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).
Greencity is still rather grey, although as spring arrives some of the trees are getting leaves and things are getting greener. Maybe with time they’ll plant some lawn. Lol. The apartment is good though and is exactly what we wanted.
Have you visited Greencity? Are you as confused as I am about the name? Wouldn’t a more appropriate name be Cobblecity, Pebblecity, Greycity, Graycity or even Cementcity? Why the 50 Shades of Grey?
So whether you’ve become a gay parent through adoption, fostering, co-parenting, surrogation, step-parenting, a previous relationship or any other way; let’s celebrate, embrace, enjoy and smile about our little monkeys (or devils depending on the day of week).
So next week we move into our new apartment and guess what, I am going to start running again. Ok, marathons maybe a little extreme at this stage but you never know. I’m well aware I will never be running the New York City marathon again but we all need to have dreams.
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.
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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