‘I kept my baby. Even though I was 16, when everyone told me ‘kids shouldn’t have kids’ or that I’d ‘ruin my life,’ I kept my baby.’: Teen mom explains why she ‘kept her baby’ at 16-years-old

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“I kept my baby.

Even though I was sixteen,

Even though I didn’t know how I would,

I kept my baby.

Even when everyone told me ‘kids shouldn’t have kids’

Or that I’d ‘ruin my life’,

I kept my baby.

I knew some would think I slept around,

That I was promiscuous.

I knew that girls would talk

And boys would listen,

But I still kept my baby.

I knew there was a pill that could ‘take it all away’.

‘My ‘problems’ could be gone tomorrow if I just took it today.’

But I knew that was a lie anyway

So, I kept my baby.

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And because I kept my baby,

It’s assumed I hate everyone who made a different choice.

I don’t.

I love them.

And I know how scared they were

Because I was, too.

I know how these girls (and myself) were misinformed

When we were told it’s impossible.

It’s not. 

I knew it would take a lot of trust

And big faith

When I kept my baby.

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But when I did, this crazy thing happened.

It didn’t even ruin my life.

Not in any way.

Now I have a baby and a family.

I have a baby and a college degree.

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I have a husband and even more babies.

I’ve raised a baby and still chased my own dreams.

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So yes, I’ve done some things the hard way and I’ve grown up faster that I *had* to and I’ve struggled along the way.

But when I look at my sweet ‘baby’ boy, 

I’m so glad that

I kept my baby.”

Courtesy Whitney Ballard

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Whitney of Trains and Tantrums. You can follow her journey on Facebook and Instagram. Submit your own story here and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.

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