I know what you’re thinking I am mid twenties now so not such a ‘young mum’ and far as young mum’s go but I am 24 years old with an almost 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 2 year old.
I was that young mum.
I was 18 and having my first baby, I was going to antenatal appointments feeling like I would be judged. I felt the need to make it clear to everyone that although I was a young mum, I did work, I was in a relationship and I was happy. Do the 30 year old pregnant ladies out there feel the need to make it clear they can be a responsible and look after a human – no. But I did.
As much as people would like to say they don’t judge, they do. I’ve felt it, I’ve seen it but thankfully with a strong mind and an I don’t give a.. attitude I didn’t allow it to get to me. In fact I find it quite satisfying to prove people wrong of their assumptions. I am sure people had their doubts for me as a parent when I said I was having a baby, and again when I said I was having another and of corse when the announcement that baby no.3 was on the way I know people had their own views or concerns I wouldn’t be able to cope.
Heck at times even I thought I must be crazy too but what would I be doing now if I wasn’t mum? I’d probably still be unsure of what I wanted to do, working in some kind of office I expect. Before I started my career online as a blogger all I wanted to do was have a family, to have my own children and it wasn’t until I had that which I found a passion for writing, for photography and for sharing our journey.
I’ve done the playgroups where I haven’t felt welcome, I have been to see the doctors who look at you with almost pity. From one young mum to another if you’re in a similar position to that right now hold your head high, so you’re a young mum – be a bloody brilliant one!