Queer Eye’s Tan France has been documenting some of the ups and downs of that new-dad life, after he and husband Rob welcomed their baby boy earlier this summer.
The Frances’ introduced the world to baby Ismail in early June. Their son, who was born via surrogacy, was almost two months early, so he was in the NICU for the first three weeks of his life. The couple brought him home on August 2nd.
“We love him so, so much,” Tan said of their son. “Like, fully obsessed.”
The Queer Eye fashion expert said their surrogate was doing great post-labor, and that they “couldn’t be more grateful for the greatest gift in our lives.”
Within a few days of bringing their baby boy home, Tan posted a video for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, with the title “It’s Time to Evolve the Conversation.”
“Let’s start by sharing and supporting every kind of feeding journey,” he said. “Why now? It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, where one type of feeding is put on a social pedestal and those who can not or chose not to are made to feel second best for formula feeding. I understand AND agree that BreastMilk is the gold standard. I have never, and would never suggest otherwise. Also, no one should ever feel guilty for feeding their baby formula. 'How is feeding going?' as opposed to 'How is Breast Feeding going'. A fed baby is what matters most.”
The day after baby Ismail turned one month old, Tan shared a precious photo of the two holding hands, with lyrics by Brandi Carlile that he said had “never hit so deep.”
“Welcome to the end of being alone inside your mind. Tethered to another and you're worried all the time. You always knew the melody but you never heard it rhyme.”
Daddy Tan also shared a photo of himself pushing a Newborn Baby Doona stroller while rocking his so-called ‘Smurf hat” to Ismail’s doctor’s appointment in mid-August.
When their son hit six weeks old, the France's announced that they’ve been designing a new home for their growing family.
“Spent some time working on the design of our new home, today,” Tan posted to Instagram. “Can’t wait to show you what we came up with. I’ll start giving regular updates when we start the build in a few weeks.”
Around the time Ismail was two months old, the new daddy posted a sleepy selfie and joked that he had “aged 10 years in 2 months.”
We know how you feel, Tan! Hang in there!