‘I kept my baby. Even though I was 16, when everyone told me ‘kids shouldn’t have kids’ or that I’d ‘ruin my life,’ I kept my baby.’

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“I kept my baby.

Even though I was sixteen,

Even though I didn’t know how I would,

I kept my baby.

Even when everyone told me ‘kids shouldn’t have kids’

Or that I’d ‘ruin my life’,

I kept my baby.

I knew some would think I slept around,

That I was promiscuous.

I knew that girls would talk

And boys would listen,

But I still kept my baby.

I knew there was a pill that could ‘take it all away’.

‘My ‘problems’ could be gone tomorrow if I just took it today.’

But I knew that was a lie anyway

So, I kept my baby.

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And because I kept my baby,

It’s assumed I hate everyone who made a different choice.

I don’t.

I love them.

And I know how scared they were

Because I was, too.

I know how these girls (and myself) were misinformed

When we were told it’s impossible.

It’s not. 

I knew it would take a lot of trust

And big faith

When I kept my baby.

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But when I did, this crazy thing happened.

It didn’t even ruin my life.

Not in any way.

Now I have a baby and a family.

I have a baby and a college degree.

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I have a husband and even more babies.

I’ve raised a baby and still chased my own dreams.

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So yes, I’ve done some things the hard way and I’ve grown up faster that I *had* to and I’ve struggled along the way.

But when I look at my sweet ‘baby’ boy, 

I’m so glad that

I kept my baby.”

Courtesy Whitney Ballard

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