A Very Special Valentine’s Day

A Very Special Valentine’s Day

If I recall correctly, Maks and I have been in different cities the last two Valentine’s Days. Work usually takes priority over these types of holidays. Even still, we’ve always tried to make up for the physical distance with little surprises that keep you from feeling like you’re missing out on all the romance of the day – like the time Maks had a hundred roses sent to my hotel room while I was hosting a charity event in Milwaukee.

This year will be different and extra special. Not only will we be together, we already have a nice romantic dinner planned – at home together, madly in love with our little family.

I am filled with such an overwhelming amount of love for both Maks and Shai – a love that celebrates the little life we made and the life we get to build together. I feel like I have a larger purpose now that I’m responsible for this little human, and that the everyday things that used to bother me don’t matter as much. It truly is one of the most incredible, daunting, exciting and crazy moments of your life. It brings out instincts in you that you never knew were there. Like, one day Maks and I were mid-conversation, he looked at me and said, “I’d kill for him.” And without hesitation, I responded, “So would I.” (I guess I finally know how a mama bear feels.)

The love we both have for Shai has only increased the love we have for each other. I couldn’t see how Maks’ and my relationship could get any better, but by bringing Shai into this world together, somehow it did. When you have a newborn, spending time alone together is hard work. So we try to focus on the quality of time we get together rather than the quantity. I’m a big advocate for affection. Especially since everything is so new, we’re trying to maintain a loving, supportive environment filled with lots of encouragement and telling each other how amazing they’re doing and, of course, the spontaneous showers of hugs and kisses.

We’ll never be the same Maks and Peta again. Sure, we’ll get back to our careers; we’ll even sneak away for drinks or dinner. But now, wherever we go, whatever we do, we’re Maks and Peta and Shai – and that’s a kind of love worth celebrating.


Want to see Maks’ and my special Valentine’s Day gift picks? Head over to People.com and check them out.

Photo Credit: Stefania Orru

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  1. Congratulations Maks, Peta and baby Shai…welcome to parenthood

    Posted by: Kelly Durham on February 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  2. There is absolutely nothing like the feeling you have after welcoming your baby into the world. I just love both of you on dwts and as people in general! Congratulations!!!!

    Posted by: Rhonda on February 20, 2017 at 9:02 am
  3. Dancing with the Stars is one of my favorite shows and YOU2 are my favorite couple! The journey you have had up to this point with Shai has been so AMAZING to watch! This has been a bright spot in our lives, so Thank you for sharing. Best to all 3 of you!

    Posted by: Sharlyn Renner on February 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  4. It’s been an amazing journey to watch and hear about you and Maks having your amazing little boy,Shai! It really took me back to the wonderful experience of having my 2 sons ,and what a wonderful blessing they are in my life. You’re both so loving and that gives others hope that they too can have a baby, yet still keep their love alive, now more than ever! I admire your keeping Shai out of the spotlight for now, so the 3 of you can adjust and concentrate on the adaptions there are in having a beautiful new son to your family! May God Bless you all and enjoy every minute of every day, because as everyone is telling you, it’s so true, the time flies. You don’t want to miss a minute of Shai’s accomplishments and you definitely need to keep your love and relationship alive as well! Congratulations on being new parents, it’s obvious that you were both meant to be parents and I think you’re doing an amazing job balancing it all! Much love and happiness to you all! Sending lots of hugs, there’s days you might need 1!!

    Posted by: Barb C. on February 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  5. So happy for you and your new little family! Enjoy your time together it goes by so fast! Can’t wait to see you both back in action on DWTS!

    Posted by: Jennifer on February 15, 2017 at 10:44 am
  6. Has Shai started smiling yet? Does he have dimples? Since you both have them, can’t imagine he doesn’t.

    Lovin’ your posts about this new, wonderful journey! ❤️❤️

    Posted by: Wonton12 on February 15, 2017 at 6:32 am
  7. Happy Valentine’s Day to the 3 of you! Love couldn’t be more special than that of a parent — unconditional, forever, and meaningful. Enjoy this special day. Hugs to all — Veronique.

    Posted by: Veronique Wallender on February 13, 2017 at 9:08 am
  8. All I can say is, Shai is one fortunate little fellow. So happy for you & Maks embarking on this amazing adventure of being a Family. God Bless you three.

    Posted by: Cindy on February 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm
  9. This is so touching and so beautiful and most of all that little bundle will always remind you both why you are so in love. I wish you both all the best and that little doll baby too❤️❤️❤️

    Posted by: Sharon on February 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  10. Nothing but good wishes and blessings this Valentines Day
    I wish you Love ❤️

    Posted by: Rosemarie on February 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm