Remember the part in Juno when teenage Juno takes the pregnancy test three times, each time with more and more panic? She's 16 and knows the problems being a pregnant teen can have. She knows she will be judged at school, that her parents will be mad and that taking care of this child will require work and money.
As she is paying for the third pregnancy test the cashier says, "That ain't no Etch-A-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet."
Juno realizes the consequences of her actions and afterwards is simply looking for help through her pregnancy. Just like the stereotypes, the boy who got Juno pregnant doesn't want anything to do with the baby. This is sad reality for many pregnant teenagers.
Caitlin Fladager was dating Noah during high school and eventually ended up getting pregnant. At first the sheer panic of being a pregnant teen set in for Caitlin. She was not comforted as everyone told her Noah would leave. They told her to expect to raise this child by herself that and there was no hope for them as a couple.
When Caitlin confronted Noah about leaving, he told her that he wasn't going to leave. She asked him how he was going to be different than other teen dads. He responded by saying, "I guess you'll have to wait and see so I can show you."
Noah worked on proving he wasn't just another teen statistic but that he was invested in the relationship. Soon the couple married and now four years later, Noah has proved to everyone that he is different.
My husband was only 17 when I got pregnant with our daughter & I was told to expect him to leave. 4 years ago, when I asked him how he would be different than any other teen dad, he said “I guess you’ll have to wait and see so I can show you” He definitely did. ❤️ then vs now pic.twitter.com/V6OQhSYbSh
Again Noah wanted to prove he was taking being a dad seriously and he was going to be different from some of his peers. Now Noah and his daughter do something amazing - every month he takes his daughter out on a date.
He lets her pick out her outfit and get all dressed up. Then they go to dinner or just to grab a dessert. He listens to what she has to say and encourages her to express her thoughts and feelings.
Every month this year, my husband has taken our daughter out on “dates”. He brings her home flowers, helps her pick out a dress, and takes her out to split a dessert with him. It’s become a tradition. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MAbuExXVtq
He loves his daughter and his wife, and he doesn't want to take them for granted.
"She loved it [and] was so happy when she got home," Caitlin wrote. "She will always know how she deserves to be treated because her dad sets such a high example."
My daughter saw her daddy’s keys and asked him why he has a picture of her on them. He said “because then I get to see your face all day while I’m at work, that’s what keeps me going” 😭 pic.twitter.com/AdarsUK4SH
Family is very important, and sometimes we forget true love can happen in unexpected places. Noah knows his family takes work and time. He is making an effort to never let them feel forgotten or less important than work or his hobbies.
Christa is a part time photographer, part time writer and full time lover of life. She loves eating chocolate chip cookies and singing (but not at the same time). She has her degree in political science.