Jamie Lynn on finding out she was expecting: “It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected. I was in complete and total shock and so was he. I can’t say it was something I was planning to do right now, but now that it’s in my lap and that it’s something I have to deal with, definitely, I’m looking forward to being the best mom I can be.”
On deciding to keep the baby: “As soon as I found out for sure from the doctor, I took two weeks to myself where I didn’t tell anybody. Only one of my friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone’s opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends. I was scared, but I had to do what was right for me.
I think my whole life I would have to live with knowing what I did or what I didn’t do. I’m trying to do the right thing, I think that this is what is going to make me happy in the end.”
Telling Casey: “[I called Casey after the doctor’s appointment and met in person the next day.] It was something we couldn’t really talk about over the phone. We met and talked about everything and decided what we wanted to do. He was 100 percent supportive, and we figured it out.”
Telling her mother: “[I told my mom right before Thanksgiving.] She was very upset because it wasn’t what she expected at all. A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive.”
On her first ultrasound: “[Mom and Casey were there.] I was just kinda sitting there. I didn’t expect to be able to see all that. Again, it was a shock. At first, everything is so shocking and you’re scared. But then when I saw it, I was like ‘It’s going to be okay.’ It’s things like that that make you realize it’ll be okay.”
On her body: “I think it’s something that you just know how to do. As your body changes and all these things happen, I think it becomes natural to know what to do. I will have to be strong and do what’s right. I’m sure it’ll get hard at times. I’m sure I’ll be grumpy. I have to remember in the end that I have to stand up and be strong.
I’m not showing, but some days I’m like: ‘Wow, I feel like I’m showing today,’ and Mom says: ‘No you’re not. Be quiet.’ It’s great to have her there. She is really supportive of me.”
On the sex of the baby: “I want to find out as soon as I can because I’m impatient. I just want a healthy, happy baby, so the whether it’s a boy or a girl really doesn’t matter.”
On names: “I haven’t thought about baby names yet. I would have to hear some options!”
On morning sickness: “I definitely had sickness, but it’s getting better. It was at its worst a few weeks ago.”
No cravings: “I haven’t really got much of an appetite right now. I mean, I eat, but I’m not going crazy or anything.”
On preparations such as the nursery: “I haven’t even had time to think about that much yet as I have had so much going on. All you can be is excited now, so definitely, I will be excited.”
On marriage and the living situation: Jamie Lynn wants to make clear that they do not live together — she lives with Lynne, while he lives with his parents.
“Right now, we’re just focusing on the baby and having a healthy baby. We’re trying just to think about that right now so we haven’t really talked about that.”
On believing she’ll be a good mom: “I love babies, and I have my nephews that I love. I have a great mom and she has raised three kids, so if I take lessons from her, I think I’ll be great. All my friends have little brothers or sisters.”
On Casey as a father: “He has always been good with babies. He’s like a big teddy bear, especially around babies, so I know he’ll make a good dad.”
Her hopes for 2008: “Just to have a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy and for everything to fall in place and to become a stronger person from here.”
Advice from Lynne: “To be strong.”
Jamie Lynn says the situation has brought them closer together.
On premarital sex: “I definitely don’t think it’s something you should do; it’s better to wait. But I can’t be judgmental because it’s a position I put myself in.”