OK, cards on the table: I'm 18, have been married to my husband for over a year who is the same age as me, and I am 32 weeks pregnant with our baby.
Our family and friends in Scotland were shocked by the news but quickly got used to it, and there were no issues.
Now we've moved to Canada (temporarily, possibly permanently) where some of mine and my husband's extended family live.
Today we were visiting his aunt and her family, and whilst we were all together everything was happy and you know, the usual for a family "reunion" type thing. After a while the men all went outside to do whatever, and I went to the bathroom. When I got back, I stopped before reaching the living room where the women were all congregated and could hear their conversation.
Basically, it was alone the lines of "how can such a young girl care for a child of her own? She won't know what to do!". And the bit the hurt most was when the aunt herself said "that boy [my husband] is making a big mistake, he should have ran a mile!".
I couldn't even face them after that and went outside to find my husband, who realised how upset I was and made our excuses to leave. I told him I'm fine but have spent the past three hours crying about it.
Am I really going to be that bad a mother just because I am 18? My husband and I love each other and are in a solid marriage. I was confident before of our relationship and having a baby but now I feel like everyone is against me and I am somehow doing something horrible.
Life is either a great adventure or nothing - Helen Keller.