Ever wondered what it’s like to be a teen mom? Have you got friends with children who up until motherhood seemed to still be children themselves? Most teenage pregnancies aren’t planned, however, early motherhood turns most girls into not only women but mothers.
Mothers who wipe mouths, clean bottoms and organise play dates.
Mothers who search play schools for the perfect learning environment and only surround their child with the best of people.
Izabelle Price is no exception to this trend, though she is an exceptional mother.
After Izzy’s father noticed that her stomach was starting to bloat excessively he got her to take a pregnancy test – it was no bloating, it was a baby!
“I had found out with 6 weeks left until my due date – this wasn’t planned at all…
“First of all I was in massive shock and wanted to hide it from everyone. My parents fell out and blamed one another. There was a time where I thought I was going to have to give her up as I thought I wasn’t ready I couldn’t sort myself out never mind MY own child!
“I didn’t go out as I worried about what others would say and think about me but at the end of it I was over the moon and couldn’t think of anything better she is my absolute everything.
“Something that really scared me was labour. I was never one to do childcare at school or watch one born every minute.”
Izabelle’s due date came and went. Most women have time to read books, go to group sessions with other mothers and mentally prepare. Not Izzy, she never quite does stuff by the book and six weeks notice is no time for preparation. Not when it comes to giving birth…
“I had to go for a sweep – that was horrible! Then when my waters broke and I didn’t even know if that’s what it was! I was taken in at 5 in the morning and got told she would be here by 10 in the morning!
“I had everything from gas and air to an epidural. Then I was told she laid back to back and diagonal and got told I couldn’t push her out”
No longer able to give birth to her baby, she was told that a C section was the only way to deliver.
“I had my mum there the whole time and then she finally had to go and then we had a night on our own which was so magical lying there seeing MY baby girl!”
Izzy’s baby girl is a little bubble of energy called Azaylia Winter – aptly named as she entered the world on the 22nd of December (2015). With her mother’s cheeky charm and a hint of attitude, the little trouble maker has grounded Izzy. Forcing her to grow up fast but blessing her with a truly incredible little girl.
However, being a teen mom can be isolating. It’s not all days out and gifts from relatives. It’s waking up in the middle of the night, watching friends load social media posts of girls holidays and nights out. Hitting the town turns into changing nappies and plans for the future hit pause.
“No one really understands until they have a child. At first everyone wanted to be around us and was so supportive. Everyone wanted to help out loads, promising they would be there and couldn’t wait to meet my little one.
“Then she was born, I heard off everyone again, just wanting to meet her (take pictures and post it on social media) and then, once again, I didn’t hear a thing.
“Every now and again I do have the odd message asking to meet me or us. I don’t blame some of them as they are still young and should be enjoying themselves and I don’t think I help myself.”
Azayalia is currently experiencing the terrible two’s, though not quite at the age coming early never stopped her before, so, why should it now?
“She will start screaming and lying on the floor like many children do, and everyone just stares. Before now we’ve gone to go shopping she’s done it and I’ve walked out with her and drove home as personally, I do feel under pressure.”
Day to day worries come with being a mother, however, Izzy also has her own life to focus on. Izzy has her education, her career, her relationship, and housing. Their lives have been made much easier, and a lot more fun, with the addition of Izzy’s boyfriend – Jack.
“My partner is honestly the best thing – he has taken her on like his own. He has been there since day one. Azaylia adores him. He’s too good, it’s not buying things that he does, it’s the little things for me such as bathing her when I have college work to do, allowing me to have a shower in peace, getting her to sleep when I am over tired. He adores her as much as I do. ”
“Yes, times have been hard, but, I wouldn’t change it for the world – though more preparation would’ve been appreciated!”