When I found out I was having twins, I knew everything was about to change. I knew I was going to have them, but I didn’t know how I could do it.
I called the after-hours number for Alternatives, and went to the clinic closest to me. I felt safe and comfortable.
I talked with the lady there who even afterward would often would call me and check in. We would just talk about what I was going through. When you find a place like that, you become very comfortable being honest and saying what you need.
When I had my girls, Alternatives helped me get diapers, meals, a car seat — anything I needed pertaining to a baby. If they didn’t have it, they did the research to find out how we could get it. The twins continued to grow, and they were doing well.
Then I found out I was pregnant again.
I knew I didn’t want to have another baby. I wanted to buy the morning-after pill.
It cost $50. I only had $50 to my name, and my twins needed a pack of Pull-ups.
I bought the Pull-ups, and by that time, things had progressed, and I knew I was going to have another baby.
I went back to Alternatives, and we kept talking through it. When I found out it was a little boy, different type of spark lit up in me. Not to just accept it, but to really embrace it and love it.
I knew my kids were my purpose — to be the best mom I could be to them.
I don’t remember what life was like before them, and I love it that way.