LGBT History Month: Featured Family: Daddy Papa & Me

This month is LGBT History Month, a time when I, personally, like to give thanks to those that paved the way so me and my family can live (somewhat) more openly, as well as increase visibility for my community. With this, I thought I’d re-visit a feature I did a few years ago where a few of my favourite rainbow families tell me their story for LGBT History Month.

Today, we hear a story from Chris & Ryan, aka Oliver’s Fathers, about their Surrogacy story. Please do give them a follow over on instagram – they really are a beautiful family.

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LGBT History Month: Why Our Son Will Never Be an Ally.

Last year, I started a fantastic new book by Frank Lowe called ‘Raised by Unicorns‘, which is a collection of stories by people with LGBTQ+ parents. It’s one of those books that I’ve really savoured as I simply don’t want it to end. It’s raw and unfiltered, and regardless of it’s audience, it teaches the reader about acceptance.

Before I get started, if you’d like to give it a read, you can find it here.

Over the past few weeks it’s made me laugh, it’s made me cry, it’s made me reflect, and it’s whilst I was reading one of the chapters that I started to think about T’s position within the LGBTQ+ community.

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Our 2018

As years go, this year has probably been the most emotionally draining year. It’s also been even busier what with us entering the home stretch to the world of school. I thought last year was a busy one, but as T is getting older the years seem to be passing us at the same rate as his legs. If I’m not working, we are out and about, seeing friends, or squeezing in a holiday or two, and whilst I honestly wouldn’t change it for the world, I wouldn’t mind a few more days with T before his next growth spurt or developmental milestone.

I know I say this every year, but this year was by far the best one when it comes to T (it probably wasn’t the best as a whole though, which I explain later on). As much as we’re getting further and further away from T being our ‘baby’, with his independence growing rapidly, I’m thoroughly enjoying having a three-nearly four year old and the magic that comes with it.

Here’s what our 2018 looked like. If you’d like to read about our 2017, you can find this here.

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T’s Reads: Book Advent Calendar 2018 – Week Four & (Cheap) Places to Find Books!

By the time you’re reading this, it’s likely to be Christmas Day (or later! Thanks for reading, anyway!) and our Book Advent will be over. Just like last year, we’ve had fun finding new books for T and hope to continue this for years to come. As he gets older though, story books may become puzzle books or maybe even something for school, but either way it’s something that we hope to continue for at least a few more years. 

Week four was quite a short one, with the last few days seeing only three new books, but we were lucky in that a few of our favourites were saved ’til last. Here’s what we found on week three, and stick around until the end as I’ve shared a couple of our favourite places where we find affordable books for T.

If you’d like to find out what we read on week three you can find this here.

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T’s Reads: Book Advent Calendar 2018 – Week Three

Just like the rest of the world, I cannot believe how fast December has gone. I thought having a lot of our Christmas shopping done early December would have meant December would have been a bit more chilled, but alas, the month clearly has other plans! 

This is probably the last time where we will see a full week of Book Advents, as the following week we’ll only have three more days until Christmas! But not to worry, I’ll have something extra for our last week to go with our last remaining books.

If you haven’t read what we found last week, you can read about this here.

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