My True Teen-Mom Story


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21. January 19, 2017

THINGS I WISH I'D BEEN TOLD WHEN I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT

I didn't have the most supportive reaction from a lot of people I told, and that honestly made my entire pregnancy a lot more stressful than it had to be. It seemed like everyone was trying to psych me out before the baby even came, and I figured that since the audience that reads this is (most likely) made up of mostly or all teenage girls, which means you could end up in the same place I was not too long ago. Instead of making another update, I'm going to give all of you ten tips I wish I'd been told.

NUMBER ONE: A deep breath goes a long way. It seems scary right now, but breathe and relax. You'll be okay.

NUMBER TWO: A baby doesn't have to be expensive. I bought a lot of secondhand clothes, and even a secondhand crib (but it was still like new and came in the original box). Really, the only thing I bought brand new (other than bottles and stuff like that) was her car seat. I ended up getting a great deal on clothes from the app Offer-Up. It was an entire garbage bag full of NB-12M clothes for fifty dollars. Everything inside looked brand new. You can get by on a budget.

NUMBER THREE: Find a group of supportive people. The app Glow really helped me. Everyone on there is so kind and there's an entire community of women you can ask questions and get answers from.

NUMBER FOUR: Don't buy any baby stuff until after your baby shower. That way, you don't overbuy/double buy the same thing.

NUMBER FIVE: Your life isn't "over" or "ruined". Far from it. If anything, your life has more meaning. You have a baby depending on you.

NUMBER SIX: Cloth diapering is KEY. I got so many boxes of diapers at my shower that I haven't gotten the opportunity to try out any of the one's my mom got for the baby, but I just ran out of the size she's in now, so I tried them out for the first time last week. It's a COMPLETE game changer. I actually think I'm going to return all of my boxes of diapers, invest on another few cloth diapers, and keep on going with those.

NUMBER SEVEN: Breast feeding on demand will essentially save you money, but I don't recommend it. I'd splurge a little bit on a pump (though most insurance covers one) and freeze milk. It's so much more convenient than having to whip a tit out whenever your baby is hungry. There's nothing worse than having to breastfeed in public.

NUMBER EIGHT: you'll never EVER be fully prepared for a baby, especially since you've never had one before. It's okay to have some doubts throughout your pregnancy.

NUMBER NINE: Your baby doesn't need a million fancy gadgets. I saw an ad for an automatic bottle maker the other day...How hard is it to scoop some formula into a bottle filled with water and shake it? Be careful with what you buy. Stick with the absolute necessities and save the rest of your money.

AND NUMBER TEN: You can do this. You'll make a great mama and your baby will be happy and healthy :)

 

I just wanted to share with you guys some of the stuff I've learned in the last (now) four months because I feel like I've come a long way since I was pregnant.

 

 
 
DISCLAIMER: THIS CHAPTER WAS IN NO WAY TRYING TO PROMOTE TEEN PREGNANCY. BE SAFE. USE CONDOMS. GET ON BIRTH CONTROL. THIS WAS MERELY ME SHARING THE THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM BEING A TEEN MOM.

 

 

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