Congratulations to these men who became dads this February

"Instant Love": Congrats to These Gay Dads on Recent Births and Adoptions

Each and every month, the ranks of gay dads within the LGBTQ community β€” and we welcome them to our ranks with open arms. Help us congratulate all the gay, bi and trans men who became dads or whose families expanded in recent months! 

Andy and Wayne

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New dads Andy and Wayne just welcomed triplet daughters via surrogacy πŸŽ‰ They live in Surrey, England, with their rapidly growing family πŸ˜β€‰
 
"The most surprising part of fatherhood is the instant love you feel for your kids. We’d always heard this but thought it maybe just words but it’s not, it’s overwhelming in the best possible way!" 
 
"We’ve been together 14 years, married for 3, and looking to start a family for 4. It’s been a long journey with ups and downs along the way, but we finally have our little miracles."

Serge

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Single dad Serge lives in Palm Springs, CA. He recently finalized the adoption of his son 😍

"I am a first-time dad, single since my husband died in 2018. I did adoption by myself. It feels funny because most of the time when I wake up, I have a child to tell me to love and smile every morning, to hug me.""

"It is a lot of responsibilities and my lifestyle changed. No clubbing, no partying, less friends. I have to think now. I have a son and his future, not only mine." πŸ™Œ

Ruben

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Single dad Ruben recently finalized the adoption of his son πŸ’•

"I always knew I would adopt one day. At 33, the time felt right. I applied to become a foster parent on the same day I applied for my US citizenship. I met my son at an event and initially was not selected to foster him. Seven months later, as I was getting ready to terminate my foster license, I said to myself 'that's the one little boy that if they ever call me back, I will say yes in a heartbeat.' A week later, I got that exact call. Three days later, he walked back into my life."

"I fostered him as a single parent for two years and eight months. On 8/14/20, he legally became my son. I also recall the day I received the title of β€˜Dad.’ πŸ˜„ It was on 10/02/19 at around 7:55 AM as I was dropping him off at school." 😭πŸ₯°β€‰

JJ and Andrew

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Dads JJ and Andrew were thrilled to recently finalize the adoption of little Eliza! The previously fostered her for 18 months. The family lives in California with another daughter/sister, Maya.

The pair are veterans of the foster care system, having gone through the process for both of their girls. β€œSince we have used the foster system for our girls, there are ups and downs and a few surprises along the way. But we wouldn’t trade it as it has brought us our family of 4”

They shared, "We feel like our family is complete! We love to watch the girls play together and can't wait to see the young women they will grow into. Being a dad means long days, but the years go by really fast."

Austin and Nathan

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Atlanta dads Austin and Nathan recently welcomed baby boy Grady via adoption πŸ‘ΆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

The pair became dads through open adoption. β€œWe communicate with each other via text and update them with photos and milestone moments! They are the absolute best birth parents ever and we adore them!”

β€œFatherhood is everything we thought it would be and also nothing we thought it would be like.” πŸ₯°

"It feels surreal to finally be dads, but at the same time it feels so natural too! Adding Grady to our family has been such a privilege and a blessing for our entire family!" πŸ’•

Mike and Phil

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California dads Mike and Phil just welcomed their baby girl Viviana (Vivi) via surrogacy πŸ‘Ά

"Being a dad has changed our hearts β€” to love unconditionally is a gift we didn't know until we saw her face for the first time."

Jesus and Alberto

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Dads Jesus and Alberto live in Madrid, Spain, with their sweet little daughter Olivia.

"It is an indescribable feeling when you have your dreams come true! Holding the baby in our arms and realizing that you just became a whole family full of love." 😍πŸ₯°β€‰β€‰

The pair became dads through surrogacy in September, 2020. They are currently traveling the world as a family and eager to have more children in the future!

Phil and Kevin

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When Phil and Kevin met, they never thought they'd see the day when having kids would be in the cards. Now, here they are as new dads of twins! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

β€œLet's face it, there is no such thing as an 'oopsie' baby when it comes to two guys having kids." 🀣
They shared, "We certainly didn't get here overnight. After 15 years of dragging our feet β€” i.e. Phil stalling in fear that our social lives would end forever β€” we eventually began the surrogacy process in early 2019. That year marked a major change in our lives after losing a dear family member to pancreatic cancer. It was the kick in our pants that made us realize we aren't getting any younger (shhh, don't remind Kevin) and the importance of our family and friends being part of the journey." πŸ™ŒπŸ’•

Sean and Marc

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Dads Sean and Marc were thrilled to recently finalize the adoption of their daughter Lily Bree! 🌈

"Becoming fathers has meant wrestling through 8 years on adoption lists and struggling through unsuccessful surrogacy trials. Suddenly, the day after another missed implant attempt β€” and when the journey seemed impossible β€” the adoption agency called." πŸ₯°

A birth family had chosen them! Four days later, on December 18, 2020, their daughter was born in Alberta, Canada.

"From the first moments holding Lily, every past years' share of anguish and impatience is replaced with peace and comfort, miraculously relieved by the smallest weight of this - our - child." πŸ’•πŸ’•

David and Paul

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Los Angeles dads David and Paul recently finalized the adoption of their two sons! 🌈

Paul has a daughter from a previous relationship, but their boys came to them when they decided to pursue a foster-to-adopt path to parenthood. Due to COVID-19, they ended up finalizing the legal process over the phone. 

Unfortunately, the big celebration is going to have to wait a bit. β€œWe couldn’t do much since we’re in a pandemic. So we just went to a big park that had a lake in Los Angeles and walked around and got to spend some one-on-one time together as a family.”

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