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Matthew Eledge and his husband Elliot Dougherty wanted children, so they began considering their options, including searching for a surrogate.

What they didn't expect was for Matthew's mother, Cecile, to be up for the job. She delivered the couple's daughter, Uma, on March 25.

Lea Yribe, Elliot's sister, supplied the egg. Matthew supplied the sperm. His mother served as the surrogate.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Matthew Eledge said:

"Sometimes even really intelligent people hear this story and think it's incest. We get really honest questions from really smart people like, 'Are you scared of the genetic abnormalities?' It's a fine question, it's a unique situation, but I think it's easiest to spell it out in layman's terms: My mother was simply the oven."

In an interview with The New York Post, he added:

"People are confused, which is normal. We got a lot of people being like, 'wait a minute, whose egg? And whose sperm? As gay men, we're so lucky to be having children at a time when people are actually celebratory of our relationship and of us being parents, and also at a time when technology allows us to have this baby, with some of Elliot's genetic material and some of my genetic material."

Cecile was in excellent health. She had already gone through menopause and underwent cardiology, pulmonary and physical tests to see if she could carry the child.

As she recalled:

"There was a part of me thinking, it will be a miracle if we pass every test, there is going to be something. I knew if I wasn't going to be a healthy candidate, I would never put the baby in jeopardy. Every time I would go talk to another doctor, whether my internist or cardiologist, they looked and said 'There's absolutely no reason you can't do this.'"

The process of carrying Uma began as a joke. The couple had always wanted to start a family but faced a tough road ahead of them as they considered IVF and adoption. When she agreed to be the gestational carrier, no one believed it could be possible.

"The bottom line is my health was good," Cecile said. "I kept thinking 60s are the new 40s, and people in their 40s are having babies. Sixty-one is just a number; it's how you feel and your health that was really the motivation."

Cecile was admitted to the hospital "earlier than planned" due to high blood pressure, but Uma was born "strong and healthy."

Cecile, who delivered the baby vaginally, said she had no qualms about giving the baby over to her son and his husband once she'd been delivered:

"A lot of people would say, 'Are you going to be able to hand this baby over when you've been carrying her for nine months?' Every time we went to an ultrasound or an appointment, I looked at her as my granddaughter ― never something I owned or possessed. All I visualized was being able to deliver naturally and to hand her over to Matt and Elliot, who were so desperate and so deserving of making their dream a reality."

People are thrilled for the happy couple.






"She [Uma] has so many amazing women to look up to," Matthew told The New York Post. "Now it's fun to say [to Elliot], 'This is ours now, we get to bond and connect and work together as a team.'"

She definitely does!

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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