My college student is a parent
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|Mon, 09-30-2013 - 2:09pm|
In answer to a question Sabrtooth asked in her baby thread, yes, my college student, Chris, and his girlfriend are the parents of a baby boy born on Thursday, September 26. Astor Lyon came by c-section and weighed in at (drum roll, please) 11 pounds, 3 ounces! Yep, that's the size of your average 2 month old!
Mother, baby, and daddy are doing well. Sophia and Astor are being released from the hospital today and going back to the maternity home where she's been living since May. She can stay there until baby is 9 months old, although she and Chris are planning to find an apartment together some time next spring, after she's had time to find a job and get back on track post-baby.
And Sabr, there's no way I could have taken her into our house-- we'd have nowhere to put her or the baby. I'm trying to get rid of kids--not add more! As it is, the maternity home has been a wonderful place for her. It's very close to the community college where she takes classes, and right on the bus line for getting places. She doesn't have to be scared of her father's emotional and psychological abuse, she's been fed healthy food at regular meal times, she's had budgeting and parenting classes, as well as exposure to religious practice (devotionals and regular church attendance). The staff at the home also helped her apply for services like Medicaid and WIC, and connected her with an affordable child care program that automatically accepts any baby whose mother is a resident of the home. It's a much more stable environment for her.
Chris isn't wildly in love with the baby yet, but admits that the little guy "has grown on him" over the past few days. He is very good with him and very protective of him and Sophia. I reassured him that a lot of daddies don't really warm up to their babies until they become less like sacks of potatoes and more like little people.