Personal Narrative: Brendan's Birth

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Brendan’s Birth I’m pregnant? What am I going to do? This is how I reacted at the young age of 19 when I found out I was pregnant. I was unwed, right out of high school and came from a fairly well-off, extremely conservative, Lutheran family. It has been ten years since I heard those words, “you’re pregnant,” and since then my life has changed significantly. At the young age of 19 years old I was rebellious, stubborn and knew everything. Well, I thought I knew everything, until I found out I was pregnant. My main concern at 19 years old was how disappointed my entire family would be. I was raised in a conservative Lutheran household. We went to church every Sunday and never missed a Sunday school service. How was I going to break the news to my family? My parents reacted the same way most parents react to this kind of news. They were extremely disappointed in me but loved me nevertheless. They supported and encouraged my decision to keep my child. They told me they would be there for me and always have been. I learned very quickly what it meant to be a grown up. All of a sudden every decision I made had an impact on not only me but also on the little one growing inside of me. A few months into my pregnancy…show more content…
I wasn’t able to be a regular 19 year old. I never got to experience what it was like to be totally carefree, with no one depending on me. Every decision I have made since the birth of my son in April of 1998 has been a decision I made with him in mind. I am now the ripe old age of 31, have three healthy children and am extremely blessed. My life hasn’t turned out the way I planned it long ago when I still had pigtails and played with Barbie dolls but Brendan and I have grown up together and learned from one another and because of this we have a special bond that I wouldn’t give up for the world. Having a child at such a young age has truly been a life changing event that has made me the person I am

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