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The Spotlight is on: Natasha Isenhower

Young mom family TashaYoung Mom Natasha Isenhower tells us about her life as a loving mom. Meet this sweet family of young parents and cute kids!

 

Tell us about yourself and your family:

We’re an average family, just a bit younger. I recently turned 20 and my fiance is 21. We’re a family of five, just trying to figure out how to keep us all together and happy. The oldest of the three boys is actually my step son, but I love him as if he were my own flesh and blood. I’m a stay at home mom and my fiance works full time to support us. We often forget how young we are, because we live such a calm and ʺboringʺ life compared to everyone else our ages.

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

My biggest concern was that I didn’t know if I was worthy of being someone’s mother. I was also worried about getting attached to the little baby growing inside, only to have a miscarriage. It didn’t seem real for a long time.
I handled it pretty well, actually. Before I found out I was pregnant with my first, I was going no where in my life. I didn’t care, I guess. I was failing nearly every class, I was burning every bridge with family and loved ones. But the day I saw those two lines on that pregnancy test, I turned it all around. I contacted every teacher and asked what I could do. I got a job after high school, I saved up money for a deposit to our own place, we worked together to provide everything ourselves.

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

I don’t really allow myself time away from them. I feel lost without my boys. I’d much rather go somewhere as a family, than alone or just with my fiance. We love bringing them to the zoo, underwater world, the park and on little adventures.
I take my time to myself and with their father at the end of the day, once they’re all asleep. We’ll cuddle up and watch a movie together, catch up on each other’s days, etc. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Natasha young mom coupleWhat are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love watching them grow and becoming their own person. I love being their first example of a friend. I just love it all! Well, minus the smelly diapers 😉

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

I see us settled in our own house, making it our home. I see both my fiance and I in college and working to better our lives for the three little boys who depend on us. I’m already pursuing my dream, by being their mother.

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

Pay no mind to whomever you feel is judging you. I was so focused on everyone else and what they thought for the longest. At the end of the day, your child, you and whoever else is involved with good intention is all that matters. Not someone who will kill to see you fail.

This is her story of being a happy young mom, what’s yours?

Leave her a comment or share how you relate 🙂

 

 

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The Spotlight is On: Leanna Bruce

This stylish single mom tells us her story and lets you know you can do it too! Hear how Leanna Bruce is an inspiring young mom!

 

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I am a newly single mom. I was in an abusive relationship and left.
My daughter is 22 months old and the light of my world. She’s allergic to chocolate, and may possibly have asthma.young mom Leanna
I am 23 years old, and a hairstylist. I am in school to own my own salon one day!

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

My biggest concern was how could I afford to take care of such a small human?
I got a job, as did her father. he travels for work renovating tmobiles.

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

I treat myself to a new hair color, and get my nails done.
Mama has to be pampered too!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love watching my daughter grow and learn. I love her faces when she discovers she can do something new.

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

In 5 years I see myself in my own salon just making a good life for my daughter and I.
If I could pursue a dream it would to be a platform artist… basically the BEST hair stylist are this.

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

Don’t give up, sleep when you can, take the help.

No matter what anybody says, you can do it.

 

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The Spotlight is On: Molly Sharp

Being a teen mother can be very difficult, but this young mom is staying positive and pursuing her future. Listen to how Molly Sharp is overcoming obstacles and raising her daughter.

Tell us about yourself and your family: I am a very young mom. Probably younger than most. I had my daughter at the age of 14. I am a single mom and have always done everything on my own. I have no idea what it feels like to have a family since my daughters father has never stuck around. My daughter will be 3 in December. Her name is Rylie Mae. She’s the biggest accomplishment of my life and she is what keeps me going. Although I am a teen mom I work my hardest to keep us happy and healthy and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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

How I would graduate and how my friends and family would look at me. I lost a lot of friends which wasn’t a big deal to me because my family was very loving and supportive. I didn’t give up in school and I will be graduating in 2014 🙂

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

To treat myself I like to get my hair done but it only happens about 4 times a year. For fun I go out to eat with my friends and to stay relaxed I like to go on runs or car drives.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

Its rewarding. Seeing my daughter smile and laugh and be the smartest toddler I know makes me feel good like I’m doing something right.

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

In five years I want to be almost done with college living on my own with my daughter and just being healthy and happy. I don’t expect too much.

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

I would advise them to always think of their child before themselves. Don’t do something you wouldn’t want your child doing. Also, if your child’s father doesn’t seem to be interested.. DO NOT give your child his last name. You will regret it in the long run!

A great story like yours is encouraging to other teen moms. Being a young mom with positivity is a great influence!

If you enjoyed this story and would like Molly to know you wish her well, please do so in the comments below! 🙂

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The Spotlight is on: Melissa Monk

Is it possible to stay positive and focused while mothering as a teen? 18 year old young mom Melissa Monk is proof that you can help others while raising a beautiful daughter!

 

Tell us about yourself and your family:

Hello!! my name is Melissa! I am a young, hard-working, single mother to a beautiful baby girl named Mackenzee Ryanne, 10 months old.
I fell pregnant at 18 by my boyfriend of five years and I couldn’t be more excited! Then reality set in and of course he spilt. So now it is just me and my baby girl living out our dreams. I am currently working full-time in a clothing store while I finish school to become a 911 dispatcher!!

My daughter has always been my number one priority. Mackenzee’s dad became very abusive mentally and physically after she was born and I had to make the hardest choice of my life to leave him. Though I do miss him and I wish things were different, leaving him was the best possible decision I could have ever made for myself.

I am currently involved in helping to create a teen mom support group with my church!! I really want to help teen mothers who are struggling feel like they are worth something, and that their children are always a reason to continue to fight for what’s right!! I am also trying to become an advocate to help prevent teen pregnancy! young mom picture

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

I was really worried about my daughters father being able to let go of his horrible drug habit. He has a horrible addiction to smoking pot and drinking beer. I never noticed it as a problem until I was pregnant. I honestly handled it in the worst way possible at first. I used to nag him and yell at him and try to control him and then I realized that I cannot change him. The best decision I made was just walking away from him.

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

To treat myself, I take a bubble bath every night after my daughter has gone to sleep! and once a month I buy something for myself since I spend majority of my money on my daughter!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I know I’m not a perfect mother but I do know I’m a good one. My favorite thing would have to be the love and trust my daughter has for me shows daily when the first person she looks for when she wakes up is me. When she’s playing with her toys and abruptly stops just to make sure I’m still within sight and smiles as soon as she sees me looking at her already. When she’ll crawl over into my lap and snuggle up to me. I know I’m doing something right. And she is so oblivious (obviously) to how much happiness she brings me, how much she helps me on a daily basis and doesn’t even know it. I love her so, so much. Yes, I do get overwhelmed sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It just means I’m human.

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 working hard as a 911 dispatcher, living in a house with my daughter and possibly a husband. I want to be happy, healthy, and over all just settled!

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

My advice to other young mothers would be to just keep fighting. It is so hard being a young mom but the ending result is so amazing! there is hope for us young mothers. If you always put your child’s needs and wants first, and you make sure to also take care of yourself, then you will be happy. Let go of all of the negative in your life and embrace this journey that you are on!! Do not let peoples rude comments and stares get you down because no other person on this planet has the right to tell you that you are not worthy of being a good mother!!!

So glad Melissa shared her inspiring young mom story with us!

 If you liked this article about this and would like to say hello, please do so in the comments below 🙂

 

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The Spotlight is on: Brooke Coleman

Not even a mom yet (Pregnant!) and already an inspiration for young moms. Brooke Coleman shares her story and plans for the future with us.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year now and he has been my best friend for three years. We love and support each other very much and are very excited for our little angel to be here! (Due date: Oct. 12 2013) We live with his two moms who are very supportive but we are looking for our own place and hope to find one soon!

teen mom picWhat were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I was very nervous about telling my family, my father in particular. Once I told him, he told me I would either get an abortion or I would be ruining my life. We didn’t talk for a few months but are now working on our relationship again. It made me very sad to see my dad react this way but I am glad we are trying to figure it out together now.

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

I love to do my makeup and get dressed up for no reason at all! It makes me feel good about myself. I also really enjoy writing and I do it almost daily:)

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love feeling my baby kick and seeing my baby on the monitor. I am so excited to find out the gender and to meet my baby for the first time!

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

I see myself graduating from the University of New Brunswick (via Humber College) as a nurse (RN) and hopefully finding a nursing job to support me and my family!

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

There are going to be days that are good and most certainly days that are bad but don’t let anyone tell you what is right or wrong. Don’t let society bring you down, do what you need to do for your family. Being pregnant is not an illness, go to school, pursue a career and make a life for yourself and your family. Never hesitate to look for programs and help in your community, help is out there!

Thanks so much, Brooke, for sharing your inspiring story. You’re going to be a great example of a young mom.

If Brooke’s story inspired you or you just wanna leave her some love, tell her in the comments below 🙂

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The Spotlight is on: Rebecca Ibarra

Pregnant at 13, staying in school and making it happen for her baby boy-

Today’s Spotlighted Young Mom, Rebecca Denise Ibarra, shares her inspiring journey with us…

Tell us about yourself and your family:

My family started for me at the age of 13, yes I was pregnant, at 13. I honestly didn’t have any idea about pregnancy, it was my first time taking a pregnancy test. I was only doing it too be dumb around my girls, but I took this test and it had 2 lines but one was darker than the other. Soon after that I researched day and night, about everything, literally everything. I dropped out of school in the 8th grade, but before I was pregnant I was already messing up in school, ditching was my problem. I was always a straight A student elementary through 7th grade, but I just fell. School wasn’t as important to me. But when I learned I was pregnant I had to change, I had too be an adult. Through out it all was a long time but I stand today strong, not the best relationship with my babydaddy but he’s still around but I have a boyfriend, but not anyone truely knows the amount of pain and depression I went through with that. It all changed me, I see everything differently, I’m in my future at times it’s so crazy but it keeps me motivated for myself and my family 🙂

teen mother and son pictureWhat were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I was mainly concerned about the whole baby growing inside of me part, I was so shocked. I didn’t want to lose my body, but then I soon got over it all and just worried of my baby boy. He was all I had, even when I was sad at those times he always made me happy. Time flew, my son grew, as did I. I feel like a different type of person sometimes I’m still working on my body but I like the process! To find it hot!! Lol

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

Honestly, I like to lay down and imagine myself in a beach house, my backyard, I play Pandora relaxation station! Love the music!! So much!!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

It has too be those deep eye starring contests we have before we give eachother a kissy lol, He’s so sweet to me, he loves hugging me! He loves to tickle me! I have loads of videos and pictures of us together, some even with him recording us haha. I just love hearing him call me by mama or mommy, or even mom justs makes my heart smile!

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

I still have 3 years to finish school, because I didn’t attend high-school I have to do 9th grade again because when I was in 8th I didn’t finish. I’m suppose to be in 10 the grade now. But Im gonna try out going for psychiatrist! I just love the feeling of appreciation and love! Inspiring means most to me! I will do whatever to make someone a smile :))

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

Be ready for a life changing journey, it’s beautiful, but can get ugly. Honestly there are the deepest drops I myself have been in. But it’s all better because I’ve learned from all of it, and became a woman. Your baby will always be your first priority! Always. But those who need anyone too talk too or need advice I’m here too help!! :*

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Rebecca!

Feel free to reach out to Rebecca in the comments 🙂

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The Spotlight is on: Megan Berkheimer

Introducing our Young Moms Club spotlighted member: Megan Berkheimer!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I’m a 24 year old mommy of two. My husband Marcus and I have been married for 3 1/2 years. My monsters are Damen (almost 4) and Rylee (8 months). We are Mesa, Arizona born and raised. We are tattooed, video game playing, outdoor loving homebodies.

young couple wedding picWhat were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

When we first discovered I was pregnant, my first thought was joy. I had only been dating Marcus for three months but I knew I was in love with him. My immediate next thought was how we were going to tell our parents. I called my family first and they were surprised but excited. Marcuss parents didn’t take the news so well and didn’t talk to us for four months.

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

For fun we go hiking, have drinks at home, or play xbox together.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My all time favorite thing of being a mom is watching my kids grow and change everyday. The happiness their smiles and full tummies bring me is indescribable. I can’t imagine my life any other way. :]

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

If there were no obstacles, in five years we would be homeowners out in the country. We would be on our way to being completely self reliant. We would grow and prepare all of our own food.

cute little boy in hatWhat advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

To young girls that have just found out their going to become mothers I would say, it’s a long scary road that first nine months. There’s so much uncertainty and growing up crammed into a short space. No matter how crazy it is, you can do it. You can, and will be an amazing mother!

 

 

The Spotlight is on: Megan Berkheimer

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The Spotlight is on: Anyssa Marie Ruiz

She’s not your average 19 year old Cali girl- Anyssa is also a young mom, figuring it out day by day, with her baby girl, Mia.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I’m a young mom at 19. I’m struggling but holding on. Making my little girl happy is my priority.

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

I thought that I wouldn’t have enough money. My boyfriend got a second job to handle it and then my mom and his mom started to help out.

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

I never treat myself on anything. For fun I dance because its what I do and to stay relaxed I just watch TV.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite thing would be making her laugh, watching her grow and learning how to do this right.

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

I see myself as a professional dancer, it’s my wish since i was little, with maybe 2 kids a husband and a life that makes me and everyone else happy.

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

Take care of yourself. Don’t let others let you down. Stay positive. Things will be okay. Good luck.

 

Do you have any love or words of wisdom for Anyssa? Share them in the comments!

The Spotlight is on: Anyssa Marie Ruiz

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The Spotlight is on: Lacricia Sanders

How do you defy the odds and create a beautiful family and positive home after getting married and having children young?

Lacricia Sanders explains with her story below:

Tell us about yourself and your family:young marriage pic

Hi I’m Lacricia, the spunky red head that lives in a tiny town with all the people I grew up with. I had dreams of being a famous singer or Hollywood star when I was younger, but that all changed the day I met my prince charming, Jason. He swept me off my feet and took me off the dating market 12 years ago when I was just 15 and he was 19. Seems crazy to some that we got married so young, but we wanted to bring up our daughter in a stable home filled with love. Now, 31 years old he works very hard to take care of his 4 girls, his lovely wife who keeps the household running well and his three beautiful daughters Jaylynn 11, Leah 6, and Lilyanna 3.

I am now 27 and very much still in Love with my husband and our life is great. I believe that God has supplied us with every need and even a little room to spoil. I always say I am “spoiled” but it’s not because I don’t do any work or we have lots of extra money to spend. I say that because I have a wonderful husband that does all he can to pay the mortgage and utilities and still have some strength left to talk to me and enjoy our family. I have been fighting the whole stay at home mom thing for awhile now because I feel I dont get the outside social interaction or career stimulation I need, but I am so thankful that I have been at home enjoying every important moment with my kids while they grow. Now I am a work at home mom and I proudly promote health and fitness body by vi challenge pic lacricia sandersfrom home with Visalus and the BodybyVi Challenge. I am always researching nutrition and exercise so I can help my clients. I love my job and now my goal is to become a fitness trainer and my ultimate dream is to own a gym with aerobic exercise, yoga, weight training, kick boxing and martial arts. I love natural healing remedies and believe that what you put into your body is what determines what will come out, including positivity. I am also working very hard to be a good mother and find new ways to feed and care for my children. I want to make sure I do creative things with the whole family. Remember that no one and nothing is perfect, so make the best of each day!

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

My biggest concern when I first found out I was pregnant would have to be how my life would turn out. I was determined to finish school and go to college, which I did! My oldest daughter was three when I started college and work. I feel i missed out a little on her, but I am glad I can say I did do it. I was afraid we wouldn’t have what we needed, but I prayed and it all worked out!

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

I Love to exercise! I do a lot of running and home exercises. I love to read and I am a decent singer! I intend on going back to school for music.


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When I feel that I haven’t done anything worth mentioning, my children remind me how great of a job I do with them. We have a positive home and I can see how much influence I have in their lives and it reminds me to do the best I can to keep smiling!

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

I see myself in five years owning my own business place where people can come to workout and buy supplements. I also want to go back to school for music. I will be making enough money that I can volunteer and give back to the community, afford fun activities with my daughters, take some cool classes myself, and give my husband a fun break from working so hard.

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

I would like to tell other moms to not be so rigid when it comes to raising their kids. Have fun, enjoy each moment, and don’t forget to discipline! You don’t have to do anything like other people do, parent in your own way. Don’t get so mad at people, but stand your ground when it comes to advice, just say, “Thanks” and do it your way. Listen to your heart, that’s where a true loving relationship with your kids comes from!

The Spotlight is on: Lacricia Sanders

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The Spotlight is on: Alexandra Marie Street

Take a minute to meet the Inspiring

Alexandra Marie Street from Allendale, MI, USA!!!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

Hello =)
I am a 23 year old wife, sister, daughter and mama! My husband and I met in 6th grade and have been together since! We had our son at 17. His name is Zane and he is now six years old! He is our little ray of sunshine with the biggest heart of gold!
My husband is in the Marine Corps and is a professional painter/carpenter.

I just recently graduated with my undergrads in Behavioral Science with a Sociology emphasis. I work as lifestyle/fitness coach with Beachbody and also work part time at a local salon and spa =). Life has been crazy, but we’ve always supported each other’s goals and dreams and have had a lot of fun along the way!cute pic of young couple

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

My biggest concern was honestly that I didn’t like kids! Haha! No one had ever asked me to babysit, and kids just irritated me. I had no idea how I was going to be able to have my own!
On top of that, I was the child that you could say was on the fast track to success. I maintained honor roll/principle’s list status, was involved with many extra curricular activities and within the school and community. I had plans to go to college and was planning on pursuing a “normal” young adulthood. I was really scared that I wouldn’t be able to do that anymore, and was scared what my life would turn into without those things.
We at first considered abortion. Now I cringe when I say it, but I’d be lying if I said that I never considered it. I was never for it, but it’s funny how fast your views change once you’re faced with a teenage pregnancy. I didn’t necessarily want to terminate a pregnancy, but at sixteen I just wanted to be like my peers. I didn’t want to worry about morning sickness, I wanted to make all conference or state for the varsity cheer team and I wanted to go prom dress shopping. I didn’t want the responsibility and I wanted to pretend like it never happened. Most of all, I was terrified of my parents finding out.
Months passed, and if we didn’t talk about it, it wasn’t real. I really felt great, had no problems. So other than a little bump, it was easy to ignore. We kept looking and looking for abortion clinics that we could a) afford, and b) go through without parent’s consent. Eventually the months passed and options ran slim. We continued to hide it from everyone. We knew we had to do something – make a decision. The only options were out of state and at 6-7months pregnant, the only way was really surgery. This was soo out of our budget and we knew we couldn’t hide it. That’s when we decided to tell our parents and consider adoption.
Our parents were supportive but scared. Supportive doesn’t mean happy! There were many tears and worries, lots of phone calls. The main concern of everyone was as to how we were going to finish high school and still be able to go to school and pursue other dreams. After talking, we decided there was absolutely NO way that we could go through with adoption. If we had gotten this far, we could do it. We figured that just because it wasn’t “convenient” didn’t mean that we couldn’t do it. We would just make all the adjustments needed, whatever it takes. To make a long story short, everyone was very flexible and supportive in any way they could be. My parents and his parents babysat, we lived at home for a few years while we saved our money. We both worked full time and I went to school full time. Eventually we moved out on our own and continued to work, go to school and communicate to make things work.
The biggest help was support. Surround yourself with only those who are there to help lift you higher, ignore your old friends if they don’t respect your new lifestyle. You’ll make new ones. Don’t be afraid of change but embrace it.

 

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

I firmly believe in taking care of yourself before you can take care of anyone! Definitely don’t take this as negligence, but when appropriate, it’s MORE than okay to reward yourself!! I like to go shopping, out to lunch/dinner or have a glass of wine with mom and sister to treat myself! We also love to travel, so we try to do as much of that as we can!
For fun, I love to work out and cook! I love to read, play piano, check out local bands and new restaurants. My husband and I enjoy watching movies together, being outside (skiing and camping) and entertaining. I LOVE to meet new people, my mom and I host a free fit club two mornings a week for other moms.
For me to stay relaxed, I have to stay organized in a few different areas. First, I can’t miss my work outs lol! They are my stress relievers and where I sort out my life and finalize my goals and dreams! I also love to read for personal development. Some of my favorites are The Magic of Thinking Big (can’t remember the author!) and How To Win Friends and Influence People. These will burst any stereotypes and stigmatisms that we as young mothers face and it’s a great confidence boost! It helps so much in relationships and helps me feel like I have control over my life. This helps me stay relaxed!!
little boy in tuxSecondly, I like to stay organized with my husband. We both have crazy schedules and sometimes it’s easy to forget that you’re a couple first and foremost. We like to take minimum five minutes to ourselves, no cell phones, kids, tv, internet – just us to reconnect.
Third – I like an ORGANIZED house. Not necessarily super clean, just uncluttered. We currently struggle with procrastination – especially on school mornings so having little things in line; like the lunches ready or the dishes loaded in the sink keep me in a good mood! Haha, dirty dishes in the sink put me in a bad mood!

Fourth – COFFEE. Need I say more?

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love the innocence of it and the unconditional love. Kids have such a fantastic view of the world. They don’t hate, they don’t judge. Everyone is their friend immediately and they take you for who you are. They don’t care about your past or where you’re going, as long as you love them and treat them with kindness and respect. I can’t push this viewpoint enough, I feel like the world is missing this.
I love the little things, like a surprise trip to the park and how it makes their entire day. They tell EVERYONE about it and it makes you feel like the best mom ever. I love the giggles and finding out their little personalities. The sense of humor is adorable, and so genuine. The belly laughs are the best!!
I also love how we get to be big kids again!! The holidays are awesome. It’s totally acceptable to carve the BIGGEST pumpkin you can find, go trick or treating, build snowmen and put a million lights on the Christmas tree. It’s fun to believe in Santa again, and to “Ooh” and “Ahh” at all the fireworks on the 4th. Birthday parties are so exciting!
It really is all of the little things! Kids take us back to what really matters, and that’s the best part about being a mama!

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 my husband and I building our home, maybe with another baby. We will probably still have our two cats and dog. I’d like to be home with our kids, and able to travel. I’m not sure if my husband will still be in the Corps, if he is I don’t think we’ll be moving. I’d like to travel as much as we can!
I really don’t like to think that I have any obstacles. I realize this sounds arrogant, and I TOTALLY do NOT mean for it to be! However, I just really believe that everything happens for a reason and children, money – WHATEVER, there’s nothing hold you back. As long as you aren’t afraid to dream big and go for it, you can achieve anything. I plan to pursue my dream of helping as many people as I can. I want to be a go-to girl for young mom and men and women everywhere for whatever they need. My experiences have made me a better person and if I can do it, ANYONE can do it. I’d love to help people realize and achieve their highest potential and beyond =)getting married at a young age

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

If you recently became pregnant, the advice that I would give would be:
1. It’s okay to be scared, mad, happy, cry, worried… all of it. No one can tell you how to feel and you’re entitled to experience it in your own way. Don’t feel bad for any of it.
2. Rid negativity in your life – even if it’s people. If you wouldn’t want to be like them, don’t hang around them. Sometimes this means the dad, don’t be afraid of that. Put yourself first and take care of yourself and your baby will always be taken care of.
3. Don’t be afraid of the stereotypes – just break them. Don’t let other people’s comments get to you. Again, read number 2.
4. Smile! Pregnancy is freaking crazy and some people love or hate it. Either way, you’ll be sharing stories your whole life so have fun!

If you recently became a mom:
1. It’s okay to feel ANY emotion too. I wasn’t immediately attached to my son. I felt like a bad mom, but this is completely normal. The bond shows up really soon! I promise!
2. It’s okay to miss your old life. It’s a huge change and you can’t expect to bury that part of you over night.
3. Don’t get mad at the little things because there will be a lot. Have a great support system and think logically, plan ahead.
4. Don’t think that you’re being held back in any way. Children are a blessing no matter how old YOU are when they show up! I believe that young moms have a baby so soon because that child is just too special to come any later. These children do amazing things and are very influential and such a gift. Embrace them and build them up, you’ll be happy you did.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Have fun! You’re going to have dark circles under your eyes, you might not shower for days at a time. Your sleep will be messed up and your friends may not call as much. But embrace this time! You are your baby’s WORLD and they think you look so pretty and are so funny even in your frumpy jammies =)
6. Take a million pictures!

 

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