was a little heart broken when my parents dropped me off at college. I remember crying and crying, scared to death of what was ahead of me.

Verse 2: Daughter gets married and Dad comes to visit her in her 1 bedroom apartment. She is complaining how small it is and can't wait to move to a house and have babies. Dad says, "You're Gonna Miss This" - meaning one day she would look back and miss the newly wed times. This verse I can relate to. I think one of the best years of my life was the first year married to Judd living in our apartment. It was our first place together. Every piece of furniture we owned was either handed down to us or cost less than $50, but it was ours. We did whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. Not many responsibilities - no lawn to mow and I think it took me 30 min to clean the entire place. Dad's right, I do miss that.

Verse 3: Daughter is living in house and has a 5 and 3 year old that are running around screaming while the phone is ringing and the plumber is fixing something. Daughter apologizes to the plumber for the noise. He says, "Don't worry, I have 2 kids of my own, 28 & 30, believe it or not, You're Gonna Miss This." - while I don't have kids running around screaming yet, I can begin to relate to this verse. I already miss Charlotte as a newborn. When she would sleep quietly in my arms and her clothes were size 3 months. So tiny.

I have tried to catch myself wishing time away. "I can't WAIT until she can eat solid foods." "I can't WAIT until I am done breastfeeding." "I can't WAIT until she can roll over." "I can't WAIT until she can crawl." When I have these thoughts I try to push them away and enjoy the moment we are in. Yes, it is difficult not to wish time away when you are up in the middle of the night or when you are 8 months pregnant with heartburn. But just remember that one day, not too far down the road, that baby that is up in the middle of the night or floating inside of you is going to be too big to hold. So, now when I'm frustrated and tired, I'm going to try to remember the cheesy country song, "You're Gonna Miss This".


Allison D said...

I'm hormonal...and I'm crying a work now. :) I love your posts.

Drena said...

Good one. I've been trying to think this way and enjoy my last few weeks being just Adam and I. I'm so excited for the baby but a little sad for the end of just us.

Meredith said...

I like that song too and so often we wish our lives away. I think everyone needs reminders to stop and live in the moment!

TidyMom said...

I LOVE it!!........thanks for sharing this post with me!