Remember the Joy

As I sat in the waiting room for my 35-week prenatal appointment half feeling sorry for myself and the other half wondering how exhausted I looked, a couple caught my eye.

They came trotting through the door from their appointment on cloud nine. From an ultrasound, I assumed, since they had that little telltale white envelope in their hands. They sat down impossibly close to each other in the waiting room chairs, leaning into each other and looking down at that tiny, life-changing, stack of photos, rolled and tucked into that envelope. 

I tried not to stare but, waiting rooms are not the most thrilling of places. This next part was so over the top millennial it almost ruined the moment but, I rolled with it. He said to her “Are we going to do our Facebook announcement tonight?” to which she replied, “Oh no not tonight I have to wear my announcement shirt to work tomorrow,” “OK, so are we going to draft it tonight?” How 2017 and how incredibly sweet. 

He couldn’t wait to shout from the rooftops, well the status bar, that they were growing a tiny baby. I feel like I was meant to see this moment. I have been, probably, less than joyful in this last month of my pregnancy. Sometimes we need a reminder of our own blessings. This really took me back to that moment for me. How excited my husband and I were to have this second baby. All of the hard stuff was so far from our minds, we weren’t  bogged down wondering about finances, or logistics, or what ifs. We were just basking in our JOY. 

Sometimes life gets real. Life gets crappy. Then someone comes along to remind us of all the joy and brings us right back to it, even for a moment. 

Cheers to you, Young Couple in the Waiting Room. I hope your Facebook announcement was EPIC. 

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One Response to Remember the Joy

  1. Nicole A. January 9, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    Hi Shauna! Thanks for sharing so vulnerably. You’re probably expecting your lil one any day now, so early congratulations to you and your fam! My hubby and I may be moving to Milwaukee this summer, and were hoping to get in touch with new friends before moving out there. Hope we can get in touch! [email protected]

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