Our journey towards parenthood


About Me:
I’m Laura, in my 30s and a teacher from South East London. I love Glee and Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chip ice cream. I’m deathly afraid of spiders and am conclusively NOT a morning person. Sneezing whilst driving freaks me out. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s intolerance. I read – a lot – and have totally forsaken books for Kindle. I’m a full-on Mac convert. I love to sing and bake the best brownies and chocolate chip cookies in the world. I also make a pretty mean creme brûlée.

About Us:
My partner and I met at work in 2008 and got married (well, technically, ‘civil partnered’. Whatevs.) in August ’11.
Since then, we pretty much straight away jumped on the whole baby-making bandwagon. Which posed a number of problems as between the two of us we’re lacking some of the, ahem, vital equipment.

After one course of IVF, I gave birth to our two beautiful daughters, Claudia and Imogen on 18th July 2012.

This blog records our journey towards becoming mothers and the ups and downs of parenthood as a same-sex couple. I hoped that, whatever path this journey took and however long it took us to get there, this blog will stand as a testament to our children, explaining how and why we decided to have them, as well as being a way of sharing our story with others who are venturing down the same path.

About Our Feline Babies:
Like many stereotypical lesbians, we already had three babies (after a fashion): three beautiful kitty cats. We never meant to end up with three, but after one of our cats died, we ended up replacing him with both Rocky AND Barney (long story) and although our house is bedlam and we are drowning in cat hair, I can’t imagine not having all three of them.

Hercules was born in June 2008. I got him before L and I got together. He’s very neurotic and needy. He can leap like an Olympic high jumper. He is a bit of a mum to the other two and will often be spotted giving them a bath.

The handsome big brother

Often to be found posing like a supermodel

Rocky was born in May 2010. He’s a bit of a sick kid. Soon after we got him, we found he had an eye infection that turned out to be chlamydia. He has a sensitive stomach (translation: he fucking STINKS!) and is the most affectionate of our cats. He spends most of his time, following us around or lying beside us on the sofa.


He thinks he's human

Barnaby was born in July 2010. He may be the baby, but he’s also the boss. He loves to play Rocky and Hercules off against each other and has recently learned to jump as high as Hercules – albeit slightly less gracefully. He is very noisy, particularly around feeding time.


He IS ridiculously cute

If you’d like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you (as long as you have nice things to say, of course): becomingmums (at) gmail (dot) com


Comments on: "About" (5)

  1. Just found your blog and am loving it! Can’t wait to continue to follow your journey.

  2. Lauren Bennett said:

    I’m looking for LGBT parents and carers of all ages to participate in my research project. The focus of my dissertation is on the location choice of LGBT carers when raising families; why do certain cities have a higher proportion of LGBT families compared to other cities? The method is one short questionnaire which is anonymous and all of my research is in accordance with the University of Southampton’s ethics policy. If you are interested in taking part please email lab2g10@soton.ac.uk

    Is it possible for you to post the above on your blog or just point me in the right direction to find some participants? If you would like to see the questionnaire before you post anything then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Many thanks in advance
    Lauren Bennett

  3. Stumbled across your blog and glad we did. Love it. Love it. Love it.

    • Thanks. Glad you like it. I’ve just checked yours out – exciting journey you guys are embarking on. Wishing you the best of luck xx

      • Thanks – much appreciated.

        We’re extremely new to blogging not to mention the whole preparation of the “oven”, so we’re learning lots of new things.

        It’s all very exciting.

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