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not easy


Itís not easy being a teen mom. I was thirteen was I got pregnant. And now Iím fourteen with a 3 month old baby.

Her father is a punk who won't even look at my baby. His mom is sheltering him from his responsibilities as a father. His whole family has seen our daughter except him and itís hard.

My daughter is 3 months and is already saying daddy. And what makes it so bad is that she thinks my momís boyfriend is her dad because he was there when I was pregnant.


gabreeal






3 Kids And Pregnant With the 4th

When I was 13 I had my first kid. It was the day after the father's birthday and a week after mine. We both played hooky and went to an abandoned park. We just talked for a few minutes and the next thing I know I've lost my virginity (so did he).

A month after that day we were still going out and I started to receive the symptoms of pregnancy. I told my friend (also the father's ex) about that day, and about my symptoms now. She told me to just wait maybe I was over reacting. After 3 months I finally said "this is it" I went to the father's friend (Joe) who was also a very close friend of mine and I told him everything. He told me he'd be right back and when he came back he had a home pregnancy test. I took it into the bathroom, and when I saw the POSITIVE sign on it, I threw it away and walked out to the living room and saw my boyfriend and Joe.

I walked over to the couch where my boyfriend was sitting and laid down and put my head in his lap. I didn't say anything I just looked at him he looked back and I cried. I cried for a long time. I was very confused and scared I didn't know how to tell my parents, or his for that matter. We decided to tell his parents first, and they took it well. Then we went to my house and when I told my parents. They said that it would be best if I moved in with him. So they packed my bag and I was moving into his guest bedroom.

I went through the pregnancy o.k. We were both very scared cause we were both in middle school and we weren't ready for a kid. I had my daughter Emily in august of that year, and everything was fine for the rest of the year. About a week after Emilyís birthday me and my boyfriend went to this party with all our friends. (I gotta admit they aren't good kids) I saw my ex there and we both got drunk went into the bathroom, and I came out with guilt on my mind.

I didn't tell my boyfriend until I started thinking I was pregnant again. I told him the whole story, he didn't react. I asked him what was up and he told me that he cheated that night also. We forgave each other and decided to raise this baby as his because my baby's real father was in juvey for drugs. I did tell my ex about his child and he agreed that it would be best for my boyfriend to raise him. I had my second baby when I was only 14. (The beginning of 9th grade) It was a boy and we named him Thad.

My family was starting to get upset about all my children. I was still living with my boyfriend, and we started "sleeping" together more often. Then I found out I was pregnant again. This time I knew it was my boyfriendís. He was happy for this other baby. This pregnancy was the most complicated. I had the worst morning sickness I threw up at least 3 times a day. Then the labor was 5 hours long. The longest of them all, but I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. We named him Kody.

My oldest (Emily) was thrilled to have so many siblings. I was just happy that I could continue my schooling. I was only in my sophomore year of high school! Well, about 2 months ago I had a night out with Joe. One thing led to another and I "slept" with him, and I found out 3 days ago that I was pregnant. I don't know who the father is. Iím pretty positive itís my boyfriends, because me and Joe were both protected. I don't know who the father is, and that scares me.

I told my boyfriend about my night with Joe, but he is convinced this baby is his. I myself am not so sure. To all you mothers out there. I give you all my respect itís a very hard job.


kayla






8 guys, 6 kids and 1 Goal.

Hi Iím Haleigh and Iím 43.

I have had a really tough life. I was abused by my step dad from ages 4-13 so I was trying to like do every guy and I got pregnant at 16 after my alcoholic mother dumped my step dad. I stayed with Rick (the father) until I was 7 months along and after that I couldnít stand to be with him anymore. Then I gave birth to my first son: Louis David King, who is now 27.

I got married to Roger when I was 21 and had 2 of my 6 kids with him: 21-year-old Maurice James and 19 year old Cole Ryan. Roger was a really great guy but he was killed in a car accident and it hurt so bad. I married his brother at 28 but Kurt wasnít the same as Roger even if Kurt fathered: Namoi Lee, my 16-year-old daughter and Franky Jay my 13 year old son.

Eventually my love for Kurt fizzled out. I may sound very aggressive but Iím not. I dated to find a father for my kids but just found me with 8-year-old Lacey Jaide.

I love my kids to pieces but sometimes I wish my choices would have been different.



Haleigh






OMG IM PREGNANT

Ok. Yea Iím 15 and jus found out Iím 15 years old pregnant.

The worst part though is my boyfriend's black and Iím white, and my mom doesnít approve of it at all! So now 15 against my moms will of dating a black boy, Iím also pregnant by him.

I donít even now how to feel, it amazes me. And how is Jamal going to take it?

Well girls, my life is basically over at age 15. Please be careful, and if your going to have sex, BE SAFE!


megan






IT CAN HAPPEN

My name is Jennifer. I am 20 years old now. I got pregnant with my first daughter when I was 16 years old. I was a junior in high school. At first I didnít realize I was pregnant. I told my mom that I had been feeling really sick and I just couldnít bring myself to get out of bed no matter what I did I was so tired. Then I started having milk come out of my nipples.

Thank god me and my mom were really close I told her what was going on and she said I think we need to get you a pregnancy test. I said that she was nuts but I just went along with it. I peed on the stick and right away my mom took it and went in her room came back and said youíre going to be a mommy. I instantly started crying I didnít know what to do.

My boyfriend and I had just had a huge fight and we had broke up. Well I called him up and told him. He came to my house he was so happy. Everything was going fine for the first 7 months. Then when I was 9 months pregnant I found out that he had been cheating on me with the girl next door. How convenient for him. He said that he wanted my personality in her body. So pretty much he hated my growing pregnant belly and didnít want our unborn daughter.

Well 2 weeks went by and my due date passed. I finally got a call from him saying that he made a big mistake and he was sorry for what he had done and he wanted to make things work he wanted to be a family. My daughter was born April 14 2004. Her name is Haleigh Michele. When she was 5 months old we ended up getting married. We have been together ever since.

Married for 3 years and yeah we have our little tiffs but he says that this was the best thing to ever happen to him. He says the reason he did what he did with the neighbor is because he was scared. Now we have another little girl who is 10 months old named Kaleigh Marie. I guess what I am trying to say is I got pregnant when I was 16 had my daughter when I was 17. I never finished school, and that is my only regret. I do not regret my child at all I think it has made me a better and stronger person. Yeah I know my now husband messed up when I was pregnant but he eventually came around and I could not be happier.

So to all you teen moms out there I know youíre scared I know what is running threw your head I been there too. Whether you have the babyís dad in your life or not. You can be there you can support your child mentally financially and physically if you just believe in yourself and believe in others they will help you through this time.


JENNIFER







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