Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet the lovely Kate from LesBeMums. Thanks so much for taking part Kate!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi! I'm Kate and I'm one half of a same sex family blog called Lesbemums! Based near Brighton, we write about life as a same sex family and everything in between. We are two proud mums to a two year old son conceived by at-home AI (articificial insemination) and have written previously about our TTC journey. Working full time, we enjoy getting out and about where possible and like to share our journey and adventures with you.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
Gosh, this is called 'spare time' right? Well, when I'm not being mum and/or working full time I enjoy taking photos and (more recently) making videos. I also enjoy playing video games and reading a good book.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Aside from becoming a mother, my biggest achievement is losing several stone before falling pregnant. I used to be a size 22 and now I'm a happy size 16 (sometimes 14 in the right places!).
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest part about parenting is never knowing whether you're doing the right thing. It's so easy to compare with others and wonder why your child isn't doing what that other persons child is doing. Saying that, all the hard work you put into parenting is shown ten-fold when all of a sudden your once baby soon becomes an actual child and is doing the things you're teaching. I'm obviously doing something right!
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
Team work. My wife and I are an awesome team and we know when the other needs break. Likewise, we share household tasks or stick to the ones we're good at! I generally do all the housework and Sharon does most of the DIY stuff.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I wanted to document our conception journey and make same sex families more visible.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
We are a family blog, writing about everything from life as a same sex family to LGBT issues and topics.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I would love to see my blog help someone in the same position as us (or previous position); whether it's a couple trying to conceive or a LGBT person unsure of where to turn; feeling completely alone. I would also like to see the blog get same sex couples on the map – in mainstream media!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Do it for you. Don't do it for the money that you think comes with blogging. Sure, it's there, but it won't come overnight and it takes a lot of work. Start it because you want to. As soon as it's stops being enjoyable – stop!
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Gosh!!! What a tough question – there are so many to choose from. Off the top of my head…
1. Barack Obama – Well, why not. He has an amazing smile and I would love to tell him what an inspiration he is.
2. My Dad – He died when I was ten so I would like to have a sit down to find out what he thinks about me, my life choices and his grandson!
3. My wife – Because we don't do it enough!
Tell me three random facts about you.
1. I can't ride a bike (very well, anyway, without falling off).
2. I hate frogs with a passion.
3. I can't touch velvet without shuddering.