Today Ryan turns two! I read somewhere recently that the days pass slowly, but the years go by fast. And that's exactly how I feel about the past two years.
I can remember when we found out that I was pregnant with Ryan like it was yesterday. I remember seeing him in his first sonogram and watching his little heart flicker like a firefly and hearing his speedy heartbeat. Then I remember the first time I felt Ryan kick—it was the most incredible, magical feeling of my life. I remember giving birth and welcoming him into our world. I remember those first few months, where everything was so new, for all of us. He was learning to be a human and we were learning how to be parents; it was hard and sometimes scary, but so fulfilling, and fun, too.
From the very beginning the miracle of his life quickly became something I wanted to protect and grow into the most healthy and happy person possible. Now, here we are. Celebrating two years of this little boy's life. Celebrating the sweet joy that he brings to our days; his spirit of adventure, and his courage, love and generosity. He is eager to dig in and get his hands dirty, and just as eager to hug a stranger or share a toy. As I type this, I am emotionally overwhelmed by how much I love him, and by how much he has taught me about being present and embracing goodness. He is truly a gift to all of us. Happy birthday Ry!