In 2009, I learned that there was no realistic way my best friend would ever be able to become a father -- his greatest desire in life. I decided then that I would offer to be a surrogate for him (which didn’t sound realistic at the time). A year later, I made that offer. He accepted, and in Nov. 2011 I got pregnant.

I’m writing this blog because I’m not the typical surrogate. For one, in the terms of the trade, I’m an altruistic traditional surrogate (I’m unpaid and the egg is mine) with a totally open arrangement with the dads. Most importantly, though, this is my first pregnancy (NO ONE thinks this is a good idea; most surrogates already have their own kids).

Also, we’re all gay, so this is going to be the gayest baby ever.*

- The Deputy

*Except for the children of those many, many other sets of three or more gays who decided to combine their powers to procreate...

March 7, 2012

17 week fetus

I've mentioned before the insanity of comparing fetuses to fruits and vegetables (see here, and here, and here, for example). I don't like this system because 1) it's super imprecise - fruits and veggies range in size a lot more than fetuses 2) do you think I don't know how long an inch is??? and 3) it's a little sexist, no? Another blogger thought it was, and offered his own man chart.

If people insist on concrete objects to compare the fetus to, I propose we find some better standards, and I'm starting now. tells me my fetus is the size of a turnip: 5", head to bottom, and 5 oz. HELLOO??? Turnips, "...come in an astonishing range of shapes and sizes, depending on the age and variety, some have weighed 20 to 25 kilos, while others are the size of a golf ball." Let's get real. The fetus is the size of an iPhone: 4.5" long (5.09" diagonal), 4.9 oz.

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