When you’re single and pregnant, you don’t get to announce that you’re pregnant. You get to tell people you’re pregnant and wait for the initial shock to disappear from their face and wait for the reaction. You get to rip off a lot of band aids, and I have ripped off A LOT of band aids. In fact, I’m so tired of ripping off band aids, that I’ve thought about hiring someone to rip them off for me. I’m not the first single woman to get pregnant, ladies have been raising babies and kicking ass since the dawn of time. So this isn’t a think piece about pregnancy (you can breathe easy). I just think that there are a lot of questions that come with my little announcement. So, I’ll answer a few.
“How did I let this happen?”
Well, like you I thought it would never happen. The only time I mention dating is online through self deprecating tweets. My relationship status stays comfortably at single. For some, it’s the immaculate conception. But it happened. I wasn’t planning on it. I’m still trying to organize my own life. Then life threw a giant baby shaped curve ball at me, and I had a lot to think about. I’ve gone through every emotion there is in the book. It hasn’t been easy. Not everyone was excited at first and not everyone is excited.
“What about that other option that women have?”
The money was offered to me, but at the end of the day it was my decision. My decision was that an abortion was not for me. It is for some women and that’s more than okay. They are doing what’s best for them and I made a decision that was best for me. To quote Madonna, “I’m keeping my baby.”
“Who’s the father? Does he know?”
He does. I will now quote Forrest Gump, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”
“What did your mom say?”
If you know her, you’re probably wondering this. She was shocked, but she let me know that she was there for me. My entire family has been extremely supportive and wonderful. I am very lucky to have a giant support system to help me with this new chapter in my life. I’m starting to sound like a hallmark card. So I’ll answer the next question.
“What about school?”
I’m still staying in school. I didn’t make it this far in my educational comeback career to call it quits. The next couple of years (I plan to finish in two) won’t be easy, but I can do it. I know I can do it.
“Why are you telling us?”
- For aesthetic reasons. I didn’t want to write a super long Facebook post attached to my sonogram.
- A lot of people thought I was joking when I told them, but I’m not. This is happening.
- To avoid a lot of questions privately. Pretend this is one giant group text that I just sent. I’m killing a flock of birds with a giant stone.
- I could have kept quiet and had a baby behind the social media scenes, but I thought, “If happily married people get to announce their pregnancy online, why can’t I?” I shouldn’t be embarrassed and I shouldn’t feel ashamed. That’s not fair to me or any other woman who decides to embark on this life journey on her own. More single lady pregnancy announcements in 2017. Maybe women have been doing this and I haven’t noticed.
- I didn’t want it to be weird when I post photos of a baby and my dog in December.
“Are you done yet?”
Yes. Yes, I am. So to conclude: I’m having a baby and I now have something in common with Tom Brady.