Slow Down, Take a Look Around

We imagine our unborn child and the day she will arrive, and we begin to day dream about all the things that we’re going to do: how the days will be filled with joy, laughter and only a few tears, but even then, tears of joy.  Then the reality sets in.

There are dirty diapers, night time feedings, crying and fussing. We worry, we cry, and we wonder when it might get just a little bit easier. Our perfect parenthood dream must wait for another time when all the daily trials ease up.

Parenthood is a challenge.  It’s hard work, physically and mentally. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that we start wondering when the next stage of development will roll around and when we’ll be able to move past the current one.

Nonetheless, nothing goes faster than raising a child from birth to three years-old.  We turn around and we’ve forgotten the moments we were so anxious to have over.  Please slow down.  Babies cry, and they scream.  They cry and scream in Russia, India and Spain.  It’s what they do.  Let that tension go and know you are doing just fine.

Slow down, don’t hurry through the day just to have it over.  Take a look around, look at your child and make a mental picture.  Write down what he does, the way he looks when he’s unhappy.  Find something, anything beautiful in the way that she may wail, because those days are so busy, so packed with emotion and frustration that they are also so fleeting.

You’re gonna miss this,

You’re gonna want this back

You’re gonna wish these days

Hadn’t gone by so fast

These are some good times,

So take a good look around

You may not know it now,

But you’re gonna miss this

-Written by Lee Thomas Miller/Ashley Gorely, sung by Trace Atkins


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