I love this quote because I am a young mom, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I wouldn't change those random I love you's, or mid day snuggles for the world. God knew what I needed, and gave me the gift of motherhood right when I needed it.
Yes I am a "Young Mother", but no that does not make me any less of a parent. I became a mom at the age of 22. When I found out I was pregnant, I don't think I was mentally prepared for the amount of comments I would receive: "You're having a kid!? How old are you!?", "You're just a baby yourself", "Was it planned?", "Are you keeping it?". It doesn't help that I have a very young looking face (which I hate right now, but I will learn to appreciate as I get older- so everyone tells me). When I actually started showing, I can't tell you how many times a day I received these comments, and it took awhile for them not to sting every time.
Here's my story:
I was a senior at the University of Oregon. Preparing for finals, while also preparing for nationals with the Oregon Dance Team. I was a few days late, but thought nothing of it. I was just stressed with everything on my plate at the time. About a week went by, and I still hadn't started. So one (very vivid) morning, I decided to take a pregnancy test, and lo and behold, there were the double pink lines. My life is over, is what I kept telling myself, but little did I know, it was just beginning! So mid senior year, I packed up my college girl life and moved back home to Salt Lake City, where I transferred to the University of Utah. I started my prenatal care (thanks mom for going to every appointment with me!), and went to school up until the week Kaden was born (and let me tell you, those TINY college desks are not made for pregnant women!) Sean ( Kaden's daddy/ my fiance) had just finished school at U of O and moved out to Utah just in time for our little miracle to be born. And soon after, I went back to school to finish my last and final class, and graduated with my baby there to witness it all!
If I had the chance to go back in time, I wouldn't change a single thing. I am a firm believer that this was God's plan, timing and all! Kaden is the light of our life, and has filled a piece of my heart that I didn't even know needed to be filled. He is indeed my little miracle. My life has changed drastically from the college girl I was 4 years ago, but I am so unbelievably thankful! Who knew I would be able to be a stay at home mom at the age of 25!? I thank GOD for it all, and my amazing, supportive Fiancé! So for all of you young mamma's out there, don't let the judgement and comments bring you down. Only you can decide if you let them affect you, so just stay strong, put a smile on, and enjoy your little blessing!