Five-day-old parents


my wife and I
are 5 day old parents

our minds are fried
deep fried
deep fried in baby wee
and battered in baby vomit

sleep is soiled
by endless nappies

tears and
cries of exasperation
pierce the house
both his
and ours

we fret
we fray
we fumble with the ceaseless stress of
feeding well
feeding right
feeding day
feeding night

no matter what

he’s 9 pounds of cute
he's our beautiful bundle of boy

he holds our hearts
in his tiny little fists
in a grip that will last a lifetime


© Cameron Semmens

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem