On last night’s 16 and Pregnant, we are introduced to a couple who wasn’t a couple. The two had a few hook-ups before learning they were expecting. However, the pair managed to defy most odds (after an early-on freak out by mohawked dad) to become a loving, self-sufficient couple with a newborn.
Hope Harbert is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri where she lives with her mom and two younger siblings. She fancies herself a party girl who has just graduated from high school. She met Ben, who also enjoyed going out, and after hooking up a few times, Hope found out she was pregnant. She actually got pregnant the first time she ever had sex. When Hope told Ben about the impending baby, he said he wanted nothing to do with her or his child. Hope reveals to her mother she lost her virginity to Ben, and although they only had sex a couple times, they never used protection. Her mother is very disappointed, but she is supportive. After two months of no contact, Ben has a change of heart and invites Hope to come move in with him before the baby is born. She thinks that is the best idea for the new couple. Of course she does. When will these girls learn?
After chatting with her friends, Hope admits that she thinks Ben will be a good dad even if he’s not a good boyfriend. Her folks have never met Ben, and her mother is beyond perplexed that her daughter is in this situation having never had a boyfriend before. Ben isn’t quite ready to meet her fam, so he only comes by to visit when no one is home. Winner! Ben has gotten a new apartment, and he is willing to move in all the baby stuff. However, he’s not keen on moving in Hope’s belongings. Ben is quick to let her know that she’s welcome to spend the night whenever she wants. What a charmer. He also admits that he was frightened off from her when he found out she was a virgin who got pregnant after only having sex the first time. Perhaps he missed the day in sex ed when you learn that anytime you have sex you can get pregnant…you don’t have to practice for months before it can happen.
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