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Evan's Heart - Skirting the Line

Skirting the Line: Evan’s Heart

Evan had his latest heart checkup last week. Not much has changed since his last one – at least, not physically. He still has three cardiac defects – a right aortic arch, double-chambered right ventricle, and most pressing, a ventricular septal defect (VSD). For now his heart, as his cardiologist describes it, is “skirting the […]

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The Rolling Tide of LGBTQ Rights: Parenting with Uncertainty

Aside from getting married, becoming a parent was both the most amazing, and terrifying moment of my life. Suddenly my wife, Kendra, and I were responsible for a tiny little baby. I kept expecting the nurses at the hospital to give us an instruction booklet, but they sent us home with nothing but love. Since […]

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10 Tips for Stay at Home Parents

10 Tips for Stay at Home Parents

Ha ha ha haaaa! Yeah, I’ve got nothing. Spending 15 hours a day with your kids, every day, is flipping hard. Sorry if you clicked on this post with the hope that I actually have 10 tips for stay at home parents. Last summer I probably would have had some pearls of wisdom for you. I was […]

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The Donor Talk: When Kids Have a Sperm Donor

All three of our kids were conceived using sperm from the same anonymous open donor. We had a lot of reasons for choosing our donor, ranging from the frivolous (like me, his favorite sports team is the Red Sox and he loves mint chocolate chip ice cream), to the more practical, such as traits we […]

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How to Dress Kids for Winter Adventures

How to Dress Kids for Winter Adventures in 3 Easy Steps!

Nothing puts a tearful end to an outdoor winter adventure with kids than cold fingers and shivering bodies. We’ve had a lot of experience with a variety of outdoor gear, and have found some great combinations that keep all three of our kids warm, and their movement unrestricted, while we play in the snow, sled, or snowshoe. […]

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Another year in the books… yet my blogging was lackluster this year, especially during the last few months. We had a lot more experiences than I posted online, so I have included them in our 2015 wrap up! We spent most of January and February snowshoeing because mother nature dumped an unprecedented nine feet of snow on […]

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An Open Letter to Medical Professionals from a Lesbian Mom

Sometimes I wonder if sharing our conception stories with others in such a public venue is a good idea. Then I get emails like this (shared with permission from the author): I have been enjoying checking out your blog.  I too found your story inspiring and it came just at the right time.  I’ve been […]

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Family photo - 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

It’s hard to believe another year has passed. Time really does seem to go by faster the older you get! We kicked off 2014 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where we’d spent the holiday hunkered down in cabins and snowshoeing with our friends Meg and Marcy. Unlike this winter, snow was abundant last […]

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From surgery to stool samples

From Surgery to Stool Samples

We started our morning at Boston Children’s Hospital by meeting with a cardiac surgical fellow who described in horrifying detail exactly what they will do during Evan’s open heart surgery to repair his cardiac defects. Being the ever-curious person that I am, I’d done a bit of Googling prior to our pre-op appointment, but nothing prepared me […]

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When LGBT Microaggressions Add Up

When LGBT Microaggressions Add Up

Today I got a call from the nurse practitioner that will be working with us when Evan has his sedated echo next week. It was a typical pre-op phone call, mostly to rule out any risks and confirm Evan’s medical history. Easy-peasy. Until two questions in he asked, “So, are you the biological parent?” I […]

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