My name is Christina Hnatiuk. I am a mom of one little boy, Marshall. I am married to a wonderful man, we will have been together for 6 years, married for 3. I work full time in Human Resources and part time as a Ukrainian dance instructor. I love to try new things, especially new restaurants and food. In my free time, which is hardly ever, I love to bake, specializing in cheesecakes. I am looking forward to sharing my adventures in life with everyone!
I have only been a mother for 2.5 years but one of the most important lessons I have learned is that a support system is so important. I am so lucky to have people in my life that not only support me as a mother but in every aspect of my life. I have an amazing husband, the best parents, in-laws, siblings and friends a girl could ask for. I often take these people for granted but I am realizing now how big of a role they play in the development of my son. They say it takes a village and I am lucky enough to have the best village.
My husband is pretty amazing. I know everyone thinks that, and rightfully so, you promised to spend eternity with them, so they should be pretty good. But mine is the best. He is so supportive sometimes it’s annoying. He encourages me to do whatever makes me happy, and is always there to pick up the pieces when everything falls apart. He has been with me through mental health issues, regular health issues, ups, downs, and he even puts up with me when I get hangry! When we found out I was pregnant, we had just gotten married, and I had just finished university. We discussed many options for how this all would work. I obviously wanted to stay home with our son, but I also really wanted to get working and start getting some experience. My amazing husband encouraged me to go back to work, explaining I shouldn’t feel guilty, and was the best stay at home dad for our little boy. It was the support I needed to make a really important decision and I don’t regret it.
Both my husband’s and my parents are amazing. Daycare is expensive and when my husband was going back to work we struggled with how we would afford to pay for it, and not only that but we had a 10 month old who no one would take in a daycare. Our parents stepped up and offered to watch our baby boy. Granted my husband’s parents are retired and so is my mom, so we are lucky that way, but it was still so generous. Both sets of grand parents are amazing. They take better care of him then we could have ever imagined. He is so loved, and we never have concerns about him through the day because, well they raised us and we turned out ok. Not only do they watch him through the week, but also they will take him for evenings if needed, or more recently for a weekend so we can get away. They send us home with supper when we pick him up, or can tell when we have had a hard day and just invite us to stay. They are always there with open arms, love, support and honesty, when we need it. I never thought I would need my parents, or in-laws, as much as I do, and I am so grateful to have them in our lives!
My sister is pretty amazing as well. She’s a mom of 3, ran a day home for other peoples kids, and runs a successful photography business. Even with her crazy busy schedule, she always finds time to answer my stupid parenting questions. Even if it’s just listening to me vent about the latest toddler tantrum, she always had comforting words that let me know I’m doing alright. She is my best friend and I know I would be lost without her. She reminds me that I’m a good mom and her and by brother in law, are amazing role models for me to look up to. I am so lucky that I have them to help me through this crazy journey of motherhood. And I can always count on my brother in law for a kick butt dad joke and a secret stash of candy!
I also have a brother and sister in law. My brother is the person I look to when I need to get away from the parenting stuff. He and I share many loves, Disney parks being one. I can always count on him to be just as enthusiastic as me when it comes to the newest ride, or rumour, at a Disney park. Plus he is always good for a dose of sarcasm and dash of wit, which I think is a necessity in life! I am so thankful he is there to chat with and laugh with; I don’t think he even knows how much I need him some days!
His fiancé is also unbelievably amazing. She is a doctor, and has answered every stupid medical question I have, with no judgement. She is so smart and kind, and I am forever grateful to her for being there when I need reassurance. She too can have me on the floor rolling with laughter; they do say laughter is the best medicine.
Life is short, and filled with bumps and bruises along the way. Having these amazing people in my life to help me with parenting, when I need a laugh, or inevitably a good cry, is more than any girl could ask for. My support system is more than I could have ever asked for, and for that I am forever thankful.
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” –Mother Teresa