Becoming a Teenage Mother

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Shyla Henry
September 11, 2012
Becoming a Teenage Mother
I never thought having unprotected sex would lead to a teen pregnancy. However, I was wrong. Being young, immature, and thinking I was invincible led me to becoming a teenage mother. The disbelief came first, followed quickly by panic, before the realization and acceptance arrived. I had sex and I had to be mature and deal with the consequences and grow up faster than most teenagers. The days of my carefree teen life are now behind me as I tend to my eight month old son’s every need.

At first, finding out I was pregnant was a devastating shock to not only myself but everyone around me. I was only eighteen and was a senior in high school. I had such high expectations for myself. I felt like I had let my parents down, which hurt the most. Friends and family approached me about adoption and abortions. However, I knew in my heart that I couldn’t give my child up. After a few months, everyone started to come around and be supportive. My mother was so excited to spoil her first grandchild with love. My boyfriend, Justin was so supportive and stood by my side through everything. I felt so blessed. I finally started to feel happiness towards being a mother.

A month later, I went to my first ultra sound with my mother. I had butterflies in my stomach and I couldn’t stop smiling. The doctor announced “It’s a boy”. My eyes filled with tears and I couldn’t stop smiling. I called Justin at work and told him we were having a precious baby boy. He was so happy to be having a son and to teach him everything he knew. The realization of becoming a mother was finally starting to kick in. When I was seven months pregnant, my mother threw me a baby shower. There were at least sixty people there. Everyone was touching my belly and telling me that I was going to be a wonderful mother. I got absolutely everything I needed for my son. I didn’t know how to thank my mom for all she had done. My baby shower made me realize...
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