Twice the celebration this Mother's Day
It was a long journey to motherhood, but one Palmerston North couple are celebrating twofold this Mother's Day.
Palmerston North women Emma Ginders and Therresa Logan are the proud mums of 16-month-old daughter Elliott.
The pair met at a friend's board game night, and began dating in 2012.
Ginders, 35, said she always wanted to be a mum.
"Before I had even met Therresa I had wanted to join the waiting list to have children."
The same-sex couple chose to use intrauterine insemination (IUI), where sperm from a donor is inserted straight into the uterus to fertilise the egg.
Ginders said she spent 18 months on the waiting list and the procedure did not work the first time.
But the second attempt did and Ginders fell pregnant in 2015.
Amid presents and wrapping paper, Ginders proposed to Logan at their baby shower in front of about 50 family and friends.
"The mums started crying and my grandma had a frontrow seat."
Ginders gave birth to baby Elliott in January 2016 and the couple are hoping to expand their family, using the same donor as Elliott's.
Logan said her first attempt at IUI was also unsuccessful, but the couple were saving and hoping to try again in the next few months.
Although IUI was cheaper than in vitro fertilisation, each treatment still cost the couple about $2000.
There could also be additional costs with hormones, doctors appointments and travelling to Wellington for the procedure.
"It's an expensive process, but she's worth it," Logan said.
The couple have started a Givealittle page. Money from this will go towards helping expand their family.
Logan said friends and family had been supportive throughout the process, and even Elliott's daycare had sent the family two cards for both Ginders and Logan for Mother's Day.
Ginders said Mother's Day was about both of them and a time to spend with and celebrate with family.
The couple will be spending the day with their daughter, both their mothers, Logan's three sisters and Ginders' grandmother.