Becoming a trio
son to join their family.
“There was no morning sickness, no baby bump, no Lamaze classes, no swollen feet and no tiny little kicks to remind us of the prize at the bottom of this particular Cracker Jack box,” writes Roach in “Pop Daddy.”
It all seemed so impersonal and void of any human connection for this amazing human being that he and his husband would be responsible for loving and providing for over the next 18 years of his life.
“There’s a lot of waiting and hoping. Adoption is one long act of faith and devotion. You’re putting your faith in the system that it’s all going to work out for you and it did for us,” says Roach.
It was life-changing for the new parents the day the waiting game ended and the distance between Jackson and his dads became no more than a few steps away from their bed to his crib.
“The minute Jackson arrived we became a trio,” says Roach. “We’d waited so long that we didn’t want babysitters, we didn’t want nannies. Beyond our family trying to help us transition, we wanted to be with Jackson. “
But how would people in conservative Texas react to two men raising a baby? And how would Manford and Roach address the truth about their family to total strangers who felt their awesome trio was actually harmful to