Family Tidings

This morning we became aunties for the first time.  Laura's brother and his wife had a beautiful baby girl – Ava Grace.  We spent some time with them last night before they left for the hospital and were there this morning to welcome Ava to the world.  Well, Laura was there first as I was taking care of Ava's feline siblings on my way to the hospital.  I just got a glimpse of her for a few moments but my heart is swelling with simple joy.

Being included in these moments like any other spouse would be and knowing Ava will grow up acclimated to having two aunties is incredible.  I can't get the smile off my face. 

Our bragging tonight at a LGBT social gathering led to an interesting discussion on LGBT parenting, adoption and foster care.  It is disheartening how many extra hoops we have to deal with while heterosexual couples blissfully muddle along. 

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