Frankie Nelson and BJ Barone welcomed their son into the world last week and caused quite a stir.
The absolutely beautiful shots of them meeting baby Milo for the first time went viral and they have spoken abut their ‘pride’ and ‘pure love’ for their son “He’s definitely our Pride baby. We’re so proud of him. That picture, to us, represents what pride is all about and how far the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community has come. Love is love, and that’s what pride is all about.”
Frankie said: “She absolutely captured the most beautiful moment. I was completely overwhelmed. I was so scared of dropping the baby. Mostly, the feeling was of joy and love and amazement.”
BJ added: “I was so excited, so overjoyed, so overcome with emotion, it was an incredible moment I will never forget. The fact we have this photo, it’s a reminder of how much love we have for him.”
Frankie said: “The fact that she got that picture was amazing. We are so grateful to her.”
The dads said they’re still in disbelief when they stare at the photos and see exactly how they looked.
BJ said: “As soon as I saw it, I started crying because you can see such emotion on everyone’s face, especially Frank’s. It instantly brought me to tears. I couldn’t believe it.”
The Toronto couple – both teachers who have been married for nearly four years – said Milo has great timing. He arrived on June 27, during the World Pride gay rights festival in Toronto.
On her Facebook page, Lindsay said she spent hours with the two dads and they were well-prepared for the birth, but that did nothing to lessen their excitement and anxiety.
She said: “They asked all appropriate questions of the birthing mom and the midwife and educated themselves as best as they could for their son’s arrival.”
Lindsay said: “Every pain that she had, they were crying along with her. I wanted to take a picture and hug them at the same time.”
The dads – who were shirtless because skin-to-skin contact is believed to be beneficial to newborns – added: “We are so lucky that we have a beautiful, healthy baby boy!
“This is a moment of pure love and acceptance. Milo is surrounded by unconditional love and he will grow up
They added: “Love has no color nor gender nor sexual preference. Love is unconditional.”knowing many different types of families and accept everyone, (intolerant people included).”