And then he invited me over on Christmas night to see him and meet his son. That's when things got real. And that's when I started letting my walls come down. Seeing any man with a child can make your heart melt. Seeing a man you care about adore a child the way Rob does with Cameron touches your heart in ways I never could have imagined.
From that moment on, I knew that was it. I may not have admitted it aloud, but I knew. Rob and Cameron quickly became my family and I went from being a carefree twenty-something to helping potty train a toddler. It was a big adjustment for sure, but one I never questioned. Though dating someone with kids was not in my life plans, it became the most incredibly rewarding aberration I've had.
Things surely aren't always easy. No matter how much I love Cameron and care for him as if he were my own child, I'm not his mother nor will I ever be. I have to walk a fine line sometimes as to not overstep my boundaries but at the same time be seen as a respected parental figure in his life. That can get tricky. It takes a special type of relationship and a lot of communication to make this work. It takes two people willing to sacrifice, compromise, and understand. Luckily, I have Rob to experience this journey with. Like all journeys, there have been bumps in the road. But together we have learned to navigate through them, and our relationship has become stronger in the process.
I have grown to love that wild, sweet little boy so much over the last five years. And when I married his Daddy last year, I officially became a stepmom. But it didn't happen overnight. Little by little, I have made a transformation and grown into the role. It has taken time, patience, and a lot of love. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Of all the things I've done in life, very few make me as proud as being Cameron's stepmom.