Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow from Portland, Oregon, are expecting their first biological child together. The two fathers are parents to two children whom they adopted, but always longed to have a child biologically. Now, Reese, who was born a woman, has conceived. Read on to learn more about this couple’s inspiring journey.
10. Chaplow Suffered A Miscarriage Last Year Reese got pregnant in 2016, but suffered a miscarriage at six weeks. The devastating loss was heartbreaking for the couple, who vowed to wait one year before trying to conceive again. However, restarting testosterone and then going off of the hormone to conceive could cause complications, so the couple decided to try again right away.
9. Their Second Pregnancy Took A Bit Longer Than The First
As you can probably imagine, nerves were running high during the time Reese and Chaplow were trying to get pregnant. This time, they didn’t conceive right away, so it was a bit stressful and definitely very emotional for the pair. However, one morning, everything sort of fell into place.
8. A Bout Of Morning Sickness Was A Good Sign
About six months into trying, Reese fell ill with a bout of morning sickness. This caused him to take a pregnancy test and he and Chaplow were simply over the moon to learn that they had conceived. Although the two men were so happy to hear of their pregnancy, they were very cautious — #8 is something many parents know all too much about.
7. Reese Took Multiple Pregnancy Tests
Reese didn’t want to take any chances when it came to this pregnancy. He took multiple pregnancy test and became “obsessive” about his unborn baby. He would frequently weigh himself and monitor every little thing until he made it past that six week mark. Read on to find out about the couple’s six-week ultrasound.
6. Reese Was Hoping His Pregnancy Wouldn’t Be Judged By Others, But Was Prepared
“I can feel someone looking at my face and searching for the remnants of womanhood. They kind of squint their eyes a little bit and I can tell they’re trying to take away my beard, they’re trying to de-transition me in their heads,” Reese said after conceiving.
5. The Dads Called The Doctor’s Office Ahead Of Time To Tell Them They’d Be Treating A Pregnant Man
Due to some of his experiences being transgender, Reese felt it necessary to call the doctor’s office and let them know that the doctor would be treating a pregnant man. Thankfully, Reese did not experience any issues and was warmly welcomed by the practice. Read on for Reese’s take.
4. Reese Said He Has Had A Good Experience Being A Pregnant Man So Far
“There just hasn’t been an ounce of transphobia from anyone I have come in contact with. Every person wouldn’t even bat an eye that there was a dude with a beard claiming to be pregnant who is here to get bloodwork done – and I have been trans long enough to know that doesn’t come magically,” Reese said.
3. In 2011, Reese & Chaplow Became Parents Unexpectedly
Reese and Chaplow unexpectedly took on the role of parents of their niece and nephew back in 2011. At the time, Chaplow’s sister and her boyfriend lost their kids due to substance abuse issues. Riley and Hailey went to live with Reese and Chaplow and have been with them ever since. They will soon be a happy family of five! Click on to find out the sex of Reese and Chaplow’s baby.
2. A Baby Boy Will Join The Reese-Chaplow Family In 2017
Reese and Chaplow are super excited to be expecting a baby boy later this year. The couple has been joking about the baby’s sex, saying that their son is “diagnosis: male.” The couple will absolutely love and accept their son regardless of which gender he identifies with in the future.
1. The Dads Haven’t Revealed A Baby Name Just Yet
Reese and Chaplow have not shared any information about what they plan to name their new son. The guys didn’t share an exact due date, either. However, it is clear that the two will have a lot of help from Riley and Hailey when their new arrival is born.