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The Spotlight is on: Stevie Degenero

Meet Young Moms Club’s Spotlighted Member: Stevie Degenero!!!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

Hi, I am Stevie Degenero. I live in Ohio with a family of 5. I am wife to Jason, mother of Travis 5, Owen 4, and Kyle 3. There are less than 3 yrs between my first and 3rd son. Having 3 little boys is a lot of work but it is also so wonderful! They are best buddies and worst enemies hahaha luckily worst enemies don’t last long 🙂

When I got pregnant with Travis I was 19 and I was in between jobs but luckily Jason had a full time job. I got a part time job as a cashier when I was about 3 months pregnant and we were doing pretty good. We had our first son in Nov of 2006 and shortly after my husband was laid off, due to the business going under. He searched for a job non stop. We flew to Vegas (where our families are) in July 2007 with our son and got married 😀 When we got back home Jason got a fantastic job at Worthington Cylinders where he still works and in 4yrs he has moved up to an assistant group leader. I am very proud of him, he has stepped up for us and taken care of us. family of five

I got a new job at Jenny Craig I worked there for 3 yrs and was laid off in 2009 when I was 6 months pregnant with my last baby. I have been a stay at home mom ever since and my husband just works all the time to make up for us having one income. It would cost about $400 a week for childcare and Jason work 12 hr shifts with alternating days it is too hard to be on opposite schedules. So, I started a little In home baking business called “Sweets by Stevie”. I make cake pops and cupcakes and sell them at the flea market/swap meet on weekends. I also do personalized birthday cakes. I am still figuring out the marketing and selling part but right now I’m just working my ass off trying to get my name out there! I love doing it and I am hoping to make some income to benefit my family 🙂

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

Well, I was worried that I was too young and even though Jason and I had been together for 4 yrs, I was worried we wouldn’t stay together because we weren’t married and we wouldn’t be able to afford having a baby. Also when we went to close family we were told not to expect any help at all and actually encouraged us to have an abortion but Jason and I could never do that, we already loved our little baby 🙂

After all the heart to hearts that me and Jason had, I was reassured that he was going to be there and that we were very much in love. No, we didn’t get help and we still rarely have a sitter but we get by. I would never trade my kids or husband for anything!!!

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

To relax every once in awhile I hang out with friends with no kids and no hubby. To relax I get my kids to bed early and take a couple hours to myself to sit and watch some TV or hang and talk to the hubby. I enjoy those hours without the sound of children. I also have a membership to the YMCA where I can put my kids in daycare for up to 2 and a half hours a day and workout, swim or just hang out in the spa 🙂

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite thing about being a mom is seeing my handsome, happy, healthy boys everyday. I love spending time with them and acting like a big kid 🙂 I love how much they love me and how they light up when I just smile at them.

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

In 5 yrs I hope to own a home and have a full time job. Without any obstacles, I would love to own a bakery that serves gourmet sweets by me and people come from all over to line up and get some 😀

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

Moms to be and new moms: Take all the help you can get. If someone says, “I will watch the baby, take a nap.” DO IT! All people are scared when they get pregnant no matter how old, young, prepared or unprepared. Motherly instincts kick in and you will know what is best for your child. Hard times come and go, and being a mother is the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Read up as much as you can so that you have researched and professional advice. It makes you feel good when you know what’s going on with your children.

 

 The Spotlight is on: Stevie Degenero

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The Spotlight is on: Brittany Layman

Meet Young Moms Club’s Spotlighted Member: Brittany Layman!!!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

My name is Brittany Layman. I am 19 years old. I am married with two children. I have an almost two year old little boy named Blaine and a 6 month old little girl named Brooklynn. happy young family

My husband, Taylor, is an amazing guy. I got pregnant with my son at 17 and Taylor was 16. He was more optimistic than I was. Not a lot of teen boys stick around. I had my son when I was 18 years old. At first, I was so scared of having a little baby to take care of and now I would not have it any other way. I did have some post partum after I had him.

Then when my son was 6 or 7 months old I got pregnant with my little girl. I was 18 years old and Taylor was 17. I had her when I was 19. I was so over whelmed by having two children. Before Brooklynn was born, me and Taylor got married.

I love my life. I would not change it for anything in the world.

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

My biggest concerns when I found out I was pregnant with my son was; How am I going to give my child a life? How am I going to afford having a baby? I am still a child myself.

With my daughter my concerns where; Am I going to be able to handle two kids? A toddler and a newborn? Is it possible?

The way I handled it was I talked about things with my mom and I went to this place called The Pregnancy Center. They helped a lot. They had me watch video’s about raising kids and taking care of yourself and your newborn. Taylor helped me a lot too. 🙂

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

teen mom with familyWhen I feel like I need to relax, I go on a walk or drive. I usually call my best friend, Niki, and talk to her about how I am feeling. For fun, I don’t really do too much. My parents help me out on the weekends sometimes by getting the kids for a few hours or to spend the night. When they do, I just spend time with my husband and we have a date night sometimes. When I treat myself I usually go get my eyebrows done or I try to go hangout with a friend for a few hours. 🙂

People say that when you have kids young that your life is over, well I will be the first one to tell you that it is NOT true. I am currently in school to be a teacher and my husband is working full time about to go get his GED.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I wold have to say that my favorite thing about being a mom is when my child looks up at me and has the BIGGEST smile on their face.
With Blaine, I love it when he just grabs my cheeks and is like, “I love you mommy. Love you bunches.”

With Brooklynn, I love waking up to that smiling pretty face of hers. It is just beautiful! 🙂
My children are my life. I don’t know where I would be without them.

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 and my family owning a home. I see me having a full-time job and Taylor as well. I see us being happy as ever:)

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

I would have to say, keep your head up and stay strong. Your life is not over just because are pregnant. Your life is just beginning.

Yes, it can be stressful and hard sometimes but the reward is so worth it. You have someone so small looking up to you. Right now, You are in charge of someone’s life. You can do it! Yes, you do have to grow up quicker and you might lose some friends but those kids are worth it.

Also, If you feel like you are not ready to grow up and be a parent, you have the option of adoption. There is someone out there ready to be a parent to that child. Someone that can not have kids who would love to help you.

Also, when you need help or you feel you need a break, ASK FOR HELP!!! Do NOT be afraid to do so. I mean do not take advantage of that but when you feel like you can’t take it, or you might harm yourself or child, ASK FOR HELP! If you don’t know what to do, ASK FOR HELP!!!

Good Luck!