This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.
Growing up, I’d always wanted to be a mom. As a little kid, I played house with my siblings and would be the mom carrying around a baby doll or a blanket and pretending to sweep the floors. When I got older I would play the SIMS game on my computer and build pretend families. I loved being the mom and knew that someday I wanted to have kids.
I had this idea in my head that I would have the typical nuclear family. I would grow up and go to college, meet someone, fall in love with them, get married, and then have kids when we were ready. It was what I considered the norm. It was easy. It was what my parents and grandparents had. I figured that because it was what I was used to seeing, it would be my reality.
Now as a mom of two I can say, my motherhood story hasn’t quite been like that.
Instead of the fairytale family I’d created for myself, I got pregnant the day I graduated from high school. Seeing those two blue lines was life altering and scary, but I also remember feeling like everything was going to be okay.
Being 18 and pregnant was hard. Emotionally, it was challenging because of the relationship with Easton’s dad. The physical side effects like morning sickness, weight gain, and bad acne made me feel worse than I already did. And to top it off, I was a little depressed. While my friends were off at school doing cool and exciting new things, I was living in my parents house going to community college. It was not the idyllic experience I’d imagined.
The closer I got to having Easton the worse my relationship got and the more unsure of myself I became. I looked heavily into adoption. I met with a counselor to help me put my feelings together. I was overwhelmed, exhausted, and still dealing with daily morning sickness that had persisted into the last month of my pregnancy.
Ultimately I did not place Easton and chose to become a single parent at 18.
I went into labor at 4 in the morning on March 8, 2014. My water started leaking and I knew that the pain I was feeling was contractions. It was different than anything I’d ever experienced.
By the time we got to the hospital I was still barely dilated but a sweet nurse took her time with testing and eventually determined that my water was leaking and I was beginning to dilate. Eventually the doctor broke my water and I gave birth at 4:16 pm that day.
For the next year I parented Easton alone. While his dad is still involved in his life and they regularly see each other, I am the primary custodial parent which meant that I had the majority of time with him.
Some days were really great. Some days were hard. But overall I loved being a mom.
A little over a year after Easton was born I got married to my husband. On our one year anniversary we got pregnant. Unfortunately our little baby didn’t make it past 7 weeks and I miscarried.
That miscarriage was one of the worst moments of my life. It broke a piece of me. I felt like I was missing something I barely even had the chance to know about. And I knew that I wanted to have another baby.
We were blessed to be able to get pregnant again quickly after my miscarriage and after a relatively easy pregnancy, Lincoln was born in February of 2017. He’s made our lives so much better than they were before and Easton just loves being a big brother.
While my plans turned out differently than I expected, my life is absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’ve been blessed to get pregnant easily with each of my pregnancies. However, there are many people who cannot. Their plans are thrown out the window when they find out they cannot conceive or may struggle to conceive.
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Life likes to throw curves. And when that happens, take it as it comes and work hard. You never know what wonderful surprises may be in store for you. Even if you do have to take a few detours.