The Balancing Act
I found out I was pregnant after receiving my associate's degree in the summer of 2020. I was in complete disbelief. It was not part of my "plan" since I wanted to finish college before starting a family. I had everything sorted out for how life was supposed to proceed. I was already accepted into an accelerated college program I worked extremely hard to get into. My world came crashing down on me.
As many women can relate to at times finding out you are pregnant while in school or in the middle of your career can feel like a death sentence to all you were working towards. I felt stuck since I wanted to be able to stay home with him and not put him in daycare. Mostly because of how expensive it can be and because I wanted to influence him in his early years. In addition, growing up I promised myself that I would always be independent and not have to rely on anyone. My mindset did not alter. I was not willing to give up. With tears in my eyes, I searched for solutions immediately.