So Happy to Join This Family

Six years ago, I wasn’t married and I lived in a condo in New Jersey. I had a great career in higher education, and I was excited about what the next few years of my life would bring because my wedding was just 8 months away.

Fast forward six years and I find myself living in a house in Maryland with a husband I adore, a son who cracks me up, and a daughter whose smile brightens up the toughest of days. And I can’t forget our cat Pepper, who seems to be in heaven when we rub her tummy. I couldn’t ask for more. 

As wonderful as these years have been, however, I have certainly faced my share of challenges. But hey, a life with challenges is to be expected. I’m cool with the tough moments, because I believe that the magical moments are so magical because of the struggles we’ve encountered along the way. That has been my experience time and time again. The struggle is what gives us wings.

I love to write. I always have. But I was never sure if it would turn it into a career.  Maybe I let doubt set in and allowed fear to get the best of me. I’m not too sure. I just know that I never felt certain about where my love for words would lead. What I have always felt sure about is my desire to be a mom. I always knew that no matter what life threw my way – even if my dreams didn’t pan out the way I expected – I would find a way to be someone’s mother. How extraordinary it is to wake up every day knowing that this dream of motherhood I’ve had for years is now my reality.

One of the most exciting things about watching my munchkins grow up is watching their friendship come to life. As a child I always wished that my brother was just one or two years older (he is six years my senior), and I hoped that my children would one day have the experience I wished for. My little ones are two and a half years apart. I watch them play and it warms my heart because I can see their friendship blooming. At times they just sit and laugh uncontrollably, and that sound is what makes my house a home.

As I embark on this Disney Baby journey with all of you, I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to be here. I think there are so many moments in life that are simply amazing if we would just stop, take a deep breath, and truly live in the moment. I know that writing for Disney Baby will help me do just that. It’s not always easy to do, but it truly is a wonderful thing to do.

My time with my children keeps me grounded and gives me joy. I especially cherish some of my moments with my 15-month-old, Jada, because I know from experience how quickly those first two years go by. I don’t want to miss a thing. Joining the Disney Baby family gives me an opportunity to share some of our special moments and adventures with you. Jada is determined, hilarious, and such a sweetheart. As she discovers more about herself, her family and the wonderful world around her, I want to capture those moments and share them because doing so reminds us all how special the simplest moments can be.

I also hope to hear about your adventures with your little ones. After all, being a mom is one of the toughest things we will ever do in our lives, but it is also the most incredible journey we will ever embark on. Why not share pieces of that journey with each other.

In addition to sharing Jada’s milestones and everyday moments, I hope to also share a little bit about my husband, Sean, and my son, Malachi. Together, we all make a pretty amazing team. They are my people – the ones I create my magical moments with.

With everything my own family has given me, I am nothing but thrilled about joining the Disney Baby family. Who knows what kind of magic lies ahead?

XO

Martine

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