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The Best Thing I Ever Had To Wait For
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Monday, February 11th: The Best Thing I Ever Had To Wait For…
The best things in life apparently don’t come to us in the blink of an eye. Anyone that knows me can tell you that I have VERY little patience. I’ve grown to accept the idea of ‘waiting’ over the past few years, but I don’t do it with style and grace. I’ll be the one pacing in the corner, sweating and turning red as my voice grows louder and louder. "Seriously!? We have to WAIT 5-minutes?!".. Yep. That’s me.
My patience was extremely low during my first pregnancy in 2009. The first thing to drive me absolutely insane was awaiting the sex of my first child. I would stare at my sonograms in hopes of revealing something that my sono technician couldn’t see. She told me we couldn’t tell if the baby was male or female at 8-weeks. She was the professional after all, but I wasn’t going to accept that! Oh no! I was going to try and see for myself. Google might have the answers for me, right? I tried a few Google searches for things that could help me distinguish the sex of my child during the very early weeks. That didn’t work out, so I waited.
I finally found out the sex of my first child after the results of an amniocentesis came back – It’s a BOY! Great, right? No. Now I was impatiently awaiting the opportunity to book an appointment at my local 3D/4D sonogram facility in order to capture photo and video footage to reveal my child’s face. I HAD to know what he looked like and the waiting game drove me NUTS.
This game of waiting impatiently went on for 9-months and increased in severity (aka. patience ran out completely) around the 8th month. I had enough of this waiting and was going to lose my mind if I had to wait a moment longer to meet my child. My irritability was through the roof and I was glad to know that I could go "at any moment" as my due date was nearing, and came, and then – went. What LUCK does an impatient person have when her due date comes and goes without the birth of a child!? It was definitely one of those "only me!" moments and I felt like I was clearly the ONLY woman (in the world) that would ever (in history) run past her due date and show NO signs of labor.
My son was 10-days late. Seriously?! YES! I had waiting 9 MONTHS and then you had to go and make me wait another 10 WHOLE days? That’s not right. Not at all! I paid my dues and suffered through all of the morning sickness, back pain, sciatica, Braxton Hicks contractions, heartburn (oye – say that one again!), and weight gain. I was ready to have a child and you actually thought it would be a good idea to make the worlds most IMPATIENT woman wait a little while longer…
Wrapping back around to todays question, I am obviously learning that patience truly is a virtue and the very best things in life don’t come to us overnight. The idea and creation will actually take only a few moments to conceive (sometimes longer, sometimes not much time at all!), but the development and planning stages for growth will take 9-months (or MORE). There’s going to be a long waiting period and anticipating the birth of your child is going to feel like a lifetime, but it’s going to be the best thing you’ll ever wait for.
The best things that I have ever had to wait for in life are my children.
My son was born in 2009 and my daughter is only 2-weeks old as of today. The time has gone by much too fast and I’ve learned to stop wishing for things to come quickly, but instead sit back and enjoy the smaller moments and the suspense that builds up while you are waiting for something great to come along. My first pregnancy felt like a million years, but I can’t say the same for the second time around. The last 9-months flew by faster than I could have asked for, which had its good and bad.
Since my second pregnancy would very likely be my last, I decided to savor it and enjoy as much as I could without rushing it. After all, I had already done this dance and knew that my pregnancy would seem to go on forever and a day, but my child would suddenly be 3-years old in the blink of an eye. I still can’t believe that my son is going to be FOUR in April (2013). My pregnancy with Prince J felt like it would never end — and all of a sudden we’re potty trained and registered for school in September (2013).
It may seem to be too cliche to some people reading this post and obvious that I would say my children are the best things that I have ever had to wait for, but it’s the truth and there’s nothing else in life that I could think of that could possibly compare to what my kids brought into my life. I wouldn’t be the woman that I am today if it wasn’t for the pride, happiness, love, and sense of accomplishment that I get from my kids. It’s as simple as that…