Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives.
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This week our brilliant mum feature is Laura from Mama, Eden and Me.
Laura is 30 years old and lives in South East London her my Wife, Amy, their daughter, Eden, who is three in December, and their two nutty dogs. Laura works as an admin in a hospital maternity ward and when she’s not in work, you can usually find her floating around various parks and coffee shops.
Thanks for taking part Laura!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
No! I never wanted kids. Until I was about 24 and then it hit me like a bus! I wanted a baby and NOW. As a lesbian couple it was a bit more complicated than “stop taking birth control”, so we had a long journey. I was 27 when we conceived Eden with the help of a known donor, clomid and home artificial insemination.
How did you feel when your children were born?
Relieved! But also overjoyed. I will admit that I didn’t get that immediate love, but I think that was because I wasn’t expecting there to be a baby. We had an early loss the year before we had Eden, so I had a very nerve wracking pregnancy. I was induced just after 38 weeks and Eden was born pretty quickly and in great shape. The whole experience was so overwhelming!
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
Being Eden’s mummy is a whirlwind. The most rewarding part is watching her pick up new things and knowing that we helped her to do those things.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
Eden went through a phase of pointing to random men and saying “that’s my dad!” She had been learning about how families are different, so she got a little obsessed with dads for a little while. She once pushed a buggy with a doll in it to a random man in Mothercare and asked him “are you her dad?” Luckily he thought it was as funny as I did – and so did his heavily pregnant wife!
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Two year old tantrums have been a learning curve. But a lot of the time it’s been other people’s preconceptions. The amount of times I’ve been asked “won’t she get bullied?” and such is insane. Then people look like I’ve given them a revelation when I say “wouldn’t that be the bully’s problem and not hers?” I worry about when she realises that her family is “different” and I worry that people will make her doubt herself.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
I just want her to be happy and healthy and to feel that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to
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@mamaedenandme on twitter and Instagram and on Facebook.
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