a comic about gender, sexuality, thinking outside the box, relationships, pregnancy, parenting, and two bad dogs.
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More pics of the baby? How are Spider and the baby getting along? FUH THERE'S SO MUCH CUTE I WISH I COULD SEE. OMG HOW CAN YOU HANDLE SO MUCH ADORABLE?!
i can do that!
she got her first bath the other day. she has a hippo robe.
cricket is a very welcome addition to the family. spider has a child so he knows about the parenting game and he seems to be quite receptive to having a newbie to hold again.
she is quite adorable and i have spent a lot of time just looking at her in disbelief that she is really here and she isn’t going away. i was hoping that the period of “sleeping all the time and not crying for no reason” would last longer but she does a good job of letting us get [some] sleep and i am getting accustomed to my clothes always smelling like spit-up formula.
we’re trying to be completely moved in to the new house in the next two weeks, so it will still be a while before i can dedicate time to the comics again. it makes me happy that you guys still want updates though!
Hi Jaybird! I know this is really silly, coming on the heels of the baby's birth, but have you thought about additional kids? And would you ever like to adopt? Just curious :) Congratulations!
we have! sweet p and i both come from 2-child families and think that having a sibling is a good idea. right now, we haven’t worked out the details of how, but we have discussed adoption and other possibilities, sweet p’s family were a foster family for a few children when she was a child, and that is something we would like to do down the road as well!
Oh my goodness! Good job creating A TINY PERSON! Holy shit, that is high five material!
I KNOW. you just let a couple of cells cook in you for a while and this LITTLE HUMAN comes out! SCIENCE IS MAGIC.
Is the baby here yet???
she arrived nine days late, but she is here! we got home from the hospital yesterday. sink drain loves her almost as much as we do.
068 - Eviction Notice
well, today is my due date. little cricket is not interested in coming any time soon, it seems, but i am more than ready.
this is going to be a placeholder for a while because i anticipate my life is about to become very, very busy. your support has been an incredible force throughout this experience so far and i am excited to be taking the next step from genderqueer pregnancy to genderqueer parenting. i will keep you updated when i am able but it’ll be a bit before i make a new comic.
ps - that paint is actually paint from what we’re doing our living room in. we just bought our first house and it’s going to be amazing. <3
oh my goodness, you & sweet p & spider are SO CUTE. it's wonderful that you have so much love and that you are bringing a kid into it and I CAN'T <3333
it’s sort of ridiculous how lucky we all are right now and how much happiness and love is in our life. we are definitely doing something right, and the little cricket is going to be brought into this world with so much positivity surrounding her. i’m glad that using platypuss to gush from time to time is going to be well-received. we were both really excited about collaborating for a page and i hope we can do it again soon.
067 - Greetings
spider is sink drain’s boyfriend as well.
he lives a couple of hours from us so none of us get to see him as much as we’d like and visits are always too short, so seeing him again is always exciting for everyone.
spider actually wrote this comic! all i did was draw the pictures. i am really excited to be able to collaborate with him and it’s nice that he’s already very in-tune with the style of platypuss. he has been fitting right in with both the comic and our family.
066 - Horror Stories
THIS ISN’T HELPING.
although, all of these stories end with, “if it was too much pain, we wouldn’t keep having babies!” so i guess i’m supposed to be okay now.
ps - the “pussy explosion” comment is courtesy of margaret cho’s standup, which i will be actively trying not to recall in the delivery room.
i don't really have a question i just wanted to say what a gift it is to get to read these comics and in some small way share this incredible journey with you! i can only imagine that y'all are going to be AMAZING parents, and thank you, thank you for sharing this with us.<3
this is just the nicest thing, and i really needed to hear it right now. all of the people reading this have been fantastic to me but i put a lot of work into this comic and it’s nice to know that other people are really rooting for us. this has been incredible for us and now that i’m updating pretty much in real-time, it’s crazy how many amazing things have happened to us that i never would have expected when i started making it. i am so excited to keep updating you all because this is the best way i can think of to share with everyone that i am extremely lucky and happy.
065 - Spider
i have wanted to introduce spider for a while now but had to figure out a way to have him come crashing into this comic slightly more gracefully than the way he entered our lives some months ago.
i mentioned a long time ago that this might happen, even though we don’t really devote any time or energy into looking for it. and, although he came along at one of the busiest and stressful periods of my life, his timing could not be better. at a point where i was spending most of my time trying to rationalize with my panic disorder [in a rather furtive attempt to shield our baby from my anxiety], he patiently waited for me to realize that the curious excitement of NRE and the comfort of being loved is a far better alternative than stress to show our child the marvelous potential that limitless love can bring.
spider is a fantastic person and we have plenty of things in common with him, both individually and as a group. we are all looking forward to whatever adventures come next.
i don’t want or need to explain or defend our dynamic further, really. it’s okay if it’s a new concept to you and it’s okay if it is a dynamic that wouldn’t work for you personally. sweet p and i approach all of our relationships ethically and with the highest priority given to each other and our child. we have learned that our commitment to each other and being open to sharing a love that we believe to be limitless are not mutually exclusive. it makes sense to us, and we feel happy, loved, and safe, and those are the most important things.
064 - Genderqueer Fashion
i’ve hit stage three a couple of times, but i am just too tired to properly appreciate it. hopefully you will!
ps - tumblr is a piece of garbage about uploading this one. click on it to read each panel or view the whole thing here.
you should definitely post your amazon wishlist, so we can help spoiling your baby.
oh, shucks. i can’t imagine needing anything more but there are a few things on that list that apparently only the internet can appreciate anyway. please don’t feel obligated to get anything but i am definitely most grateful for any gifts from platypuss fans.
our amazon list is here !
063 - Baby Shower
i cannot guarantee that i will be posting every week for a while as the pregnancy reaches the end and the mountain of shit we have taken on at the same time closes around us. however, i deeply appreciate the people that have stuck around to support me. everything we are doing is for our happiness and health and we are soon going to be able to share it with our baby.
anyway, the shower was a complete success. we announced that we are having a girl and the tie-dye onesie craft was a complete success. the baby’s room [which is really just storage for baby stuff since we will be moving before she will be able to really use it] is completely filled with more things than we will probably ever need. most of all, we were shown just how surrounded by love she will be. we have an incredible set of family and friends.
062 - Full Plate
i can’t really even think of anything else to say. i am so burned out, so emotionally drained, and all i want to do is bury myself under blankets with a teddy bear until i go into labor.
although we may have underestimated the stress it would cause, we had planned to be looking for a house at about this time. there have also been a few energy-draining curveballs in our lives besides that [which haven’t fully played out for me to decide if they’ll even make an appearance in the comic].
i might have to take a break for a few weeks to catch my breath. the baby shower is sunday and there is apparently still a lot to do to prepare for it, so there won’t be anything next week for sure.
061 - Shower Bowl Sunday
shows how much we know about the most-watched event every year. despite that, and despite getting the majority of RSVPs back before we figured it out, we have a huge estimated turnout! i am blown away by the support of our family and friends.
and yes, tie-dying onesies is definitely going to be a thing.