Meet Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John!
Arriving on January 11th – two days after his due date – with both of his fathers in the delivery room, baby Elijah was born to the same surrogate that birthed his big brother Zachary two years ago.
“We tried to create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere,” the 65-year-old singer states. “We were excited at the prospect of Elijah’s birth as we were at the prospect of Zachary’s — but much less nervous.”
When the couple – who entered into a civil partnership more than 8 years ago – decided just before Zachary’s first birthday in December 2011 to expand their family, they knew they wanted to use the same surrogate.
“She is a wonderful, kind and loving woman,” Elton comments, who thinks of her as “part of our family.”
The doting dads – who used the same egg donor for both boys and have chosen not to find out either of their son’s paternity - intend to eventually tell their sons about their birth circumstances.
“We kept a scrapbook for Zachary with all his scans, emails with the surrogate and key moments from the surrogacy, and we are doing the same for Elijah,” explains David. “We want the boys to understand the spirit and love that was at the heart of the process.”
“All we hope is that Zachary and Elijah are healthy and happy,” David continues. “They will always be able to rely on us for total love and support, and we hope they grow up to live their own lives and be who they want to be, not who we want them to be.”
Congratulations to the happy family!