|This is cute baby Camden when he was four months old!|
Friday, April 12, 2013
Lexi had to drop out of high school her senior year because she was suffering from thyroid disease and needed surgery. Her boyfriend at the time was by her side through her surgery and recovery. They were inseparable, and one month later they found out the consequences. Lexi was feeling off, she was overly exhausted and very nauseous. At first she thought that maybe these were side effects of her surgery. But eventually she decided that she should take a pregnancy test just to be safe. Her boyfriend picked up two pregnancy tests for her. He waited in her bedroom while she took the first test. Lexi wasn’t surprised to see the two pink lines show up but her boyfriend didn’t believe it. He made her take the second one, and sure enough she was pregnant.
Lexi realized that she was only 17 years old and she was going to have a baby. Instantly she knew she wouldn’t be considering adoption or abortion, and her boyfriend agreed that no matter what he would be by her side. But shortly thereafter his demeanor began changing. She made her first doctor’s appointment and told her family. But the day they were going to tell his family his personality changed. He went over to her house after work and he was acting very strange. Finally Lexi asked him what was up and he told her that if she didn’t get an abortion then he was going to leave her. She told him she wouldn’t so he kept his word and he left.
Lexi still didn’t consider abortion or adoption after he left. It was for this reason that his family constantly harassed her, but she never let it affect her. When word got out at her old high school that she was pregnant she lost pretty much all support she had for her pregnancy. Her family were the only ones she could count on. But they were all she needed.
Just one month after Lexi’s 18th birthday she gave birth to her beautiful son. Camden was born on July 27, 2011 at 9:47 am with Lexi’s mom and sister in the room. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces. His father has never seen him. He hasn’t contacted Lexi since the day he left her house. Lexi earned her GED and is planning on going to school to become a certified nurse midwife.
Lexi felt it was important to share her story because most girls think that if they get pregnant they will force their boyfriend to stay with them forever. She wants girls to see that there is not always a “perfect ending.” In fact, for the most part, teen dads don’t stick around.