Meet Brynn (and Rhyse)! This young mom is pushing the limits and has dealt with so many challenges that some of us couldn’t even imagine, but she’s kicking life’s ass everyday!
I’ll admit that when I first read her pregnancy story, I got emotional because she really had to deal with a lot of negativity and complications with her son’s health and her own. But as you read on you will be stunned with the accomplishments she’s made as a teen mom….
Tell us about yourself and your family:
Hello! My name is Brynn. I’m 22 and a proud mom to my 5 year old son, Rhyse. We have overcome many obstacles to get where we are now. When I was 17 and a senior in high school, my boyfriend of 4 years and I found out we were expecting. When I told him, he didn’t take it very well and told me I ruined his life, he didn’t want this and I needed to have an abortion or we were done, but I decided to keep my baby. My boyfriend and I stayed together but when my son was born I found out he cheated on me and was heavy into drugs and got very abusive. I ended up having to get a restraining order and took on caring for my son alone. When Rhyse was 5 months old he had his first seizure and a slew of health issues that wound up landing us in the hospital many times over. Through all this stress, I was also working two jobs and was a full time student while living on my own. The next year I ended up in the hospital with a tumor on my ovary and ended up having both the tumor and my ovary removed. I found out I can’t have anymore children due to complications. Some days I felt like nothing was going right,
but then I gathered my strength for my son. Now, 5 years later, we still live on our own. I now work one job and will graduate college this year then continue on to grad school majoring in psychology. My son is dealing with epilepsy but overall is a very happy, healthy little man. We are each other’s strength and best friends.
What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
When I found out, I felt every emotion at once and all my goals and fears flashed before me, I felt like my life was over and I was scared to face my family. After the first time I heard my sons heartbeat I knew that we were in this together and I would do whatever it took to be the best mom he deserves. And here I am making my dreams come true and setting an example for Rhyse.
What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I really enjoy going to concerts, when I can, or reading books. I don’t get a lot of time to myself but when I do I try to enjoy it.
What are your favorite things about being a mom
What isn’t my favorite thing? I would say all the small things, like the way he hugs me and tells me I’m his best friend, or the way his smile takes over his face, or when he’s sleeping the little sounds he makes. I love being his mom and it makes me so proud to see him grow up.
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 done with grad school, buying my first house, owning a service dog, and working a job I’m proud of to support my son.
What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
Life doesn’t end when you become pregnant, but it actually is just starting! It’s a lot of work to be a parent, but it’s the most rewarding job. Always put your kid first and keep working hard towards your goals. Also, stop and take time to enjoy every little laugh and every step of their life.