I wanted to keep the baby.

By Z

(In 2003) I was 17 years old when I found out that I was pregnant. At that point in my life, I hated my parents because I've always tried to be independent and they treated me otherwise as I was the only female child out of 3 children.

I remember telling my boyfriend then and he was frantic, he bought some drugs for me to take and refused to talk to me. Meanwhile, I just got my Admission into the university to study biology studies. I could see the pain in my Dad's eyes because he had such great hopes for me. I see myself sitting in front of the doctor and my parents and my dad asking me what I wanted to do,and at that moment I said I wanted to keep the baby. It was a turning point in my life.

I told my boyfriend about my plans and he treated me like a plague. Well I went to school with my bump, people stared, people pitied me but I was strong. I did my studying like every other student and then it was time to give birth.

I went home and on June 19, 2004 I gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy. My mum was very supportive and my dad adjusted to the change gradually, even my brothers were excited to be uncles. I was about writing my semester exams when I delivered  my baby, so I had to rush back to school with my mum and baby. We got an apartment and I studied for my exams, breastfeeding whilst reading at night and my mum was crying when she looked at me sometimes.

My son will be 11 yrs old next month,he is taller than me already and when I look at him I feel blessed and happy to be his mother. I am engaged to a french guy who loves my son like he was his own child.I did well in school, graduated with the best result, went to music school, and I am a recording artist now. My son's father is still an irresponsible man as far as I know, never did anything for his son. From day 1 to 11yrs it has been me and my family. I love my Mom and Dad and always beg their forgiveness every chance I get and take care of them too.

Editor's Comment A very courageous decision and challenging to go again your boyfriend and family. I am so glad it has worked out well for you.

Z sent this story in on 30/05/2015

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