Different ways of Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

This story is not real nor are the characters. I wrote it for fun as well as to teach teens that there are different aspects of teen pregnancy and parenting that you should do what YOU feel is right for you and your child!

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1. KRISTINE MARIE FINN

Hello, I am Kristine Marie Finn, I am 16 and this is my story. It all started when I was 11, my sister, Kourtney Mae was 14, my sister Kamille Michelle (Kammi) was 4 and my brother, Konner Michael was 2. My mom, Karen, and my dad, Kenneth, ended up getting divorced because my dad got caught cheating on my mom. When they got divorced, my sister and I turned into devil kids. We were skipping school, smoking weed, and sneaking out at night. About two months after the divorce, Kourtney found out she was pregnant at 14. Kourtney hid the pregnancy from my parents until she started to show at about four almost five months. During this time, she had not been to the doctor at all. As mad as my mom was, she knew that Kourtney needed to see a doctor not just for the unborn child’s safety but for hers as well. At Kourtney’s first appointment she found out she was having a girl. Kourtney decided she was going to keep the baby. On September 22, Lylah Jade Finn was born weighing 6lbs 10oz. My niece was so cute but I did not know how Kourtney was going to do it.

            Two years had passed since Kourtney had Lylah. I had a steady boyfriend, Jayson Scott Waters, and we had been together for about one year. On Lylah’s second birthday I got the most shocking news of my life. I was following in Kourtney’s footsteps, except I was only 13. Kourtney was now 16 and a single mom to Lylah, with the help from her new boyfriend of about two months, Mike. When I got the news that I was pregnant, I fell to my knees and cried. I saw how hard Kourtney struggled with Lylah and I knew I was not as strong as her and could not give my child what she has given Lylah. When I told Jayson, he stuck by myside. The next person I told after Jayson was Kourtney. She was upset with me because of what she went through but could not be mad because she was the same way and had support. My sister helped me tell my mom, that was the toughest part. When I told my mom she was so upset that I was in the same predicament that Kourtney was in two years ago and I did not learn from it.

            My first appointment I found out I was 10 weeks and I got to hear my baby’s heartbeat. Jayson and I talked about our options on what we had to do. We both agreed with me being 13 and him being 15 that we could not give our child the life that they deserved. After talking with my mom and Kourtney we all decided that the best decision to make for our child was adoption. Once the choice was made, Jayson and I met with an adoption councilor. Dawn, the councilor, went over all the different options of adoption such as closed adoption, open adoption, and semi-open adoption. Jayson and I chose to go with an open adoption so that we could still be part of the child’s life.

            At five months pregnant, Jayson and I found out we were expecting a baby boy. The day after we got the news that it was a boy we met with a couple named Lisa and David. Lisa was 30 and a bar tender and David was 35 and a tattoo artist. They had four kids ages 5,4,3, and 1. They wanted to add one more to their family and wanted a closed adoption. I was really uncomfortable with them. Jayson and I decided we wanted to continue looking. We wanted our son to go to a couple who were unable to have children and had a good education and career so he could have the life he deserved and did not have to struggle. About two weeks went by and we met with Amy and James. Amy was 28 and was told at the age of 16 that she was unable to have children because of multiple ovarian cysts. She never gave up hope and her and James continued to try for six years. Amy is a special education teacher. James is also 28 and him and Amy had been married for four years. James stood by Amy’s side through the struggle of trying to conceive. He was a pediatrician. James and Amy were interested in doing an open adoption. Jayson and I knew they were the ones. Throughout my pregnancy Jayson and James became close as well as Amy and I did. Amy and James went to all of the following appointments with us to see our baby. They even agreed to let us name the baby because we were giving them a miracle. Jayson and I decided to name him Lyle after my niece, Lylah. We all agreed for his middle name to be Scott after Jayson and James after his new father. His whole name would be Lyle Scott James Featherlynn.

            When I went into labor, I was only 35 weeks. Lyle decided he wanted to come a little early. It was about 2:24am on May 15th when I started having intense contractions. Jayson had been staying the night with me since I was so close to my due date. I laid in bed for a few minutes trying to breathe through them like I learned in my birthing class. After about 20 minutes of them becoming stronger and closer together, I finally woke Jayson up. Jayson started to time my contractions, which were three minutes apart. After about four contractions, Jayson went and woke my mom and Kourtney up to take me to the hospital. Kourtney’s boyfriend, Mike, stayed with Lylah, Kammie, and Konner while we went to the hospital. When we arrived at the hospital it was about 3:30am. I told Jayson to call Amy and James so that they could be there. Ten minutes after Jayson called, Amy and James were at the hospital. I was in labor for 26 hours before giving birth to 4lb 6.2oz baby boy, Lyle Scott James Featherlynn at 4:44 am on May 16th.

            Lyle looked so much like Jayson. I broke when I saw his beautiful blue eyes and his head full of blonde hair. I knew from that moment that it was love at first sight. Amy and James cried the first time they saw Lyle. They thanked Jayson and I many times for giving them hope once again. They thanked us for giving them the chance to experience life as parents and to be able to raise a child. When my mom seen Lyle she begged me to change my mind and not give him up. I knew deep down, as much as I loved Lyle I could not do that to him. He needed a better life then what I could give him. I did not tell my dad that I had Lyle until after he was born. Lyle spent about 4 weeks in the NICU because of his weight. After 4 weeks he was up to 6lbs 2oz and was ready to start his life with Amy and James, also known as his mom and dad.

            Today Kourtney is 19 and engaged to Mike. They are happily expecting a baby boy that they are naming Logan Michael Bell. Lylah is five and full of energy. She is so excited to be in kindergarten. Kammi is 9 and in third grade and is being taught very well on where baby’s come from and to stay away from boys. Konner is 7 and in second grade, he loves playing soccer. I am 16 and Jayson is 18 and we are still together going on four years. I am in my junior year of high school and on high honors and Jayson is graduating this year. Lyle is a happy, healthy, three-year-old who we get to see every week. When Lyle is old enough, Amy and James have decided to tell him who we really are and that we gave him the best life that we knew how. My advice to girls and boys is don’t have sex until you know you are ready. Accidents do happen, if they happen to you give your child the best life they deserve.

 

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