When I found out that I was pregnant it was pretty scary. When you’re sixteen you don’t think that you’re ready to do anything. My mum was crying and saying that things are going to be different, and she was right. I really just had to look at myself and decide what choices I had before me, and the rest of my life. How would the choice that I make today impact the rest of my life. I would rather put myself through the hard work of raising a child than try and live with the fact that I didn’t have one.
When Cassie was born it changed everything. When I looked at her, it was that maternal instinct just locked in. There was nothing else that mattered more in the world than her.
It was challenging being young parents. The reactions from other people actually made me a better parent because I felt like I was being watched. Because I was aware that I was young, I was determined to prove everybody wrong. If you look at who I am, who my daughter is and how healthy and happy she is, how well adjusted she is, that I made it OK. Once I decided that I was going to be a mum, I decided that I was going to be the best mum I could.
My desire to study and to continue to learn, that’s continued through having children. There’s always other goals out there that I can reach.
Any person that is put in the situation that we’re in, my words to them would be to take some time and think about not just the now and how hard it looks, but try and think about the whole picture, about what a person in your family could bring to the table. I mean it’s just beautiful, it’s an awesome gift even if it comes at the worst time and you’re thinking, “Oh my goodness why now?” It is really great being a parent, it’s a huge blessing.