Michael & Gaetano

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Dad to be Dad to be
First Names Michael Gaetano
Religion Catholic Catholic
Ethnic Background Portuguese Italian, Irish, German, French, Polish
Education/Degree High School Diploma Some College
Profession Industrial Product Specialist E-Commerce Sale Manager

Our Story

Hello! We are Michael and Gaetano welcome to our page and thank you for taking the time to read our story. We met back in 2008, and as cliché as it may sound, we knew we were meant for each other from the start. We had the same passions, drive, and dreams of the future, that we would one day make a reality. We got married in 2016, with all the love and support we could have ever dreamed of from our family and friends. We have been together for a total of 14 years and married for 6.

We were born and raised in New Jersey but have travel in our veins. We love to explore all of what New Jersey has to offer by hiking, delicious cuisines, plant nurseries (currently we have 38 plant babies), and the shore…but the travel does not stop there. We love to vacation in Mexico, L.A., Disney and Portugal. It’s always great to have a mix of exploring and relaxation.

We have been preparing for this future for quite some time and cannot wait to become dads. More specifically…Daddy and Papa.

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Family Life

Family to us is not just made up by genetics, it is something that is built, honored, nurtured, and created with love.

Gaetano comes from a large LARGE Italian family. His father is 1 of 8 and Gaetano has over 25 first cousins…he is the third oldest so taking care of the little ones is nothing new to him. Surprisingly enough all of Gaetano’s family is located in NJ. Family get togethers’, birthday parties, and holidays are really just family reunions. Gaetano’s immediate family are all located withing a 30-minute distance, so we are always together on the weekends for a family dinner, day at the beach, or an old-fashioned BBQ in the back yard.

Michael comes from a much smaller family, but he has created lifelong relationships with friends that are family as well. His older sister is the epitome of being his best friend and gave him the gift of becoming an uncle as an early teen. Changing diapers is nothing new to him. Michaels immediate family is within a 20-minute distance which makes it easy to attend our nephew’s baseball games, our niece’s softball games and dance recitals, family dinner, holiday gatherings, birthday celebrations and of course fun times by the pool.

Between both or our families we have many nieces and nephews who cannot wait to add a new cousin to the crew.

We were both raised Catholic but are currently more aligned with spirituality with values rooted in Catholicism. We believe our future children, should develop their own perspectives related to religion and spirituality as it relates to who they are, their background, and what they feel most connected to.

We currently have two fur babies that cannot wait for their two-legged sibling. Penelope (our pup) has been with us for 11 years. We call her our pup because this little lady has the energy and a spark of a 3-month-old puppy. She is loyal, friendly, and smart. Then we have Clark (our cat) some days he goes by Clark Kent, and other Clark Griswold. Clark has been with the family now for 7 years, and he is more like a dog then cat. Penelope took him under her wing when we brought him home at 2 months old. They both are extremely people friendly, great with kids, and always ready for a good belly rub.

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Lifestyle

We live in a 3-bedroom, 3 bath raised ranch with a finished basement and a fully fenced in yard with a pool.  We are 5 minutes from the beach, with a boardwalk filled with games, rides, and the best french fries around! We live in a friendly diverse community and are local to multiple parks and a reservoir which includes a great walking trial. The local elementary, middle, and high school are all within walking distance of our home.

We have a standing Friday night dinner with our closest friends, where we share lots of laughs, make memories, hang out by the pool, or make late night Target runs.

When we are not working, you can find us trying to whip up some new recipes in the kitchen, working on DIYs around the house, or snuggling up on the couch enjoying some treats followed by great binge worthy shows.

When we are outside the house, we like to find new hiking trails, historic areas to explore, walk on the boardwalk, and attend our yearly camping trip with our friends…that we are now looking forward to passing the tradition on with our growing family.

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Adoption

When we first met, one of our first conversations was around the future and where we saw ourselves in years down the road, what we wanted in life, and what our dreams consisted of. The one thing on the top of both our lists was becoming dads and building a strong, loving family. This helped build and solidify our bond even more. We had a goal and dream to strive to accomplish, and with every decision we made planning our future, building a family was always at the top of the list before any decision was made.

We are now in our dream home, have amazing jobs, and a powerhouse of family and friends behind us showering with support and love. We now only have one piece missing from our puzzle.

We can’t begin to image what a birth parent goes through, but hope our story, unconditional love, and promise to grow as individuals as your child grows gives you peace of mind. Please know that if we are chosen to be the forever family for your child, we will be happy to send emails, milestone pictures and annual visits at the Family Options Picnic.

Every day will be a lesson, every minute a memory, and every second of every day filled with understanding and love.

Diversity is very important to us and we believe an individual’s background and ethnicity is the true core of who they are. We will make every effort to learn, embrace and educate ourselves on your child’s ethnicity that is not the same as ours.

We are committed to taking classes to learn cultural history, native cuisines, beliefs, participate in community events and join groups to embrace the child’s background and grow as a family.

Gaetano’s best friends are both adopted from Honduras and are biological siblings and their adoptive family is outside of their race. We have known them for over 20 years and consider them family. We have seen first-hand how important it is to educate yourself on your child’s background.

Favorites

Dad to be Dad to be
Genre of Music Pop Musicals
Quote “The Future Belongs To Those Who Believe In The Beauty Of Their Dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt “Stay Gold, Ponyboy. Stay Gold” S.E. Hinton
Subject in school Science English
Magazine HGTV OUT
TV show Sex And The City Charmed
Movie Selena Moulin Rouge
Holiday Christmas Halloween
Dessert Everything Cheesecake
Travel Destination Maldives Scotland
Sport to watch or play Football (to watch) Football (to watch)
Mac or PC? Mac Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee Tea
Eat in or Dine out? Eat In Dine Out
Early Riser or Night Owl? Early Riser Night Owl

Best Wishes

We are firm believers that dreams do come true, no goal is too big to accomplish, and every day is a gift.

Your child will be embraced with open arms.

They will know who you are, how much you love them, and the path you have sought for them.

They will grow with a family filled with love, honor, and respect.

They will know love, and all it has to offer.

Every achievement and loss will be celebrated with us by their side, knowing no matter what we are here for them.

They will live in a community where they feel safe and welcomed.

Most importantly they will know they are the number one priority. We will be their biggest fans and supporters, we will be their shoulder to cry on, their strength to lift them up, and their light to guide them to a beautiful bright future.

We would like to thank you for reading our story and taking the time to get to know us.

With Love,
Michael, Gaetano,
Penelope 🐾 and Clark 🐾

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