The baby has gorgeous blue eyes and thin blond hair. Cheeks you want to squeeze and dimples for miles. The red fleece jumper the baby's wearing gives no hint as to its gender.
The baby's name is Storm, “after whipped winds and dark rain clouds, because they are beautiful and transformative.” Baby's parents, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker of Toronto, have decided to allow baby to choose whether or not to share its biological gender when baby is no longer a baby and old enough to make the decision. In the meantime, they're not telling anyone.
In an email to family and friends, the parents wrote, “We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...).”
The couple has two boys, Jazz (7) and Kio (2), who they allow to pick out their own clothes, toys and hairstyles. Jazz wears his hair long and in three braids, while Kio keeps his chin length. Jazz's favorite color is pink, and Kio's is purple. People often assume they're both girls.
They've been met with praise and criticism. Some people feel they're forcing their beliefs and politics on their child, while others feel they're allowing the kid to learn who it is without the pressures of society to be boyish or girlish. They think they're allowing each child to come into its own.