Ep 8: The Cliffhanger, our final episode of Season One has finally arrived. Erin wakes up from a nap to record and Kelly is overjoyed at the thought of finally cuddling that baby, she just needs to get those “pad-cicles” made before they arrive! Check it out and stay tuned for Season Two of Fashioning Families.
Ep 7: Prenatal Preparation is here, we are gearing up to the big day! Midwives, birth plans and emergency interventions oh my. Kelly tells us about how her birth plan went sideways and Erin talks about her birth plan/wishful thinking. To quote Kelly “until shit hits the fan you’re not going to know you need clean up!” Check it out!
Hi All, Kelly here,
There are benchmarks when you arrive at something and the situation suddenly feels more significant than the literal interpretation. Ever since those hours in swimming lessons Ben has become a diving, fluttering machine. So when we head down to Regent Park Community pool its a real treat. The water slide doesn’t hurt either. However this was not just any old buoyant family outing.
Erin healed up from from the cesarean business (feeling so much sympathy for that) and she wanted to take Junior swimming. It was a painful ordeal for Erin to abstain from the lake in August during our cottage trip, so she was raring to go. I was sure Junior would love it as he has a laugh and a half at bath time, creating a small tsunami in the baby tub.
At first he was not convinced about the cold air and the the loud echoing room, but as soon as he hit the water he pretty much lost his mind with excitement. As Ben dove for rings floating up and down like a wounded fish and Junior was splashing and swooshing, that is when Erin thought she recognized someone in the pool. She couldn’t place them at first until she, The Walking Dead fan, knew where she was from. Just like that we were swimming with the stars!
The beautiful actress in question was ogling Junior in his cuteness and we chatted with her while her family swam around us. Under her gaze I felt even more like a family unit. It was a peaceful feeling and everyone’s joy just accentuated that.
As Erin went to throw rings for Ben, I got Junior and we puttered around the pool, swishing his little legs in my current. Making faces and over exaggerated moves my little star fish rewarded me with the quintessential wide smile and infectious giggle. That’s when I felt it, my heart melted.
I know it was our intention to “fashion” our own family but suddenly, emotionally it felt like we actually had. I love Junior, he feels like mine just as Erin feels like Ben is hers. They are ours and being there together cemented a beautiful feeling between us. This is what our boys will know, two parent figures who love and support them, a wide community of family and friends and a home that feels…like home.
Now it’s you turn: so you tell us, we love stories at Fashioning Families. What have been your most memorable family times?
Ep 6: Baby Showers and Minor Catastrophes arrives with a bang! Ben has a heartfelt realization that he will have a pseudo sibling. Erin learns when life knocks you on your ass (literally) sometimes it’s the best place to be! Check it out!
Ep 5: Self-Care is here. Erin is pregnant and finally looking like it!! Erin and Kelly, with a HUGE dose of humour, chat about self-care when dealing with physical and mental limitations. Spoiler alert, we have some graphic detail and hang on ’till the end for Kelly’s description of “the sausage.” Check it out!
Ep 4: Parenting and Co-Parenting is here. Erin and Kelly share adventures in co-parenting in sickness and in health…and hilarious six-year-old melt downs! Plus Erin updates us on the results of her third insemination. Check it out!
So how DO you select a sperm donor? This and the answer to many questions you never knew you had about sperm. Check it out!
How do your create community?
Erin and Kelly have some ideas in Episode 2.
Its finally here! Episode 1 is live!