Thoughts of A Single Mom

As I grow, learn, and change

The Biological

My mother had me when she was 16.  She actually had turned 16 a month before I got here.  My biological was about 5 years older then she was.  Too damn old to be with her but I digress.  Now I don’t know exactly what happened between them but I know he wasn’t there.  I do know he spent a lot of time in and out of jail and he had some sort of gang affiliation.

My grandmother tells me that he used to watch me when I was a baby and that he came around all the time.  Of course as an infant, I have no memory of that.  I have two memories of him as a child: 1, my mother taking me on a bus to visit him in jail, and 2, us at his mothers house and they got into a fight and he hit her.  That’s it.  They both say neither of those things happened and I guess I’m supposed to believe that the only memories I can conjure up are incorrect. oooookay!

I never saw him until my senior year.  Was at my grantmothers house the day of my prom and he was there.  My mom asked if I knew who he was and I said yes and I said his name.  There was no big hug or any of that cause really I didn’t know him.  When I went away to school  I wound up having to take the bus, the greyhound.  My grandmother called him and he came and helped take everything down to the station so when my bus left that night, all I had to take was little ole me.  When my mother found out she was livid.  Somehow in her head, she likes to pretend he does not exist.  She’s good at this; she can pass a lie detector test saying he doesn’t exist she believes it so much.

So fast forward my junior year of college. I decide I am going to meet him and talk to him and find out where the hell he been.  So we meet at my grandmothers house and he tells me that my mother told him that he had to stay away. I asked all kinds of inappropriate questions: how were you with her at such a young age? did they not use protection: why was being in the street more important then being a dad?  when he said it was all on my mom I kinda got pissed off.   Yes she’s a handful but you can’t make those decisions without some type of something from the other party.  I told him that it was his job to fight for me and he just gave up and walked away.  That’s something I can’t get over.  I had a wonderful dad growing up but something about knowing the person that helped create you doesn’t want you or didn’t put up a fight to have you around does something to your psyche.

After that I decided we would slowly get to know each other.  At this point he is much older and he is settled and married and not the person I heard he was.  At least that’s what I thought at first.  He tried pulling the father role but I’m a grown woman at this point so back off and I told him so every chance I got.  Was it rude and disrespectful? Oh hell yeh but at the time I was dealing with unrealized anger.  We finally get to a happy medium and I find out I have siblings and nephews and all of that.  I have a step mother that is very understanding, very cool, very loving, and very open (many of the things my mother is not) and I’m in a good place.  Only problem, my mother knows about none of this and I was planning to keep it that way.

2 years later him and the wife separate and he disappears.  He stops calling me or even trying to communicate.  His new lil side piece gets my number from him and calls and says how she wants to be my friend and all of that.  Umm he still married so I can’t even recognize you as anything so our conversations must end.  He felt I was wrong for that and I didn’t hear from him for almost a year.  Then he pops up again and expects fan fare.  He wants me to call him dad or pops or something else besides his name.  Umm no, you will be the name your mother gave you.  I have a dad and I’m not giving anyone else that title. He finally gets mad about that and again disappears.

At this point I’m done.  He is too fly by night.  So when I found out I was pregnant I sent him a text and told him.  Over a text? Yep a text.  He told me his mom passed through text so why not pass all news through text.  He now decides he wants to be a dad and wants to be a grandfather to my son and he wants to be a part of our life.  I told him that he was too fly by night and there was no way he can be in my sons life popping up every 9 to 12 months.  If anything, my child must have consistency with the people in his life.  Not gonna have him get attached to someone and then they disappear.  Nope not gonna happen.

He lives less then a mile from my house and since my son has been born he has seen him a total of 3 times.

Oh my mother did finally find out about this relationship and she hit the roof!  No matter how much I tried to explain to her that me finding him and speaking with him was about me.  Somehow she said it was all about her.  She was unhappy that I have siblings that I communicate with.  She said that those relationships affect her as well.  Umm how?  They aren’t related to you.  She so mad that he knows how to reach me that she left the hospital the night my son was born BEFORE he was born.  20 minutes before I found out I had to have an emergency c section, my mother and I had a big blow up and she walked out.

That had a lot to do with my panic and asthma attack on the operating table and probably why I don’t leave my child with her for too long now.

Anywho, the biological is still around, but barely.  I don’t want to let him into my life as he doesn’t stay consistent.  Well not true, he’s consistently inconsistent.  But I feel like I am cheating on my dad.  I truly don’t want to do anything to hurt him or make him feel like I don’t appreciate and love him.

What’s a girl to do?

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Being a mom

This has been the best experience of my life.  I never knew I could love someone as much as I love this little boy.  I didn’t know I wanted kids to be truthful.  Wait, not true.  I had been pregnant before but never got passed the 6 week mark.  Both of those pregnancies were years apart.  So once I got thirty I didn’t think I was going to have any.  I was dating someone (yep I was dating him but turns out he wasn’t dating me so much) he another entry but no one I wanted to have kids with or be married to and spend forever and ever with.  I eventually got to a point that I said If I have one fine, if not fine.

Wound up going to Jamaica for my 35th birthday by myself.  Had a fabulous time.  Met this pretty nice guy that was my bartender and started a friendship.  Left thinking it was a cool trip.  A year later I went back and went back specifically to spend time with him.  A great trip and this trip was a lot more intimate.  Came back home floating but once the vacation feel wore off and real life set in, I was back to my regular life.  Started re-dating (yeh I re-date at least I used to) a guy that I dated previously.  I should have had no contact with him considering he was married.  So I feel all I’m going through now is punishment for that. As I’ve said before, I haven’t always made the best decisions.  Anyway I was here doing me and he was down in Jamaica doing him. A year passes and I go back.  I’ve already told Mr. Married I’m done.  Walking away for good.  No more back and forth.  This trip to Jamaica was going to do my soul and spirit good.  Mr.Married popped up at my house hours before my departure to say “goodbye”.  Got there and this trip was great.  Spent time in Kingston where it was truly just us.  This was the most intimate trip (physically and mentally) that I had ever taken.  Got home and 2 weeks later the stick turns blue.

Actually 5 sticks either turned blue, had a plus, or the actual word.  Once I accepted it, I was happy.  i had a little life in me.  I was nervous cause I had never gone pass 6 weeks but happy nonetheless.  Then dread set in who is the father?  Oh gracious. NEITHER is a good choice; one is married the other lives 1700 miles away.  What the hell have I gotten myself into.  However I did tell them both and clued them in as much as I could.  As my due date became clear I was able to ixnay Mr. Married.  That’s a good thing cause two months after I had my baby his wife had a baby.

I was scared of this little boy.  I cried nightly just looking at him cause I was so scared of failing him, doing something wrong, hurting him, breaking him, not providing for him, not loving him as much as he needs or being there like he needs.  i was worried that I was predisposed to being a substandard mother.  I had this feelings for weeks.  Whenever he sneezed, sniffled or anything we were at the doctor.  I didn’t want to leave anything to chance.  I was nursing him one day and he looked up at me and the look seemed to say, mom its ok.  We will be ok and I love you.  Some of my fears went out the door and I settled into being his mom.  Now the fears didn’t go far.  If he gets sick even now we rush to the doctor.  If they not open, ER here we come.  I can say that has tapered down quite a bit.

Watching him grow and learn is just so amazing.  The smallest things make him happy.  Playing in the sprinklers on the front porch is just big fun for him.  Sliding down the slide at the park is fabulous.  Running around the house with me and being his jungle gym is the ultimate.  It makes me happy to make me happy and I can say he is truly my heartbeat.  I would truly cease to exist without him.  Fears, anxiety, and panic and all I’d take just to see the smile on his face and wonderment in his  eyes.  I was meant to be his mom!

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Yesterday was a good day.  I felt like the old me.  I was content, no sense of dread.  I felt like I’m used to feeling.  I didn’t realize I hadn’t felt anxious or down or anything until almost 8pm.  So I see that as a good day.  I went looing for a new daycare provider for my son (think I have one); i hung out with my sister.  I didn’t do anything spectacular, I was just living life.

TODAY whoo baby.  I have never cried and prayed so much!  I went to get my hair done and I figure that will make me feel better.  Sitting in the chair I can feel the ball growing in my stomach.  I tried reading (I’m on book 2 of the fifty shades series) and that made it worse (he got issues baby).  I tried to read Iyanla’s Peace from Broken Pieces, I tried reading bible verses, I tried looking in the mirror and telling myself things that I know are true and factual.  Nothing worked.  I got home and broke down and cried.  Not just some tears but I mean a cry that came from my soul where I felt llike I was dry heaving.  I cried and I prayed.  I apologized to God, I asked for forgiveness, I thanked him, I asked him for Peace and healing and protection for me and my baby.  I prayed hard!  I was hoping to feel a little bit better but I didn’t.

I’ve been giving anxiety medicine but I hate the fact of taking medication.  However if I was sick and I was told to take antibiotics, I would take them with no problem so why does taking anti-anxiety medicine bother me?  It makes me feel less then.  Like, I’m a failure as a person, a woman, a mother.  I fake it for my baby.  I smile at him and give him lots of love and tell him how special he is.  I don’t want him to feel what it is I’m feeling.

Why me?  Why is this happening to me? I have felt like this only one time in my life and that was about 7 years ago.  My sister had some issues she was facing and I took it on like they were my issues and the things were happening to me.  I was losing sleep, losing weight (though that ain’t a bad thing) and everything and she was just fine.  Luckily that situation ended with a positive outcome and my anxiety and dread went away.  I didn’t feel another panic attack again until it was time to give birth.

They had me strapped to the table to do the c-section and looking around that room I freaked out.  I had a panic and asthma attack.  I had post partum depression (don’t think I’ve ever admitted that) and I don’t think it ever left.  Truth be told I probably need to take a good month off work to just work on my issues and get back to me. However, I can’t afford that! i still have to feed, clothe, and house my child.  Hopefully he is young enough where this won’t make the playback in his mind when he gets older.

I tell myself that there is a man out there that is made just for me.  He will love me and everything I come with; he will love my son as his own, and he will accept us and love us both with all that he has.  I tell myself this BUT I don’t believe it. I have resigned in my mind that because of my “exposure” i will be single forever and that I will have to fulfill my life with my son ad other outside activities.  I’m hoping with journaling and my therapy sessions, all of this will change.  I want it to happen soon like right now but I know it won’t.

So because this has been a hellacious day, I had to break down and take one of the anxiety pills.  It settles me but it makes me super sleepy.  To top it off, I had dental work done today.

So next thing I need to talk about is how did I get here.  What happened in my past that got me to this point.  I can say I don’t know.  I was loved as a kid, wasn’t really shown it a lot but I knew it.  I was wanted, at least by my mom.  My biological father wasn’t around.  He was in and out of jail and according to him my mom kept him away.  I think that’s bullshit.  As a parent, no one can keep me from my child.  Thought I had a great dad, I’ve always know that he wasn’t the person that helped create me.  I think that in itself was the start of being different.  I wasn’t the popular girl not by a long shot.  I didn’t have the curviest shape, boys didn’t notice me.  I wasn’t all happy bubbly or the cool girl.  I was just me.  I think I spent my entire high school life trying to figure out where and how I fit in.  College was the same way.  I was an introvert but most of the people I hung out with were extroverts.  Folks know me based on who I hung out with.  Don’t get me wrong I did get some great friend out of the deal but I still never felt like I belonged.

I got older started joining stuff.  I love the things I’ve joined immensely but still don’t really feel like I belong. I do but I don’t.  Now that I have a child I really don’t.  I wish there were other moms going through the same things that I am that I could hang with or even moms with toddlers so that I can not feel like I’m just in the world alone.  I feel alone.  I feel defeated but I’m trying everything I can to change that.  I want to feel like happy me.  I don’t care if I’m never popular I just want to be happy with me, internally me.  Me based on nothing but my own thoughts and feelings.  When things come up i want to be able to just pray on it, have faith it will work out, do my part to help it and let it go.  I don’t want to be this worry person.

I know there are those going out here with issues so much worse then mine.  A mother has been told she has months to live and she has 2 babies she willl be leaving behind.  A mom is having a hard time providing her kids basic needs.  Those are real issues.  Me worrying about my exposure that has never exposed itself (knock on screen) and worrying about what if something happen to my boy because of me seems trivial to having to figure out who is going to take care of your child upon your demise.  That’s not really helping me though.

Pray for me.  I’m a work in progress.

So last thing that is really bothering me: I have this mouth ulcer/sore that won’t go away!  Went online to read what it could be and it said everything from canker sore (though it didn’t look like the pictures on the net), herpes (I got it tested, its not); hiv (got tested again, came up negative!!!); or mouth cancer (my dentist and my doctor said doesn’t look malignant.  All this should make me happy.  It also said, stress, bacteria, vitamin deficiencies.  What part did I focus on, hiv, herpes, and cancer.  I know none of those are issues yet I keep thinking I’m going to die, I’m going to infect my son or some other off the wall extreme situation.  I’m going to see the ENT person and hopefully they tell me that I’m good and if I stop stressing I will be fine.  Or tell me its something that super fixable and will go away.  It started by me eating a bunch of flaming hot type chips for like days in a row.  Could that be the cause? maybe but its not gone and that’s bothering me.  Yeh if you havne’t figured it out yet I can worry something into the ground and back again.

I know this is all a process and as much as it may cause some pain, I can’t wait to get to the root of it all, work through it and go on with me life hopefully a happier, improved, more complete me.

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Today wasn’t so bad.  I went to church cried, prayed, and praised.  From there went to an event for a friend of mine.  Right now I’m beat!   Sermon today was change of mind.  i need a change of mind.  I need to change my current thoughts plus all of the negative things that have been said to me or about me in the past.  I’m surrendering to God and praying and trying to have faith that all this that I’m going through is for the betterment of me and my son.

I’ve been told I was worthless, unsexy, should have been aborted (I think she meant it as a joke but still a problem), I think I’m better then others and the list goes on.  All I can be is me.  I just want to be a well rounded self adjusted woman so I can give those same qualities to my child.  Don’t get me wrong, i know I was loved as a child as she could only love me and s how me love based on what she was taught and shown.  I’m hoping to show my child more so that he can in turn show his future children more.  At some point all generational curses will be gone.

Right now I feel a ball of anxiety in my throat and I’m not sure as to why. It’s a sense of dread like I’m waiting on some horrible news.  I don’t know what it could be and I don’t want any bad news. What I want is for my thoughts to return to how they were before I got the “exposure” news.  I was happy without it.  Hell ignorance is bliss at times and this is one of those times!

I’m just worried about somehow causing an issue for my son.  That more then anything fills me with dread.  Few weeks ago I thought I was having an outbreak (hell never had one so I don’t know what they feel like), ran to the doctor and she said no, negative.  That news made me happy but now the bad thoughts are kicking in.  A week later my son wound up with a virus and my thoughts are now telling me its my fault.  Logically I can’t explain how its my fault.  Dr wise they’ve all told me I don’t have that kind of power to cause his illnesses however my thoughts say, blame the momma.  How do I combat the thoughts in my head?  I have tried telling myself the truth.  Complete facts.  Does that calm me?  Nope not at all.  As long as I’m busy doing something or around folks, I don’t think about it as much.  When I’m sitting and its a bit quiet, my thoughts do a number on me.

Too bad I’m taking a sabbatical from wine otherwise I’d be about a case in by now!      

God told me its gonna get better; he just didn’t give me a date cause I’m so ready for better.                       

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A bit of everything I’m feeling today

I feel alone and lonely.  My child is here in the house with me and he is wonderful, the light of my life, my heartbeat.  However I need adult stimulation.  Not necessarily male companionship but truly adult stimulation.  I have a sibling that comes over from time to time to help me with my son and I dread taking her home.  It’s truly getting out of hand now.  When I have someone here I don’t think as much.  My brain doesn’t shut off.  Every since I was told I have been exposed to HSV2, my brain won’t stop.  I have been trying to figure out when with who and most importantly why.  None of that will change anything.  I even had 3 HIV tests done just to make sure I would get no more surprises (I’m not active so I don’t know why I thought the results would change).  My fear is I will do something to harm my son.  I fear something will happen to me and my son will be left at the will of my family.  I fear something will happen to him and I will truly be left in this world alone.  I fear that I won’t be able to give him all the things he needs to grow and be a happy proud stable young man.  I fear so much and yet I don’t know how to shut these fears off so I can just relax and be.

No matter  how many times I pray (and believe me I’m thanking God and praising God and asking God for help many times throughout the day) I just can’t get my thoughts, self defeating thoughts, to shut down.  Damnit just let me be calm.  I don’t want ot take medicine. I don’t think I should have to.  If I can find a supplement that works I would gladly take that.  I prefer to be able to just work it out on my own.  Right now working it out on my own isn’t working.  I feel broken into so many worthless little pieces.  How can I put myself back together.

I’ve started back going to church (hadn’t really gone to one consistently in over 5 years) and I’m hoping by getting my spiritual house in order, the mental and physical part of me will follow.  I am trying to read the bible more and just try to increase my faith.  Right now its bruised and I feel so battered and beat up that I feel like I’m being punished for something.  I was never one of those girls that slept with each and everyone (I do know some of them) but I wasn’t a wallflower either.  I’ve had my share of partners and I’m thankful i don’t have HIV as I haven’t always been the most careful.  What I will say is this right here has let me know that my cookies are MINE until I meet my husband.  And since I have this piece of baggage he is going to be God sent and love and accept all parts of me.

However before he can love me I have to figure out a way to love me.  I don’t know if I do. Rather I don’t think I do enough.  If I did, my thoughts wouldn’t be able to break me down the way they do.

Really want to take all my broken unworthy and unloved pieces, wash them clean and make them a nice complete whole me again.

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The beginning

I’m the oldest of 4 and being the oldest sometimes comes with responsibilities one just isn’t ready for.  Overall I had a decent upbringing; both parents working and in the house.  Christmas was usually big and grand and Thanksgivings we were alltogether.  This was my life for a long time.  My mom has her own demons with her mom and sometimes that spilled over to me.

She was very strict (she had me young and I think she thought this would keep me safe) and I couldn’t do much of anything.  All this did was make me a little sneaky.  I talked to boys on the phone, I would skip school to see them and all of that.  However i wasn’t having sex.  I was a tease and I would only let you go so far.  This was so not safe and I know that now.  See though things were cool at home, I still don’t think I measured up to everyone else.  Especially in high school!
By this time, money got funny and work wasn’t so steady for one of the parental units AND they split up by this point and my dad moved out so only so much could be done and go around.  My childhood friend had a boyfriend that bought here clothes (he was selling drugs now that I think about it) and everyone else had parents who bought them the latest styles.  I got my clothes from wherever.  Everyone had a boyfriend or male attention but me so yeh I was a tease.  You could feel me up but that’s it.  I think that was the start of my low self esteem and set the tone for my relationships well into adulthood.

I know this is rambles but I’m typing as thoughts come into my head and I want to try to keep them in some semblance of order but I’ll write stuff as it comes up.

So to sum up I’m the oldest of 4 (and no we not stair stepped) where all my siblings think its up to me to help solve their problems.  Because I’m so much older then they are, I feel like its up to me to  help solve their problems.  My relationship with my mom is tolerable at best.  My dad is cool (paralyzed now-more on that later) and my biological father is still fly by night (more on him later).

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Hello world!

Trying something new.  I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and writing down my thoughts for all to see.  Hopefully it will be a growth experience as well as cathartic.  I haven’t always done things that were stellar or even ethical or moral but overall I’m a good person that just made some questionable judgment calls.

I’m trying to write some wrongs with my child and break the cycle of how some things in my childhood went so that he never has to know those feelings.

So you can journey along with me and see how I do, offer words of advice and encouragement and I can even take SOME constructive criticism.

Welcome to me

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