Two teen lovers received a wakeup call after Caitlin Fladager found out she was pregnant. Because she was just a child herself, the responsibility of raising a new baby was overwhelming. Teen parents have a challenge ahead of them as they are forced to grow up fast or risk not giving their child the life they would want. But if parents are in high school, they not only have to deal with the everyday struggles of being a parent, they also need to deal with all the high school drama and graduate.
Teenagers are often ill-equipped to handle child-rearing. But some teens defy the odds and do a great job with their children. It’s hard. But they can do it. And Caitlin proved that she was one of those exceptions, mainly because the father of the baby abandoned her when she was in the most need.
Because Caitlin and her boyfriend Noah were in love, they engaged in the act and found that they were not careful about it. When she missed her next period, Caitlin was horrified. She knew what had happened. She had not been careful, and she was pregnant, by another teenager. Both were not prepared to be parents. They were just kids themselves.
Instead of showing Caitlin support, her parents and other adults in her life shamed her. They tried to scare her and told her that Noah was going to be a deadbeat who did nothing for her and the baby. They told her, as if it was gospel, that he was going to abandon her and let her suffer, while he went onto other things.
But Caitlin was too strong to let other people’s remarks affect her. Spurred on by the critic’s words, she confronted Noah and asked him if he planned to leave. Instead of proving the adults wrong, Noah played right into their trap. And he looked irresponsible and uncaring. He got angry at Caitlin and told her that she would have to wait to see what he would do. Instead of “manning” up, he acted immaturely. But it was not to be.
When their daughter Arianna was born, Noah instantly became a man. He was with Caitlin through every step of the process. And as the girl started to grow, he fell deeper in love with Caitlin and proposed marriage. They were wed. And now they are a happy family.
Caitlin shared her story on Twitter:
“My husband was only 17 when I got pregnant with our daughter & I was told to expect him to leave. Four years ago, when I asked him how he would be different than any other teen dad, he said ‘I guess you’ll have to wait and see so I can show you.’ He definitely did.”
For Caitlin and Noah, the teen pregnancy proved to be a miracle rather than a curse. They proved that there is always an exception to the rule. And Noah is a man to be admired.
What do you think about how this story turned out for Caitlin and Noah after having a baby as teens?