Meet Mom and Dad
Previously from chapter 1…
Dr. Ryan says, “…. Alex is a healthy baby, so that’s really great news. It’s just that your… son, is not umm… a boy, like we saw on the ultrasound.”
In almost, utter disappointment, maybe… “We have another girl?!?!” Dad asks.
With a puzzled face, unsure how to find the words, he hesitates, “It seems, that uhh, you have, a girl and a boy.”
“Twins? Twins?!?! There’s no way. Really?” Mom says, shocked but growingly excited. “I mean, we would have seen twins on the –“
“No” Dr. Campbell exclaims, “Alex is, a boy… and a girl. Alex has both male… and female parts, a penis and a vagina with ovaries. Alex is intersex”
“Uhh, McScuse me?” said… no one actually, but that’s what I would have said if I were there. Including mouthing the whole record scratch sound effects and everything, haha!! I get my sense of humor from my Dad, but even in this moment, he himself couldn’t find the words to speak, let alone crack a joke. It was crickets, the room was quiet for what seemed like an eternity.
Dr. Ryan chimes in, “Ok, alright, let’s all breathe for a minute. First, Alex is a healthy baby, so all development milestones should be met on time. We have no concerns about that. However, my colleagues and I have discussed what’s in the best interest for Alex, and we all agree that surgery to remove the penis is what should be the next step.”
I know guys, as I’m narrating, it’s even hard for me to repeat it, but that’s what she said, folks.
“I can guarantee you, without a doubt, that you won’t have to experience any of that. And as far as I’m concerned, I don’t think we should even tell her. She should just live her life knowing that she was born a girl”, Dr. Ryan says.
Dad takes over, “Ok…I’ve heard all that I needed to hear. I’m sold and convinced… that you’re out of your mind, Dr Ryan.” He turns to mom, “Honey, I have no words for you right now. I mean, are you really considering this? Really? Truthfully, I don’t care if I have a son or daughter, I just want a healthy baby… which is what Alex is. And Alex will decide who Alex is. None of us has the right to make that choice, so we’re not removing anything. I’m appalled!”
You go boy!!
Mom stands up too and walks towards the door, but looks back at Dad and says, “A daughter with a dick? And you’re ok with that?” She stares at him for a moment, but he stood his ground and didn’t blink once. She scoffs and turns around to open the door, just then, Mrs. Bell had arrived with Alex in the doorway. Mom stops in her tracks, her heart is pounding a million miles a minute. Mom doesn’t move though, so Mrs. Bell steps in closer, and adjusts the blanket so that Mom could have a clear look at my face, “Mrs. LoCher, meet Alex”.
My eyes were wide open, staring at her, and she, wide eyed staring at me.
Just then, Mom was experiencing a moment like The Grinch, when he heard the Who’s singing Christmas morning without gifts, and his heart grew 10 times bigger. She was rushed with the feeling of love.
“That’s what Alex is, babe” he says lovingly.
She exhales, “I love you. This will be a struggle for me, but you’re the perfect person to be by my side on this journey.” she hands me over to Dad, “This is your daddy, Alex. He has so much to teach you. And he’ll protect you from your crazy sisters!!”
She pauses for a moment as she gives me a good look over. “It’s funny, you don’t look anything like them. You’re your dad’s twin… which means you’re gonna be a heart breaker”. They laugh and take in the moment right before I got a little fussy.