ABOUT JOE L:
My family is from upstate New York, which is where I grew up and my family still lives. Family has played a strong role in my life and in shaping who I am as a person. I have Italian heritage on my dad's side and Polish and British heritage on my mom's side, and both families have created traditions that I hope to pass on to my children.
Together we have formed a family filled with love, trust and closeness.
In particular, holidays were always special times filled with family gatherings and plenty of food. I had a special relationship with my two grandmothers, both of whom have passed. I miss them but keep them in my heart always.
I'm very close with my parents, Lyn and John, who are amazing grandparents to Margot and London, 6, and Payton, 2, the daughters of my sister Julie and brother-in-law Mitchell. Although they live a couple of hours away, I have a close bond with all of them and speak to and see them regularly. Julie is an amazing mother and a great female role model for Margot. My extended family is filled with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Everyone is so excited to welcome another baby into our family!
Most of all, I am honored to have such an amazing husband in Joe and wonderful daughter in Margot. Together we have formed a family filled with love, trust, and closeness. Being Margot's dad has forever changed my life in the most amazing of ways, and the love I have for her has shown me that I'm ready to share my heart and family with another child.
ABOUT JOE F:
I grew up in New Jersey. I also have Italian heritage on my dad's side and German and French heritage on my mom's side. Family was at the core of my life growing up. I have a large extended family so there always seemed to be relatives close by ready to celebrate a birthday, go to a cousin's baseball game or just stop by for a visit. Big Sunday dinners were a weekly tradition and holidays were always a special time. We went on family vacations to the beach every summer with lots of cousins and close family friends. I'll always have great memories from these trips and can't wait to do the same with my family.
I'm still close with my parents, Paul and Donna, and have three brothers. Most of my family lives close by so they all love regular visits and spending time with Margot. They are so excited for another baby!
My childhood friends were also a really important part of growing up and I consider them to be part of my family, especially my closest friends Brooke and Lindsay, and their girls Bernadette, 6, and Adele, 4. They live very close by so the girls are like sisters to Margot.
Being a husband and then becoming a Dad has been the most incredible experience of my life. I am so grateful every day to have such a beautiful family. Margot fills my life with love every single day and it's an honor to be her Dad. I know she's going to be an amazing big sister and can't wait to welcome another little one into our family.
Words can't express how much love and joy Margot brings every day! From the moment we first held her and she looked at us with her big blue eyes, we felt an overwhelming sense of love and devotion to protect her and take care of her. She brings out the best in us and we have loved every moment of watching her grow into an energetic and loving toddler.
Margot is a joyful girl with so many interests: she loves running around outside and playing on her swing set as much as she loves cuddling up and having us read one of her favorite books.
She's full of heart and passion, and takes special care of Puppy, her favorite stuffed animal. Her big heart and loving demeanor will make her an amazing big sister, and we can't wait to see how she cares for and nurtures her new sibling.
We love spending time together as a family! Whether we're playing outside, taking walks or swimming at the local pool, we try to fit in as many fun activities as possible. We also love spending time at home and just cuddling up with Margot and reading a book or playing with her in her playroom. Family time really is the best time!
We live about an hour from the Jersey Shore, so the beach is close to us. Margot loves the sand and waves! We also like to take advantage of the local parks and reservoirs in our town; one has a mega-playground shaped like a pirate ship! As for Margot, anything that includes bubbles is a hit. We make sure we have some on us at all times!
Holidays are a big deal for our families, and becoming part of the Christmas tradition has been fun. In fact, we've started a new tradition of hosting our families together every year for Christmas Eve. Margot loves it!
In the Summer, we spend time with friends at the beach, and we travel to visit family around the Northeast. Margot's grandpa Poppi takes the grandkids to a Yankee game every year; he can't wait to share this tradition with our new child!