“What to expect when you’re unexpectedly expecting”.
In September 2013, I found out I was six weeks pregnant.
For most people, discovering they’re pregnant is an exciting, happy time. For me, it was a little different. I was 19 years old, and just about to start my second year of a performance degree at university. My boyfriend Daf was just going into his first year too. Our timing wasn’t perfect, to say the least.
We’re not the best at making decisions, so we really just stuck our fingers in our ears and hoped for the best. In April 2014, our daughter SB was born, on the last day of my second year at uni. I passed that year with a 2:1 and started to think that maybe, just maybe, we could do this.
It took a lot of support from our fantastic university, some hard work and a whole lot of blind optimism, but in 2015 I graduated from university with a one-year-old daughter and a First class degree, and Daf graduated in 2016.
Now our life revolves around adjusting to adulthood and trying not to screw up SB’s life. Daf works full-time, while I stay at home with SB and write
when I’m not being forced to watch Paw Patrol on repeat.
The Speed Bump started as a diary of my pregnancy, and is now a combination of that same diary-style, honest take on life as a young parent, and a collection of useful resources for anyone who finds themselves in the same situation. Whether you’re a young woman who has just found out she’s pregnant; a mum or dad thinking of returning to education or a parent, worried because your teen has told you they’re pregnant, I hope you’ll find something here to help.
More than anything, I want you to know that you’re not alone.