Our little family is fairly new. Justin and I met about 2 years ago by chance through a dating site. I know what you’re thinking …. YIKES! Trust me, I had the same feeling when my girlfriend was signing me up to get me ‘back out there’. The last thing I wanted to do was worry if I was going to end up on the next episode of 48 hours or even worse, have awkward conversation with a stranger. But Justin was a familiar face.
How you may ask? Well, we had grown up in the same town, went to the same high school, were in the same graduating class with no knowledge of who the other was really. So it was an easing feeling knowing that the person I was going out to dinner with was actually who they say they were. PHEW! From that moment on we were Justin and Vania, Vania and Justin. We were like any new couple, juggling work and a bit of a long distance relationship for a little while, as Justin was working in the city at the time. But within a few short months, our world turned upside right.
We found out that we were expecting our son Kaeden together. We were so beyond excited to have a son as our first born, not that we wouldn’t have been excited for a girl, but we both just always dreamed of having a son. From that first moment that we laid eyes on our son, he has been the best thing that either of us has ever done. It’s crazy to think about how much he has taught us in 8 short months. Let me tell you, when you have a kid, you better love your significant other cause man, does it all hang out. Your good, bad, ugly, pretty, stinky self. It all comes out and there is NO escaping it. But we survive it, somehow. When people ask me do you like being a parent, I normally give the typical ‘It’s great!’ answer. But let me be honest here, being a parent is the best and hardest thing we have ever done. There are days where I am just grateful to have put pants on….
But each and every day, we make it through it. And we do it together.