Babies are contagious

Well, after spending the evening with a friend’s baby, our desire for a family kicked in to high gear.

Yeah, can you imagine someone calling me mama?

Crazy…craziness…

Well, we have a few donors filed away and money being saved for the event.

In one year, one of us could be expecting. I’ll keep you posted!

What Happened to Trayvon Martin Scares Me To Death

My wife and I are so excited to be looking at baby things, planning and dreaming together about our children. We read books on parenting styles, talk about how we want them to have the best of everything, love, support and no pressure to be anything for us except decent human beings.

Then I saw the headlines about Trayvon Martin.

When I watched the news clip on CBC newsworld about this baby faced boy screaming for his life, my stomach turned. It made me cry and fear for their future.

I’m white and my wife is mixed-race and our kids are going to reflect our backgrounds.

What happened to Trayvon Martin scares me to death.

I don’t live in the U.S, let alone Florida but that doesn’t lessen my worry about racism. He was an innocent child afraid and in the dark and minding his own damn business. I hope that George Zimmerman is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You don’t wander around with a concealed weapon with your brain half-cocked like that, because terrible things happen.

The white privilege I have will not be extended to my children and they will be judged for it. I’d be stupid to think I can protect them from it.

I’ve seen and heard enough from my non-white family members to do me a lifetime and they deal with it whenever they leave the house.

What do I say to my kids? Some people will think you’re less than me because you’re mixed race and I’m white, even if my kids have double my IQ, triple my talent and quadruple the beauty?

I speak out on this because yes, I’ve had moments of brainwashing fear around someone who was non-white because as a child, outside influences told me I had something to fear. As an adult, I know better.

I cannot relate to what it must be like for African people, East Indian people and Middle Eastern people to get by when they are judged for no reason. That doesn’t mean it’s any less of an outrage to me.

So when my kids start asking me questions about race at least they will have more than one perspective from their parents.
I hope to instill the same values in them, that a threat to rights anywhere is a threat to rights everywhere.

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.
Malcolm X

Dykes with tikes

My wife and I love children, we’re extremely excitedly heading down the road of trying to conceive in the next year and a bit.

I would like 3 or 4 and I think we’re of the same mind on this. Well, we’re in agreement until we go through our first pregnancy together, ha, I’m sure we’ll change our tune!

For two lesbians, this is a challenge because you have to pick the donor, track your ovulation, buy some samples, deal with homophobic doctors (there are lots!) and people who still don’t realise that when I say “wife” I mean WIFE as in, this is Canada and same-sex marriage has been legal for 7 god damn years.

*phew* I digress.

I think when it comes to having children, despite my rigorous research in parenting books, blogs and friends with kids, I still have more questions than answers:

The teenage years…I know I was giant a-hole and from my mother in law’s reports, so was my dress wearing, soft spoken wife!

The one thing I’m sort of happy about is that our kids will have 2 parents that tried every mind altering substance known to humanity, every juvenile criminal activity (stupid things, no murders or armed robberies)
…and a host of things not published in the kama sutra….there’s not much they could try to clumsily hide from us without us knowing.

What will the kid call us, mommy and….? hell as long as it’s not a 4 letter word, I should be cool with whatever.

How do I squish homophobes like bugs while showing our kids compassion and respect for other people?
I don’t wanna look like a douche.

What about when one says ‘who’s the real mom’?
What should do first, give ’em a right hook or tell them we both are?

Worst of all, what do I do when they start asking for keys to my motorcycle?