Celeste’s Story

When I found out I was having twins, I knew everything in my life was about to change. I knew I was going to have them, but in my mind, I didn’t know how I was going to do it.

I called the after-hours number for Alternatives, and they gave me the information for the closest clinic to me. And it was a safe, comfortable place for me to go.

I talked with the lady there, and she often would call me and just check in. We would just talk about it. When you find a place like that, you become very comfortable to be honest, and tell it like it is, so you can get the proper help and resources.

When I had my twin girls, Alternatives helped me get diapers, meals, a car seat — just anything that 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. And 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, but it cost $50, and I only had $50 to my name. And my twins needed a pack of pull-ups.

So I made the decision to buy the pull-ups. And by that time, things had progressed, and I just knew that I was going to have to have another baby.

I went back to Alternatives, and we kept talking through it. And after I found out it was a little boy, it just lit a different type of spark in me. Not to just accept it, but to really embrace it and love it.

I just knew that my kids were my purpose — to be the best mom that I could be to them. I don’t remember what life was like before this. And I love it that way.