I got pregnant at:
23 years old
I am now:
28 years old
My initial reaction was:
shock, tears, fear of not being ready and still living five states from our families!
People in my life reacted:
with excitement and encouragement! (My husband was the most calm, best support system I could've asked for.)
My biggest challenge has been:
I had just applied to go back to college. I started 6 months pregnant and graduated with an 18 month old. I'm starting to build my career and my family is still growing! I now have two wonderful beautiful boys — 4 years and 8 months! I think overcoming the loss of sleep was a BIG challenge, but now it's finding time for family, friends, myself, and all the mundane at home too.
My biggest accomplishment has been:
My family by far...other than graduating with my second Bachelor's degree and kick-starting my career.
I love being a young mom because:
I have energy now and I'll have it later. In all honesty, I'm learning as I go but I feel as though I have more patience as well.
I struggle with:
The lack of sleep! Oh my! Especially with two now, but they make coffee for a reason — right?!
I wish all young moms knew:
It can be tough, lonely, heartbreaking, exhausting, mentally and physically draining — did I mention lonely? But we all feel that. Find a friend, confide in someone, join a mom's group — whatever you do, just know you're not alone; you're not the only one. You can do what you set your mind to, and you're stronger than you think!