Meet The Family
So I’m Mike, guess I’m the crazy one who had the idea to sell our souls to Social Media and open up our world for everyone to comment on and observe our world. I spend most nights (when not with T obviously) with my phone glued to my hand, posting, sharing, liking and filming - all in readiness for Facebook, Insta and now YouTube. It’s getting to be a full time job, which is tricky - as I have one of those!
By day I have my co-own and run a Healthcare Recruitment business, called Healthier Recruitment, we’re based across two locations. One in Birmingham and the other in Bedfordshire. This keeps me sane and very busy, racing around the UK seeing clients and generally enjoying what I do, but enough of work…
I’m obviously one half of TwoDads.U.K and very proud of that fact too, and without doubt being a father is and has been the best job I’ve ever had. Nothing prepares you for the impact these little humans have on us, I know if you’re anything like me, the joy of being a parent just keeps on giving (whilst equally testing me too!). Don’t get me wrong, there’s days where I want to sit on the garage floor and drown myself in Gin but on the whole, life is better than it ever has been.
I also help run a Same Sex Parents Facebook Page with a friend Steven Darby. Steven and his partner Connor have a little boy named George the same age as Talulah. The page was launched early in 2018 and is designed to bring other same sex families together as we also hold regular meet ups nationally. There is also a Facebook Chat Group too.
With regards to TwoDads.U.K I’m promoting it where ever possible. I speak at National Fertility events about our journey to become Dads, and the treatment of Intended Parents in the NHS - which still has a long way to go from an equality perspective - but we're working on it! I also document our journey for the likes of Surrogacy UK, The Fertility Road Magazine and the tremendous website Gays With Kids, who also happen to be following our next Surrogacy journey which will also be posted here for all to see. Educating everyone about Surrogacy and the journey same sex intended parents (IP’s) have to endure is all part of normalising what we do; raising awareness that gays have kids too, get over it. ;)
I’m Wes, dad to Katie and Talulah and the better half of TwodadsI ;)
Katie is my eldest daughter, and from a previous straight marriage, she is 14 and blossoming into a beautiful young lady, well most of the time she is, but we have our moments. You may not see a massive amount of her on here, she’s busy studying at High School, and we respect that.
Being a dad is very special to me, and I’m fortunate to have gone through it twice so some would say I should know what I’m doing?!
Well having two kids 12 years apart brings it challenges as you soon forget the hard times that come when they are younger, especially with the lack of sleep, and we have our own little piece of the new normal, and they both make me smile every single day.
It’s also my mission to support Michael in raising awareness and helping to normalise same-sex families, Michael's passion to make a difference in the space is really encouraging, and it gives me tonnes of pleasure supporting such a great cause and us making a difference within the LGBTQ community.
I can’t yet talk in full sentences, nor can I type or hold a pencil properly; but if I could this is exactly what I’d say…
I was born on the 16th October 2016 at 0600, weighing 8lb exactly. I was born in the North in Lancashire, much to one of Daddies delight as he’s also a Yorkshire Man, he’s from somewhere called Hull. My other Dad is from somewhere equally as beautiful, a place called Wolverhampton. I grew in a very kind lady’s tummy; she kept me safe for 38 weeks, she put up with all my constant kicking, which I’m told used to last from 1am till 4am - Ooops. Not only did this lady keep me safe, but she’s also agreed to have a little brother or sister for us all. I can’t wait, I love babas.
Well my favourite things are Bug, Bumble Bees, my big sister Katie (she paints my nails and everything!) my Nikki’s (my two babies that I have to fall asleep with), Sweepies (sweeties), Blueberries, I used to love Bananas but I’m a little over them now - I’m really loving Pasta at the moment, and like Daddy (the one from Wolverhampton), I love cheese too, much to my other Daddy’s disgust. I also love spending time with my Nanny and GanGan and my other GaGa - he’s crazy and also from Hull - they must put something in the water in Hull as so far all my Hull family are bonkers, always laughing and always up for getting into trouble! Anyway last but not least my very handsome Daddies (they told me to say this bit).
I love reading my books with my Uncles; I’m very lucky to have four Uncles. (Uncle Antony and Uncle David, they’re both married, and this is where my love of books has come from) also, Uncle Aaron and Uncle Dan, I’m told I’m as crazy as my Uncle Aaron, he gives the best cuddles and always makes me laugh.
Hello, I’m Bug, Talulah’s best pal. I’m a French Bulldog, and I was born in March 2017, meaning there are just five months between us both. You’ll often see me being jumped all over, or having my ears pulled, or being jumped all over, or having my ears pulled…. You get the picture - Talulah loves to play. Anyways, I’m an Aires, I’m cute, I have a poultry allergy, and I snore.