Once you get past the 1970s mustache on the blonde daddy (and after you know the whole book was illustrated by a 9 year old it makes these childlike picture endearing) you get a sweet story that will help my children understand what it took to bring them into this world. The book starts with the daddies falling in love, getting married (by a white haired lady without a single wrinkle!), going to the doctor, meeting a surrogate, etc. You all know how this works.
As I read the book I think back on all the steps that I took to make these beautiful children. My order was a little different. I met the agency, met the surrogate, met the man, fell in love, had the children, and plan to get married one of these days when we have time to plan a wedding. Oh, also there was nothing in my contract about a Paris trip and a dog. Apparently the dads in the story decide to bring their surrogate to Pairs and buy her a French poodle to celebrate her being their surrogate. (I hope the necklace Derek and I got our surrogate was satisfactory.)
I have tried to read this book to my kids several times. I don't usually finish it. The real reason I don't finish it is because Aaron and Jeff tend to grab books after a few pages. They either close the books or try to rip the pages. Secretly I'm a little grateful. You see, every time I try to read this book I become emotional even after reading just a few pages. Thinking back on my whole experience and finally becoming a dad is a little overwhelming and wonderful. My emotions become a little more subdued as time goes on so one day I'm sure I'll be able to read the whole book. It's pretty cool to have a book that parallels my life.
While searching on Amazon it turns out that there are a few children's books on surrogacy besides this one. Melissa at A Baby For You wrote a great post about some great books with same sex parents. As the kids approach their first birthdays I thought about ordering some books as gifts. Then again, maybe ordering something that makes me cry on an already emotional day isn't a great idea. I might just have to buy something silly and fun like the present my brother gave us at the baby shower a year ago...
Anyone have other ideas for first birthday gifts? (And yes, I know...paper and boxes are best for one year old birthday gifts! I want to give them something besides those things, too.)