5 Things I Learned from Being A Teenage Mother


I remember like it was yesterday, I was locked in a stall in my dorm bathroom anxiously awaiting the results of my pregnancy test. As I closed my eyes I thought, “could I really be going through this?” Just months earlier, I had left my small town as the first person in my family to receive a scholarship to college. I remembered my parents beaming with pride as they left me at college full of their dreams and aspirations for me. I was going to make a difference. As I opened my eyes my life changed forever…..the test read positive…I was pregnant.

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Wordless Wednesdays…This is how I Feel At Times


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Would YOU Retain YOUR Child in School?


This past weekend while visiting family out of state there was a friendly argument discussion about retaining children if the parents feel like the child is not “ready” for the next grade.  How did this topic even come up? A friend of mine announced to us (at a BBQ) that she decided to make her 6 year old son repeat first grade because she felt like he did not grasp the fundamentals. I was astounded, disgusted and bewildered.

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The Toddlers Are Taking Over (A Cautionary Tale)


I know you guys have been wondering where I have been but I was accosted by two toddlers by the name of “Lil Mama” and “Fat Daddy”. They literally had me holed up in the house feeding them cookies, watching Barney, and tearing up anything of value. I barely escaped but I had one trick they were not ready for…I had to go to work. The morning of my escape, I acted like everything was normal. I feed them their instant oatmeal, turned the television on Sprout and went upstairs to take my shower. When I returned they were playing with their Dad so I quietly tiptoed to my laptop and papers and BAM I ran out the house.

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Taking a Newborn Out


The other day I was having a conversation on twitter about when to take newborns out of the house. In the old days you would have to wait a couple of weeks to take the baby out in public but in today’s world some of us younger mothers have things to do. I could not wait a couple of weeks to take the baby out I had to go and get W.I.C. ( I was poor and I  still am) so I had to show the people at the W.I.C. office the baby in order to get milk. I also had to take my kids to the doctor. I remember when I had my son and my mom was here ( she is really old school) and after the first couple of days she told me to get that baby put a blanket over him and lets “hit the road”. I was surprised but I knew deep down I had to get out of the house.

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Letting Go… A Mother’s Tale


I have a hard time “letting go” of emotional “things” in my life. It can be people, things, ideas, foods, etc. it is just hard for me to move forward when I am use to a routine. This summer I think I am going to have to “let go” of my oldest son and give him a tad bit of more freedom. Why? You may ask…because he is fiercly independent (wonder who he got that from) and I do not want to suffocate him. Let me explain.

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When a Mother Knows Best


As a mother, we always say that we would do anything to make sure our children are safe but how many of us really will go that mile? About two months ago I actually not only had to go that extra mile but had to defy doctors orders to make sure my daughter “Little Mama” could be healthy again.

Everything started off normal (as normal as a household of 5 could be) my daughter got a stomach virus. She vomited three times in an hour and could not hold anything (including water) down. Panicked, I took her to our nearest Children’s Hospital since it was a Saturday afternoon and her doctor’s office had already closed . As expected, there were several children in the Emergency Room with stomach virus. The nurses assured me that she would be fine and that a stomach bug was going around. Once I got back to see the doctor he prescribed her some medicine but also informed me she had an ear infection so he gave her an antibiotic to take in addition to the other medicine. When I looked at the prescription, I noticed it was not the regular antibiotic (amoxicillin) but one we had never tried. I questioned the doctor and he assured me that she would be fine. Leaving the hospital, she was still weak but I was hopeful she would get better.

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