Pregnancy. Our future. The hope of something magical and joyful. The near certainty of falling in love with the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen, your newborn baby.
Despite the aches, pains, burps and stretch marks, pregnancy is a glorious time. I recall being so full of excitement, hope, love and joy with the growing child inside of me. I do believe that my pregnancy with my 2nd child may have been one of the happiest times in my life. He brought with him the chance of achieving the birth experience that I had so longed for the first time around, and it was such a wonderful future to prepare for.
Motherhood, despite all its challenges, trials, exhaustion and troubles is also full of endless joy. The light and love that our children bring into our lives is what keeps us going. They make us laugh and remind us of the best parts of ourselves.
No matter how much they can temporarily hurt our feelings, or push us to our limits, we forgive them and we love them more and more each day. The trying times can get the best of us, and momentary mishaps can make us forget that these are the days we’ll remember.
One of my all time favorite musicians is Natalie Merchant. A close friend turned me on to Natalie when I was 14 years old and I have remained madly in love with her music, lyrics and pretty much anything she does. She wrote the song These Are Days when she was the lead singer of the band The 10,000 Maniacs, from the album Our Time In Eden, released in 1992.
Sometimes it feels like you will be pregnant forever. Sometimes all you want is to be at the next “better” phase on your journey whatever you think that may be.
The seasons of our life change, but each changing season brings something new and special.
Let’s not reminisce too much over the past or long and hope too much for the future, or we might miss what is here now in front of us.
These Are DaysThese are days you’ll rememberNever before and never since, I promisewill the whole world be warm as thisand as you feel it, you’ll know it’s truethat you are blessed and luckyit’s true, that you are touched by somethingthat will grow and bloom in youThese are days you’ll rememberWhen May is rushing over you with desireto be part of the miracles you see in every houryou’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and luckyit’s true, that you are touched by somethingthat will grow and bloom in youThese are the daysthat you might fill with laughteruntil you breakThese days you might feel a shaft of lightmake its way across your faceand when you doyou’ll know how it was meant to besee the signs and know their meaningYou’ll know how it was meant to behear the signs andknow they’re speaking to youto you