The timing for this Gallery theme seems to be particularly poignant at the moment for me. One of my family members has recently suffered a stillbirth and as you might expect it has come as somewhat of a shock. It is by far one of the cruelest parts of nature.
Due to the recent events it has made me feel so incredibly grateful. So very lucky to have carried my son to full term, to hear his first cry, to gaze endlessly at him whilst he slept and to feel the warmth of his body in my arms. As a Mum I can only shiver to even imagine what it must feel like to lose your precious child.
I love my son to bits enough already, but it has made me cuddle him that little bit tighter and that little bit longer. I have been breathing in the smell of him and simply enjoying having him in my life.
Life is so very short as it is and you just never know what it might throw at you. It's at times like these that I sit back and realise what I'm grateful for. I'm so very grateful for my healthy son who is full of life.
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