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pregnant and graduated high school


Hi my name is Taryn. I am 18.5 years old. My son Stephen is seven months old. I graduated high school at eight and a half months pregnant.

The father and I broke up when my son was five months old. We werenít getting along and didnít want our son to grow up seeing us fight. So he went to Virginia and I stayed in New Hampshire with our son.

The road has been very difficult but I wouldnít change it for anything. I talked to my sonís dad once in a while. Itís nice to hear that he still cares. But I know I can do without him.

To all those pregnant and/or teenage parents donít give up. It can be hard but well worth the reward.


taryn






my miracle baby

I am 18 and 11 weeks pregnant I found out when I was 6 weeks pregnant my boyfriend straight away assumed I was to have an abortion. I could not do it. I told him I was keeping the baby and he didnít speak to me for a day. Then he broke up with me.

He wants to be involved with the baby but thatís only because his mum say she would chuck him out otherwise. Heís 19. Last night he was in a club snogging other girls. I live with my mum and dad so far only my friends and my mum know. My dad will go mad and so will my brother. I'm so worried about telling my dad but I am really excited about the baby.

I secretly havenít been this happy in ages. My babyís due date is the 30th of September 2007 which is also my brothers birthday! And the baby is a miracle because I was on the pill and I also have a womb abnormality, which is supposed to make it hard to fall pregnant.


nicky






Mommy?!

Well, my story still shocks me! I am 24 and had a 2-month summer fling with a guy I was NOT in love with and was NOT planning to marry... I became a Christian when I was 19 and gave up drugs and was "waiting until I was married before I slept with anyone again"Ö

Well that lasted 5 years until this whole unexpected event in my life. After I decided that I was being silly and I needed to leave this guy and that I was ready to stop rebelling again, I found out I was pregnant. All kinds of things went through my mind and the "father" was the first one I told.

I gave him a choice if he would be involved or not, which he chose not to because he never had kids never wanted them, never got into serious relationships and "never" even wanted to get married (he's 32 now). He pretty much begged me to get an abortion but I just knew I had a little boy spirit in me and I couldn't do it! Sure enough I found out that my son is indeed a son and I haven't talked to the "father" since I told him.

I have a good job as a nurse and a good support system; Iím still attending school and will be able to do itÖ But I really want a role model for my son. Iím sad that I am not with anyone at this point that he can call "dad" and I hope I meet someone while he is still very young. The hardest part for me is people's opinions and peoples "pity", they think I should give him up because Iím single or that I should feel regret and be terrified.

But I think it happened for a reason.. And Iím excitedÖ and a bit nervous! I am 25 weeks pregnant, Iím a little scared that Iíll feel trapped or I won't like being a mom (even though I have always wanted to be one)Ö I guess I just have to take things day at a time!


Single mamma!






Rumors

My boyfriend at the time and me were really close. Went on and on about having a kid when it was good and time. I wont forget him ever saying "I wont leave you, like my father did to me. "

That will stick out the rest of my life. Later on yes we went on to have sex but didnít. Not saying we didnít try because if that were true I would have had nothing to say here. But the day after we had "tried" he went out of state to his grandparents, to visit.

While he was gone I went on visitation with my mother. No big deal. Until I get a call from a friend screaming at me about saying I was pregnant. I got mad and freaked out on her, I mean come on I hadnít even talked to anyone at all since I left to my moms. I told everyone that called "No! Itís not true! " But the rumors went on. They went so far as to my boyfriend being told while with his grandparents. That was bad.

He went on to say we hadnít had sex, which we hadnít, which he then said I had to be lying because we hadnít. Well I never said I was so there the rumor stuck.

I found out I was pregnant in mid-August 2005 and no less then 2 1/2 months along. I was 14. My boyfriend was in another state and there I was standing in front of my doctor, just told I was pregnant and I freaked again. I learned that " you can get pregnant with out having full blown out sex," and that I didnít know.

I later lost the child that had become my whole life in October 2005, at roughly 5 months. It killed me. And yes I had tried to tell the father and given up, but after losing it I tried again and got nothing but his aunt screaming in my ear.

It was hard. And I wonít forget, ever. Neither will his best friend whoís my friend and some close friends of mine as well.

His name was Christopher James Howell. Never got a breath a life yet was the breath of mine.

I ran into the father 2006 summer, he still wonít listen. To them and all my old friends itís a rumor that I started, wonít drop and I am lying about. But I tried to tell them. So truly. If the father ever asked or any at that matter I would tell them anything they wanted to know.

I wonít forget the father or my son.

Not a day goes by that I donít. I am engaged now and we are happy. He knows, I told him.


Anna






aa blessing

I found out I was 5 months pregnant in the 9th grade. I told my boyfriend and he was like, "is u going to keep it?"

He wanted me to so badly so I decided to keep it. My son name is Jamarion Clark. He was born on Feb. 10,2006. When I had him my mom stood beside me and said, "that baby boy is a blessing".

So now me and my boyfriend broke up, but he still takes care of his son.


shay







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