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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I started dating my ex fiance in march of 2009 i became pregnant november or 09 my ex and I were happy we discused all our options and decided that we would keep him feb of 2010 valentines day he asked me to marry him he moved in with me in june so i could finish school and we could save money for the baby. in april i turned 18 and july my son was born. things were going good with us up until my parents left for vacation and thats when my ex started cheating on me and left me with a 3 month old baby and only wanted to see his son on his days off from work and new years 2011 he told me we should have given him up for adoption and we werent ready or even better yet given him up for adoption this is after the fact that he told me the girl he cheated on me with (his current girlfriend) was pregnant. he now has taken my son from me and we are waiting for court i should have waited and protected my self better but i would never change having him for the world he is my life and i love Landon to death.
Finding Hope through my PregnancyI met my boyfriend Michael, in February of 2009, it was an instant connection. We hung out all day and soon all night. We became so caught up in love that we talked about having a baby. On June 10, 2009 (Michaels mothers birthday) we found out i was expecting. I was going to be a mother at 15.
Michael and I stayed together for what seemed like forever. He held my hand during school when all my friends turned their backs.
In October I was 20 weeks along, and came down with the flu. I later developed Pnemonia. I had to be hospitalized, and me and my daughter were treated. The scariest part was when I was addmited they tried to find her heart beat. it was one of the longest hardest thing i ever did. Not hearing her beat hurt me, but finally there was a tiny thump thump.
I went on homebouned for school at 15 my sophmore year. Due to me constantly being sick, I would have flunked out.
My family had fallen in love with my daughter. Michael and his family as well. Everyone loved her, that is everyone but me. I constantly battled sever depression. I wanted to give her away so she could have everything she needs. My family wanted me to do what I wanted but at the same time they would hint at that I should keep her.
On February 5, 2010 I went into be induced at midnight. In the hospital room I started to cry. My mom asked me if I hurt, I said yes. So her responce was epidural. My OBGYN came into the room and we spoke alone. I told her to make it go away, and fix this. She held my hand a cried with me for what felt like hours. She not only was my OB but I have known her my whole life, she is our family friend. She told me it was to late and that she knew my mom wouldnt agree. A few long tear filled hours passed, but still no baby so I had a C-Section. Finally a beautiful 5lb 11oz baby girl was born.
Emery was healthy at first. At one week old Emery was blue in the face unconsess in her bassinet. We were rushed to local childrens hospital where I learned my daughter would need future procedures.
The stress of motherhood, carring for a child i hated, living with her daddy, and feeling so alone brought on more depression. Me and Michael broke up, he cheated in july of 2010. I dropped out of school at 16. I started cutting and tried to die. My mother finally found me therapy, and then in January 2011 I enrolled in a school for teen mothers and pregnant teens. Then a few weeks later michael and I reunited and worked out our differences.
It all seemed to be getting brighter, but i still didnt feel for Emery like other moms felt for their kids. So i continued to cut and be deepressed. In may I was admitted into a mental hospital where I learned everything. When i got out, the biggest thing i felt was when I looked at my daughter who was 15 months old, and I finally loved her.
During that whole time Michael stood by my side and loved me. I have finished scho just a few weeks ago. I was accepted into beauty college. and although Emery is about to have her fourth surgery, I am very happy. Me and Michael are engaged and going on strong.
The biggest thing teens need to understand is that your child isnt just a baby. It is a human being, it will get sick and one thing school doesnt preach is how to give a child cpr or breathing treatments. If you want a baby, you need to be mentally and physically ready. Not just finacaly. Please use protection.
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I m 16 yrs yung nd i have a bby gurl who is 4 wks yung, he name iz Maddysen Angel, i waz 15 wen i fell pregnnt to a guy i dated for only a few mnths, he skipped out wen i told him i was havin his bby!
But i luv my dauter and thats all dat matterz.
Teen with a dreamHey everybody,
My name is Marissa and I am 19 years old and i have a son who is 1 and a half,
I was 17 when i fell pregnant and 2 months off 18 when i gave birth at 38 weeks.
My story is pretty typical in the fact that i dated this guy for ages, i lost my virginity to him and eventually fell pregnant to him, when i told him he walked out of my house and i hadnt talked to him until my son was 2 weeks old.
obviously i was devistated hoping he would come back because i loved him, but he was no where ready to be a father, and i wasnt ready to be a mother but i warmed up to the idea and vowed to be the best mother ever!
My mother was soo supportive and cleaned out the spare room for my nursery and helped me set it up and was so excited by the end!
I went into labor at 37 weeks and 6 days and Jordan Mitchell was born at 2.32 am when i was 38 weeks exactly!
he is everything id hoped he'd be, and i have a fantastic stable job and earning great money and paying my mum back what she helped me with!
I am so happy where my life is now!
we was 7 ponds 6 oz and was absolutely perfect!
My LunaMy name is Kasey and June of 2008 I found out I was 2 months pregnant. I got pregnant 15 days after my 16 birthday. My boyfriend and I had been together for almost 3 years by then and we had been living together for close to 4 months. I had been telling my mom that I wanted to get on birth control but she was in her own world, (she got addicted to pain killers). I was really big into partying like everyone else at that age. We did not use protection. Thought if it happens then it happened. Boy was I wrong.
My pregnancy wasnít that bad but I thought it was the worst thing imaginable. I called my baby an alien. (Now I joke about how she was my alien baby, she says Iím not from space momma) I didnít want a baby, thought I was way too young and my boyfriend didnít comfort me any. I came to find out that he didnít like pregnant chicks. I had my daughter on January 4, 2009. The night before I went to the ER I was dilating. The next morning my doctor comes in and just broke my water. I was so scared and again thought how could this have happened to me! I ended up not being able any pain medicine at all and then to top that I had to have an emergency C- section. When I came to my first thought was what time is it, then I passed again. When they bought me Luna I really didnít want to hold her. I held her then quickly passed her to my boyfriend.
Our first night home with her I didnít sleep. My first night alone with her I was so scared that I wasnít going to be able to do it. I broke down and cried so many times. I had ppd (post-partum depression). I didnít do anything about it. I would think bad thoughts (not a single time did I do it) but that scared me. I tried talking to my husband by now but he wouldnít hear of it. Anyways as time went by him and I grew apart as my child and I got closer.
Well my husband is now my ExĖhusband thankfully. Itís been a year and 22 days since we separated and 5 months and 10 days since we divorced. I cried tears of joy when the judge said I had primary custody. We were together for 5 years almost and married for 2 and half of those. I can say that I have done more with my life since then and continue to surprise myself.
Iíve gotten my GED and I work 2 jobs. But I have my own car and pay all the bills that he left me with and my new ones (which I donít mind). My daughter and I found a wonderful guy that loves us both. He is in the Army and will come home to us in October. My life turned out this way because I fight each and every day for it to be. There are still days that I just have to get away but my family is my blessing. Iím 19 years old now and my beautiful daughter is now 3. I love her like crazy and we sit and play tea party all the time with my new boyfriend on Skype. I love my life, I had to learn that it takes time to heal wounds and that the boat might sink but thereís always a life vest around.
Thank you for reading,
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