My 13 year-old Daughter just had a Baby
Well I have officially joined the ranks of being the parent of an unwed teenage daughter. I really don't know how it happened. I guess I wasn't watching her close enough. One day she goes of to school and the next day she's pregnant. She's so embarrassed and even as I took her picture before the blessed event, she couldn't even look at me. I don't know what we are going to do. I'm 50 and my husband is 62 for God's sake. We used to get mistaken for her grandparents and NOW I'm afraid we will look like great grands.
The day she gave birth was just like any other day. She was just getting ready for school and it happened so fast. She was rushing around and had this big project to finish for that day and then all of a sudden a big gush and out came.....a 5 lb sack of flour!
That's right, a 5 lb sack of flour. It was a project in her Life Skills class to tote around and care for a flour baby for three days. They had to take it to class and everywhere they went. If they had after school activities they had to pay for a baby sitter. It was optional for them to set their alarm a few hours after they went to bed and care for the baby. She was all ready to do it but then changed her mind. That's OK, the next afternoon I made her hold the baby while she was doing homework, eating dinner and putting dinner dishes away. She complained that her arms were sore.
I really enjoyed this project but I know she didn't. Even though these kids are only in the 8th grade, they need so see what a few moments of so-called pleasure can bring them in the future. And it was also fun to tell her about how much fun we had when she was born, including colic, projectile spitting up and general fussiness.
She was a hard baby to raise in those terms but she has never caused us one bit of anguish as far as getting into trouble (or pregnant for real). The early years were all worth it.