Mom's candid family photo of blended family with fiancé and ex goes viral
Divorce and the separation of families is hardly uncommon these days.
But the saddest thing about divorce, aside from the separation itself, is that it can often go hand-in-hand with acrimony, relentless arguing, and drama. It's sad because it essentially detracts from the life these former partners would have shared as a happy couple in love. When deciding to part ways with someone because they weren't right for you, it's very easy to feel anger toward them and, as a result, animosity ensues.
But although it may seem bleak, there is hope yet. Not everyone who decides to end a relationship will inevitably treat their former other half with resentment. And one recent Facebook post is pretty much evidence of that.
Who could have guessed that when 20-year-old Madison Holley split up with her ex-boyfriend Tyler Mcilveen two years ago that the pair would later form a blended family with her current partner fiancé Cody Pietz?
Madison and her ex-partner share a son, three-year-old Cade, and the young mom also has a child, two-month-old Waylon, with Cody.
The photo above was taken a day after Madison gave birth to Waylon and went viral when it was posted to the Love What Matters Facebook page with this heartwarming caption:
“This photo was taken 24 hours after I gave birth to my second baby boy, Waylon. The guy on the left is my ex, the 3-year-old holding his hand is my first child, Cade, we had together. The guy on the right holding my sons’ Right hand is my fiancé, and the newborn baby Boy is our child. Just because a relationship doesn’t work out between two people DOES NOT mean the relationship with the child shouldn’t. I would never take that away. Every child needs a mother and father figure and my son Cade just happens to get some extra love. Be civil and co-parent. If you made the child together it’s both your job to raise the child.”
“We were leaving the hospital after Waylon was born and my son was holding his dad’s hand but he also wanted to hold Cody’s hand,” the mom-of-two told PEOPLE. “I just found that super adorable because they both have important roles in my son’s life.”
Madison and 27-year-old Tyler were together for over two years when they broke up, she explained to PEOPLE. It was Tyler’s current girlfriend, 22-year-old Karin Gray, who helped her and Tyler work on building a friendship.
Now, she hopes other families can experience the joys of co-parenting, just as she has.