On the drive to Chaplow’s sister’s house, though, Reese had a decision to make: was he prepared to be a father? They subsequently picked up Chaplow’s one-year-old niece and three-year-old nephew and returned to Los Angeles, California, where both men worked in the charity sector.
Ready or not, then, fatherhood was a role that Reese threw himself into. In fact, he sought out blogs and Facebook groups to arm himself with all the knowledge he could gather in order to make a success of their new-found family. Having overcome the hurdles of adopting as a gay couple, Reese then had a revelation.
“After the dust settled, I just realized how much I loved our kids,” Reese told the Toronto Star. “And [I realized] how much room there was in our life for our family to grow.” Rather than further adoptions, however, Reese was keen to have a child of his own. A biological one.