What a wonderful question, Jacqui. You do put forth thought provoking questions. (A sign of a deep thinking!)
First, let me say that when one holds their baby or child in their arms they suddenly find themselves in an exclusive club known as parenthood. We read all the information we can find pertaining to having a new one in our home. As each milestone is reach, we pat ourselves on the back, and thank our lucky starts that somehow we managed to keep a small human alive for weeks, then months, then years. We share information that we learn and we swap stories for the best this or that which we find to be useful.
I would love to tell you that this behavior eventually settles down, but it does not. You will be anxious to meet others who have a child around the age of your child so you can compare, brag a bit, learn something new and pass on a bit of first hand knowledge. It may pertain to the best dance studio and its located, or the best pitching cages for little league. In any case, you will
want to give your child the best opportunities that life can offer. You will find yourself giving encouragement, being used as a taxi service and taking more photographs than is necessary to record one's lifetime on this earth.
Then, one evening, they will ask for the car keys and your life will never be the same. Where did the time go? It will seem like only yesterday that they were learning to walk.
At some point, they may ask why you keep the photo on your desk of them when they were taking their first steps, and you can tell them it was your very favorite memory of your entire life. There is no way that they can understand....Not until they gain membership in the grandest club on earth;
Good luck with your new one.