Being a Young Mom This Mother's Day

Being a Young Mom This Mother's Day

By Rosalinda Perez and Yazmin Navarrete

Hancock High School, Seniors

 

Rosalinda Perez

I love waking up next to my daughter. Every morning, I wake up take a shower and get ready for school or work. I then wake up my little Rosa Ayelin. I change her diaper and clothes.  Then I comb her hair. Next, I get the diaper bag ready. After that, I start to play with her and talk to her. Then, she gets frustrated hearing her mother brag about stuff and she begins to cry. So I feed her. Finally I take her to my sister’s house, my babysitter. That’s an everyday thing.

It all started when I meet my daughters’ father. I was all in love and nothing mattered but “him.” He made me feel like I was the only one in his world and did anything to put a smile on my face. After knowing him for two years, we decided to move in together. It was hard moving out and letting go of the people I had been since day one, my family. I thought it was for my own good, to move out and form my own little family.  Our plans were for me to finish high school and go on to college and then have kids, but it didn’t go as planned. I am not ashamed to have a baby and be in high school. I’m actually proud that even though I have a baby, I am continuing my education.

Even though a lot of people looked at me up and down, gave me dirty looks, and said I was stupid, that didn’t put me down. It actually made me stronger. They are wrong because everyone has a time when they fall and manage to get back up. They also don’t understand that, for me, my motivation is my daughter. She’s the reason why I want to continue my education because I want to provide the best for her.

Some people may disagree with me by saying that having kids at a young age is the worst thing that can happen. However, they must remember that babies bring smiles on many faces. I am not encouraging teen girls to get pregnant because it’s tough raising a baby, especially if we go to school or work. As a teen mom, I want to be able to give my daughter the best I can; therefore, education is the key. In order for that to happen I must go on to college to get a better job so that when my daughter grows up, she’s going to be motivated to go on to college and do much better in life.

 

Yazmin Navarrete

I love getting home from school and seeing my son with a big smile on his face as soon as he sees me walk in the door. I immediately start kissing him and playing with him for a while. Then, I give him his bottle of milk and rock him until he falls asleep.

While he’s sleeping, I cook dinner and I clean the house. My son doesn’t sleep for that long so I have to hurry up and finish cleaning before he wakes up. When he wakes up, I have to be extra careful because he walks now, and he’s everywhere in the house. I don’t have enough time to do my homework but I know how to manage my time and actually end up finishing my homework.

My relationship with my son’s father started in 2008. When I met him, I felt something different that I had never felt for another guy. I felt that there was no other guy that would make me laugh, smile, or be comfortable. We started to be sexually active. We weren’t always using protection.

When I go to my son’s appointments, the doctor asks me and my sister if she's the mother of my son. They always have a shocked expression. Not only the doctors, but some of my friends would be negative and say things about me.  I had a friend that dropped out of high school during sophomore year. When I was pregnant, my friend told me I wasn’t going to make it through high school. I look back at this and I feel proud of myself because even though I’m a teen mom, I continued going to school and she dropped out for no reason.

I want people to understand that I am responsible. I want to let people know my son is not an obstacle for me to finish school or accomplish my goals. Actually, before I got pregnant I didn’t want to go beyond high school. Now, that I have my son, I really look forward to going to college.

Some people may disagree with me by saying that I made a mistake by getting pregnant at a young age. However, they must understand that I made a choice and it had consequences. My son means the world to me and as a teen mom I need to give him a good example.  Therefore, my education is the key to set a good example for him.

This year, I will graduate from high school: class of 2012.  I’m going to college and I’m making sure my preparation is the best. I want to show my son that even if I was a teen mom, I made it through high school and college. I also want to show him that I didn’t drop out like people said I would.

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