I won’t give up: music & pregnancy

I’ve always had a big passion for the art of music and dance. Since I was little I can remember singing along to old tunes, listening to the instruments that were being played and trying to guess what they were with my dad, and of course, dancing like there was no one watching. I never developed any of the skills professionally, but up to this day I love to listen to music, think about lyrics, sing some tunes (not saying well, but just singing), and dance the night away.

When I found out I was pregnant, I started having mini conversations with baby on my way to work. I practice trying to avoid  road rage (still working on it) and having little conversations as I would have if the baby was actually in the back sitting in the car seat and not in my belly. But, talking to yourself in Boston traffic can sometimes look a little weird. So, around the 2nd trimester I started picking some of my favorite songs to sing to baby on my way to and from work. I would listen to my playlist and see which songs were more meaningful to me at that moment… and voilá… “Baby’s Playlist” was born.

Pregnant woman belly with smiley face and headset

One of the songs on “Baby’s Playlist” is Jason Mraz’s song “I won’t give up”. Besides the nice mellow melody, the lyrics struck me a potential great parent-baby song. I bet the song was not written with that intention, but it suits it so perfectly well. When I listen to the song I can imagine myself looking into my baby’s eyes and being mesmerized by them, imagining who that little person is and will become, thinking about why she chose us and why now. I can see myself promising her eternal love and being there during the good times and the bad, and never giving up… even when it’s hard. I am singing along promises to let her explore the world and be there when she wants or needs to come back (reminds me of Filling the Cup) and learning a lot about each other, together, during this new adventure.

I guess we can all put our own different experiences and expectation into the same words… but these suited mine so well! So now, every morning on my way to work this is one of the songs I sing to my little girl. And I curiously await to see if after she is born she will remember these sweet words when I first sing them to her actually looking into her eyes.

“I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well, there’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?Well, I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking upAnd when you’re needing your space
To do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find’Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, still looking up.

Well, I won’t give up on us (no I’m not giving up)
God knows I’m tough enough (I am tough, I am loved)
We’ve got a lot to learn (we’re alive, we are loved)
God knows we’re worth it (and we’re worth it)

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

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