Transgender man, Kayden Coleman was beyond surprised when he realized that his growing belly was not the result of a lack of exercise, but the fact that he was pregnant.
Kayden Coleman and husband Elijah who now have a 22-month-old baby named Azaelia, plans to tell her about her unusual family when she is five. For almost a decade Kayden Coleman had been living as a man after he transitioned from being a woman.
Not only had he told all his friends and family that he was transgender, he had been taking testosterone pills for five years and had grown facial hair and was about to have a double mastectomy.
However, nature interrupted and despite years of taking male hormones, Kayden became pregnant. Kayden was stunned when he first realised his growing belly was not the result of a lack of exercise, but a baby.
With a broad smile, the 29-year-old explains:
“I never thought about getting pregnant. Because of the male hormones, I didn’t think it was a possibility. It was definitely a surprise.”
Still shocked, the couple set about turning their flat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, into a family home. And in July 2013, they got married.
There was a lot to take in – especially for Elijah’s friends and family, who did not know Kayden was transgender.
Security, guard Elijah says: “It was such a personal thing that I felt if Kayden wanted them to know he should tell them himself.
“But when we found out Kayden was pregnant we knew we had to tell them. How could we explain the baby when she popped up after a couple of months?”
Kayden was lucky that most people failed to notice his bump but he did get some confused looks. He says: “This woman in a shop said to me, ‘Honey, you look like you’re pregnant’. I just laughed and said, ‘I am pregnant!’ She didn’t believe me.”
His pregnancy went smoothly but when it came to the birth in December 2013, it was a different story.
Kayden, who was induced at nine months as he had high blood pressure, was in labour for four days, but eventually had their baby.
They are raising her as two fathers – she calls Kayden “Daddy” and Elijah “Poppy” – and will tell the youngster the full story in another three years.