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Angel Babies: Pregnancy and infant loss

In the world according to social media, every baby is born into a hashtag family. Our babies certainly have their share: #twins #multiples #babyboys #blackboyjoy #pandemicbabies #quarantinebabies #preemies, etc. Individually, Caron is a #nicubaby and a #nicugraduate. There is one other hashtag that our boys can claim, one which we haven’t made public until now:… Continue Reading →

Stroller Coaster

Before Tay and I found out she was pregnant with the twins, we already owned a stroller and had a nursery in our apartment. No, it wasn’t one of those “speak your dreams into existence” situations. Before we found out she was pregnant, we had started the process of becoming licensed foster parents. That means… Continue Reading →

What to do about ‘WAP’

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the biggest song of the summer, and in a COVID season devoid of blockbuster movie releases, the song doubled as a horror flick for every dad with a daughter. “WAP” is the name, an acronym for … well, let’s just say the song is about women feeling good… Continue Reading →

#Karen

I did not see this coming. When Taylisha and I started the process of picking names for our twins, we didn’t yet know the genders. But even before the gender reveal, we had settled on one name: Caron Nasir Burton. If we had two boys, or a boy and a girl, Caron would be one… Continue Reading →

One month, two babies, three lessons

July 15 marked one month to the day that twins Caron and Austin were born. I’m not sure if you call that a birthday or an anniversary or something else, but it’s some kind of milestone that a lot of parents recognize. As much of a celebration for the babies as a high-five for the… Continue Reading →

Where does the cat fit in with the new babies?

It was around 4:30 a.m. I had just quieted a screaming Caron with a bottle of liquid gold when I heard an extra-loud gulping. Realizing it wasn’t Caron, I turned around to see our cat, Stokely, throwing up all over the living room. My unfortunate choice of words: “Dammit, Stokely, I don’t have time for… Continue Reading →

The Notorious N.I.C.U.

We were warned. Early and often during the pregnancy, our doctors left little doubt that one or both of the twins would spend some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after they were born. Ours was already a high-risk pregnancy, and with twins typically being delivered earlier than the full term of 40… Continue Reading →

Birth Day

This is all I’ve ever wanted. If you know me well, you knew that. And I know I can say the same for my fiancee. Caron Nasir Burton made his debut on June 15 at 12:42 p.m., weighing in at 4 pounds and 14 ounces. Austin Robinson Burton followed his twin brother at 12:43 p.m.,… Continue Reading →

Black fear in the hour of chaos

For the last seven months, this pregnancy has been defined for me by fear and dread as much as it’s been defined by excitement and anticipation. Tay and I found out in November via home pregnancy test that we were expecting. From then until our appointment a few days later to confirm the results, I… Continue Reading →

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