Picture it, Toronto, May 27, 2007 on a beautiful spring evening. We met one night out, and the gay stars must have been aligned because we both had on the same pair of shoes! And who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes! Our taste in shoes wasn’t the only thing we had in common! We both wanted to be dads. Only months after we met, we took a Daddies and Papas 2B course at our local LGBT community centre. We always knew we wanted to be parents. We just didn’t know how.
We got engaged in Las Vegas about a year after meeting. Fast forward to August 2, 2010 to our wedding day. Family and friends gathered with us on the rooftop of our condo, impeccable views of the Toronto downtown skyline as the backdrop to this wonderful day. This day was all about love, and the start of our family.
We decided to change careers and we both became high school teachers here in Toronto. Education is something we strongly believe in and being out and open, we wanted to be role models for students struggling with their identity.
In 2012, once we both had permanent teaching positions, and after five years of discussing becoming parents, we embarked on our journey of surrogacy. We found an egg donor right away but finding the right woman to carry our little Milo was more difficult. In May 2013, we found Kathy, the most incredible woman who offered to carry our child. After one failed attempt, In October 2013 we were pregnant and then the countdown began! On June 27, 10 days overdue, we welcomed our little “bubbaloo” to this world, Milo Huxton.
Since Milo has joined our family, we live each day with so much more love, laughter, patience and appreciation for life.
Our birth photo and story has been shared around the world and as educators, we feel it is important to help inform others the importance of skin to skin for newborns, understand surrogacy, and to show the world that family is about love!
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