Recently someone gave me advise that I have heard a million times since Ryan was born. I always believed them but I didn't really think about it. When this new person repeated the same advice for some reason this time it really hit me. She said "Enjoy these moments, life will never be like this again." She went on to explain how her first child grew up so quickly and then when she had her second and third child its just not the same as having your first. Of course having additional children creates a whole new feeling of joy, but its different. It will never be about just you and that one baby.
So I am very aware of this recently. It has 100% changed my way of thinking. I am officially making the extra effort to appreciate every single moment with Ryan. I hold him a little bit longer before laying him down to sleep, I give him even more kisses, I smile extra big when he does something silly, and I watch him in awe as he learns new things each day. I don't want to rush these days, I have a feeling they are going to be the best days of my life. Mike and I love him more than we ever believed we could and we are going to live in the moment. I will try not to get frustrated with the lack of sleep or upset with my lack of social life, and just be truly happy with how blessed my life is.
I will never get to be a first time mom again, I will never get to give 100% of my love to one child again, and Ryan will not stay my baby boy for long. So I'm going to cherish every single second of this stage in my life!