Single Moms

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Scared to death


Hi all:

Well first, I should start off by saying, that I admire every single one of you for having strength and courage at such a stressful scary time.

Okay, so here's my story. I'm not a teen (25), nor am I single.... but 3 days ago I did find out that my fiancee and I are expecting. I know what you're thinking... Why on earth am I complaining when I have a fiancee and am 25. Here's the thing - my fiancee has $30,000.00 worth of debt that we are currently trying to pay off (and I only have a part time job of 30h/wk because the bank I work at doesn't employ people full-time). So here's the thing. Kev (fiancee) and I have just bought a house, but it isn't going to be ready until a year and a half from now. Our mortgage specialist told us that in order to get the house Kevin has to pay off $15k of his debt. So here's the thing...... how do I pay off debt, while having a baby, and going on mat leave (which only provides 55% of my income where I live) and still pay for my house. We have no idea where we will live if I do have the baby until our house is ready becasue my parents don't believe in children before marriage so I can't stay there. I'm so confused and have no idea if we can afford this child. Any suggestions?

Jenny






single mom at 19

When I was sixteen I met jose almanza. He was an emotional wreck and I would try my best to fix him but the more I tried the more he pushed me away and emotionally abused me. Me being young and nieve I stayed with him. Then one day i found out I was pregnant. I was so excited but when I told him he told me to get rid of it. I was so scared I made some bad decisions, My parents literally almost kicked me out but decided not too cause of fear of me moving in with him especially cause he was older then me. When My daughter was born she seemed perfectly healthy. He showed up to give her his last name but didnt even hold her... When my daughter was 2 months old we noticed her eyes shaking alot so we took her to get an mri, We ended up fining out her brain didnt develop all the way and she might be partially blind. I was destroyed by the news especially when her neauroligist said she wont walk or talk or move. But as she got older we noticed how much her motor skills were developing. She is such a strong lil girl and I feel bad for her father cause hes missing out on how strong she is. I love my lyla to death and it may be hard sometimes with her but my family is alway there for me and her.

Leida






16 & Pregnant

Before i got pregnant, I was in basketball, volleyball and softball. I went out almost every weekend with my friends, and I loved my life. When I was 15, i started dating a guy named Ryan. He was 16 at the time. After a year of dating we had sex for the first time after our homecoming dance. About 6 weeks later i found out I was pregnant. I was so scared to tell anyone, but when I finally did i had support. My parents & boyfriend were there for me. During my pregnancy Ryan and I broke up temperaraly, but we got back together about a month before our baby was born. Our baby girl, Kaylee Nicole was born on October 4th. We love her soo much, and even though it is really hard I would change nothing! I am still going to school, and Ryans grandparents watch Kaylee while we are at school. We are so lucky to have all the support we have from family. Without them I have no idea what we would have done! I wouldnt change anything, but just know if you are planning on having sex, make sure you use protection because having a baby at such a young age is hard, and its soo much harder to accomplish your dreams!

Alyssa






Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a best fr

I was 16 when I found out I was pregnant. I had gotten pregnant the night of my sophomore homecoming. My date was my best friend from Freshman Year. I invited him to homecoming hoping to tell him I loved him. We hung out after homecoming and we ended up sleeping together. I was already 9 weeks pregnant when I found out. I was devastated. I decided not to tell him about it. Crazy huh? But I was scared he'd leave because we weren't even dating. The only people I told willingly were my two best friends, my parents, and my brother. My best friend Alayna was shocked, but was happy. My other best friend, Colton was happy and questioned me a little. I told him who the father was and that I decided not to tell him. At first he called me crazy, but then he understood. I was looking into adoption, but then realized I couldn't give my precious baby away. I was about 19 weeks when I found out I had a baby boy on the way. Colton was there with me, and never left my side throughout my pregnancy. I took his advice and told Taylor. He was shocked, but understood why I waited so long to say anything. I want Taylor to be in our baby's life, and I'm also glad Colton will be there too. He's my best friend because he stepped up and helped me when nobody was there. Taylor asked to be at our son's birth and I gladly accepted. Taylor and Colton are good friends now and Taylor is okay with Colton being in our son's life too. I'm almost 100% positive Taylor will want to be part of our son's life. But if he doesn't, that's okay too. Because I have the best friend ever ready to assume the role of a devoted dad when the kid's not his. That's what I call a best friend.


I am now 34 weeks pregnant and the 7 of us eagerly await for the arrival of Jason Colton Matthews. (He is going to have my last name.) My parents are excited to meet their grandson and my brother is excited to meet his nephew. Now, I'm willing to take on responsibilities as a young mom because I have so much support from everyone I could ask for.

Katie






Twins!

I was sixteen and dating my best friend Zak. At age 16 I found out I was pregnant and both of us were ecstatic! And two weeks later at the ultrasound we found out we were having twins! Nothing could of made us happier! Zak was with me every day throught my pregnancy he never left my side. Zak was a huge athlete and was on the brink of signing a deal to go play for collage,he got a full ride scholarship. My parents souported our move across the country and when we landed we found our my dad bought us a house! Everything was going perfect! On July 17th I went into labor and gave birth to Zak jr and Ryan. I could not be any happier with our beautiful healthy baby boys! Zak signed a multi million dollar contract and we got married at my dream wedding, now we have a baby girl Khloe Elizabeth(: I love my family so much and love to dress them and take them to their daddy's games!

Jen







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