I Just Need One More Minute…

Just One More Minute | Houston Moms BlogOne more minute …

To feel the joy of seeing those two pink lines. To feel you kicking inside of me and hold you for the first time. To watch you grow into a funny, cranky, lovable, spunky toddler. To have you want me to hold you, feed you from my plate, and kiss your boo boos. To watch you discover new things and run sooooo fast. To have you tell me you love me, I am pretty and we are best friends. To have you sit beside me, on me or even near me before you scurry away. I know you are growing up, but I need just one more minute.

Give me one more minute…

To watch cartoons, play with my toys, and run outside. To put my shoes on and get in my car seat. I don’t want to wash my face or hands or go to the bathroom right now. I have so much to see and do, mommy! I am not ready to go to school. I am not ready to eat dinner or go to bed. I’m not ready to do anything you want me to do. I know you are in a rush, mommy. I know you have a schedule. I’m not trying to be difficult, but I need one more minute.

I just need one more minute…

To clean the kitchen, pick up the living room, and open my packages. To go to the bathroom and take a shower…alone. To just think and reclaim my personal space. I need to take a deep breath and regroup. I just can’t right now. I am overwhelmed. I need a minute to get my mind right so I can handle you and everything else. I am afraid to admit it, but sometimes it’s just too much for me. I am not mad and I love you. Just give me one more minute and I will be OK.

One more minute…

To let my frustrations out. I don’t know how to tell you what I am feeling, mommy. I am tired, I am hungry, I am angry, and I am sad. I am everything all at once right now. All I can do is fuss and cry and shout and scream. I need to let all these feelings out. Don’t touch me. Don’t talk to me. Don’t even look at me. But don’t go too far, mommy. I need to see you and know you are there just in case I change my mind. I am not mad and I love you. I need just one more minute to figure it out.

I need one more minute…

To have you all to myself at bedtime when it’s quiet and dark. To rock you and feel the rise and fall of your chest and the beating of your heart against mine. To feel the little twitches of your body as you finally start to relax and let all your frustrations melt away. To sit in silence and just be thankful for what I have in my arms. To feel that right at this very moment everything in the world is perfect and nothing else matters. The morning will come and bring a brand new day with all its beauty and unpredictability, but I need just one more minute.

Please give me one more minute…

Before I have to explain the next school shooting. Why another black life was taken. Why people can’t just love who they love and be who they are meant to be. Why mommies and babies are being separated in our country. Why another woman was victimized. I need one more minute before you start asking questions that I can’t always answer. I will try my best to explain, but I need one more minute.

I will take one more minute…

To show you a bug, read you a story and ask about your day. To play make believe and hide and go seek. To explain why you can see the moon during the day and thunder happens after lightning. To take you on trips to faraway places so you can appreciate the beauty of the world just like mommy and daddy do. To teach you why every life matters, girls and boys are equals, your body is your body, and America is for EVERYONE.

And I will always have one more minute to show you that love is love is love is love.

Just one more minute…


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Shannon M. Clark, MD is a Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UTMB-Galveston, TX where she is an educator, researcher and clinician. As an ACOG media expert, she contributes to multiple websites, news outlets and magazines regarding pregnancy-related topics. More recently, she has taken a special interest in fertility, pregnancy and motherhood after age 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. She was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by her own personal experience of trying to start a family at the age of 40. Because of her personal and medical knowledge of the fertility and medical concerns surrounding pregnancy after age 35, she started Babies After 35 -a site dedicated to fertility, pregnancy and motherhood after age 35. Sharing her medical expertise and personal experiences, she has written for Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, The Washington Post and Glamour. Dr. Clark became a mother at age 42 to twins Remy Vaughn and Sydney Renée {September 2016} via IVF. She is a full-time working mother with a passion for world travel, writing, amateur photography and her first baby, a pit bull named Cru, who crossed the rainbow bridge 4/17/2018.

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