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Breaking the news (part 1)

Why is it so hard to tell your parents you’re pregnant? Are you afraid of disappointment, the way they will respond, if they will be angry and kick you out, or maybe they won’t love you anymore? I had all of these fears.

Here’s my experience telling my parents…

After I found out I was pregnant, I called my cousin and balled my eyes out to him for about an hour. Both my cousin and my uncle pushed me to tell my parents. I remember telling them I did not want to confront my parents. And they reminded me, “They are going to find out sooner or later, Natalie.” That was kind of my “duh” moment. I finally realized that it was incredibly important for me to tell my parents ASAP to ensure I received the proper care while I was pregnant. I needed to make sure my pregnancy was progressing well and the baby was healthy.

So there we, Zach and I, sat. (Keep in mind that it was the day before my mom’s birthday) At first I wasn’t going to have Zach there when I told my parents but I decided we got in to this together so we should stick together throughout the whole thing. I finally work up the courage to tell my parents and…they weren’t home, they had gone out for a walk. It was like that jeopardy song going through my head as Zach and I waited for them to come home. Ugh it was torture. Anyways, they finally arrived and we sat across the table from them. I was shaking. I couldn’t even get the words to come out of my mouth so I handed my parents the piece of paper that confirmed my pregnancy. I will never forget the look on my parents faces. Complete and total disappointment. My dad took a breath and said, ” Well… I’ll help you pack up your things.” He was ready to kick me out. My mom just pretty much sat there. My dad had a serious talk with us, that it’s time to grow up and he expected Zach to be a man and “take care of his family.” My mom later talked him out of kicking me out. But that was the end of the conversation. It took a couple of weeks for my parents and I to be able to hold a conversation and look at each other in the eyes.