When a family announces they're expecting, it's usually two parents that excitedly break the news.
However, for Brit Adam Lyons and his two gorgeous girlfriends, it’s three parents who are excited about their forthcoming bundle of joy.
Two years ago, Adam was dubbed ‘the luckiest man alive’ because of his unusual living arrangements with his two girlfriends Brooke Shedd and Jane Shalakhova.
At the time, Adam and Brooke had given birth to son, Dante, two, together but now the throuple are expecting a baby boy with Jane.
The threesome – who share a super king size bed – believe the new baby due in July, will complete their family even more.
“It’s so sweet that we all get to parent and raise the kids together,” says Adam, 36.
“We have talked about it at length and we all consider ourselves parents to the children. With the kids, our titles are officially ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’ and ‘Mum’.
“For us, three definitely works better than two.”
In fact the threesome believe their unusual arrangement could be the future of relationships and parenting.
Adam, runs his own business consulting company ‘Psychology Hacker’ and believes instead of complicating things, their relationship actually makes life easier.
“For us, three people works because it enables us to manage daily life so much better,” he says. “So many of our friends are in ‘normal’ two-person couple relationships with kids, jobs and all the other typical responsibilities and I see them struggling to juggle their lives. It’s difficult with two people.
“But with three parents, we always have the ability for one person to look after the kids and as a result, we never begrudge each other anything because we all have lots of time.
“With three people, it’s logistically so much easier to handle all those things - we share out the responsibilities and it fits our sexual preferences too.
“When Brooke, Jane and I first came out about our relationship, we had some criticism and certain people said we wouldn’t last.
“But we’ve been going for five years now. What we have is not a fling or a phase, we’re a real family with healthy, happy kids. Our son Oliver doesn’t even recognise what is ‘unusual’ about our family.
“This should be the future of relationships, where people are able to enjoy love in any way they feel works. Three people and three parents makes so much sense to us.”
It’s the first child for Jane, 27, who says she never wanted children until she realised how much easier it was with three parents.
“When I had boyfriends before, I never wanted or cared about kids,” explains Jane, who works with Adam in his business consulting company.
“Growing up, I always thought that when you had a baby, you became a slave to your child. You see a lot of parents struggling.
“But raising Dante with Adam and Brooke and watching him grow up with three parents around – I realise we could do it as a family. With three parents around, it’s so doable.
“With three parents, we can still have a social life, make time for one another and share the parenting tasks so you don’t end up like the typical sleep-deprived mum! With two partners, there’s so much help and I’ll never have to leave my kids with someone I don’t trust.
Bisexual Brooke, 28, – who also has seven-year-old son, Oliver from a previous relationship – says she’s so excited for Jane’s pregnancy.
“I love talking to her bump. I’ve always wanted four sons so this is a dream come true,” she reveals.
“I think our good parenting is one of the sexiest things about our relationship. It’s incredible to see them Adam and Jane with the kids and how we share all the responsibilities.
“We definitely want a few more kids and I would love to have a wedding to show my commitment to Adam and Jane. Oliver says he would like to get married someday too and he knows three people can be really happy together in a relationship. We’re setting a good example.”
Adam, Brooke and Jane, who is also bisexual, all live together on a large plot of land with two separate houses – one of which they use as an office and one of which Brooke uses as a homeschool where she plans to teach all the trio’s children.
“We love living and working together – the family house is a one-minute walk from our office,” says Jane.
“Adam and I can have meetings in the office and head back home for lunch with Brooke and the kids. It allows us to spend more time together. I love coming home and getting a kiss from Brooke, Dante and Oliver!
“My pregnancy was a planned one. We were trying for a baby - it just felt like the right time and parenting together as a threesome is a lot of fun.
“But Brooke has the primary mothering role – she looks after the children and will homeschool all the kids.”
It’s an arrangement that suits Brooke, who works part-time on Adam’s company whilst being a full-time mum.
“Adam and I always knew I wanted to home-school our kids. We both excelled at school because we found it too easy,” she says.
“We wanted to [give] our children a chance to really succeed and get lots of attention. Oliver can read, write and understand things beyond a normal school academic curriculum.”
The throuple hope to get ‘married’ later this year and plan to have more children.
“Jane and Adam still really want a daughter so we’ve agreed that they should definitely try for another baby,” says Brooke.
“But I would definitely love to get married to Adam and Jane. It’s something we’ve always wanted even though it’s not legal. Even so, it’s important that the three of us can make a commitment to each other with our family and friends around.
Adam adds: “We haven’t got any solid plans for a wedding just yet but it’s on the cards. Prior to that, I’m bringing Brooke, Jane and the kids to England before she gives birth. I want to celebrate our pregnancy with my loved ones in Britain.”
Occasionally, Adam, Brooke and Jane like to involve a fourth partner in their sex life but admit that they’re exhausted with two kids and another baby on the way.
“We are still open in our relationship and we do sleep with other people outside the thee of us but to be honest, we don’t have much time anymore! We’re exhausted and happy with the children,” says Adam.
“We’re still open to fun when it comes along. If we wanted to add someone, I’m sure we could.
The adventurous throuple even visit strip clubs together.
“With three people around, it’s easy to schedule in fun activities. We always make sure we have time to do fun things together and have weekly date nights,” says Jane.
“Adam, Brooke and I still sleep in the same super king-size bed together – it still gets very hot and sweaty with the three of us!”
- Additional reporting by Pesala Bandara, News Dog media