Sarah Palin's 24-year-old daughter revealed she's expecting her second child, sharing the news in a blog post Thursday. "(I'm announcing this news a lot sooner than I ever expected due to the constant trolls who have nothing better to talk about!!!)," she wrote. "I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant."
"Honestly, I've been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one," she continued. "At the end of the day there's nothing I can't do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace. Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up. When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher."
The Dancing With The Stars alum's first pregnancy with her son Tripp, 6, sparked major controversy when her mom was running for John McCain's vice presidential running mate in 2008. At the time, Bristol was only 16 when it was announced that she was pregnant.
"I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you," she continued. "But please respect Tripp's and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy. My little family always has, and always will come first. Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful."
Bristol has yet to mention who the baby's father is, or other details like how far along she is in the pregnancy or the sex of the baby. But, the news comes shortly after she called off her wedding to 26-year-old Marine Dakota Meyer last month, days before they were set to tie the knot Memorial Day Weekend.
It's no secret Bristol hasn't shied away from sharing her opinions about other people's lives (Miley Cyrus, for example) over the years, but babies are a blessing, even if they don't come in a picture-perfect package. We hope that her family and close friends will look at her pregnancy as just that. Virtual hug girl.
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