From My Inbox: A Young Mom With Big Plans

From: Katie FazioSubject: LOVE your site.

Message Body: Hi Michelle,

I am 25, a mom of a 2.5 year old and a 9 month old, and like you I got pregnant at 21, and it was unplanned. It was one of the hardest experiences of my life, and a lot of people simply didn't understand why I didn't have an abortion (I live in Seattle which is a very liberal area), today I have a 2.5 year old healthy son who is the happiest kid I know, and a 9 month old.

My eldest son's biological father left when I was 14 weeks, deciding he didn't want to be involved in the pregnancy or with the child and there was no persuading him otherwise. I felt humiliated, pregnant and alone, and like a failure.

However, I couldn't bear to not have my child, so I stood my ground. When Jonah was 3 months old, I met the man who'd become my husband. Almost from the get go, he felt a connection with him and WANTED to be his father. It was amazing. 10 months later we got married, then 9 months after that we had our youngest son Rory. I thought at the time that becoming a single mother would ruin my life, and today that couldn't be more untrue.

I'm going back to school in the fall to take prerequisites to apply to accelerated BSN programs to become a labor and delivery nurse (I graduated with my BA in journalism, but never took the necessary science prerequisites. I also used to write freelance, and would love to do it on the side, but work seems to be hard to come by). I'm pretty overwhelmed by how difficult it'll be with two young boys, but I am so excited at the thought of helping bring new life into the world, and to help new mamas on their journey. I also want to have a third baby, somewhere along the way, but I'm not sure when I'll be able to fit that in with nursing school.

Wish me luck!

Katie blogs at Millennial Mama.

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