Living: Looking Ahead, Looking Back

The Future Since becoming a mama I often find myself quoting the wisdom of Dr. Suess. Today I was thinking about how our little family is just waiting for baby girl to make her grand appearance when lines from Oh The Places You’ll Go popped in my head. “…For people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or the waiting around for a yes or no or waiting for…” a baby to come. 
 
This little one keeps teasing me, leaving me thinking each night that it could be the last night that we’re a family of three. But, nothing yet. Today I bought milk that expires after my due date, so I know it is getting close. My little guy arrived five weeks early, so I’ve been ready for weeks. Sitting still isn’t easy for me, so even though I cleared my plate once, I’ve taken on a few more projects, lined up some interviews and gotten back into the swing of things for at least another week or so while I finish waiting. 
 
The Past Since I have lightened my workload, I’ve had some time to wrap up some of the many other tasks on my to-do list. I finally transferred the past three years of video of my little guy into iMovie on my Mac. After watching all of the videos again, I realized my favorite shots capture the every day moments that seem so ordinary at the time. My guy saying “no no,” blowing me a kiss or running around with a bare bottom make my heart melt. They also leave me wishing I had captured more of the ordinary. 
 
The Now Between planning for the weeks ahead and looking back at the past, it is sometimes easy to forget about savoring today. Today’s simple joys—taking my little guy for a bike ride, watching him play with his toys and having him help me with dinner—mean even more when I take time to actually notice them. At one point today my little guy looked over at me and said, “We make a great team.” I agree with him. We’re a great team as a duo and it is even better when his daddy is with us. It will be fun to discover our new dynamic when baby girl arrives, too.  No matter what, I hope we can keep savoring the present, planning for our future and smiling over our past.  

4 thoughts on “Living: Looking Ahead, Looking Back

  1. Thanks, Ali! I think we’re ready–I’m sure there will be a few surprises along the way though! 🙂

  2. Thanks, Ali! I think we’re ready–I’m sure there will be a few surprises along the way though! 🙂

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