Single Moms

It's not easy being a single mom. As a single parent, you have to take on double the parenting duty. Other issues can make this even more complex. For example, some young moms write about what to do if my boyfriend is an alcoholic. Please share your experience and wisdom. As you will see, these problems require a great support system, time management skills and top-notch parenting techniques. If you have tips to share with other single moms or just want to help other single mothers and single parents out there, then tell us your story.


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my little girl


I got pregnant when i was 15 nearly 16 i didnt no untill about 10 weeks i was suffering really bad with morning sickness and still had to go to school. The day i found out i told the farther he left me stright away it hurt deep inside as i thought he was the one i was with him for five months everything was great untill i told him that. I had support from my mum momma and grandad but not my dad. I was going though all different kinds of emosions. I had my little girl on november 28th 2010 and i called her Amelia Grace i love her and would not change anything that has happened now im 17 and 6 weeks pregnant and with a new parntner everything is going fantastic so far really want a boy this time. I have my own house and 2 cats and a baby on the way a wonderful baby girl and a wonderful partner xx

karla






Scared & Confused

My name is Sara and i was 16 when i found out i was pregnant. I had been with my childs father for about 3 months, which was in september, when we found out. We went together when i took the test, & he had promised to never leave and stand by my side through it all. January we found out we were having a little boy, and we cried, we were soo happy, a week later, he broke up with me. i was devistated, i made myself sick, cause i didnt think i could do it alone. then about a week later, after i told him, i had lost four lbs and my doctors were worried, he decided he wanted me back, i said yes. two weeks later i caught him messing with his ex girlfriend, he was telling her he loved her, and i left him. i care about him & love him more than anything, cause he gave me a sweet baby boy. but here it is april & we still speak and were friends. he says he wants to be there for me & the baby, but i also learned he is smoking & drinking everyday and i dont want my son to be around that when hes born, i dont know what to do. but our son, who ive decided to name bryson river lee, is growing healthy & is due the last week of june, i cant wait! & i plan to prove everyone wrong & be top of my senior class & raise a child.
wish me luck! & good luck to all the other teen mothers out there!(:

Sara






MY teenage MOTHERHOOD

i am a 17 year old single mother, and being in this kind of lifestyle isn't the best but it really helped change my life. i have a 15 month old little boy name Christopher Collins, i love him with all my heart. Sometimes i think what will i be without my son ? how would i be? maybe worser than i already was before i had him. To all the young WOMEN that have been pregnant an lost their child should understand that it's not an easy job but WILL change MAJORITY of US.

Neisha Boo






2 Moms For Brayden?

Hey. My name is Karly and I am 15. The father of my child's name is Cody, He is 17. He was in a long relationship with a girl and about a month after they broke up, him and I got together. After 2 months of us dating we broke up.. and he went back with his old girl friend. I was heart broken when I found that out, and to make it worse a few weeks later i found out i was pregnant with cody's child. I had no idea what to do because he now had a different girlfriend. I told my mom first and she was dissapointed, but supportive. She said I needed to let Cody know. When I told him he denyed ever being with me, which was very hard because we both know it happened. I was going to have to raise this child on my own. Cody and I didnt talk the whole time I was pregnant, until about a month before our child was born. He told me he wanted to be there for the birth, so I let him. Our baby was born on December 28th, it was a boy, and we named him Brayden James. Cody and I are not together, but he visits Brayden all the time. It is hard to know he is with another girl, but even if we cant be together at least he is putting in the effort with his son. It is very hard raising a child in High School, but with all the support of my family it is much easier. I know for sure I will graduate and go to college with their help.

Karly






growing up together.

Hi, I'm Tayler. I'm a 15 year old teenage mother and this is my story.

Over the summer of 2010, my boyfriend and I started having sex after a year of a relationship. We were stupid and never used condoms. We did the whole "pull out" method. I ended up finding out I was pregnant at 8 weeks. After awhile my boyfriend started getting to attached to where he would have to know what I was doing every second of my life. I decided to break our relationship off. He moved back in with his friends, and stopped really talking to me. We would talk every once in awhile.

I get my next ultrasound at 18 weeks to find out what I'm having. I find out I'm having a baby girl. I also found out that I was supposed to have twins, but the other fetus desingrated* in they early first trimester. At 28 weeks I find devastating news. I found out that she had a condition called fetal ascities. Which is fluid in the abdomen. This could cause hydrops, heart failure. Thankfully, she didn't have that kind. They saw that she dint have a bladder. They would have to reconstruct her bladder immediately after she was born. The doctors told me that they dint know anything about this so, they sent me to UVA medical school. I went there, they did another ultrasound and said they couldn't find her bladder. They found a floating object in her stomach which waa unknown. They didnt know what it was, or what it could be. They told me to come back in 3 weeks, when I was 34 weeks.

I ended up not making it to my appointment due to my water breaking at 33 weeks due to one of the worst cases of preeclampsia. I didn't even know my water broke, but they tested my urine and told me it had broke. They wouldn't let me eat for three days, but jello encase of an emergency c-section. Couple days later I gained 45 pounds of fluid in two days. I had so much fluid in ny body I gains almost 90 pounds. I was about 180 before I got pregnant and ended up being 280. My water broke 3different times. This was all caused by the pressure of the fluid.

Finally, they decide to induce me to decrease the chance of having an infection. The next day, I told them I had to use the restroom. They checked my cervix to make sure it was safe. It came to be I was dilated 9 1/2 cm. They decide to make me push. I pushed her out within 15 minutes. I ended up losing so much blood I had to get a blood transfusion. They rushed my daughter to the NICU to examin her. They did an ultrasound and said she has a bladder it was just hard to see because of all the fluid i had. I didnt get to see her until two days later. On her ultrasound they did on her they found what was a mass near her ovaries. They did surgery a couple days later to remove it. Test came back negative for cancer. Me on the other hand, my blood pressure was 156/210. They were preparing me for a stroke or heart attack. I felt fine. They rushed an IV into my arm and loaded me with all this stuff. I could barely open my eyes. Finally, my blood pressure remained stable and after two and a half weeks in the hospital we could both go home.

Having to be a single mother with a child who needs special attention is quite hard. We're basically growing up together. Her father isn't in her life, and probably won't ever be.
My daughter, Vivian Raine is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She's now a healthy one month old. (:

Tayler Mayes







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