Originally Posted by Ms. Pingui
That must be tough too. I guess it's hard whatever way you have it as a single parent
I still remember the exact moment I had to tell my mam and step-dad(a very old fashioned Italian) that I was pregnant and on my own at the ripe old age of 25.
I was paying my mortgage for four years already and put off telling them untill i almost four months gone!!!! I worked for them also so hiding it was awful.
They were better than thought and when my son was born they minded him while I worked(for them).
As far as a social life I was lucky that a few doors down from a neighbour who happened to be my cousin had a daughter of 17 who was quite willing to babysit for half what she used to charge the other nieghbours. It was an awful culture shock going from single life to being a single parent but I was lucky enough to get out once a month from when I stopped nursing(about two months in).
Eventually his dads family played a bigger part(not the dad mind) and now if I need it they take the wee man, now 5, for as long as I need.
There were some very hard times, financially - but thats not the be all of everything, and mentally, I went suffered from post natal depression for the first six months but thank god I had some great friends around who spotted this - I was unaware, and helped me out.
The last two years I have been seeing a guy who is great and had taken me and son as a package. We don't live together yet but if I need to work an early shift he will stay the night and take my son to school for me or take him with when he is working etc.
Sorry for the rambling post but I just thought I would share my story.
Been a crappy road at times, but a very rewarding road at others - like everyone else I suppose!