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Pete Buttigieg Says Parenting Twins Is ‘Demanding’ But ‘Yet I Catch Myself Grinning Half the Time’

Pete Buttigieg is giving us a peek at what parenting his twins looks like.

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation and his husband Chasten, 32, revealed they became parents in August, and later revealed in September that they welcomed twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August.

During MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week, Buttigieg said, “It’s been wonderful. It’s everything people tell you to expect and more. I think the biggest thing that’s surprised me is just how much joy there is even sometimes in the hard parts.”

“Don’t get me wrong,” he laughed, “it’s the most demanding thing I think I’ve ever done, that Chasten and I have ever taken on. It’s just amazing.”

“I used to think of 5 a.m. as early. Now I think of it as nap time if I’m lucky,” said Buttigieg. “And yet, I catch myself grinning half the time. … We’re just over the moon.”

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Pete and Chasten married in June 2018. And in August, they shared in a statement, “For some time, Chasten and I have wanted to grow our family. We’re overjoyed to share that we’ve become parents! The process isn’t done yet and we’re thankful for the love, support, and respect for our privacy that has been offered to us. We can’t wait to share more soon.”

Buttigieg is the first out LGBTQ Cabinet secretary confirmed by the Senate. Couple Pete and Chasten Buttigieg, who have been married since 2018, have been wanting to adopt for a year, The Washington Post reported last month.

The couple had been “going through home studies and parenting workshops, writing up descriptions of their family values and ideal weekends.”

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“They are on lists that would allow them to receive a baby who has been abandoned or surrendered at very little notice, and through lengthier processes that would allow a prospective mother to choose them in advance (although she wouldn’t know their identities). They’ve gotten close enough, on multiple occasions, to shop for baby gear and discuss names,” the outlet said of the Buttigieges.

Chasten Buttigieg informed the Post how earlier in the summer the two were so close to adopting after he received a call “about a birth mother who was in labor and wanted to place her baby for adoption.”

As they made plans to travel to the state where the baby was being born, he informed the outlet how they received another call informing them that the mother “had changed her mind.”

But it seems to have all worked out in the end for the Buttigieg family!

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