Our friends have called us Bralex since we started dating. Over the years, Brad introduced Alex to the beauty of West Texas and Alex showed Brad his home in California. Together we explored New York. We want our child to share our curiosity about the world and love of the environment.
Alex grew up in California, and moved to New York to work in publishing. Brad grew up in a small Texas town and moved to New York for college.
In the coming years we built careers, made friends, and traveled from Maine to Spain, with many stops in between!
We moved in together in 2005 and a few years later, went downtown to make our relationship official. In 2012, we went down to New York City Hall the day we became domestic partners.
Living in New York is an everyday adventure! It's busy, fun and a great place to grow up. Our neighborhood is safe, diverse and inviting. Our friends have taught us the importance of a stroller that can fit in a taxi!
We bought our home in 2013. We're on the top floor, so we are surrounded by trees and can see the skyscrapers downtown at night. Our street is quiet with a big park at the end. We walk through the park every day.
I have known Alex a long time and it has been incredible to watch him become the man he is. Alex is outgoing, hardworking and loyal. He has a true sense of right and wrong that keeps us both focused on our shared goals. He works in children's publishing, and he believes that learning and education are the keys to a child's future.
Alex is the photographer in the family….people feel comfortable around Alex and trust him to take their picture. Alex introduced me to the museums of New York and gave me an appreciation for art. Alex will be a great dad because he has spent his entire adult life collecting stories and lessons on how to raise a great kid.
Brad is my best friend. He has a great sense of humor and is profoundly trustworthy. I know he will be an amazing father. He approaches parenthood with a focus on responsibility, but also recognizes the importance of joy. I think his sense of wonder comes from growing up in the country.
Brad has always focused on the future. He worked full time during college and later business school so he could make a secure home. He also led the charge for us to buy our home here in New York. He is the math geek in the family, and loves his work as a recruiter in finance because he gets to help people develop their careers.
In his free time, Brad writes music and sings...including some silly songs for kids!