International Family


My nationality is Canadian and my husband is American, we met in 2008 when I moved to America to be an Au Pair. For those of you that don’t know what an Au Pair it’s basically a glorified live-in Nanny. I met Marcus in June of 2008. We didn’t have some amazing or unique first meeting. Marcus and I met at a nightclub and from there we started spending time together. A few months in and we parted ways where we both ended up in other relationships. We still ran into each a lot and it was clear to us, our friends, and even our significant others at the time that we had an unmistakable chemistry. I stayed in America for 9 months before I decided to head back to Canada. After I was back home Marcus and I stayed in contact where it became evident that we missed each other. We began to fly back and forth to visit each other when Marcus finally asked me to move back to America to live with him. I moved back to America in May 2010 and on December 11th, 2010 Marcus asked me to marry him.

Marcus and I planned our wedding for August 6th, 2011 but seeing as we are from different countries there was a little more to consider. We ended up getting legally married on March 24th, 2011 in plans of finishing all of our immigration paperwork from within America before I had to go back to Canada in time to plan our actual wedding. We ended up short on time for it to be finished before I had to leave so we decided to wait until after the wedding. We filed for my green card on August 19th, 2011 but because I was in Canada that meant I now had to stay in Canada until everything was final. We went back to visiting each other as often as possible, aiming to visit at least once a month.  In October we found out we were going to have a baby. Luckily I found out I was pregnant a week before I already had a scheduled trip to go and visit him. I planned a surprise for Marcus and he was totally shocked but obviously ecstatic. From that point on the baby was always referred to as Jellybean, hence the name Jellybean’s Mom.

Everything has been an extreme whirl wind and being apart was extremely hard, but made even harder knowing that I was pregnant and my husband was missing out on everything. All doctors appointments and ultrasounds were accompanied by one of my family members. We would plan for Marcus to be there but flying back and forth for every little thing seemed silly and expensive. We found out Jellybean was a boy in December, which I knew from the beginning but Marcus doubted. Marcus was beyond happy to be having a son. Jellybean was due on June 20th, 2012 so we planned for Marcus to take his FMLA the beginning of June just to make sure he would be in Canada in plenty of time so he didn’t miss the birth. It turned out our little man was a little late and was born at 1:55 on June 24, 2012. He was a perfectly healthy 20 1/2 inches, 8lb 4oz baby boy.

Marcus and I stayed in Canada until his FMLA was nearing its end and this time we decided we were officially done being apart. We were a family now and we all needed to be together. We decided that we would all go back home to America and wait it out until we heard from immigration.

It’s been 3 months since we’ve been in America and finally after a year a half since we first filed for my green card and we finally got an interview date for December 5th, 2012. We can now officially say it’s all over and we’re APPROVED! We can finally all be together as a family legally in the same country and there is nothing more exciting to me right now than that. It’s been a long time coming and us being an international family with our son also being a dual citizen I’m sure there will be much more excitement in our lives than the normal family. Stay tuned for more wonderful insight into the life of Jellybeans Mom because there’s much more to come.

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