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The Spotlight is on: Nicole Rodriguez

If you’re a young mom facing hard times, you should definitely read Nicole’s story.

Finding out she was pregnant in one of the hardest situations anyone could imagine,Nicole shows us all that nothing can keep a tough chick down!

nicole rodriguez young mom spotlightTell us about yourself and your family:

My son Donnie is 5 months. My boyfriend Adam is my son’s stepfather. We both work very hard in order to provide for our munchkin. My son is fun-loving and makes our little family glow.

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I knew how my son was conceived. At that time I was living with a horrible person, my ex. He was verbally abusive and would guilt me into having relations with him. He knew that my child was a product of rape and he knew that he could push me because I did not want to end up on the streets as a pregnant 18 year old girl. I was so flippin’ scared. I cried and cried and convinced myself that I would put my son with an adoptive family right after I had found out I was pregnant.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

nicole rodriguez teen momI don’t really have time to treat myself. I watch TV now and again, but I work 53 hours a week and play with my munchkin.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

The fact that I get to teach my son how to be the best man he can be. I get to steer my little man into his path and show him around. His smile reminds me everyday why I bust my butt working. My son is my inspiration.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

Hopefully returning to college and living in a nice apartment to accommodate my family, as well as myself.

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What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

You have options. There is so much support with baby care and baby supplies, even baby clothing and formula. There is WIC, there are formula checks, and even government funded daycare centers. There are so many options to help and so many different support groups that can guide you. Things will only get bad before they get better. Chin up ladies! We can bear children and we can raise them as well.

 

Thank you to Nicole for sharing her powerful story. You have certainly battled with more than most people should deal with in a lifetime and are an inspiration to young mothers everywhere.

If you have comments for Nicole or felt that her story inspired you in any way, please leave a comment below! Her helpful tips for new moms are great as well, so if you have other tips to give her in return, don’t be afraid to share here!

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The Spotlight is on: Eleigh Arnold

This young mom found true love in her family life.

Hear what Eleigh has to say about being married to her high school sweetheart and raising her adorable little boy, Bauston.

eleigh arnold young teen momTell us about yourself and your family:

I’m Eleigh (Ellie)! I’m married to the love of my life, Sean. We met my junior year of high school and have been inseparable ever since! I got pregnant at the end of that next summer right before my senior year was beginning. Bauston, my son was born in April of 2013! He’s the best thing that has ever happened to us!

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I was really worried about how I was going to finish school. I looked into online schooling and dropping out of school. Eventually I talked to my principal and she suggested I graduate early. It was difficult with no lunch hour and 8 classes, but I managed and graduated early!

eleigh arnold spotlightWhat kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

I love to take care of my health and fitness. I just got a new job and am now able to afford a gym membership, so I joined a gym and have started a new fitness journey. I also love to spend time outside just laying in the sunshine. If the day is nice, then I’ll sit outside when Bauston goes down for a nap!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love seeing Baus learn new things! He is already so smart and athletic and he’s only one. He can shoot a basketball already!! I spoil him as much as possible! I love to buy him cute outfits! Another thing I love is snuggling him in bed first thing in the morning! I go get him from his crib, get him a bottle and snuggle him!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I see us finished with college and loving our careers, hopefully another baby and in a great family home. My all-time dream is to be an interior designer. Hopefully I can change my major and get into something I will love doing forever.

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What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

Enjoy every little moment. Every kick, every movement, every hiccup, labor and the newborn snuggles because before you know it your little one is going to be running all over the house and won’t want any momma snuggles anymore. Also, document every big moment, first teeth, first words… every month they’ll be doing something new so make sure you get it at least written down.

We just love hearing about teen moms who finish school and live out their dream life. So happy for Eleigh and her husband who are doing a great job raising their little one.

As young moms we know that time flies and our kids grow up so quickly! Do you have anything to tell Eleigh? Are you a young mom who stayed with the father of your child and lived your happily ever after? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Spotlight is on: Kaitlin Kadar

We are so excited to have Kaitlin joining the club and telling her story. This young mom’s experience with breastfeeding, school, being a teen mom, and working her butt off definitely inspired us today. Check her out!

young spotlight parents kaitlinTell us about yourself and your family

I’m an 18 year old woman from Akron, Ohio. My daughter, Emma, will be 2 on September 8th. I believe in extended breastfeeding, extended rear facing, cosleeping, cobathing, and baby-wearing. I’m a nursing student and I’m president of my class. Emma’s father is still in the picture, we’ve just been through many struggles and don’t know exactly where we are right now. My heart knows what I want but my head tells me what I need, so it’s been very difficult.

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
Honestly, my biggest concern was probably getting the money for formula and diapers because neither of us had a job. So that’s why I breastfed. Jeff (Emma’s father) had gotten a third shift job and was still attending high school. It was embarrassing walking the halls with a big belly. People who I’ve never talked to suddenly wanted to be my friend and all of my actual friends trailed off. Funny how things work, huh? I ended up getting a job two months postpartum and went back to school and earned straight A’s my entire senior year, bought my first car, breastfed my daughter and pumped for what seemed like all of my free time, and I was working. I walked the stage with my class. I was so proud of myself.kaitlinl daughter

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I don’t have much spare time! I’m in nursing school I have a toddler and I’m working at a factory, there’s no time for extras if I want to do my best in everything I do. Occasionally I’ll take my daughter to go get a treat from the store, or we’ll have a picnic at the park. I guess that’s what I do to stay relaxed. 🙂

What are your favorite things about being a mom?
I feel like I was made to be a mother. I love everything. From the stinky silly toots my daughter says are yucky, to the hugs and kisses every night. I must have done something right to deserve this. I love the crazy bed head. I love the snuggles, the silly remarks from Emma, her sass, her giggles. I love how much she has made me grow. I love how much she has taught me. I’m supposed to be the teacher, but with her and me, she’s far more of the little teacher. She’s given me purpose.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years, If I keep on track, I’ll have my bachelor’s in science and nursing, and working on the next step which will be my masters in nursing. I’ll have my own house and I’ll work in the medical field instead of the rubber factory I work at. LOL! If I didn’t hit the obstacles I hit, I wouldn’t be who I am today… So I wouldn’t exactly say I would be pursuing other dreams, because I’m pursuing all of my dreams. Right. Now.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
Moms to be or new mommas… Hmmm.
To never let yourself part ways from family! No matter WHAT, you can do anything you want to do. Nothing is holding you back. Don’t put off school because you doubt yourself. That’s silly. Work for what you have and you’ll feel so much better about it. It’s much more rewarding. Oh, and do research on EVERYTHING! Breastfeeding, water birth, home births with doulas, circumcision, epidural, episiotomy, cloth diapering, formula, car seat safety, EVERYTHING!

WOW, Kaitlin is such a knowledgeable and strong mom!

Between school, working, and putting 100% into being a great mommy we are so proud to have her story to share. Wanna give her props? Have questions? Comment below!

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The Spotlight is on: Genesis Quintanar

This teen mom did everything she could to graduate high school, despite all obstacles.

Read how Genesis didn’t give up and how much she loves being a young mom!

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
genesis young mom 3I was 16 when I got pregnant by my boyfriend of a year and a half, he was only 15. It was my junior year of high school and I was due on January 29th 2012. I turned 17 in December and about 13 days later my water broke and I had my son 5 and a half weeks early. He was a healthy premature baby weighing at almost 7 lbs.

After I went back to school, it was too much for me to handle so I finished my junior year at an independent studies school. After that time, I had became a single teen mother and then in a few months the father of my son came back into my sons life. Him and I are fine now and we are just friends for our son. Senior year came, and I was behind on some credits so I went to a continuation school to catch up on my first semester. I went back to my local high school thinking everything would be just fine because I was ahead on my credits and community service hours.

The drama between my ex (baby daddy) was the same and with some girls. Typical high school drama. But, my mom had gotten sick with something. She’s okay now, thank God, but I was missing a lot of school to where I wouldn’t be able to graduate. I worked my butt off the very last week to find that I passed all of my courses and hours. I graduated June 13th with the class of 2013! It wasn’t easy at all, but it was not impossible.genesis young mom

I am now 19 and my son is two years old. He is healthy and happy as can be, despite the drama I’ve had with his father and my own mother. I was kicked out of the house a few times, but I still manage to have a warm and safe place for my son to sleep and food in his tummy. My son is my world, my all. He is the reason why I am who I am today and he has made my life brighter. I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. College is being put on hold due to a few mistakes with my financial aid. I’m not working right now. But I am looking even though it’s very hard. I love my family even though things didn’t work out for me and the father of my son. We may be apart but we are always going to be a family, and I wouldn’t change that for anything in the world.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I take walks either with my son or by myself. Or I take nice relaxing baths. You have to put yourself genesis young mom 5first so you can be healthy to take care of your children.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?
Watching my son smile and laugh. Knowing that despite my mistakes and past, he’ll love me regardless. His hugs and kisses brighten up everything.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
5 years from now I see myself in college with a steady job as well. I would still want to live with my mother so I can take care of her, but in a house not an apartment. I will also have my own car.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
It’s not just for yourself but it’s also for you child.

She’s chasing her goals and dreams, so what about you? Leave a comment below to tell Genesis how you can relate to her story.

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The Spotlight is on: Shayla Brown

This young mom has amazing advice and is really taking charge of her life.

Ambitious and finding a balance between career and family, see how Shayla is working her dream job and being an awesome mom!

shayla brown young momTell us about yourself and your family:
I am a single mother of a simply gorgeous daughter, Ava Marie. She is two years old and full of life. She gets that from muah… My profession is in radio advertising. I attended the school of Academy of Radio and Television. My mother and father and the Lord are my support system. My goals are being reached daily. I truly celebrate the small successes that will get to me to my large SUCCESS.

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
What the heck am I going to do with a child (i.e. money, daycare, etc.)? To be honest I handled it with again the support of my family and friends. I applied myself like never before in life.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I enjoy wine. Lol…. on occasion. I also enjoy cooking, and making sure I stay linked with my few true girlfriends and have dinner and or, go dancing!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?shayla brown spotlight young mom
I enjoy my daughter as a whole. Being a mother is such a gift from God that not every woman gets the chance to experience. The responsibility of taking care of someone else makes me feel good. I enjoy the unconditional love that is experienced.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
I see Ava and me in my own home, producing, and hosting my own radio/tv show. Oh, while owning my own catering business.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
There’s no such thing as a perfect parent/person. You will learn patience. Remember it is a virtue.

We love Shayla’s drive and the happiness she has found being a mom to her baby girl! Share in the comments your favorite thing about being a young mom.

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The Spotlight is on: Honour Toth

This young mom has found the definition of creating your perfect life!

Read about Honour and how she has created a stable life for her and her adorable little girl that is full of success, love and happiness!

Tell us about yourself and your family:
My name is Honour and I have a 7 year old daughter named Kiarah. I got pregnant at 16 and had her a month after I turned 17. Her dad was my high school sweetheart, we were together 5 years and broke up just before she turned 3. She doesn’t remember her dad and I ever being together. In her mind it’s always been me and her 🙂honour toth spotlight young mom

I am now dating an amazing man named Andrew who loves my daughter as if she was his! We have two Pomeranians also, so our house is very full!!! My boyfriend is a welder so he isn’t home very often, so it’s mostly me, my daughter, and our pups. But we go visit dad at work when we can! When we are home without him we stay busy with outings, try to go on a mom/daughter date once a week (her choice of activity within reason), and she is busy with her gymnastics! She’s obsessed!! Every other weekend when she goes to visit her biological dad I throw Passion Parties for a little extra income and relax time 🙂

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
I was 16. I was scared my family would disown me, but my mom was my biggest support system! I was scared to lose my friends… and even though I couldn’t go do everything they were doing, I got to stay home with my new best friend so I didn’t feel like I lost anything. I actually gained! I was scared I would not be able to get/finish my education, but there are so many programs and schools out there so it’s not an issue. You can still get as far in life as you want!! I was scared I would be a bad mom because I didn’t have a ton of experience with babies, but it came naturally and learning what didn’t was fun for me!!

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
Well, I am a consultant for Pure Romance. So throwing Passion Parties on the weekend is so much fun! My lady nights definitely relax me… But my favorite way to relax without working is having spa nights with my daughter! We love doing our nails! I also enjoy lying in bed and reading! Nothing like getting lost in a great book! My daughter is my best friend so when it’s been a really hard honour tothday, just playing with her is my best way to relax and feel happy 🙂

What are your favorite things about being a mom?
That I have my best friend with me at all times! The proud feeling I get when she does almost anything!!! The warm feeling I get when she says, “Mama, I love you!” I love the morning with her! She is always in such a good mood! Listening to her “great ideas”, her imagination always puts a smile on my face! My favorite thing about being a mom is every moment!!! It’s the best thing I have ever done in my life!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In 5 years I’d love to be married to the love of my life (my boyfriend now)! I want to maybe have one more baby and seeing as I learn something new every day being a mom, I hope for that to continue and still learn new and exciting things everyday for the next five years and longer!!! I want my daughter to be excelling in grade 7 and happier than ever. A nice house with a picket fence wouldn’t be bad either 😉honour toth young mom

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
It is hard; it is a complete life changer! But the minute you hold your baby and feel that unconditional love it will be easy to make the changes you need to, to be the best mom possible! Just know you now have a little person that will love you unconditionally and should be your best friend for the rest of your life! Enjoy EVERY moment! Even the hard times because they grow so fast and you WILL look back and laugh at all the moments you DID want to pull your hair out at the time. Being a mom will be the most rewarding thing you ever did in your life! Remember always listen to others advice, but only do what you feel is right! No one knows how to raise your baby but you, but the advice is helpful. Don’t ever look at having a baby as an end to your life as you know it, it’s just a new chapter and worth every change you’ll ever have to make. Yes, you will have hard days, but just take a deep breath and stare down at your little angel and it will make any problem better and you WILL smile through it 🙂

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The Spotlight is on: Sabina Lynne Waldrop

This is one strong mama! Read about how Sabina overcame so many obstacles as a young mom. She is such an inspiration!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

Hi! My name is Sabina I am 18 years old. I started my family when I was 17. Aubrie, my daughter, is 17 months old and it’s just me and her. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So let me just start this off my saying that because me and Aubrie’s biological father are not on good terms, I do not want to focus on the negative but I also know that everything he did to me and everything I’ve been through has made me the person I am today. So here it goes, this is my story.

I first met Adam Jackson through a friend in high school. Of course he was Mr. Prince Charming. I was a cheerleader and he was a football player. How perfect, right? It was the end of my sophomore year and the end of his senior year of high school. We really hit it off. You all know how that goes we were young, dumb, and in love. Our relationship was great. Or so I thought. Here I am, an insecure 16 year old girl that was so shy and naive, who was trying to find herself. He was hilarious and we always had a great time together. He stood up for me and I felt so safe with him.

Sabina Spotlight Young Mom 3He became very jealous of me. He was graduated from high school and I was a junior. He had his friends watch every move I made in high school and text him if I did anything like talk to a guy and I had a lot of guy friends. He would wait outside in the parking lot almost every day when I got out of school. At first I was like “how sweet” but I later realized it was his way to make sure every guy at that school knew I was his. So time went on and became even more outrageously jealous. He found out that I said I liked a guy. You know how that high school girl talk goes “He’s so cute”, “I like him”, or “He’s so sweet”. And he instantly changed. He threw all my stuff on the floor while he was screaming at me calling me everything under the sun. He made me feel so low, like dirt. I said to myself that night that I would do whatever it took to stay with him. He made me feel not good enough and that I was so lucky to have him. I continued to be in a terrible relationship that began to get emotionally and physically abusive, all the while thinking it was my fault he acted the way he was. Wrong!

When we found out I was pregnant I took the test at his house. He held me in complete silence as I cried. I was terrified at first but became happy as the time went on. He promised me and this baby the world. I believed him. I was raised in a Christian home, so this really caused a lot of chaos in my family. My dad pretty much disowned me.

Months went on and our relationship grew toxic. He said things the hinted the fact that he didn’t want to be with me anymore and I was crazy and just made me feel so unwanted. He said I was the one that was tearing us apart. I was pregnant and in high school! Can you say hormone over load? I couldn’t help it. Being pregnant is supposed to be such a wonderful experience while you anxiously await the arrival of your baby. I didn’t know what to do. I later found out he was cheating on me the entire time. I felt so stupid and hurt. And he got mad at me because I said I liked a guy to my friends? Hello! Red flag!!Sabina Spotlight Young Mom 2

My water broke at 6:30 in the morning and I was in labor for 11 hours. Aubrie Nicole Waldrop was born October 14th at 5:50 p.m. weighing 8 lb and 14 oz and 21 inches tall. She was so beautiful. I didn’t want to put her down.

I went on home school for 6 weeks while i was trying to get use to being a new mom. My parents tried to be Aubrie’s parents. They would scream at me every time she cried “What did you do to her?”, “Why is she crying?” as they would try to take her away from me. I became depressed and had bad anxiety. Every time Aubrie cried i would freak out waiting for someone to try to take her from me. I felt like a terrible mother. I lost a bunch of weight and began to get sever acne from all the stress I was under. After those 6 I went back to school. It was so hard to leave her at the babysitters every morning but I had to look at the bigger picture and set an example for my daughter. I was so lucky to still be able to go to Homecoming, prom, and graduate with my class. My parents continued to act the same way, making me feel not good enough for my own child.

After I had Aubrie I completely changed. I stopped putting up with people and things that brought me down or got in my way. I was so blind and oblivious to the way that Adam treated me but I saw the way he was with Aubrie crystal clear. I told him I was not going to chase him around and make sure he did what he was supposed to because it was so exhausting. And of course after I stopped doing that he stopped seeing her or getting anything for her. He blamed it on me because I didn’t tell him to come see her, to get her diapers, ect. I felt like he should have asked me and if he was around her the way he should have been he would have known when she was almost out of something. I felt like I was a single mom. I was buying everything for her out of my graduation money. I was the only one putting any effort in raising and taking care of her. So I made it official, I broke up with him. And I haven’t heard from him since.

Now I am currently living in NC. I moved away from everyone in high hopes to start a great life for the both of us. I am going to school to become an RN, I work at Sally Beauty Supply and Aubrie is enrolled in a great daycare. Even though things aren’t 100% perfect still, I truly am happy. I am glad that I’ve been through everything that I have because I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am no longer depressed like I used to be my face has cleared up and I’m back to a normal, healthy weight. Me and my parents have a better realationship now. This change was good on the both of us. I think we have a closer mother daughter relationship because I don’t have all my focus on the negative stuff anymore. We are just taking life one day at a time and enjoying the ride and each other.Sabina and Aubrie Spotlight Young Mom

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I knew that Aubrie’s biological father was not a great person. Not even that he wasn’t a great person but not even a decent person at that. You have all these expectations that you want for your children and if your anything like me everything HAS to be perfect. So you could only imagine all the worries and concerns I had. I was so frustrated because he would always say “We have 9 months to get everything ready, Sabina. That is more than enough time.” He never helped me get things ready. I was still living with my parents at the time and I painted and set up her nursery all by myself with some help from my mom.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

I am such on a busy schedule right now I don’t have time to relax. But when I do have a little extra time I like to catch up on my favorite shows while I get things ready for the next day. I bought some nail polish, foot soak, foot scrub, and some lotion to help treat myself for always being on the go and always being on my feet. I hope to use it real soon!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I like dressing her up and putting bows in her hair. I like taking her outside and just seeing that sweet smile she gets when she’s exploring something new. Her laugh is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard. I love watching her grow and see the beautiful little girl she is becoming. I absolutely love hearing that sweet little voice that I created call me momma. All my troubles melt away.Sabina Spotlight Young Mom 1

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I see myself working as an RN in a hospital somewhere. I would love to be a traveling nurse and just take my baby to see the world with me. And then when we find the perfect place just settle down and start our lives. I want to give her the life I’ve never had. I want her life to be filled with adventure, love and happiness. I want to teach her to be independent and confident in herself that she could do anything she wants to. I will be her biggest fan.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

I would just say hang in there. I strongly believe Aubrie was my miracle. I believe she was put in my life to become a stronger person and stop putting up with people walking all over me. I needed her to be where I am now. And I think that goes for anyone. They were put in our lives for a reason. I dont know where I’d be with out her. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am right now. God wouldn’t give you more than you could handle. This is just part of a bigger, better plan he has in store. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Always know you are good enough no matter what. You are only one person and you will make mistakes. But just keep moving forward and don’t let this break you.

We love how Sabina was able to overcome so many obstacles. We are so proud of you for sharing your story with other young moms.

Leave a comment for this awesome young mom or tell us how you can relate to her story.

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The Spotlight is on: Julie Langridge

Meet our brand new young mom Julie! She is such a positive teen mom with a great support system, you’ll love reading her story.

Tell us about yourself and your family

I am 17 years old and about to graduate high school. My daughter Andie was born on March 10th and is now just over 2 months old. She makes me smile every day and even though her father and I were nowhere near ready to raise a baby, we are doing the best we can and have no problems loving her!!

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What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I found out I was pregnant just after Christmas. I was already 22 weeks in and had no idea! It was a huge shock to my entire family and I cried for a very long time, but with my boyfriend firmly by my side I went back to school with my head held high. It was difficult to be the talk of the school, but all of the staring and rude comments died down after a while. Only two months later my little girl came into the world (two months premature) and all of a sudden what seemed like the end of the world was the beginning of a whole new adventure.

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What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

My parents have been great helpers with Andie. When my boyfriend and I need a break or just a night to ourselves they have no problem helping us out. He and I go for walks and talk about whatever is going on in our lives. We have date nights to ourselves and it really helps us keep our sanity and makes our love grow stronger.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite things about being a mom are just beginning as she is still so little. Right now just knowing that she needs me and cares about me puts a huge smile on my face. Also putting her in little outfits is lots of fun! 🙂

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

In five years I see myself remodeling houses and making people proud of where they live. I hope to go to school for interior design! Also I see my little family living in our own house and feeling great. Andie will be 5 years old and be having a blast at school!!

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

Try not to focus so much on the negative aspects of being a young mom. Think about all of the beautiful things you and your child are going to do together. Also you will have a lot more time to spend with them as oppose to everybody else. Changing your attitude and getting excited about your new baby will make a huge difference in your life, trust me!

What kind of support have you gotten since becoming a teen mom? Is the dad around to help support you and your child? Do your parents help out at all? Tell us all about it below in the comments.

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The Spotlight is on: Tyteana Milton

Tell us about yourself and your family

I’m 15 years old. I had my baby September 2013. She weighed 8 lbs 9 oz and that was the best day of my life. My baby girl is now 8 months. She can crawl and is on her way to walking. She knows how to sit up by herself, she can say ma-ma and da-da, and she’s growing two teeth at the bottom.tyteana young mom 2

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

My biggest concerns were how am I going to tell my parents that I’m pregnant? Are they going to be mad and kick me out? Will they make me get an abortion? If I am able to keep the baby, how will I provide for it? I had a lot of concerns and worries and I was very scared. I didn’t handle it very well and kept it a secret for a long time, not knowing that I could have hurt the baby if I didn’t see a doctor.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

I treat myself by spending time with my baby. She is the joy in my life. I should treat myself by going out with friends and getting away from her for a while, but it’s so hard. I heard that you should get “away time” from the baby and relax.in

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

Being able to give my baby love and to care for her. I love holding her in my arms and listening to her soft breathing and to feel her little heartbeat. I also love seeing my baby growing up and learning new things.

tyteana young mom 3Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I see myself with a career in Psychology, living in a nice home that I’m going to provide for my daughter. I see my baby making excellent grades in school.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

To the young girls who just found out you’re pregnant, please tell your parents or someone who has authority and let them know that you’re pregnant. Don’t risk your life or your baby’s life just because you are afraid you’re going to get in trouble. For the young moms, you’re going to love being a mother and your baby is going to fall in love with you. Also, I wouldn’t recommend you to get pregnant again because we are so young.

Telling your family about being a pregnant teen can be tough. Did you keep it a secret when you found out that you were pregnant? Tell us in the comments section how long you hid it for and how you finally broke the news!

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The Spotlight is on: Kimberly Luna

IMG950129This mom is smart! Learn about Kimberly and her family in this spotlight article. A young mom can still have knowledge!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

My boyfriend and I had our daughter when I was 16. I’m now 18 and my daughter is just over 2 years old. We live in Riverside, California but we’re originally from South Gate, California. We moved to Riverside so that I can attend the University of California, Riverside (UCR). I’m a freshman working on my B.A. in Political Science/Law and Society. I was recognized by my high school out of all the other teen moms for being intellectual (my high school has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in California). I only missed one week of school after labor because I had straight A’s and needed to keep them; when I got back, I worked hard and kept them. I started my senior year of high school as a mom with a 4.0 GPA. I’m not attending one of the best UCs because I applied to a lot of ʺsafe schoolsʺ (schools want students who are smart enough not get pregnant). I did though apply to the highest competitive Cal States, and got into all of them, one of them being Cal Sate Long Beach but ultimately, I wanted to attend UC so I picked UCR. My boyfriend attends the University of Phoenix and is a 3rd year working on his B.S. in Criminal Justice. Our daughter is a fun, smart, know-it-all,independent little girl.

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

My biggest concern when I found out I was pregnant was, money. I tried not to stress as much because there’s always a solution to everything.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

I don’t treat myself often, I just make sure I have my make-up done daily and wax my eyebrows regularly. I only relax when my apartment is clean.

kimberly luna teen momWhat are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite thing about being a mom is acknowledging that a little beautiful human has unconditional love for you.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

In five years I see myself applying to grad school, taking my LSATS to attend law school, or working on something that requires me to put my B.A. in use. There are many different routes I can take but what I am sure of is, that I will continue to go to school. I want to receive a degree higher than a Master’s.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

I advise young moms to never give up. If you feel that you’re stuck, don’t stay stuck, keep on going. Break young/teen mom statistics. When a person hears or finds out about a young mom, they picture a life of ruin; it is your job to prove them otherwise. Don’t ever let anyone bring you down and settle for less. Be successful and NEVER GIVE UP. There is life past one’s obstacles.

What an inspirational story that Kimberly has to share!

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