It's been discussed before, both in interviews and on Teen Mom 2, that a lot of us on the show had little to no sex education. That being said, it's no surprise that nobody ever talked about what it would be like as a single mother (could apply to military wives too). Let me back track a little... I can only speak for myself when I say that when I found out I was pregnant, though I was completely embarrassed - I thought that I knew everything would be fine and as soon as the baby was born we would have this house of our own with a white picket fence... But the reality is that rarely ever happens for teens. I never thought about what I would do if baby was sick and no one was around... or baby falls asleep in the car and I need to go inside to pay for gas at the gas station... or if.... all the what ifs, the major what ifs that sound crazy to read but actually matter. What young mother who was probably at school or work all day, is already exhausted from life wants to wake up their napping child for 2 mins to run inside to pay for freakin gas? It sounds crazy, but I'm so serious.
Anyhow... 6 years later Javi is deployed so I'm essentially a single mother again. Nobody ever made me think about what I would do if I'm by myself and I have a sick child in the middle of the night. Obviously, as a mother we figure it out. But, even 24 years old I panicked for a minute when Lincoln started throwing up in the middle of the night and I had Isaac sound asleep in the other room. I had pedialyte or gatorade and I can't just pick up and leave to get it. I would if I had to... but you get what I mean.
I love my kids/being a mom, even when they're sick and I'm playing mom AND dad. I just wanted to keep the message going for the young viewers of Teen Mom 2 that teen pregnancy is no joke... even into your twenties, make sure you're ready and have a plan for tough situations like mine last night - Luckily I have (finally) made some friends (who don't have kids) and didn't mind running out to the store for me so late.
I think if someone spoke to me about these things, not just the general statistics but actual personal experiences, things would be different. I obviously wouldn't change it now, but I'm hoping to make the next girl think about it a little more.
Happy Monday! An all new Teen Mom 2 airs tonight @ 10 pm EST. on MTV