I have always loved to watch the MTV show '16 and Pregnant'. For anyone who hasn't heard of the show, it’s American show which follows the lives of 16/17 year olds from their pregnancy and labour up until the baby’s a few weeks old.
At the end of most episodes I have seen, the girls talk about the struggles of being a teen parent and how they wish they had waited until they were older to have a baby. I know there’s quite a difference between 16 and 19 (not that I think there's anything wrong with being 16), for one I had finished my A-levels whereas in America at 16 I would have not completed my high school education. For some reason the few odd people seem to expect me to say or think something along the lines of the statement at the end of the episode, but I truly don’t.
Yes maybe getting my degree finished first would have been handy, but all the same I don’t wish it any different. Also being on the property ladder first would have been nice, but that can wait.
I fell pregnant in not the most perfect situation, but it wasn't a bad one. If I had waited until a perfect situation I wouldn't have the baby I have today. I know I would have a different baby that I would love exactly the same, but now he’s here and I've fallen in love with him, I wouldn't wish for it any other way.
I know I'm classed as a young mother, which a few people see as a negative, because some people like to tar everyone with the same brush, and if they hear a bad story about one young parent it means we all are. But I would like to think that I'm not a bad parent, I try my hardest to be the best I can for my son, and that’s all I can do.
I may regret some things I have done in the past (but seriously who doesn't?), but falling pregnant at 19 will never be one of them.