Early morning feedings with a slow feeder is leading me to do something I swore I wouldn’t do (I MAY of even blogged about it…). Well, let’s just say one night while feeding the newbie, thumbing thru on-demand I found the show 16 and Pregnant. (I may have forgotten while writing the mindless tv post how much time you spend feeding your kid and how there really isn’t anything besides watching tv you can do – unless you can control your computer by voice – if someone has an effective app for that, let me know.)
If you’ve never heard of the show, here’s the premise. MTV films teenagers (16 or around the age of 16) thru their pregnancy. Some girls are with their boyfriends, some are IN LURVE, some are single fighting with their baby daddy. Some want to keep the baby. Some give the baby up for adoption. Some parents are supportive. Some parents aren’t. It’s a total train wreck. And I’m addicted.
Have you ever seen TLC’s Baby Story? During pregnancy that was my addiction. I actually spent labor watching it between contractions. Well 16 and Preagnant is similar but they follow the teens and instead of a mother who has a home and money to support the baby, there is a teen who is for the most part clueless. It’s an absolute cry fest for me. Especially at 3 in the morning with feeding your newborn.
While watching this, I’ve cried for the teens and the babies. I’ve thought about WHAT IF MY DAUGHTER BECOMES PREGNANT (and then cried). I’ve thought about the parents that couldn’t have children of their own and these teens are handing their child over to a better life. I’ve thought about the parents of the pregnant teens. I’ve thought about what if I had a child as a teen. I’ve thought about the difficulty I have raising as a newborn and then realize that there is a teen who is doing the exact same thing I am doing without the means. Suddenly, my issues aren’t that bad.
Yes the show doesn’t exactly show you the most moral people and situations in the world, but maybe it will give a reality check to some teenagers out there. I just wish they would be a little more raw and real (postpartum fun time, colic, how much a newborn actually costs, sleepless nights and the delusion that goes with that, you know the stuff that makes you thankful for a cute baby).
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