The Mirror has released a moving story this week about an unexpected pregnancy.
Azaelia is the 22-month-old daughter of Elijah, 27, and Kayden, 29. How they came to be a family is what has people talking.
Their story began when Elijah met Kayden on Twitter. The two hit it off and before long, they were inseparable.
Kayden is transgender and had been living as a man for about ten years. For five years he had been taking testosterone treatments to help his transition. However, in preparation for his double mastectomy, Kayden had stopped his testosterone intake.
Before long, Kayden’s stomach began growing. For some time, they attributed the weight gain to lack of exercise and didn’t think much of it but soon the growing belly became hard to ignore. They took a home pregnancy test (later testing with an OBGYN) and learned that Kayden was 21 weeks pregnant!
Kayden told The Mirror:
“To have a mastectomy you have to be off hormones for six weeks. (…) I never thought about getting pregnant. Because of the male hormones, I didn’t think it was a possibility. It was definitely a surprise.”
Without much time to spare, Elijah and Kayden married (July 2013) and set up an apartment for themselves in Philadelphia.
The logistics of starting a family were just part of their journey. Elijah’s family and friends didn’t know that Kayden was transgender. Elijah said:
“When we found out Kayden was pregnant we knew we had to tell them. How could we explain the baby when she popped up after a couple of months?”
Beautiful little Azaelia was born in December 2013. After four days of labor, Kayden’s blood pressure was through the roof and his doctor decided Azaelia needed to be delivered via C-section. She was born a beautiful, healthy little girl.
However, their road wasn’t without its bumps. Kayden suffered from postpartum depression and Elijah’s family wasn’t as understanding as the couple would have liked. Elijah stated:
“It must have been difficult hearing that your son’s boyfriend was pregnant, I don’t deny that. But I felt like there were some unkind comments and I didn’t appreciate that.”
Two years later, the couple is exactly where they want to be. Kayden stated:
“I couldn’t imagine, and don’t want to imagine, life without [Azaelia]. She is amazing.”
Kayden is planning a hysterectomy but couldn’t be happier about the family he was blessed with before making that decision.
The couple says that they will be open and honest with Azaelia about where she comes from when she is a bit older. They believe, “as long as (she) is loved and cared for, (they) doubt she’ll care.”