BOY dad Alfie Patten Yesterday admitted he does not know how much nappies cost Ã¢â‚¬â€ but said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.
He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.
The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought it would be good to have a baby.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think about how we would afford it. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me Ã‚Â£10.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Alfie, who is just 4ft tall, added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the
baby but were worried how people would react.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
AlfieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dad Dennis told how the lad does not really understand the enormity of his situation Ã¢â‚¬â€ but seemed desperate to be a devoted and responsible father.
He wanted to be the first to hold Maisie after the hospital birth. He tenderly kisses the baby and gives her a bottle.
And Dennis, 45, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie Ã¢â‚¬â€ just 12 at the time Ã¢â‚¬â€ had a single night of unprotected sex.
They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant.
But they kept it a secret until six weeks later when ChantelleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mum Penny, 38, became suspicious about her weight gain and confronted her.
After that AlfieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family told only those closest to them for fear he would be Ã¢â‚¬Å“demonisedÃ¢â‚¬Â at school.
Chantelle gave birth to Maisie on Monday night after a five-hour labour at Eastbourne Hospital, East Sussex.
Last night she told The Sun: Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m tired after the birth. I was nervous after going into labour but otherwise I was quite excited.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Chantelle told how she discovered she was expecting after going to her GP with Ã¢â‚¬Å“really badÃ¢â‚¬Â stomach pains. She said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Me and Alfie went. The doctor asked me whether we had sex. I said yes and he said I should do a pregnancy test. He did the test and said I was pregnant. I started crying and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what to do.