Mike Glynos watches as his girlfriend Katie Schimmel laughs. It's his first doctor's visit with Katie, who is expecting a baby boy in five weeks. "(I'm) really nervous. It's just something most people don't plan on doing when they are 18," Mike says.
Eighteen-year-old Katie Schimmel turns to her boyfriend Mike Glynos, who sits quietly during her sonogram appointment at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Five months went by before Katie knew she was pregnant. On short notice, both are trying to come to terms with life as young parents as the baby's arrival looms five weeks away. Registered diagnostic medical sonographer Julie Morris makes sure the baby is healthy.
A photograph from Katie Schimmel's sonogram sits nearby on a table in the examination room.
The young couple wait for Katie Schimmel's doctor during a visit Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Mike Glynos listens as Dr. Tiffinie Mercado talks with Katie Schimmel after her sonogram. Even though Katie didn't know she was pregnant for five-months, the baby is healthy, the doctor says.
Katie Schimmel fills out a questionnaire involving insurance information as she and Jenni Stark, a family support worker with Kansas Children's Service League, go through paperwork in preparation for Nicolas' birth.
In her dad's mobile home, Katie Schimmel sits with Jenni Stark, a family support worker with Kansas Children's Service League, a few weeks before the baby is due.
Katie Schimmel points out the difficulties she encountered setting up a crib during a visit with Jenni Stark, a family support worker with Kansas Children's Service League.
Katie Schimmel lies back in her hospital bed during the early stages of labor, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Katie Schimmel falls back in her hospital bed during the early stages of labor, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. At her bedside is her 15-year-old friend Aubrey McClelland.
Nicolas Cobain Glynos enters the world on Dec. 14, 2009. Teen mother, Katie Schimmel holds the new baby.
Nicolas Cobain Glynos, son of teen mother Katie Schimmel, was born on a bitter cold day in December. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
A stuffed penguin sits at the foot of Katie Schimmel's hospital bed shortly after Nicolas is born. Katie says penguins are her favorite animals.
Katie Schimmel holds her newborn son in his first hour after birth.
Katie Schimmel's friend Marissa Carley visits with her son Oliver shortly after Nicolas is born.
Mike Glynos falls asleep after a long day at the hospital, where his girlfriend Katie Schimmel just delivered a baby.
A month old, Nicolas rests against his mother Katie Schimmel's shoulder during an afternoon at home.
Katie Schimmel looks down at her son Nicolas.
Katie Schimmel talks with family support worker Jenni Stark about her upcoming doctor's appointment during a visit a month after Nicolas is born.
Jenni Stark feels Nicolas' forehead during a visit with Katie Schimmel about a month after he is born. Through the Healthy Families program, Jenni will remain with Katie as her case worker until Nicolas' third birthday to help with the transition into motherhood.
Katie Schimmel stops and smiles at her son Nicolas as he falls asleep in a lazy boy Thursday, Jan. 14, 2009.
Katie Schimmel carries Nicolas in a car seat as the two prepare to meet friend Marissa Carley for a trip to the grocery store. Katie, who is unable to drive because of seizures, has become increasingly reliant on friends for such trips.
Katie Schimmel's friend Marissa Carley waits for her as she rummages through her diaper bag to ensure that she has all the necessary items before a recent trip to the grocery store. Now that she has a baby, Katie, who is unable to drive because of seizures, has become increasingly reliant on her friends for such trips.
Katie Schimmel laughs with her friends Marissa Carley, 18, back right, and Aubrey McClelland, 15, who is holding Marissa's son Oliver. The three attended a "Baby Olympics" event Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Mothers learned playful techniques with their babies and other ways to stimulate them.
Katie Schimmel looks around the room to watch other mothers playing with their babies during an event called "Baby Olympics" on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Katie Schimmel and her son Nicolas wait in a sandwich line before an event at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Mike Glynos glances at Katie Schimmel as she hands him a bottle for Nicolas. Shortly after Nicolas was born the two broke off their relationship. Getting along has been difficult, both admit.
Katie Schimmel cuts though the mobile home park as she carries Nicolas to a doctors appointment in 30 degree weather, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.
On Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, Katie Schimmel walks to Nicolas's doctor's appointment in 30-degree weather.
Without a car, teen mom Katie Schimmel must rely on others, take the bus or walk to make it to appointments. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, she walks to Nicolas's doctor's appointment in 30 degree weather.
Nicolas dangles in Katie Schimmel's arm as she prepares his bath water in mid February at her father's mobile home.
A newborn on baby formula means lots of dirty baby bottles for teen mom Katie Schimmel.
On a busy, sunny afternoon in February, Katie Schimmel begins to tackle a full sink of baby bottles.
Freshly bathed, two-month old Nicolas Cobain Glynos lies on his mother's bed.
Katie Schimmel pauses after dressing Nicolas at her father's Lawrence mobile home. Although she wants an apartment of her own, money is tight and getting out to find a job is difficult without a car or means of daycare for Nicolas.