It was a Tuesday when I found out I was pregnant. I awoke from a dream where my science teacher said I was looking fat and asked if I was expecting. Five positive pregnancy tests later, that dream had become a reality.
I was seventeen and pregnant.
It was October of my senior year in high school. This was supposed to be the time of my life. Finding out I was going to be a mother was not an overwhelming joy at first. I was scared and reserved. Was I ready to take on the responsibility that came with bringing another human being into the world?
I explored my options and made my decision: I was going to keep my baby. And since that day, I have never looked back. As a pregnant senior, I maintained my status on the honor roll, completed eleven college credits, and was a high-level officer in numerous student organizations. I kept my head held high and walked across the stage to receive my diploma on May 18, 2008.
Just a few short weeks later, I would give birth to my son. Born June 9th, 2008 at 5:29pm, he was 8lbs 8.9 oz of pure love and innocence. I named him Oliver Maxwell on a whim.
I started community college that fall on a full-ride scholarship.
I hated it.
Fast-forward through several failed relationships, one big mistake, and a short lived adventure to Texas, we made it to 2012! I am now 22 and my little guy just turned four. We are the best of friends. He is the joy of my life and the reason I wake up every single day. I could not imagine a life without my son.
We have struggled to make it to this point. Finding a balance between everything was a huge obstacle for me, but I think I am finally starting to get the hang of it. I am currently in my senior year of college majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Services. I serve as Chief Financial Officer for my wonderful sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.
My ultimate educational goals involve a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy followed by a Ph.D in Family Studies. I want to start a nonprofit organization that helps young parents obtain higher education. This is something that I have become quite passionate about as I have struggled as a teen/young mom in college. I want to make a difference for other girls in a similar situation.
This blog is basically rantings and ravings about the life I lead. I am a young mother striving to make a better life for myself and my son while attempting to break the mold on “teen parents”. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to contact me!