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The following article is a guest post from Ashlee.
At the young and naïve age of 19, I found out I was pregnant. At the time, my boyfriend and I were both working part-time jobs and still living with our parents.
As the news of my pregnancy spread, friends and family members slowly started to disappear from my life. It made me feel very alone, not to mention I was already spending my days inside, on the couch, and eating whatever I craved that day.
My boyfriend and I moved in together to get a feel for adulthood before we entered parenthood. Turns out, it’s not as easy as we hoped it would be. We had to learn to cook dinner (yes, neither of us knew how to cook), maintain a clean home, and budget our money. The new responsibilities of living on our own were so overwhelming that we couldn’t imagine throwing a baby into the mix. But, it was happening.
In March 2012, my son, Noah was born. My entire life had completely changed. I was now responsible for another person’s well-being and upbringing. I was no longer the scared mother-to-be who didn’t know how to change a diaper. I was now the mother who was okay at changing diapers. As my son learned, so did I.
Once I started going out and about with my son, the same judgments I received when I was pregnant came back.
I wanted a place that I felt welcomed. So, I turned to Google and found the world of mommy blogging. Despite my age, I could relate with others due to the simple fact that we were both mothers.
As I continued to discover more blogs, I realized that this is something I wanted to do, and could turn it into a place where others felt welcomed. I started my blog, MomChalant.com in February 2013. My blog is a place where moms (and non-moms) come to not feel judged, connect with others, hear my stories to make them feel less crazy, get educated about teen pregnancy, and ask for advice.
Since creating my blog, I have received numerous amounts of positive feedback. People have reached out to me on my blog and personally reached out to me via email.
The words of encouragement I receive are what keeps me blogging. I now have a place where I can come to feel at ease and welcomed, and at the same time, provide a place for others to feel the same way. After all – writing is free therapy.
Ashlee started her blog to be inspiring, encourage others, and make people laugh. She’s also a lover of cookie dough, shoes, and The Beatles. Read her blog at Momchalant.com.