This post was written in September 2013- although out of date the best way to introduce myself and my daughter Amelia!
I’m Alice, a new young mum to Amelia who was born 15th August 2013.
I’m 20 years old and was in my first year of university when I found out I was pregnant. It has been a huge learning curve in the months leading up to the birth of Amelia in trying to figure out my future and understanding the complexity of babies.
I have had many questions that sometimes I have found difficult to get answered so I am writing this blog in an attempt to make things simpler. I also spent hours scrolling through the internet to read stories of people who had been in a similar situation to me and didn’t manage to find anything I could relate to so hopefully someone in the future will come across this blog and find it insightful for them.
Life as I knew it will no longer be the same; whilst all my friends are going back to University and carrying on with the lives they created for themselves at the beginning of last year (just like I did going off to university) I am now taking a hold on that to be a mum full time for the next year. Initially I was studying at Brighton University which is about 2 hours from my home. This seems less than practical now I have a baby; don’t really want to be living alone and so far away from my support system i.e. mum and dad! Luckily all going well I should be able to transfer my course to Bournemouth University starting next year(September 2014). This will make things much easier as it is my local University. I am very determined to finish the course I started, BA Geography. Although it may take a little longer and be done differently to what I thought this time last year in the long run having the degree means I can then do my PGCE and get a job teaching Geography at secondary level. Having this degree will put Amelia and I in a much better position and eventually working in a school means I would have summer holidays off to spend time with by the time I would have graduated 4-5 years time a young daughter!
Its tough because when I discovered I was pregnant life lost its sense of direction for me; having been in school for 12 years then sixth form for 2 years then off to university this seemed to just throw me into the deep end of nothing! I found that really overwhelming and one of the hardest things to deal with but now I feel on top of my new direction and excited for the next year to watch Amelia grow and not have to miss any of it.
My posts will vary from day to day photos to product reviews and life situations I have experienced; welcome any comments in response to anything I write. My experience has been so challenging already and I’m only just getting started on the journey of motherhood something I am sure will challenge me for the rest of my life. I am so excited for all of it and would just love to help someone by sharing my stories.