Thursday, April 16, 2009

It won't be like this for long...

I have been listening to Darius Rucker's (lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish, now gone country) song titled, 'It won't be like this for long'... and I have to admit the song gets me... just a bit.

It's about a father and his child ... and all of the phases you go through raising a child... in his case raising his little girl. The main line of the song says, 'this phase is gonna fly by, so baby just hold on, cause it won't be like this for long'.

This song really hits home... and I have only been a parent for 6 months, but in these 6 months, I have seen a few phases already fly by. I think back to when we brought E home from the hospital and the adjustments we had to make... getting to know one another.

The first two months, I thought I would NEVER get another full night of sleep for as long as I lived, but he soon proved me wrong and I am back to getting 9 or 10 hours a night. At the time, when your in the moment you think 'how will I ever get through this', but the reality is, these phases are sooooo short when you compare them to the life span of your child, that instead of complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves, we should be happy to have the experience!

E is now in the grabbing and chewing stage... everything he sees he wants to get his hands on so he can put it in his mouth. At first I thought this was annoying, but now I am starting to see the beauty in it... he is discovering his environment and the excitement on his face when he sees something new is nothing short of amazing. I know this phase will too pass quickly... and soon when he sees a spoon, instead of lightening up with excitement he will just look and me say 'it's just a spoon Mom!', with a sarcastic tone I know he is destine to inherit.

This phase and others will pass... and soon I will be looking back wondering where did the time go. The other day, PC remarked to me 'Can you believe E is 6 months old?' and I just laughed and said NO, as it seems like only yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital. It almost makes me want to cry thinking of how much he has changed in these 6 months, but at the same time I love watching him grow and develop into his own person.

In a way, this shows me that life passes us by all too quickly, and usually someone has to die to remind me just how precious life really is. Lately... I don't need a funeral to see how good my life is, no... the smiley boy playing on his mat in front me right now is the main reason I am loving every minute of life... and I will continue to enjoy it because I know... 'it won't be like this for long'!

Here are the lyrics to:
It Won't Be Like This for Long

He didn't have to wake up
He'd been up all night
Layin’ there in bed listenin’
To his new born baby cry
He makes a pot of coffee
He splashes water on his face
His wife gives him a kiss and says
It gonna be OK

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon we'll look back laughin’
At the week we brought her home
This phase is gonna fly by
So baby just hold on
‘Cause it won't be like this for long

Four years later ‘bout 4:30
She's crawling in their bed
And when he drops her off at preschool
She's clinging to his leg
The teacher peels her off of him
He says what can I do
She says now don't you worry
This’ll only last a week or two

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon you'll drop her off
And she won’t even know you're gone
This phase is gonna fly by
If you can just hold on
It won’t be like this for long

Some day soon she'll be a teenager
And at times he'll think she hates him
Then he'll walk her down the aisle
And he'll raise her veil
But right now she's up and cryin’
And the truth is that he don't mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers

He lays down there beside her
‘Til her eyes are finally closed
And just watchin’ her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by
So, he's tryin’ to hold on

‘Cause it won’t be like this for long

It won’t be like this for long

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