(Originally Submitted in June)
My name is Cassie, and I am a 20 year old proud single mama to my wonderful baby boy. I got pregnant with my son at 19 years old (I’m now 20). I was due to give birth September 26/06. At the time my ex and I had been together for a little over a year. I had gone to visit him for Christmas and when I got back home I woke up the next day with sore breasts and thought ‘I’m pregnant.’ Crazy I know, but I ‘knew’ even though I would have just conceived not 2 weeks before. I got a positive test result mid January and even though I knew, then it became real. I was excited but terrified. I was in college, I was 19 years old, lived with my parents, how would I handle a baby? But it didn’t really matter, because I was going to be a mother. My lifelong dream coming true, even if not at the perfect timing. My stomach and heart quickly expanded. Everyone was surprised how large I got so quickly and kept growing. My pregnancy went fairly smoothly other than extreme morning (all day really, haha) sickness and one scare when I didn’t feel the baby move for over 24 hours. I hired a doula to be with me during labor as I didn’t want any drugs. One day shy of 41 weeks I went to the hospital in the morning to meet my baby, thinking it wouldn’t take long since I was already 3cm. 12 hours later my baby boy was born via emergency cesarean. I was so relieved it was over and he was here and safe, and just wanted to see him. He was so perfect, I was crying I was so happy. My baby boy was born at 9:09pm October 2nd, 8lbs 3oz and 21″ long. I have had a hard time accepting my post pregnancy body. My breasts sag, I have stretch marks all over my stomach/hips and my stomach sags. It’s been almost 9 months and it still disgusts me. I wouldn’t trade it for the world because it grew my baby, but I wish I’d appreciated my body before more when I had it. This site is amazing, it has helped me seeing so many women so confident with their bodies! I have a picture of me when I found out, about 6 weeks, the day I had him, now almost 9 months pp.