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"Little Blessings": Gay Dads Celebrate Recent Births and Adoptions

"New year, new you," as they say β€” and for these dads, that means a whole new addition to the family! Help us congratulate the following dads on their recent births and adoptions!  

 

Congrats Eyal and Erez on the birth of their daughter! 

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Tel Aviv dads Eyal and Erez welcomed their little princess Ophir on November 10 this year via surrogacy. She was born in Boise, Idaho.

Due to COVID hospital policies and only allowing one support person in at a time, only Eyal was there to hold Ophir as she came into the world. "It was really hard on both of us," shared the dads. Thankfully their surrogate was kind enough to switch places with Erez as soon as she could so he was able to join her shortly after birth.

"Holding her for the first time felt like we were waiting for her our whole life. Finally after so much anticipation worries and fear she is here and she is perfect 😍"

"At the moment Ophir is less then 2 weeks old so the most rewarding aspect of fatherhood is seeing her 'drunk' after a large meal and then falling asleep with a big happy smile. πŸ˜‚"

@erez_halevy

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Congrats Robbie and Mackenzy on welcoming their son!

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Dads Robbie and Mackenzy welcomed their son in November in Hattiesburg, Mississippi  

The dads always knew they wanted to start a family together. They have nieces and nephews and love spending time with them.

"We began our journey by attending a 'men having babies' conference back in 2017 in NYC... We met with Dr. L from RMACT to create and freeze embryos. Then we met with Vicki Ferrara and her agency Worldwide Surrogacy to find our amazing surrogate. The whole journey from embryos to birth took about 2.5 years."

"The entire journey went very smoothly and seamlessly even with Covid. When Beckett arrived, it was surreal. You go from telling everyone you're pregnant and counting down to actually being hours away from his arrival - it’s almost hard to believe this adorable little human is our son and the realization that You’re no longer going to get a full nights sleep!
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@meiselrobbie

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Congrats Stafford and Kenny on finalizing the adoption of their son! 

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California dads Stafford and Kenny recently finalized the adoption of their son after a lengthy process! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜

"After waiting two years to adopt, we were selected by a birthmother, but the adoption was heartbreakingly disrupted." We didn't give up, and another year later got a call from our adoption agency on Christmas Eve that a baby had been born and we had been selected again."

"We met the birth parents two days later, and the next day we signed the paperwork. After waiting for so long, it was a complete whirlwind!"

Due to COVID, and courts being closed, their adoption finalization was delayed. "It was definitely a relief to have the adoption finalized 10 months after our son was born. The whole process took four years from the time we joined the program to finalizing the adoption."

@homesteadstafford

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Congrats Ales and Alexander on finalizing the adoption of their daughter! 

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Daddy Alex and Papa Alexander from the Seattle area recently finalized the adoption of their daughter πŸŒˆπŸ’•

"We began our adoption process by working with an adoption consultant (Adoption Information Services) based on a recommendation from a friend. They were great in talking us through what to expect and the initial paperwork, and ultimately helped us connect with our birth mother."

"We learned of Eva's birth the day she was born and flew/drove to her that same day. We flew home the day before Thanksgiving in 2019, and after a wonderful/weird year of mostly quarantining, the finalization was over Zoom and was surprisingly quick and uneventful."

"We had cake and a Zoom visit with our family post-finalization. We were so blessed to be able to pay for this process with some support from our families. We believe private adoptions shouldn't cost as much as they do, but understand that it is complicated and involves a lot of working parts. We hope to be able to adopt again in the future but are so enamored with our little bundle of energy at the moment." πŸ‘ΆπŸŽ‰

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§@atkloehn

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Congrats Joshua and Phillip on the birth of their son!

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Maryland dads recently welcomed their baby boy via surrogacy πŸ’•πŸŽ‰

"It feels surreal being dads. We are so excited to be on this journey together and have so much love to give our baby boy! Neither of us ever imagined that this journey would be so amazing and we are enjoying every moment."

@therealdadsofellicottcity

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Congrats Zach and Tim on finalizing the adoption of their son! 

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Dads Zach and Tim recently finalized a relatively fast adoption. πŸ’•

"We wanted to give a child a home and love them as our own. The entire process took a little under a year, with multiple disappointments. But one day, out of the blue, a birth mom calls up and asks us if we're interested. William was born on a Sunday, we talked with the birth mother that Monday, and headed to pick him up two days later."

"Holding William for the first time was unreal. You go through this process with lots of hope, but you get work down so much by the disappointments that you can't help but to think that there's gotta be something, a surprise β€” like the mom is going to change her mind. This stuck in the back of our mind the entire time but as the days went on we settle down and have started to enjoy the reality that we are now fathers."

@kendradillfamily

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Congrats Anthony and Antonio on finalizing the adoption of their kids! 

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Texas Dads Anthony and Antonio recently finalized the adoption of Abigail and Austin (whew, that's a lot of A's)! πŸ…°οΈ πŸ…°οΈ πŸ…°οΈ πŸ…°οΈ

"My only regret is not starting our path to fatherhood earlier. Being a father has been the best thing we could have done. So if you're thinking about it, just go for it!" πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸŒˆ

@antoniodaniette

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Congrats Anthony and Adeel on welcoming their twins! 

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Dads Anthony and Adeel recently welcomed their twins Adam and Anya via surrogacy in Florida (another all πŸ…°οΈ family)!

"As a gay couple who met in 2009, we didn't think it would be possible to have our own children. Now, married with twin newborns, we are grateful for those who brought us to this point, and we are so excited to pave the way for the future of the LGBT community!" πŸŒˆπŸ™Œ

"Seven weeks in and we are exhausted and overwhelmed, but those feelings all disappear when our twin babies look into our eyes and smile. It fills us with love and hope."

@voyagermd

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Congrats Jeremy and Christopher on the birth of their son!

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Jeremy and Christopher recently welcomed the newest addition to their family, Jensen, via surrogacy 🀩

"We had them via surrogate β€” at home, turkey baster method with a friend who donated the eggs and carried them, we aren't NPH rich gays!"

"Life as dads of two kids is SOOOO much different than with one. We thought the baby would be difficult but the challenges more often than not come from navigating the older sibling learning to share attention and time."

"We are so happy to have out perfect little nuclear family and love the roller coaster ride."🎒

@calliope_jensen_and_daddies

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Congrats to Nizar on welcoming his newest nephew!

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Congrats to the only GUNCLE on this list, Nizar! 

"Though I'm just a #guncle, I've been taking care of my niece and nephews including the new born baby Ali. I've always wanted to be a dad, but haven't been lucky enough to find someone to be dads with. One positive part of the crazy #corona pandemic is it game me more time to be part of my niece and nephew's lives and to be there to help my brother and sister-in-law take care of the kids. Little blessings." πŸ™Œ

@nzar1710


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