Tuesday, September 16, 2008

6 Months

Wow.  A half-year has flown by.  I can't believe that 6 months ago today we were just bringing Ryan home from the hospital.  Jeff and I were both very excited and very nervous at the same time.  What were we going to do if he cried?  How would we know when he was hungry, how would we know when it was gas?  How exactly was I supposed to breast feed?  We had never had any experience with newborns before and I can say that we were both hoping that the hospital would keep us just one more day. 

The first few weeks were challenging, mainly due to a lack of sleep and a baby that needed to eat every 2-3 hours around the clock.  Some days felt like they lasted forever.  I remember telling Jeff one night that I felt like I was never going to sleep again.  Those days that felt like they would last forever actually flew by at an incredible speed.  My little baby used to curl up into a tiny ball on my chest to sleep.  Now he takes up a lot more surface area and weighs a ton more.  :)

It is incredibly amazing to watch Ryan change on a daily basis.  Each day he discovers something new or does something different.  The speed at which babies learn is mind-boggling.  I have so much excitement about the future, but at the same time I am trying to soak in every single moment right now.  There is no way of getting any of this time back.  I am sure that the next 6 months will fly by as fast as the first 6 have.  I am looking forward to watching Ryan continue to surprise and amaze us both.  

Our lives have changed so much in the past six months. It is fascinating how the birth of Ryan brought me closer to God.  Through Ryan I have seen the power, beauty and love of God all over again.  My priorities have changed, I know why I was put on this earth, I have discovered a love that I never knew existed and I have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.  

Here are a few pictures of our little boy growing up way too fast....

Welcome to the world Ryan...

One week old:

1 Month:

2 Months:

3 Months (one of my favorite pictures still)...

4 Months:

5 Months:

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