When asked about the birthing experience, Reese confessed, "It was more painful than I ever possibly could have imagined."
An Oregan-based transgender man is over the moon after giving birth to his first child this month. According to The Sun, this is Trystan Reese's first biological child with gay husband Biff Chaplow. Although 34-year-old dad was born a girl, he started hormone therapy about 10 years ago, but he kept the original parts that allowed him to get pregnant. After suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage in 2016, Reese never thought that this day would come and when it did, he was simply "overjoyed" and "elated" reports WGN9.
"The moment he was born was just like a pure moment of bliss, like the happiest moment of my life," said husband Chaplow to the Daily Mail. "Just to see the very beginning of Leo, of his life, was just amazing." Apart from their newborn Leo, the pair previously adopted two children- Riley and Hailey. Sharing how the thought of having biological children never occurred to the couple, Reese said, "I thought I was giving up having a family — I didn’t even think of it as an option."
"I didn't ever dream of having, or wanting to have, a biological child. One, I didn't think it would be possible, and two, it took a long time for me to be strong enough in my identity as a man to be able to do that," continued Reese. Initially, his partner wasn't on board with the idea, however, he eventually came around and couldn't be more proud of their newborn. Speaking about the bond the two shared during Reese's pregnancy, Chaplow said, "It was interesting. I feel Trystan and I are very connected as a couple and it wasn't hard to know what Trystan really needed in that moment."
"It's not in my nature to be really caring or supportive so it took some effort, but I think I did a good job," he added. When asked about the birthing experience, Reese confessed, "It was more painful than I ever possibly could have imagined." But he couldn't stop gushing about their son Leo. "I think we have the easiest baby in the history of babies. He sleeps really well, he eats really well. He gives us very little hassle."
Previously, the couple appeared on This Morning to speak about their pregnancy. "I think there are a lot of gay couples who would love to be able to have their own biological child without a lot of assistance and intervention from other people," said Reese during a video call with the outlet. "I think quite frankly there are a lot of men who would love to be able to carry a child. For me I started to see it as a really amazing gift that I have been given," he continued.
Furthermore, he added, "That I am a man and get to live as a man, and that's how I feel I am, and I also get to do this really amazing thing that a lot of other people would love to do. And that's carry a child." Although the idea of a man birthing a child is not something people hear every day, Reese urges them to expand their views. "I know that's not how most babies are carried and I know it's not how most men are, but I just want to start to expand people's ideas a little bit [around] what it can mean for a man and to be a father."