TWO DADS, ONE VERY LOVED LIT­TLE GIRL

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It will be the first Fa­ther’s Day for Bris­bane par­ents Mark David­son and Damian Buck­ley who’ll prob­a­bly mark it as they do most pre­cious week­ends, by spend­ing time to­gether as a fam­ily.

Their daugh­ter Isabel, con­ceived through a sur­ro­gate, turns one later this month and they’re sav­ing any cel­e­bra­tions for her birth­day.

“We’ll prob­a­bly have a big party then for all our friends who tell us they never see us any­more,” Mark said.

Mark and Damian, both pro­fes­sion­als in their late 30s, had been part­ners for two years when they be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing how they could be­come par­ents.

They at­tended a sur­ro­gacy in­for­ma­tion con­fer­ence in Bris­bane in June 2016 and by Septem­ber the next year, were hold­ing baby Isabel in their arms.

“It hap­pened so fast,” Mark said. “We were look­ing at dif­fer­ent coun­tries where sur­ro­gacy is pos­si­ble but ended up go­ing with the US sys­tem which is very com­mer­cial.”

Isabel’s sur­ro­gate was Stephanie, an African Amer­i­can/Puerto Ri­can nurse who was of­fer­ing her ser­vices to put her own chil­dren through col­lege.

Mark said he and Damian have been blown away by how wel­com­ing peo­ple have been of their not-so-con­ven­tional fam­ily.

“It’s been amaz­ing,” he said. “There’s two dads but no one’s said this isn’t right. We’ve had great sup­port from ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.”

He said Isabel has been a very easy baby, sleep­ing 12 hours a night from four-months old and is very set­tled in her rou­tine.

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