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Our secular baby-welcoming ceremony

When our baby Gene was born, my partner Martin and I had already decided during our pregnancy that there was going to be no christening/baptism or anything along those lines as we simply didn't go to church or follow a religion.

But we DID want to have some sort of ceremony. Here's what we came up with…

Who am I to my partner's daughter?

My cousin's parents had been separated for years and her mum happily re-partnered with man that my cousin now happily refers to as her stepdad despite no formal marriage taking place. Along the way my cousin had a few 'uncles' and knew playmates who often had their parents' significant others masquerading as 'aunties' and 'uncles.'

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Have screaming kid, will travel

It all started when the pills ran out. You see, when a 4'11", petite-in-every-place girl delivers a 10 pound baby, there is a lot of, ahem, stitching and fixing up to be done.

Normally I decline medication, but after Jonah tore into the world my doctor didn't have to push it. In the hospital, floating on pain medicine, I was still struck by how completely unprepared I was for taking care of a baby, but I was handling it okay.

Then I went home.