Meet a young couple in Ireland who is showing us how it’s done!
Through all the struggles of being teen parents, this couple has had support from one another and his family to help them through. Read more to find out Lexi’s favorite things about being mommy to Bentley and what she does when she needs to take 5….
Tell us about yourself and your family:
I’m Lexi. I live in Ireland. I’m 19 years old and I’m with my wonderful partner Gary. We live together and are parents to the most amazing little boy, Bentley.
What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
It was very hard finding out that I was pregnant as it came as a big shock. When I found out I was pregnant, I was in the middle of my final exams in school. Obviously I found it really hard to concentrate as none of my family knew and I was really scared. And I ended up not doing as well as I’d hoped (but I still passed). What made it even harder was that when I did finally tell my family, I ended up having a big falling out with my mom and sister and I had to leave the family home! It was really hard moving around when I was pregnant, carrying all my stuff around in a bag and trying to find places to leave the baby stuff that we were buying. Luckily enough, Gary’s family was really supportive and his mom put us up for a few months. It was still hard though, having to live in a small cramped house with a lot of people and having to share a single bed with a huge bump. With all that taken into consideration though, even though it was a really stressful time for me, I think I handled being pregnant really well and just couldn’t wait to meet my little pea.
What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I think I am a pretty relaxed person anyways. But playing with Bentley really makes my day. He has the biggest smile in the world (and at nearly 8 months has finally got his first tooth). The usual thing to treat myself is to get my nails done and a tan. I love to look glamorous!
What are your favorite things about being a mom?
One of the best things, I find, is the first smile of the day. When I get Bentley up in the morning he has the biggest smile I’ve ever seen and it just makes my day. I love spending every minute with him and I won’t leave him with anyone. He’s just so amazing, I don’t know how I would live without him. I wouldn’t.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years I would definitely love to have a little brother or sister for Bentley. I also plan to go to college to study business & law, so I would love to be a bit further forward in that and hopefully have a better house then what we’re in now.
What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
It’s all gonna be OK. No matter HOW scared, worried or upset you are. No matter how much you think you can’t do it. You can. Any scary or negative feelings you get will all disappear when you see that first scan or feel that first kick. And OMG when you first see your little baba in your arms, you’ll forget how you ever felt and will realize this is the most important and amazing thing in your life!