Mom To - posted on 04/07/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
I just wanted to share a little bit of my story with those of you that are scared to death, lost or whatever you may be feeling.
I had my daughter when I was 16. She will be 16 in 16 days (April 23rd). I am 32 now. I was doubted by everyone and anyone especially my own mother. My parents tried to 'take' my daughter from me, not legally just 'take' her so I could go and have fun and be a teenager like I was supposed to be. I refused. I was told I would never be able to make it or raise my daughter on my own. I moved out of my parent's house when I was 17, my daughter was 1. There are many stories inbetween that I would love to share if anyone wants to hear but as of today 16 long, hard years later my daughter is my best friend and I am so proud of the beautiful person she has become. She is in honor's classes and makes straight A's, she is a cheerleader, she's plays softball and volleyball. She will be driving in 16 days and I have looked forward to this day ever since I found out I was pregnant with her. We made it! She is going to be a Pediatrician and has already started taking college credit classes in high school. She is my world and made me who I am today. I also have 4 other children besides her. I had another kid when I was 19. I raised the two oldest ones by myself until my daughter was 9 and my oldest son was 6. It was very hard but we lived and we learned. It is great to be young enough to enjoy my kids and actually understand what they are going through. Although I was doubted I prevailed and proved everyone wrong. I raised a wonderful, respectful, beautiful and responsible young lady who is now the same age I was when I got pregnant with her. Being a teen mom has as many advantages to it as it does disadvantages! Don't let anyone make you feel bad or less of a person for getting pregnant, almost everyone else is having sex too - they just aren't ready to be responsible for a human life so they weren't blessed with getting pregnant. It probably doesn't seem like a blessing now, but trust me if you keep your head on straight and keep that baby your #1 priority at all times and cherish every second being a teen mom will become the biggest blessing and the best thing that ever happens to you in your life! (My kids are 16, 13, 10, 8 and 5 btw) I hope this makes someone feel better. Please, any questions, comments or just wanna talk.....reply