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26 Things That Happen When You Have Children Really Young

“Wow! That was…quick.”

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1. When you announce that you are pregnant, your friends think you are joking.

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2. No one assumes it was planned.

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3. And everyone thinks it's OK to ask you if it was an accident.

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4. So when you tell people you are pregnant with baby number 2, their face is like this:

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5. And they still ask you if it was an accident.

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6. If you are not married, everyone asks if you plan to get married.

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7. If you are married, people assume the pregnancy came first, marriage second.

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8. People assume that parenthood will be harder for you because of your age.

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9. And you feel under even more pressure to prove you are fine.

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10. Friends ask you really in-depth questions about pregnancy and giving birth.

11. It's unlikely that your children will grow up with cousins close in age.

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12. But your children never have to share any attention from doting friends and family.

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13. People like to tell you about someone else they know who had children young.

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14. And they assume you will have loads in common, just because you are both young parents.

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15. Most of the other parents you know are at least 10 years older than you.

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16. They have had whole careers before they had children, whereas you are only just starting your career.

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17. But you have way more energy to run around with your children and to cope with sleepless nights.

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18. And when your children reach adulthood, you will still have a lot of life ahead of you.

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19. You might even end up being a young grandparent, too.

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20. People like to tell you “I could never have had children as young as you did, no way was I ready”.

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21. And you smile politely when they say “I'm so glad I got to do everything I wanted to do before I had children”.

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22. Your priorities, productivity, and ambition are a lot clearer than a lot of people your age.

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23. You find it difficult to relate when your friends talk about needing a holiday or more sleep.

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24. Your friends love your child and are very supportive, but they really have no idea what it's like.

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25. It can feel hard to be the only person you know going through parenthood at the same age.

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26. But it's also really rewarding and a lot of fun. You are proud to have created someone so awesome.

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