A Canadian man who was shocked when he learned that the two overseas girls who were born did not automatically qualify as a citizen who finally managed to bring the newborn home after more than a month in Kenya.
Joseph Tito returned to Toronto on Wednesday after weekly trials and a 36-hour year, leaving him "exhausted", but made it easy for him to finally be home.
Tito says he is ready to accept the challenge of paternity.
"To be the first to be a parent is all surprising, but being away from the comfort of your home that takes care of two newborn babies is tough," Tito wrote in a station at Instagram, which announced that he received visas for girls, Stella and Mia , home.
"What a ride was this, but in the end, as I said a million times, I would go through hell and back for these two precious creatures."
"I did not think it was real"
Tito wrote on his blog his replacement motherhood after he noticed that there are few sources on the Internet for men or same-sex couples.
He says he has taken all precautionary measures to ensure that the process is wholly above him and that he has partly chosen Kenya because the cost of seeking a replacement for his children in the eastern African country is at least prohibited.
His children do not qualify for citizens because of the change in the Canadian Citizenship Act in 2015, which restricted automatic citizenship for babies born to Canadians outside Canada to one generation. For Tito, who was born in Italy and who was automatically received Canadian citizenship, this meant that he could not transfer citizenship to children born abroad.
"Before I started traveling, I looked into this. I contacted the embassy, contacted the clinic, contacted the lawyers," he told reporters when he landed in Toronto on Wednesday.
Because he learned that his children were not automatically Canadian citizens, he was "knocked out", he said.
"He felt like a movie," said Tito. "I did not think it was real, especially for a country like Canada."
It is a change for which immigration lawyer Joel Sandaluk has long felt "problematic".
"What he does basically is to create two separate classes of Canadian citizenship – one that is by nature more valuable than the other," Sandaluk said.
"Some Canadian citizens can transfer their nationality to their children, even though they are born outside Canada, while other Canadian citizens are not," he added, considering that legislation applies only to people born after February 14, 1977.
"It's also incredibly arbitrary. I know a lot of individuals [who] they have more than one child, one of whom may be born outside Canada and is exciting if the parents recognize that even in their family there are different classes of citizenship. "
Tito says he understands why the law was introduced, but wants it to change.
Sandalwood reflects this feeling.
"I believe that the then government's intention was to ensure that people can no longer have more Canadian citizens, and the number of Canadian citizens and citizens can not continuously spread outside Canada to a group of people who had no connection with Canada," he said.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did not respond to CBC's request for comments.
The exact status of girls in Canada is not known, but they are not permanent residents, says Tito. Tito says he sent girls a sponsorship charter and plans to take the necessary measures to ensure citizenship after he settles down.
For now, he says he is happy to spend quality time with new additions to his family.
His first order: "Feed them, dig in fresh water and put them in kindergarten."