In the five short years that I've been a Mom, I've had a lifetime of memories.
Hearing each of my children cry for the first time at birth....
Holding them for the first time.
I didn't get to see either of my children when they were born...my first was an emergency C section, and so I awoke to a Polaroid on my chest of my son in the nursery. That was still such a magical moment for me. My daughter was a planned C section - but she was premature, and due to complications - my C section became an emergency of sorts. She was sent to the NICU, and I stayed in surgery for 2 more hours. My first glimpse of her in the NICU where I only got to touch her little fingers for a minute were beautiful. I held my son for the first time 5 hours after he was born; my daughter, 12 hours. Those who say you don't bond if you don't hold them immediately after birth clearly has never had a child.
Watching them experience things for the first time in their lives... the simple things like seeing the Christmas Tree lit up; patting a dog; experiencing the snow falling on their face; eating certain foods they'd never had before. So many things that are precious and new in an untouched, unjaded and perfect little life.
Everyone always tells you before you have children, that once you have them - you don't remember what life was like before they were there.
This is so very true.
The fun you had before children is nothing in comparison to the fun you have with your children.
You get to re-experience life through their eyes...and sometimes, through your own. You get a second chance at childhood - enjoying things with your children that maybe you didn't have the opportunity to try as a child yourself.
Time goes by so quickly when you have children...they grow so fast.
I cherish the moments and love my children have given to me....
and look forward to the lifetime of love that I can give to them in return