It was a summer morning, a month before my senior year of High School. We looked at the two pink lines on the home pregnancy test and couldn’t contain our joy. Yes we were scared and had a lot to prepare for as two young parents, but we were so excited. I’ve dreamed of being a mother for as long as I can remember. As a little girl my baby dolls were my go-to toy, always. I was always the “helper” with babies in my day cares growing up. I would babysit at any chance given to me. In the church nursery, for my mom’s coworkers, family friends, anyone. You asked and I would be there!
Considering our age, telling our families was probably the scariest part of it all. But they were accepting of this life that was gifted to us, and for that we are forever grateful for. Not everyone has the support system that we have had through it all, and for that we count our blessings because we are so incredibly blessed.
Senior Year was definitely not the year I had imagined while I was growing up. It was so much better. I had the opportunity to get on a path that lead me to graduating a whole semester early, so I could be done with school before the arrival of our little one. Not only that, but that December our families threw us a wedding and I married my high school sweetheart; which lead me to becoming a Navy Wife. Once February came, we moved into our first home together in Bremerton WA where we are stationed, an hour away from our home town. Again, counting our blessings! What are the odds that you get stationed an hour away from your hometown? Well, that we did!
On April 16th 2016, our little Oliver James Dixon had entered into this world after 20 hours of labor and lots of tears. The happiest day of our life together, Wayne & I. Oliver weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was a big boy! We instantly fell in love.
I can’t wait to share all of the little things I have learned as a young mom and I hope my story can make a difference to any other young-expecting parents who need to see inside another young parent’s world.
Much love, Kate Dixon ||