At the Pedi today, there were two young girls there, they looked about 16 or 17 years old. Each of them had a newborn baby of their own. I just sat there looking at them, not feeling sorry for them so much, but in a way I was. Knowing how hard it is for me at 31 to take care of a baby sometimes, I just cannot imagine being 16 or 17 with a baby. They have their entire lives ahead of them and to be so young and be a mommy.
Please don't take this as young mother bashing because that isn't what it is.
Before I had a baby, I never really thought much when I saw a young teenage mom. Just, eh, another young mom. But now after being a mom I have an entire new outlook on it and a sort of sympathy in a way for teenage moms. Yes, they got themselves into it, but still, so much growing up to do at such a young age. I thought back to when I was 16, there is no way I could have done it. It gives me some respect for the ones that do it well, stay in school, take care of baby, make something of themselves.
Side Note: they were there together with their babies as in BFFs. One had what looked to be a 6 month old, the other one had about a 2 month old.