This blog is my happy place.
It’s my home on the internet. It’s the twins’ baby book and my diary of motherhood. This blog is where I have recorded my successes and vented my failures; it’s where strangers have cheered me on and where they have reassured me that I didn’t fail. Where they have shared their stories to help me feel less alone.
This blog is where I have made my mummy friends. During the nights when I was awake alone and hooked up to my breastpump, the friends that I made through this blog kept me company as they nursed their own babies. In some of my darkest parenting moments it’s been a comment on my blog or a kind word on my twitter or facebook pages that has made me smile for the first time that day. I’ve read others’ blogs with tears streaming down my face, stifling my sobs lest I wake my own sleeping children; dreamt from their perspective; laughed at other stories until I cried.
Through this blog I found other two-mum families and realised that although we’re doing this alone ‘in real life’, actually we are not such a rare species. And more importantly, none of our children seem damaged for lack of a father. It’s given the twins a network of families like ours; they may not have another same-sex family in their class at school but they WILL have friends outside of school to meet up with in the holidays. That’s huge.
It has opened doors. It has broadened my world view. It has enhanced me as a writer, as a photographer, as a mother and as a human being.
To make the finals in the Mum and Dad Blog Awards is an enormous deal for us. When we were trying to conceive I was a little worried that our sexuality would exclude us from parenting in mainstream society, that parents would keep their children away from our children for fear of awkward questions. I didn’t know any two-mum families at the time and had no frame of reference as to what motherhood was like for them. Recognition in mainstream bloggings events in huge, it demonstrates This is another normal. This is what family can look like.
THANK you for voting for me. THANK you for supporting me. THANK YOU for believing in me and in my little family. It means more than you will ever know.
I am honoured to feature amongst these inspirational woman and men as a finalist in the MAD Blog Awards. There is not a single person on that list who doesn’t deserve to win and many besides whom I am astonished not to be seeing on the shortlist. I am overwhelmed with pride just to say that I will sit beside them at the award ceremony in September but if you would like to see us win, please vote for Goblin Child in the Best Baby and Best Photographer categories in the MAD Blog Awards.
My incredible friends Kirsty and Clara of My Two Mums have been nominated in the Family Fun category. Their blog is tremendous and they have always been such an inspiration to me on my own blogging journey. I’d love it if you could pop a vote in for them as well!
Thank you, my friends. From the bottom of my heart.