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  • When you fully commit yourself to another; regardless of faith, sexual orientation and culture, you invariably vow that you will grow with that person. When you think about it, this is a very difficult promise to make.

    How do you know that no matter what you face in the years ahead you will grow in the same direction as your beloved?

    How do you know that your significant other will grow in a way you can be proud of?

    How do you know that the person you love in the present won't grow apart from you in the future?

    You don't.

    You make that vow based on hope and faith that the person you know and love will grow alongside you.

    Nothing tests the ability to grow with your spouse the way a newborn does. I will never understand why there are people in the world that think a broken relationship will be mended if they just have a child together. Nothing could be further from the truth. A couple that will grow together after having a child is one that embodies strength and the ability to grow together from the get-go.

    I count myself one of the lucky ones. I found someone who I was sure would grow with me, who would take on and embrace new roles as we grow old together. As I watched my husband hold our son for the first time and as I continue to witness him caring for and loving our newborn, I am filled with pride. I am in awe of the father my husband has become in such a short time. He has embraced his new role and quickly, without batting an eye, grown in the same direction as me. We are parents together, struggling at times, sleep deprivation will do that to you, but changing roles together nonetheless. I only hope that we always grow together and I vow to always try.
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