I was reading another IAmA post the other day about a young woman who is pregnant and no longer with the father of the child and so was heading into 'single teenage parent'-land. I replied that when I was 17 I became a father but just over two months after the birth of our daughter my girlfriend decided she didn't love me anymore and didn't want to be a mum at 17. At first she had decided to give her up for adoption however I refused and said I would look after her myself. That was 8½ years ago now and I wouldn't have it any other way. My daughter still sees her mum however not all that often and she is more of a friend/aunt than a mum but I am glad she has her in her life even in this slightly awkward way. Anyway a couple of people said make an AMA so here it is. I am 26 now and my daughter is 8 (she was born a few weeks before I was 18). I don't want to use real names as this is my only reddit account but I will try and answer everything you ask!
Edit: thanks to everyone for the kind words and questions :) You have made me feel pretty awesome. Here are two pictures of my daughter taken in the past few weeks for those wondering what she looks like :)
Edit 2: Picture of me and my daughter. Not the greatest picture of me though :(
Edit 3: My daugther read some of the replies and wanted to say thank you for making me "happy" so I took a picture of her with a little thank you message at http://i.imgur.com/Vlf8E.jpg and thank you from me too :)