When Audrey Loving’s 4-year-old daughter started bonding with her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, Whitney McGraw, it wasn’t easy for the young Virginia mom.
According to “Today,” Loving said she went “a little crazy” when it came time for McGraw to watch daughter Riley. She often wrote lengthy to-do lists for the girlfriend, who always kept her updated with photos and texts.
But eventually, trust between the two started to grow. Loving told Today:
“One night I sent her a text saying, ‘You know, I’m extremely thankful for you.’”
The young mother said she had endless appreciation for McGraw, who was working hard to help raise a child who wasn’t her own.
And late last year, Loving posted about their flourishing relationship on Facebook. Along with a photo of McGraw and Riley, Loving wrote:
This is my daughters fathers gf. The sweetest thing ever! I’m super thankful for her because when she visits her dad she feeds her, takes care of her, buys her gifts, and basically takes care of her like her own.
Why do all these moms act so spiteful and jealous towards the other women?? NO ONE said it was easy trying to be a mother to a kid you didn’t have. So when there is someone trying don’t push them away!
This is my daughters fathers gf. The sweetest thing ever! I'm super thankful for her because when she visits her dad she…
The post went absolutely viral, garnering more than 200,000 shares on the social media platform.
But now, Loving has given a heartfelt update regarding McGraw and little Riley’s relationship — because she’s no longer with the 4-year-old’s father.
According to the Daily Mail, McGraw has parted ways with the biological dad, but that seems to have made little difference in her friendship with Riley and her mom.
In a new viral post on Facebook, Loving said on Aug. 15 she wouldn’t give up McGraw for the world.
Alongside a photo of Riley and McGraw, Loving wrote:
This photo means EVERYTHING to me. I cried when I saw this … Unfortunately Rileys Biological father isn’t with this awesome women I bragged about and went viral over, But she will always be apart of Riley’s life.
This photo means EVERYTHING to me. I cried when I saw this… Unfortunately Rileys Biological father isn't with this…
Loving went on to say that’s she’s become very protective of McGraw, who is now like another member of the family to her. The mom wrote:
I don’t care who she ends up marrying but Riley will always be apart (sic) of you and your girls life. I love this girl and whoever dares messes with her feelings is in big trouble because you have to go through me. I will always have a weak spot in my heart for Whitney, She is my family.
The young mom said she hopes her close relationship with McGraw can serve as an example to other women who may be going through similar situations. Loving wrote:
I hope you ladies learn from Whit and I that you that you can make it work. You CAN makes those complicated relationships with the other spouse happen.
This is Whitney, you've seen my post all over Facebook . I thanked her for being a great step mom to my daughter and I…
The young mom said that in her child’s life, she’ll make sure that “love” always overcomes “hate.”