April was born in the summer of 1998, to a teenage mother and a disappeared father. While she tried her hardest, her mother occasionally struggled with being a single mother, and April spent a lot of time with her grandmother so that her mother could work. Her mother also spent a lot of time with a family friend, Rob Dawson, who was training to be a doctor and had a lot more knowledge of what was and wasn't normal for babies, which he used to help Alexia whenever she needed it. When she was two, her mother feel pregnant again, this time with Rob's baby. He proposed to her, and the two of them were married shortly after. Her little sister, Faith was born slightly before her third birthday.
April was a happy child growing up, always dancing and hard to keep still. She loved her family dearly and was always playing with her sister, and trying to cheer her parents up when they were down. Her happy-go-lucky attitude, however, garnered negative attention when she started school, getting labeled as a freak, and constantly chastised by her teachers who wanted her to sit still and do her work, while she struggled to focus.
By the time she started high school and all of her friends started hitting puberty, she became very self-conscious, constantly criticizing herself the same way she'd been picked on through elementary school. She didn't like looking in the mirror, and she didn't really want to wear bright clothes which drew attention to her. Her mother noticed the change in her behavior and after admitting that she hated everything about herself, her mother agreed to send her to therapy where she was treated for depression.
A few months after she started taking antidepressants however, her parents noticed she became very excitable, reckless and energetic, which seemed very out of character for her. They returned to the doctor, who properly diagnosed her with bipolar disorder and put her on medication for that instead. Since then, she's learned to adapt a bit better. She made a few friends, although she was not particularly close to any of them as she tends to push people away. She used to go to parties with them and hang out with them at school.
Things changed at one particular party where April, who was tired of being a virgin while all her friends weren't, decided to hook up with this guy she met, named Jared Mead. The two had sex in a closet and then were walked in on, which was humiliating for April, and she immediately wanted to go home, where Jared drove her. After she got home, she got in a lot of trouble for sneaking out, and after her grounding, she started texting Jared again, although their communications cut off after April took a pregnancy test and found out she was pregnant.
Her 'friends' had already been making fun of her for the incident at that party, and she wasn't really sure what they would think of her if they found out she was pregnant. Her parents supported her however, with her mom being more sympathetic than her dad. April started talking to other people in her grade, like Ethan Davidson, Hayden Archer and even her next-door neighbor and former friend Mackenzie Nash. Ethan was the first person April told about her baby, way before she started showing signs of being pregnant.
April eventually gave birth to Ava Maree Dawson on August 3, 2015. She was surrounded by her close family shortly after giving birth, but she mostly wanted to spend the time with Ava and her mom. It also wasn't easy for April to get used to having a new baby, seeing as almost every adult she encountered decided to tell her how she should properly look after Ava. She also had a sneaking suspicion that her parents were hiding something from her after she overheard them talking about some guy who wanted to know about her and Ava.