January 3, 2011 7:21pm. That was the exact date and time I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. A minute later I thought the test was wrong. I drove to Wal-Mart and bought so many pregnancy tests! They all said the same thing…your life is about to change forever. I won’t go into details of how I met my baby daddy. Just know that when I was almost three months pregnant, a U.S. Marshall showed up at my door and arrested him. He is now in jail serving a 3-year sentence.
I was 20-years-old. I was almost done with college and already had a job I loved. I knew what it was like to be on my own and take care of myself. According to me, I couldn’t ask for more. Yes, I was pregnant and single (I was sure I was going to wait for my baby’s father) but I had a good job, a supportive family, and I was going to be able to support my baby and myself without much financial help. I always liked to save money so I had a fat savings account and a Xmas fund that turned into my “baby fund”, so I knew that I was going to be able to afford to get what my baby needed. My pregnancy was right on track. Everything was fine.
On April 4, 2011 I was fired from my job (for things that were not my fault). I was already living with my parents because my mom was laid-off (we worked for the same company) and I wanted to help them with the bills while my mom got a new job. I thought it was going to be temporary…but then I lost my job. I managed to schedule a few interviews right away but I guess hiring a pregnant, young lady is not a good idea. I was not able to find a job! I applied for unemployment and got it. BUT my former employer decided they wanted to do everything in their power to have it taken away. They did not succeed. Despite all of this, I thought I was going be just fine. My pregnancy was right on track. I found out I was going to have a baby girl and, even though it was hard (my bf and I were together still), I was going to school and I still had enough savings to be fine for a few months.
Well, a few months went by and I still had not found a job. My savings ran out. My only source of income was unemployment and it was NOT enough. AND then I realized the kind of man my boyfriend was. Little did I know that my problems were just about to get started!
However, there is something people don’t know. What if I told you that the man I thought I knew and the man I was in love with, turned out to be someone completely different. I did not even know his real name. The man I lived with for almost a year did not even tell me his real name. I was having a baby with a stranger!
To be continued…