He’s talking now. Almost in complete sentences. Wasn’t it just yesterday when I was sitting in my hospital bed with him, wrapped up and cuddled in my arms? I still can’t believe that it was almost two years ago. I try to take everything day by day. Knowing he might be our last, I want to make sure that I savor each and every moment and milestone as he grows. Because it all feels like he’s doing them too quickly.

While the memories of these past two years have been magical, I look forward to the many moments ahead as he gets older and his personality starts to sneak out more and more. His second birthday will be here soon, and boy, do I love this time with my children. Two is such a fun age and I know he’s going to make it both thrilling and memorable. There’s so much to look forward to when he turns 2, such as:

Starting preschool. While the thought of not having him around for a couple of hours a day makes me sad, I know that the socialization with other kids his age is going to do really well for him. He sees his big sisters go to school each day, and as he gets older, he’s starting to get the itch to join them. Some days, I even have to pry him out of my youngest daughter’s preschool classroom because he wants to stay and play with everyone. When he turns 2, he can do just that. And I look forward to seeing his smiling face, learning new things and meeting new friends.

Conversations. The baby is starting to form sentences now, but I know that it will only get better within the next year. I look forward to the many silly conversations that we will have. Whether it’s about the train he sees or the game he wants to play, I can’t wait to really dive in and talk with him.

Independence. He’s starting to rely on me less and less. He wants me to let him walk or run, with less holding. He’s becoming independent and I love to watch it. He wants to climb in the jungle gym on his own, pick out his book for story time, show me which shoes he wants to wear. He’s becoming aware that he can do more by himself and I can’t wait to watch that grow.

Love and affection. As all of my children have gotten older, they have become much more affectionate. Between the hugs, kisses, and cuddle time, I am soaking it all in.

Terrific times. Forget terrible twos. The twos are absolutely terrific. Age 2 is so much fun. Their energy level is always high, they want to have fun, and they want to laugh. I cannot wait to have many more magical moments with him.