Sanya Richards-Ross says Motherhood Gives her a ‘Greater Sense of Purpose and a Reason to Smile Every Day’

Sanya and Aaron Ross and their son, Aaron Jermaine Ross II (Credit: Hillarry Pitts of Silver Bee Photography)
Sanya and Aaron Ross and their son, Aaron Jermaine Ross II (Credit: Hillarry Pitts of Silver Bee Photography)

Aaron Jermaine II has made his on-camera debut!

In images shared exclusively with PEOPLE for this week’s issue, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband, NFL cornerback Aaron Ross, introduce their 11-day-old son.

“This is, by far, the most gratifying moment of my life,” Richards-Ross, 32, tells PEOPLE of her baby boy. “He gives me greater purpose and a reason to smile every day, and I just want to be the best mom to him that I can be!”

For the track-and-field athlete — who has also written multiple books, including a new memoir titled Chasing Grace — becoming a mom is something she couldn’t have prepared for, no matter how hard she tried, because it was something she wouldn’t completely understand until she experienced it herself.

“People tell you all the time about the joys of motherhood, but it’s more than I ever anticipated,” she admits. “They instantly change you. Your heart grows and your love knows no bounds.”

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SOURCE: MELODY CHIU and JEN JUNEAU 
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