The song originated with an actual incident that happened to Gorley when his kids were running around as his repairman was working. The maintenance guy told him and his wife he's got two babies of his own, aged 36 and 23.Five years later there's a plumber workin' on the water heater
Dog's barkin', phone's ringin'
One kid's cryin', one kid's screamin'
She keeps apologizin'
He says "They don't bother me
I've got two babies of my own
One's 36, one's 23
Gorley explained to American Songwriter
that he told Lee Thomas Miller the story, saying "Hey, this happened, I feel like there's a song in there somewhere.'"
They decided on the "You're Gonna Miss This" title and started working on different angles.