Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Joy of Waiting

Takin' Time on Tuesdays with Joni

Remember being a little kid and thinking that Christmas would never come? It felt like time almost stood still. My husband remembers being a little kid and convincing his younger brother that if they went to bed really early on Christmas Eve, Christmas would come faster. This backfired when they woke up after only a few hours and it was only 8pm and they weren't tired. They really had taken a late nap, and Christmas seemed to come even more slowly as they lay there in their beds, day dreaming of sugar plums. But as it goes, Christmas always comes. And with it comes the after Christmas blues. I always feel it on Christmas afternoon when all of the presents are opened and most of the festivities are over. What is there to look forward to? January - yeah right!

It's the same with vacations. We look so forward to a vacation. We dream about it, we count down the days. It feels like it will never come and then BOOM, it's over and we are back to regular life. My dad always has two vacations planned, so when he comes home from one, he has the other to look forward to. This helps with the depression of coming home from vacation.

This happens with pregnancy, I think. I have a neighbor who has a month and a half old baby. He is cute and I love watching him, thinking about my little package that will arrive soon. My neighbor made a confession the other day. She says she watches me and wishes she was still pregnant. What! She wants to be uncomfortable, huge, unable to move, miserable? Why? I remember the same thing happened when I had my daughter. Soon after she came all I could think about was when we would have our next. I just wanted to be pregnant again. When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy with my second I made my husband make a promise. I told him that if I ever started talking about being pregnant again before it was a reasonable time, to remind me of how miserable I was and to knock some sense into me. As my neighbor made this confession to me about wishing she was still pregnant, I tried to figure out what would posses us to want to go back so soon after experiencing the hardships of pregnancy. I finally came to the conclusion that there is joy in waiting for something good. The excitement and anticipation of something big happening in our life does bring us joy and once the waiting is over, we don't have such a big event to look forward to. There really is joy in waiting. I just hope that once this little baby comes, I will enjoy every second with her and not wish to go back. I guess I just need to have something else to look forward to, like not sleeping for at least the next year. Hmmm, maybe I should pick something else to look forward to. Anyways, Happy Waiting!
(Only 7 Joyful Weeks of Waiting Left. I hope I enjoy every minute of it! Ha!)


Anonymous said...

Joni, you can do it. Seven weeks will go so fast. Pretty soon you will have a 7 month old baby laughing and cooing and you will wonder where all of the time went. The family reunion will make one of those weeks go so fast.
Love, Mom

Rindi said...

I have NEVER wished I could go back to being pregnant...EVER! I need to try and figure out the joy of waiting a little better! :) But you are so close and so cute!
Love ya, Rindi

Tami said...

Joni, I think there is some truth to what you said about waiting but with only a week and a half left until my due date, I am finding it hard to be patient this last little while. I will definitely miss bring pregnant and feeling this baby move inside of me but I will not miss being miserable and uncomfortable. Thanks for the reminder about joy in waiting. I definitely needed the reminder.

Judi said...

I would be happy if I was never pregnant ever EVER again...unfortunately I still want more babies...so that will not be possible. Every time I see a pregnant person, I think "you poor, poor soul!" UGgHHGhgggHHH

Hope the time goes fast for you (but know that it probably wont!)

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