In Waiting

By Stephanie

I’ve been writing about my birth stories this week, in anticipation for my next baby to arrive. And up until several hours ago I would have said that I think I’ve still got some time- maybe a couple more weeks at least. But last night it started to feel like this baby has other plans. I made it through the night and think all is going to be ok. For now.

This parenting thing- it’s a world of unknowns from the moment of conception. Some days I am totally up for the ride, and, well, other days I wish there was some sort of rhyme and reason to it all.

I am sure it would be one thing if all parents were thrill seekers. The amount of times I’ve had my heart drop in my stomach from a sick child, broken arm, and more than one 9-1-1 call that I try to forget… Truthfully, I was never a roller coaster fan and find that a roller coaster-like life with children is even more undesirable for me.

We dream up ideas of who our children will be. We choose their name, have their clothes ready, where they’ll sleep, and even write up birth plans for how we hope labor will go. But we can’t predict just how they will get here. Or when. And as I’ve watched my older boys grow, I have found that I can’t foresee when they will finally do much of anything. But they do eventually hit those milestones.

It’s all in their own time. When they are ready. Not me.

So, I am in waiting. And during this time I choose to enjoy every last moment of what this life is like for now. No rushing any of it along. We have plenty of time to enjoy the ride.

Stephanie Precourt blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing.

7 Responses to In Waiting
  1. Jana (sidetrack'd)
    August 22, 2008 | 8:56 am

    So so true. Enjoy these few days (or moments or hours) before baby girl greets this world.

  2. Aimee Greeblemonkey
    August 22, 2008 | 9:27 am

    Mine surprised us at 32 weeks and I started to learn my Type A Planner Self wasn’t going to plan every detail. It was good for me in the end, even though it was scary at the time! 😉

    Good perspective to take it as it comes.

  3. Kelly
    August 22, 2008 | 10:29 am

    I really loved the attitude of this post. It conveys a sweet acceptance with life as it IS, not life as we want it to be.

    It’s in His control. That is our peace.

  4. Lizz
    August 22, 2008 | 10:39 am

    You said that so well. I regret the last few weeks, especially the last few days of my most recent pregnancy. I was so sad about being induced that I forgot to enjoy the life growing inside of me. Now, six months later, I find it doesn’t matter how she got here, so much as that she is here.

    I’m getting ready to write a skit for my church’s MOPS group about Motherhood as a roller coaster.

    Keep enjoying the ride!

  5. Blessed
    August 23, 2008 | 11:33 pm

    What a beautiful and true post!

    Motherhood with all of its glory, dirty diapers, snotty noses, nights spent worrying and messed up plans is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  6. casual friday everyday
    August 25, 2008 | 11:37 am

    You’re gonna pop soon I bet. :–) And I for one cannot WAIT to read (and hopefully see some pictures) all about it. Something so amazing about a home birth…a natural birth. It’s so fun to watch or hear about.

    :–) Nell

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