Thank you to everyone else who gave suggestions!
McGucks- We have tried a bit, I believe that the Latin equivalent of "dad" is Atta, which isn't bad. I like the Icelandic 'pabbi', too.
Originally Posted by OrmEmbar
Just piping in to express gratitude.
As a mom who is not queer, but who wants a world where my children can grow up without being boxed into gender expectations, I just want to say that I feel so uplifted when I see these discussions. I know we are a long ways away from the world I envision, but I am heartened to witness people living and manifesting it each and every day. Language is so very fascinating. A very refreshing salve to counterbalance the multiple times a day that I hear and have to respond to the query: so are you having a boy or a girl? My goodness, please let my baby be free of these boxes at least until they are born.
Much love and gratitude to your families!
On the bolded- yeah, definitely. A few people gave us trouble for not finding out before the birth- using the "but how will I know what color to get?" argument. Pink and blue are not the only colors!
I've read about a few families who are raising their children genderless- which isn't meant to force the child not to have a gender, but rather to ensure they're totally free to express gender however they please (studies have shown that people treat and describe babies differently based on gender, so it's also to avoid that). We really would have liked to be able to do that, and online I try to avoid using gendered terms and such, but we just didn't feel up to the responses we might get. One person we know actually asked if we were planning on doing that- but everyone else assumed we were going the traditional route, so at minimum we'd be having that conversation a LOT.