Still in her early 20s, Mel began dating Nolan in 2009. The young couple fell in love, and in 2014 they got married. Around the same time, Mel started blogging about her life, aiming to connect with other parents who could relate to what she was going through. She calls herself The Modern Mumma.
Indeed, while the traditional route to starting a family would once have been to get married and then have kids, today things are not always so straightforward. It’s certainly something Mel can relate to. You see, not only was she mom to Ayden, but somebody else had popped into her and Nolan’s life before they married.
In 2012 Mel and Nolan had welcomed their first child together. Ivie was Nolan’s firstborn, but she was Mel’s second. And while Ayden’s biological father is still an important part of the 12-year-old’s life, that’s not to say Nolan plays any less of a paternal role for the preteen.