Single Moms

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17, preagnant, and confused


hello i found out i was pregnant the 28 of January 15 days after my 17th birthday;( i have been wit my boyfriend for about 1 year and 1/2... i was not suprised tht i was prego cause of course we always had unprotected sex... when i told him at first he took it ok but after a while idk wat happened he stopped talking to me he never called me or anything that had to do with me.... i would always text him but he would never txt back... now i am starting to think i am going to have to move on wit my baby by myself.... i have not told my mom anything about it im to scared of how she will take it.......... i thought he loved me but i guess we are all wrong at once well this is my story...

Maria






very nervous

My name is katheryn i am 18 years old. im 33 weeks pregnant and im very nervous because im 7 weeks away from giving birth to a baby girl. The more i think about it the more scared i get. Am i gonna be a good mom. Ive never had to care for a baby and some times ill have to do it by myself when my finance is not around. right now we live with his parents for financial reasons. there is another thing to be more scared about like will i be able to give my baby a good life and be able to provide what she needs. it all goes round and round in my head. i know that its my fault in why im having this baby, but its very difficult. i want to be a good mom and every thing but i feel sometimes i wont be. its very depressing. But i have to say i do have support and its what pulls me through most the time.

kathertn






Dont Know What To Do

My name is kayla & im 17 years old & have been with my boyfriend jerad who is 15 for 2 months and I am 5 weeks pregnant. I never in a million years thought i would be in the situation. I really dont believe in abortion or adoption so I really want to keep my baby but Jerad is scared of what his family & mine will say or do. So he is really pressuring me to get an abortion I really think we can step up & be good parents because we are both responsible and mature enough. But he thinks we are too young and the baby wouldnt have a good up bringing. Im really scared to get an abotion even i know thats whats best.

Kayla






My Kids: My pride and joy

My name is Shalie and I'm 30 years old. I had my son, Jareed, when I was seventeen and my daughter Jade when I was twenty. I met Jareed's father, Malik, when I was fifteen and I thought I was in love. He would throw me all of the usual lines and he would tell me I was beautiful and that he wanted to marry me and that I was the only girl he had eyes for. Yeah right! I caught him cheating on me not even five months into our relationship and I left him. I felt awful and lonely so I took him back not long after. During the time that we were broken up, I had stopped taking my birth control pills because I figured I wouldn't need them.

When we got back together, I was so happy that I never thought about birth control once. But the first time we had sex after our breakup I remembered and told him he would have to use condoms until I got back on the pill. Every so often, he would tell em he wanted me to have his baby, and that our baby would be beautiful. I would always brush him off and I never thought anything of it.

Three months after we got back together I found out I was pregnant. I was devastated because I was only sixteen (he was seventeen). When I told my mother, who was a teenage parent herself, she was upset, but she said she was willing to help me. His mother hated me and started talking about how it wasn't his and that she wanted a DNA test to prove it.

He acted like he was shocked in the beginning, but when I was three months pregnant, he confessed that he had been poking holes in the condoms. I was, of course, furious and I left him.

Until I was five months along, he would call me and tell me how much he wanted me back and that he would do anything for me. I ignored him and I went through the rest of my pregnancy solo. I had Jareed about two weeks early and the first person to visit, besides my mother, was Malik. He told me how much he missed me and that he was sorry and that he would be there for me, and he begged me to take him back. Like the fool I was, I did. Things were good for the first year and everything seemed to be going well. My mother's job agreed to provide daycare for Jareed and I got a job and Macy's that was earning me some money.

When Jareed was seven months, Malik got locked up. I was on my own but I would go visit him. He said he was sorry for messing up and forcing me to have to take care of Jareed by myself, and i believed him.

After that stint, he was in and out of jail for about 2 and a half years. Each time he was in there, he apologized and I still believed him. I was another fool in love. When I was nineteen, I found out I was pregnant again, and he was very happy. He vowed that he was going to do right by our family, and he did. He got a job and he was doing well.

My second pregnancy went smoothly, as did our relationship for a little while. After a while, he started getting back into the criminal stuff, and when Jade was 1 and seven months, he was shot and killed. I was very upset, because he was the love of my life and I loved our family. After that I worked a series of dead end jobs before moving back with my mother when I was 24. I finally decided that I was moping around too much, and I managed to get my GED. And after that, I went and got my college degree. It was hard at first, and I was only taking baby steps, but I did it. And now my children and I are leading a stable life.

Sometimes I wonder what my life would've been like if I hadn't taken Malik back after I found out he cheated on me early in our relationship, and I feel like my life would've been really empty. I love my kids, they're my pride and joy.

Shalie






Kim's Story

Hi my name is amilee,I am 16,
Five months after a two month relationship with my boyfriend, I found out i was six months pregnant. I was 15 and hadn't been so scared. After a couple of days i decided to keep the baby and i told my mum and dad who weren't at all impressed but were very supportive. I'd lost all contact with Ben, my baby's father so concluded to messageing his brother on facebook to ring me. He never rang.At eight months i saw Ben in a store with another girl. Assuming he'd moved on i walked pasted un-noticeably but he looked over, and glimpsed at my huge belly, i just about cried.That night i got a call from Ben. I told him the baby was his, he responded with ''are you sure?" it was upsetting and all i had to say was be apart of the babys life or dont and hung up. I never imagined having to raise my child as a single mum, i guess i imagined myself older. Anyway on 16th November 2010 i gave birth to my beautiful baby girl Kimberly Violet. i was very surprised to see Ben come into my hospital room the day after but glad. We decided Kim having her father around was for the best,he is visiting her nearly everyday.I am a little curious about what my life would be like if i hadn't gotten pregnant but wouldn't change a thing :)

Amilee







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