On tonight’s “16 and Pregnant,” we met Lizzie, a teen mom struggling to come to terms with her fiancé’s infidelity. We followed up with Lizzie this week to find out how she and Skylar are doing as a couple, not to mention as new parents. Check out her update below.
When Skylar and I found out we were going to have a baby, I think we were more optimistic than the other girls on “16 and Pregnant.” Deep down, we knew it would be OK. Of course, at first it was a total shock and we had NO idea what to do. I didn’t know if we would have any support, or if we would be completely on our own. Until I told my parents, I stayed up at night worrying about where we would live, what we would do for money, how to even raise a kid … pretty much everything you could possibly imagine.
After we told our parents and got down to making decisions, I was less panicked. We realized that before our minds had went to the extremes, thinking we would NEVER sleep, NEVER get alone time, NEVER have any of our old life back. That hasn’t been the case. Sure, now that we have Summer, there is a LOT less sleep, a LOT less alone time and a LOT less of our old life. It can get frustrating at times and you wanna just scream, but it’s not as often as I thought it would occur.
Before we had a baby, Skylar and I would talk about getting married and starting a family, but we were only joking around. Still, having this baby has made us stronger as a couple, and we are planning on getting married this summer. No big, awesome wedding because money is super tight, but still something special.
Even with the rough spots in the beginning of our relationship, Skylar and I are pretty good right now. We have times where we want to rip each other’s throats out from lack of sleep and stress, but in the end we work things out. He is doing an amazing job as a father, and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to be by my side for everything.
In the past few months, the biggest surprise about parenthood has been how fast Summer is growing. I knew babies grew fast, but not THIS fast! Even though I’ll miss her being so little, I am looking forward to seeing her start to crawl, walk, talk, all of that stuff.
Skylar and I are living at my house right now but are planning to move to his around October. To get on our feet, we are both setting aside our career dreams and getting new jobs that pay better money. It’s all hard work, and not what a normal teenager should have to go through, but in the end it will be worth all the fighting and tears and stress.