Friday, June 01, 2007

Blogging for LGBT Families

It's the end of the school year. Life is beyond hectic. We are beyond exhausted. We have approximately 30 minutes left in Blogging for LGBT Families Day.

Since last year's post, we've come a long way. Our second parent adoption was finalized in December. A few months ago, we received an amended birth certificate listing both of us as Natalie's parents. It is wonderful to have the legal hurdles behind us for now, to focus our energy on life together as a family.

"Mama" is a favorite word in our house these days. Natalie uses it to refer to both of us, clearly knowing while speaking it exactly which one of us she means. We can usually tell too. Like many of her words and signs, sometimes it becomes a game. She'll say mama, I'll say Natalie, she'll say mama, I'll say Natalie...you get the idea.

Lately, when the three of us are together, Natalie will point at one of us and say cheerfully, "Mama!" Then she'll point to the other, announcing, "Mama!" Then she'll grin proudly. Folks, my thirteen-month-old gets it. Why is it so hard for our lawmakers?

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