Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Moms by Harlyn Aizley

By Harlyn Aizley

After writer Harlyn Aizley gave delivery to her daughter, she watched in unanticipated horror as her companion scooped up the infant and acknowledged, "I'm your new mommy!" whereas they either had labored to discover the proper sperm donor, Aizley had spent 9 months wearing the newborn and hours in exertions, so how may her associate declare to be their kid's mommy? Many diapers later, Aizley started to enjoy the complexity of her partner's new position because the different mom. jointly, they looked for tales approximately households like their very own, within which a lady has selected to forgo her personal start event in order that she may perhaps aid her companion in hers. they discovered only a few. Now, in Confessions of the opposite mom, Aizley has prepare an exhilarating selection of own tales by means of girls like her companion who're developing new parenting roles, redefining motherhood, and reshaping our view of two-parent households. participants contain Hillary Goodridge, who used to be one of many lead plaintiffs within the case for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, slapstick comedian Judy Gold, and psychologist and writer Suzanne M. Johnson.This candid peek right into a formerly unexamined aspect of lesbian parenting is stuffed with tales which are occasionally funny, occasionally relocating, yet perpetually celebratory. each one parenting story sheds gentle at the many points of motherhood, providing homosexual and instantly readers alike a deeper knowing of what it skill to like and mother or father within the twenty-first century.

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Kind of like aba, but without the haunting ’70s pop music connotations. And my paternal great-grandfather came here from Germany, so I could trace a cultural link, however tendril-like. I began to explore the word baba with other friends. One, a Sicilian American, said that her family calls her grandfather babo. Of course! O mio babbino caro, I began to hum to myself, allegro vivace, or whatever. I could do worse than be a “sweet daddy” in Italian. ” Good, good. It means “grandmother” in Russian (short for, and more pronounceable to children than, babushka).

And then when she announces she loves pink, what can I do but accept it? To balance things out, I will also teach her how to build a tent out of ordinary bed sheets and couch pillows, how to play in mud—and enjoy the feel of it between her toes. I will share with her the joy of water bal- 15 16 CONFESSIONS OF THE OTHER MOTHER loons, and teach her to simply laugh when someone makes fun of her or her family. As a writer, I have the option of being the stay-at-home momma. I look forward to this chance to bond with Abigail and share those “just between us” moments.

By girlfriend I do not mean the type that drags you all over the mall asking if her ass looks big, but rather the kind who drags you into bed and mauls you. I’m no regular mama and not a dad either. I am something else, not cataloged, not named. Lucky me. There simply are no coƒee-table books for neurotic nonpregnant mothers-to-be who love children but fear what will become of their desire to one day become (among other things) a proficient burlesque striptease queen. Nothing is written for those awaiting parenthood who sleep in beds with ingeniously constructed headboards that boast a collection of dildos of such diversity that Madonna herself would be overcome.

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