Trystan Reese has always dreamed of having a baby.
“You kind of want someone to turn around and start to cry and pick you up and say, ‘Of course, I would love to make a baby with you’,” he told podcast The Longest Shortest Time.
Reese, who transitioned about 15 years ago, is 34 weeks pregnant.
He and his partner, Biff Chaplow, became overnight dads after a US court battle to save Chaplow’s niece and nephew from an abusive household.
The gay Portland dads went on to adopt the pair and shared their story on the podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.
In the latest installation of their parenting journey, Reese describes what it’s like to be a man and pregnant.
“I’ve been having a blast being pregnant,” he said, speaking on the podcast.
“Feeling the movements has been so cool. The kids every night will read stories to my belly. You know, it’s just been really awesome.”
Reese been pregnant before and lost the baby, but now he’s hopeful and full of wonder about the experience.
The Portland dad stopped taking testosterone – which had helped him transition to a man – his periods returned and the couple were trying for a baby for about six months.
“One morning I woke up and I felt really really bad,” he told the podcast.
“Like I had a fever bad, lying on the tiles of the bathroom floor.”
Next thing he took a pregnancy test and it came back positive.