Taylor Swift's The Best Day has been a special part of my life as Lily's mom. Almost every single night of her life has ended with me singing this song to her. When she was tiny, and I was overwhelmed, unsure, and exhausted, this song gave me strength. I listened to the CD every single day for a full year after I would drop her off and drive to work.
It starts "I'm 5 years old, it's getting cold..." I loved imagining Lily as a 5 year old, because that would mean we had survived. I was not completely sure I would survive her newborn-ness and infancy, so the idea of visiting a pumpkin patch with a Kindergartner was a beacon in my future. If we could just make it to 5 years old, we would be okay. NUMEROUS times, I remember holding onto the hope that surely, by 5 years old, she would sleep? Sleep- lack thereof- has ruled my life as Lily's mommy. Even when she was 2 and 3 and not sleeping well, I would sing The Best Day to her and cling to the hope that by age 5 she would be sleeping. Unfortunately, there are still a few sleep issues, but overall, she is better sleeper at 5 than at any previous age! I will take it.
Lily has been really excited for a while that she is now 5 years old and the "5 years old song" (as she calls it) actually describes her. Since the first stanza is about visiting a pumpkin patch, I have basically been dreaming of taking her to a pumpkin patch for 5 years. LUCKILY, Lily's class went on a field trip to one, and I got to just tag along!
It was fitting that Aunt Manda was there, because any part of a Best Day for Lily will always involve Aunt Manda.
I'm 5 years old, it's getting cold, I've got my big coat (clearance jacket) on,
I hear your voice and look up smiling at you,
I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home.
(Oh, that's right- it's supposed to be Mom, not Aunt Manda...)
The funniest part is that Lily ACTUALLY did look up and smile and start running toward us! I couldn't believe it, and I actually got a little teary eyed as I was taking her pictures running toward me, her wonderful mama. Literally, the song was even playing in my head. Except, then she literally ran right past me and straight up to Reese, screaming, "REEEEESSSIIEE!!!!"
So, there's that. But, at least I got the pictures.
I didn't know if you knew, so I'm taking this chance to say, I had the best day with you today.
Another day, we went to a free church festival right by our house and rode on a tractor ride while some random stranger watched.
I never knew so much of our song would change to include the baby sister, but I know Lily's days are so much better for having this baby girl to love!
Honestly, I am still overwhelmed, unsure, and exhausted as a mommy. But, I can honestly say that my best days of my life have been spent with these girls.