You’re Going to Miss This

When my daughter was born, my mom told me to soak in every moment because one day I would wish I had them back. I started writing this poem that night and have added to it over the past two and a half years. Our son arrived two weeks ago and as I watch his big sister hold him and love on him, I can’t help but read back over this and remember the night I first became a mom.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as I rock her back to sleep for the millionth time.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as she cries for me and I reluctantly leave my warm bed to scoop her up.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as I sit with my head in my hands because I’m exhausted and she won’t stop crying.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as the laundry piles up, the dishes sit unwashed, and I long for just one hot shower.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as I give her a midnight bath and change her sheets after a night with the stomach bug.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as she cries when I put the “wrong shoes” on her because we are running late and I can’t find her favorite pink ones.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as she bursts into tears when I lose my patience and raise my voice because I can’t finish a sentence without her interrupting me.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as she learns she can say “no” and exercises that right every time I ask her to do something.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as she wakes me up two hours before my alarm goes off.

You’re going to miss this I remind myself as she jumps into my lap and knocks over a glass of water.

Because one day she’ll no longer fit in my lap.

One day, I’m going to watch her rock her own baby to sleep and the best advice I’ll be able to give her is:

You’re going to miss this.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Donna Miller

    Oh Jordan, how beautiful! Congratulations on the birth of your son! What a lovely poem you are building through the years. And what a sweet legacy you will leave your children! ❤

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