Who are the Hodgson-Fopp’s?
We are two Australian gay guys (Matt/Daddy and Greg/Papa) living in Zurich (Switzerland) with our beautiful twin daughters Verity and Delilah born through surrogacy in 2014. We love spending time with the twiglets and boring the world with photos, videos, random blog posts and anything else we can find.
Originally from Adelaide (Australia) but have been living in Europe semi-permanently (define permanently) since 1999 (London, Edinburgh, Seytroux and now Zurich). Switzerland was supposed to be a short term gig but somehow it has ended up being longer than anywhere else, so long the girls will start school here in August 2019.
It can all be a little crazy at times and we certainly miss our family and friends but wouldn’t change anything for the world (ok, maybe I would change a few things).
I didn’t in my wildest dreams think that I would ever be a father (and married). I was 20 in the late late 90’s and neither were even heard of. It’s just amazing how far we have come. Don’t get me wrong there is still a long way to go but progress is progress.
So, I was talking to my sister the other day and mentioned that I was looking for a new TV show and she mentioned New Amsterdam. I fell in love before she had finished the first sentence and was completely addicted before I had even watched it.
There’s lots of procrastinating happening and lots of mess appearing but most of that is the twiglets. Heaven help us when we do actually start packing boxes and throwing out rubbish. I can just see the drawing and painting on the cardboard boxes.
There’s lots of Versace and the occasional diamond or 5 plus the obligatory child birth. Yes it’s reality, yes it’s trash but I love the 3 Melbourne Yummy Mummies. I even had my husband watching it until the second baby shower. Uh oh. It’s clear the Adelaide vs Melbourne debate is alive and well.
What has got my nickers in a knot though is this photo. Now it’s not the two topless guys and a little one that’s the issue, if I had those bodies I would take the same photo. What really wound me up was the contents of the photo description. The guys in the photo reference receiving comments…
We are thinking about heading to Australia later this year and it’s quite well known that the Middle Eastern (Qatar, Emirates, Etihad) carriers have become far cheaper than the Asian (Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific) and legacy European carriers especially direct from Zurich.
We have stickers instead of a Star Chart and we have a Naughty Chair instead of a Naughty Step but the principles are all the same. I love my little darlings to the moon and back but my goodness they test my patience on a daily basis. I guess that is what parenting is all about, eh?
Introducing Lord Matthew Evan Hodgson-Fopp previously known as Mr Matthew Evan Hodgson-Fopp or prior to that Matthew Evan Fopp and in between all of them Matthew Evan McDonald. Ok so I won a competition and I got to chose a new title.
These two extremes had the effect of tearing me half. It was impossible to be in both places at once. It was impractical to spend too much time with Delilah (the ICU is a busy place, the nurses made us very, very welcome, but I never stopped feeling like I was in the way).
Immediately after their birth, there was a flurry of activity and emotions so diverse and intense, that it’s really hard to see through them to document what exactly I was feeling. I had just been told by the Birth Teams that the babies were perfect in every way.
Within a few short moments, though. The door was opened and I was summoned in, and ushered to a small stool right next to Natasha. At this stage, the poor woman had disappeared into the heart of a surgical machine by the looks of it.
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