Skagit County’s first out of wedlock birth of 2009
Posted by Liberty on January 5, 2009
“With a due date of Dec. 26, Shanel Armstrong expected her baby to come on Christmas. When the day passed, she thought it might come on her birthday, Dec. 31.
Instead, she gave birth four hours and one minute into the new year, making her 7-pound, 15-ounce son the first baby in Skagit County for 2009.
After nine hours of labor, 15-year-old Armstrong gave birth to Daymonnta Armstrong-Spencer, a baby boy.”
I’m not going to take the time to search the goskagit.com archives to confirm what I’m about to say. I’m going to rely on my powers of recollection, which are really pretty good. Whenever goskagit.com, The Skagit Valley Herald or any of their affiliated free papers like the Burlington Argus or Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, publish a story about a baby, it has always been born to a teenager or unmarried parents. They never publish stories about babies born to two people who are married to each other. Every “first new baby of the year” story that I can recall has been out of wedlock and they usually publish a plethora of “human interest” pieces about teenage moms around graduation time. Don’t get me wrong–I oppose abortion and consequently, I have to give these girls credit for choosing to give their babies life. But why are they in the paper? Doesn’t that just serve to minimize the seriousness of the mistakes they have made and normalize the idea of teenagers raising babies?