How To Blend Two Very Different Families (And Have The Worlds Cutest Babies)

Once upon a time, I reached out to a fellow blogger for totally selfish reasons. First, I love her blog. Really and truly. 

Second, she has lived through what will essentially take place in my life in the next 5 years: Blending two very very different families.

Celeste blogs over at Our Fabulous Life in the Suburbs. Her husband is Armenian (Nav is Iranian i.e. both have olive skin and very dark hair). She’s blonde, I’m blonde. 

And most inappropriately: she is the best hope I have of having any idea what my future kid is going too look like. See…selfish. Either way, you’re going to love her. I’ll let her take it from here…

Well hello all you Back East Blonde readers! My name is Celeste and I blog over at Our Fabulous Life in the Suburbs. When Nadine first contacted me about guest posting I was blown away because I am a loyal reader of hers and had no idea she had ever even heard of my little ole’ blog! Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity….and here we are now.

I suppose I’ll start by letting you in on the most important info you need to know if we’re going to be bloggy friends (which I certainly hope we are). First and foremost, I am the wife to a hilarious/gorgeous/crazy Armenian guy named Arsen who is my best friend and a better husband than I could have ever hoped for.

We have an insane little pup named Addie who is the apple of my eye and gets away with just about anything because she’s so darn cute. We live in a suburb of Dallas and my blog is basically just a place for me to ramble about anything and everything that goes on in our day-to-day lives.

If you haven’t noticed, Nadine and I have quite a bit in common: supercute dark-skinned men who love us, crazy adorable puppy’s who we are maybe slightly obsessed with…plus we’re both blonde. Might as well be twins!

However, I am embarking on a major journey very soon that I’m pretty sure Nadine doesn’t plan on jumping into at the moment (Nadine’s note: confirmed, definitely not!)….I’m expecting my first baby May 1st! It’s a boy, and I am absolutely, positively head-over-heels in love and obsessed with this little person I’ve never even met. I cannot wait to feast my eyes on this boy and see what an Armenian guy and a blonde girl created. Nadine has guessed something similar to Mason from Keeping up with the Kardashians…and I’m totally fine with that. That child is freaking adorable!

But before Arsen and I got to the point of marriage and babies, we had to get through something not quite so fun: Blending two very, very different families from two very, very different cultures into one big bunch of craziness. 

I will say that although I feel super loved by every member of Arsen’s family now, that wasn’t always the case. Although Arsen was raised in America from the age of six and is about as “American” as it gets, his family is incredibly traditional. Needless to say they weren’t super pumped about the fact that their beloved Arsen brought home a little blonde southern girl from Oklahoma. It took awhile, but now it seems as though I have received their blessing, and they always make me feel like I’m part of the family. Although it probably doesn’t hurt that I’m carrying a baby Armenian in my belly at the moment.

Blending our families has certainly been a challenge at times. I’m a very opinionated, determined, (not spoiled, I swear) only child who may or may not be used to having things go my way. To suddenly have to compromise and put another person and their family’s needs at the forefront was a challenge. Planning a wedding trying to blend our cultures was probably the hardest thing we’ve tried to do….and that is precisely why we ended up having an Armenian wedding, and then two weeks later, and American wedding. I also had to be baptized in the Armenian church before we could be married, which was fine with me, but nothing I had necessarily planned on.

And now that we’re bringing a baby into this crazy world? I can’t even imagine. Arsen’s family is very superstitious, and I’ve seen some interesting things when it comes to the other children in his family. But the number one thing I’ve learned from the past almost five years with Arsen is that although our families couldn’t be more different in a million ways, the one thing we all have in common is love for each other. My parents adore his family, and from what I can tell the feeling is mutual. And once this little guy comes into the world I imagine we will all be that much closer.

So Miss Nadine, I wish you all the best with you and your man. I can tell you from first hand experience that although it might not always be easy, if he’s a good guy (which we all know Naveed certainly is) it will most definitely be worth it. And to the rest of you, I would LOVE it if you would come visit me! You can find me over at my blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram…..I do it all. And I love making new friends, so please stop by and say hi!

Don’t you just love her? Go say hi! Thank you for taking over for the day, Celeste!



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