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The Spotlight is on: Jesse Cooper

Read about this awesome teen mom, Jesse! Her handsome baby is only a couple of months old but she’s loving being a young mom.

Being a NICU mommy can be really difficult but this teen mom has kept strong and all of the hard work and patience is paying off. Read about what progress baby Emerson is making and what having a baby and becoming a young mom did to improve Jesse’s life…

teen mom with baby boyTell us about yourself and your family:

I’m 18 and a single mom. I have a son who was born on August 1, 2014 but was due on September 29, 2014. He was 2 months early. His name is Emerson James and he was born naturally at 9:54 a.m. weighing 4 lbs. 5 oz., 17 inches long and so, so perfect! Being a NICU mommy is really hard. My first night being home without him I bawled my eyes out. Luckily I got to live with my grandmother for that period of time so the hospital was only 30 minutes away. So from then on I was at the hospital everyday.

He completed every milestone with flying colors. I get so excited when I think of how well he is doing. At 3 months old he is roughly 9 lbs. and rolled over for the first time on October 27th! I couldn’t be more proud!

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

Well, I was mainly concerned about how the dad would take it because we had broken up the day before I found out I was pregnant. He didn’t believe me at first, which was rough, but eventually he got used to the idea. I was also worried about how my family would take it because my mom got pregnant her senior year of high school as well.

jesse cooper teen momAnother concern I had was my past that was full of struggles like depression, abuse, and suicide attempts. But the second I found out I was pregnant, all those feelings pretty much disappeared because I finally had something to live for. My son truly saved my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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

My main focus right now is Emerson so I don’t do much to treat myself. But when I get the chance to do something without him I usually find some friends to hang out with. Honestly, my relaxation time is when me and Emerson can just snuggle and I can love on him 🙂

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite things about being a mom are spending special time with my little man. Stuff like co-bathing and him sleeping with me. I wish he would have latched on better when he got home from being in the NICU for a month so I could have breastfed him longer.

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

In 5 years I’ll be 23, and hope to be continuously pursuing my dreams of being a mental health therapist/counselor. And a kick ass mommy 🙂

I love helping people, especially kids and teenagers. There are a lot of things I have gone through in my short 18 years of life, things that no one should ever have to, so I feel like I can help others who have gone through some of the same things.

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

Believe in yourself no matter what. No one can make you feel like you’re going to be a bad mother if you don’t let them. No matter what age you are, whether it be 14 or 25, everyone goes through struggles, but they make us all stronger in the end.

Thanks for sharing your story about what a teen mom goes through with a preemie baby! We can’t wait to keep up with you and Emerson in the future.

Have you had a preemie baby or had to deal with being away from your little one while they were in NICU? Does Jesse’s story inspire you or do you have feedback to share with her? Leave a comment below!

Do you have a story you want to share about your experience being a teen mom? Apply to be a Spotlight Young Mom, by emailing us your photos and filling out the Spotlight Young Mom form for a chance to share your story!

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The Spotlight is on: Olivia Lightfoot

Hello, Beautiful! Meet Olivia and baby Emma Elizabeth on their new adventures!

This teen mom is telling the world about her brand new journey as a young mother. Even with having to struggle to get her family to support her pregnancy, she has stayed strong and is loving being a mommy! Read more about her great advice for teen girls who are pregnant…

teen mom with babyTell us about yourself and your family:

Close to the end of my junior year I became pregnant with my boyfriend (at the time) at 16. I puked every single day and was 100 lbs the majority of my pregnancy. And at 37 weeks and 3 days on December 28, 2013 after 28 hours of labor, I gave birth to my beautiful Emma Elizabeth at 8:28 p.m. She is the light of my life and the best thing that has ever happened. I would not be alive if she wasn’t here. As soon as I looked into those beautiful blue eyes my depression and other issues completely disappeared. Her father and I broke up around 4 months after because he would refuse to help take care of her, let alone hold her. Even if I needed to take a shower or simply go to the bathroom she had to come with me, so I couldn’t be with someone like that. My mom and dad and sister help me out sometimes but I provide for her 100%.

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

My biggest concerns were mainly my dad. We were fighting previously and didn’t talk for a year and when he found out I was pregnant it continued until we talked when I was around 16/17 weeks along. What made us really get back on track was at my 19 week 2 day ultrasound when I found out my baby was a girl and that I was naming her Emma. That made his heart melt. I’m still not his little girl and our relationship still gets rocky but he is a softie when it comes to his granddaughter.teen mom

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

Honestly, what makes me completely relaxed is when I’m with my daughter. She really is my life and I’m not ashamed of it. When I’m away with friends or with my current boyfriend I’m always slightly on edge and always checking on her to whoever has her.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

Watching my little one grow and learn (even though I do have the occasional teared up moments realizing that she’s going to be 1 soon). Also connecting with her and listening to her laugh or breathe. How she feels my face or plays with my lips and gives me kisses. And how I see how much more and more beautiful she gets everyday.

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

I see myself in my own place, graduated, my own car and license. Maybe in a long term relationship oralone. Either I would be fine with. But I definitely want to make a stable living environment for Emma. Which I should have accomplished at least 2 years but whatever; goals.

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

teen mom babyTake a breath. Or two. Or ten. But, just know that you can do this. If you are positive and think about what’s best for you AND your child, you will do just great! Realize you have to grow up faster than your friends and give up a lot (or not much, depending on who you are). But, being a mom is the most rewarding thing you can ever do in your life. There’s more to a pregnancy than morning sickness and crampy feelings or pain. There’s the first ultrasound where you can see that little bean and possibly the heart just fluttering away! And hearing the heartbeat for the first time is just… WOW. A feeling I won’t forget. And seeing the little bugger move or wiggle or even wave! Then the gender scan! It seems like forever but you get to think of names and imagine what your little one looks like. And the hours and hours of labor and pain but I would relive those 28 hours. Nothing can be compared to seeing your baby for the first time. Everything is so worth it. Your baby is SO worth it. I promise.

What awesome advice for young moms everywhere! I can think of a time or two I’ve had to take a few breaths myself, but Olivia is totally right… it’s ALL worth every moment! Do you have any advice for Olivia or any other Young Mom’s Club member? Comment below!

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The Spotlight is on: Jenna Faccenda

Jenna is a guest blogger for YMC who wants to share her story with us!

This mom blogger has as passion for writing, loves to spend time with her one year old son, and has so much drive to follow her dreams and to make sure her age doesn’t dictate her own fate or the future of her sweet little boy. Check out her story and see what she’s doing to get ahead in life…

teen mom jennaTell us about yourself and your family:

My family consists of my one year old boy, CJ, his father, and a bunch of supportive aunts, uncles, and grandparents. I like to think of my family as a beautifully chaotic bunch. Nothing is ever normal, peaceful, or perfect. But, that’s ok. My little man is my world and is growing up so quickly. He loves animals, playing with his toys (and even sharing), bananas, and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I am grateful for the amount of support I have while I work 40 + hours a week and am enrolled in my third year in college. I love to write and hope to be able to turn that passion into a career.

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

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give my child the life that he/she deserved. I felt as though my age made me inadequate as a parent and financial supporter. The only thing that got me through this insecurity was the thought that if I gave my child all the love I got and worked as hard as I could, it would be close to enough.

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

Every once in awhile I will get my nails done, hang out with friends, and write. These moments aren’t able to happen often but I cherish them when they do.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?young mom jenna

I love the fact that here is this human being that I created who is going to love me no matter what just like I am going to love him no matter what. I didn’t know the true meaning of true love until I had my son.

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

In five years I hope to be established in a permanent home with a career. I hope that my son will be involved in school and activities that he enjoys. I hope to be married and happy. I mainly just hope for a privileged lifestyle for my son. I don’t want the fact that I had him at a young age to affect his opportunities in life.

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

Stop thinking it’s the end of the world. Thanks to this child your life is just about to begin. You are going to be ok. No matter what you are not alone. Yes this was not planned but most things in life aren’t. It’s what you make of it that counts.

What a positive outlook and strong determination! Thanks so much for sharing your story and helping to motivate young moms everywhere.

If you want to leave a comment for YMC or for Jenna regarding her story or your own teen mom story, go ahead! We love to read your comments.

Are you a writer with a passion for blogging like Jenna? You could be featured as a guest blogger right here on Young Mom’s Club too. Simply visit the Write for Us page and get started!

Don’t forget, we always want to have other young moms share their stories, so submit your photos and fill out the Spotlight Young Mom form and you could be next!

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The Spotlight is on: Lexi Mooney

Meet a young couple in Ireland who is showing us how it’s done!

Through all the struggles of being teen parents, this couple has had support from one another and his family to help them through. Read more to find out Lexi’s favorite things about being mommy to Bentley and what she does when she needs to take 5….

Tell us about yourself and your flexi mooneyamily:

I’m Lexi. I live in Ireland. I’m 19 years old and I’m with my wonderful partner Gary. We live together and are parents to the most amazing little boy, Bentley.

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

It was very hard finding out that I was pregnant as it came as a big shock. When I found out I was pregnant, I was in the middle of my final exams in school. Obviously I found it really hard to concentrate as none of my family knew and I was really scared. And I ended up not doing as well as I’d hoped (but I still passed). What made it even harder was that when I did finally tell my family, I ended up having a big falling out with my mom and sister and I had tolexi mooney young mom leave the family home! It was really hard moving around when I was pregnant, carrying all my stuff around in a bag and trying to find places to leave the baby stuff that we were buying. Luckily enough, Gary’s family was really supportive and his mom put us up for a few months. It was still hard though, having to live in a small cramped house with a lot of people and having to share a single bed with a huge bump. With all that taken into consideration though, even though it was a really stressful time for me, I think I handled being pregnant really well and just couldn’t wait to meet my little pea.

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

I think I am a pretty relaxed person anyways. But playing with Bentley really makes my day. He has the biggest smile in the world (and at nearly 8 months has finally got his first tooth). The usual thing to treat myself is to get my nails done and a tan. I love to look glamorous!

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What are your favorite things about being a mom?

One of the best things, I find, is the first smile of the day. When I get Bentley up in the morning he has the biggest smile I’ve ever seen and it just makes my day. I love spending every minute with him and I won’t leave him with anyone. He’s just so amazing, I don’t know how I would live without him. I wouldn’t.

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

In five years I would definitely love to have a little brother or sister for Bentley. I also plan to go to college to study business & law, so I would love to be a bit further forward in that and hopefully have a better house then what we’re in now.

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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?

It’s all gonna be OK. No matter HOW scared, worried or upset you are. No matter how much you think you can’t do it. You can. Any scary or negative feelings you get will all disappear when you see that first scan or feel that first kick. And OMG when you first see your little baba in your arms, you’ll forget how you ever felt and will realize this is the most important and amazing thing in your life!

 

Thank you for sending your story all the way from Ireland to share with our young moms around the world, Lexi! Best of luck with your goals and expanding your family.

Is Lexi the kind of young mom that you can relate to? If you have comments or questions for Lexi or anyone here at Young Mom’s Club, leave a comment below!

Don’t forget, we always want to have other young moms share their stories, so submit your photos and fill out the Spotlight Young Mom form and you could be next!

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The Spotlight is on: Hannah Whisman

Wonder what it’s like to be pregnant at only 14 years old? Hannah knows and now that she’s a mom, she wants to share her story!

There are so many teen moms out there who find out that they are pregnant and aren’t sure what to do next. Being a pregnant teen can be scary, but Hannah stayed strong and is doing an amazing job at being a young mom. Read on to find out all about what it’s like being Gabriel’s mama…

hannah whisman young momTell us about yourself and your family:

My name is Hannah Whisman. I am 15 years old and have a beautiful son Gabriel Alexander. He was born August, 1, 2014 weighing 9 lbs. 5 oz. I have an amazing boyfriend, Victor, who has been here for me through everything and is an amazing father to our son.

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

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was already 18 1/2 weeks . My only concern was how my family was going to take it since I was only 14 at the time. I handled finding out I was pregnant very well. I was scared and worried but I wasn’t going to give my baby boy up. I love my son more than anything in this entire world!hannah whisman teen mom

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

I just take a nice long nap with my son when I need time to relax.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite thing about being a mom is just being able to have my baby boy finally in my arms and watching him grow and learn new things everyday.

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

I see myself in 5 years graduated, starting my own bakery, and moving somewhere in the city with my boyfriend and son to start a bigger family.

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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?

Never give up, no matter what you’re going through. You’re doing this for your baby. You can do it! I did at only 14. Now I’m 15 and I’m still staying strong because whenever life tells me to give up, I tell myself: Don’t give up! You’re doing this for your son.

 

Hannah, thank you for being such a strong teen and sharing your story with other young moms and pregnant teens. You are such an inspiration and we are proud to have you as part of the Young Mom’s Club! Are you a pregnant teen who felt like Hannah’s story helped you? Leave a comment below.

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The Spotlight is on: Rickelle C.

When Rickelle shared her story with me on Instagram in response to a Talk it out Tuesday question, I felt like her experiences should be shared with other young moms.

Pregnant at only 14 years old, this teen mom had to grow up more quickly than she expected. But she is doing a great job as a mommy and still holds her goals and dream within reach. Read on to hear more about how Jensen changed her life.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I’m 15 years old. I was raised to be moved around a lot but right now I live in Joplin, MO. My son, Jensen was born all natural on September 8th, 2014 at 20 inches long and 7.8 pounds. I’m now a sophomore and still do online schooling. Jensen’s daddy isn’t really in the picture so I’m a 15 year old single mom. It’s very hard, but I enjoy every minute! <3

rickelle c pregnant teenWhat were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I was a freshman in high school and I was with a guy for about 3 months. Well, when I ended up getting home-schooled (the bullying was bad) that January, we broke up because I  wouldn’t get to see him. He was 17 and nobody supported our relationship because of our age difference. We had our “first time” in December (protection was used, but it failed) right before Christmas. I missed my period, but I thought it was from all of the stress. In February, I started craving pickles… a lot! My sister said she thought I was pregnant from my weight gain and cravings, so she bought me a pregnancy test when I was staying the night with her. It said positive almost instantly! I was scared to death to tell my mom and dad… they didn’t even know I lost my virginity! I called the guy I was with in December and said I needed to talk. He said he had a girlfriend and he wouldn’t even hold a conversation. I talked to his brother and we ended up all sitting down together but the guy denied the baby was his. After an hour of arguing, he went home and talked to his mom. He hardly had any contact with me the whole pregnancy. He even blocked me from Instagram, messaging, calling… all of it!  The baby’s daddy came to the hospital when I had Jensen. He wasn’t in the delivery room because he said he was “sick to his stomach”.

When I got home, I actually waited till my birthday (March 16th) to tell my parents. I went to Walmart and bought a “Congratulations! You’re a Grandparent!” card and some baby bibs. I sat them down on my birthday and handed them the stuff and said, “I love you”. They didn’t say anything so I started walking away. My dad walked away from the table and went outside. My mom sat me down and said, “It’s just gonna take some time for him to cope” and she hugged me. Later in my pregnancy, my dad started getting involved picking out baby stuff. My mom and sister took me to all of my ultrasounds.  I did have a job and live with my parents still. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to support he/she. I was 14 years old, I thought I could barely take care of myself. I learned to basically buck up and handle it and I don’t regret one minute of it. My son is my entire world!

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

While Jensen is asleep, that’s when I usually go and take my shower/paint my nails/dye my hair, etc. When Jensen was first born, my mom usually took him while I went and laid down. Now? He’s attached to my hip!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I would say… when you get to wake up every morning and see that beautiful, innocent smile on his face and know that I made that. When he starts school, yes I’m going to get looks because a 19 year old is taking her son to school… but he’s gonna cry and not going to want me to leave because we are so close!  When he’s older on prom night, I will get to be the one to dress him up and say, “That’s my son”. Jensen is my pride, my joy, my everything! I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything in this world.rickelle c young mom

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

I will be 20 in 5 years. I want to be able to finish high school and then continue with my dream of going to college to get my Master’s Degree in law/criminal justice to become an attorney. Yes, I do realize I have a baby and yes, I realize it will be hard. But everything I do now isn’t for me. It’s for him and his future.

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

Honestly? I love being a mom. It’s extremely difficult so I strongly advise if your going to have sex, use all the protection you can or avoid having sex. If you know you’re pregnant and you’re young, get ready for rumors to spread and hateful things to be said about you. Don’t take it to heart though! They judge us because we’re young, they don’t think we can’t handle it or we aren’t mature enough. All I did was prove them wrong. When it comes to me and my son, he comes first. You know that new iPhone that just came out? It’s gonna be hard to get that when your not-even-one-month-old son needs diapers. He always comes first. Your baby becomes your main priority. He/she will be that one thing you strive for. They become your everything. I don’t regret Jensen. I wish I was a little older before I had him… but I was going down a bad path and hanging around the wrong crowd. He’s my savior baby and I’m a very lucky mommy!

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The Spotlight is on: Kim Negri

It’s time to meet… me! Wanna get into the life of a YMC admin? Here’s your sneak peek into my crazy life raising two beautiful daughters.

Being an admin for Young Mom’s Club has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I am amazed every day by the stories that come in from all of our inspiring young moms, so I felt that it was time for me to share my story. I can tell you my road has NOT been an easy one, but I wouldn’t change a thing. My life story will definitely not fit into a spotlight article, but here are the highlights….

Tell us about yourself and your family:kim and matt

My name is Kim. I live in Orange County, CA where I am raising my two daughters with my awesome boyfriend, Matt. My oldest daughter, Krystal, is going to be 12 this month and is a 7th grader (gulp!) while my “baby” Mia is only 6 and just started first grade this year. Matt is actually my best friend of 16 years and he is so supportive and loving that you would never know he isn’t the girls’ dad. I have had my share of challenges in my life, especially having Krystal in high school when I was only 17, but my kids have changed my life and really helped me grow up into the person I’m supposed to be.

Krystal’s dad seemed to want to be involved at first, but then was withdrawn for years and denied her. He eventually came around after getting a DNA test and definitely did his best as a father with his fiancee. Unfortunately, that bond was broken when both he and his fiancee passed away, all within a year of each other. I was married to Mia’s dad, but we divorced because he had alcohol issues and got another girl pregnant and ended up being unfaithful. He is around and sees Mia regularly, but we have a lot of struggles on having similar parenting values.

kim and the girlsI’ve been working since I was 15 1/2 and just recently got laid off, so this is the first time I get to be a SAHM. My boyfriend insists that I take the time to focus on school and being able to spend more time with the kids since I’ve always had to put those things on the back burner to make a living to provide for my girls. I run our Etsy store part time for fun and couldn’t be more grateful that I have the opportunity to try new things right now. Plus I love being able to contribute to YMC and spend so much time getting to know so many young moms who have been through hardships too.

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

kim at 17I was all over the place when I was younger, getting kicked out of high schools, hanging out with lots of drug addicts, partying, and just not really caring about my future at all. I actually found out I was pregnant when I went to juvenile hall for assault and it was one of the most terrifying moments in my life. I actually told the nurse she was wrong… until she showed me the test. At that point, I was so worried about what I was going to do with a kid at 17 and I had to call my mom and explain to her why I was in jail AND that I was going to have a baby. I wasn’t even the type to babysit so I was worried I wouldn’t know how to be a mom.

My mom ended up wanting me to have an abortion or consider adoption. When she knew that wasn’t something I’d consider, she assumed I would stay with Krystal’s dad, but I knew that he wasn’t ready to grow up. She was super supportive of my decisions and helped me raise Krystal every step of the way. I am so grateful for her support and unconditional love for me and both of my kids. At one point, when I was living in my car and married to a drug addict, she even took Krystal to live with her briefly so I could feel secure that my baby would be safe until I could get back on my feet and break away from my ex.kims robots

Despite all of my fears and all of the ups and downs that have happened in the last 12 years (too much to write), I am so glad that I have two incredible daughters who teach me things everyday. I know I’m not perfect but I can hold my head up high and know that I am setting an example for my girls that I can be proud of.

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

Honestly, I am a workaholic so I don’t know how to relax! When I have time away from homework, school, running errands, driving the kids around to karate, gymnastics, Girl Scouts, piano lessons, and band practice… I love to do NOTHING!  🙂  Aside from just relaxing at home, I like taking the kids thrift shopping and to estate sales (we’re girls, we love to shop!), we go to carnivals, get our nails done, and try to find offbeat places to try new things as much as possible.

kim family movie nightMy boyfriend and I do our best to go on date nights. We love to cook together when we can’t get out of the house and we try to catch a movie out when we can. If not, we usually end up glued to a show we’re addicted to on Netflix or Call of Duty Black Ops on Xbox! We like to nerd out… what can I say?

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love watching my kids accomplish their goals, big and small. Whenever they do something they are proud of, the looks on their faces makes me so much prouder than I ever thought I could be. Seeing them when they get along and aren’t arguing (like sisters do) is the most heartwarming feeling ever. I can’t help but smile every time I catch them being adorable when they think nobody is looking. I can’t wait to be a part of all of my kids’ life experiences, the good and the bad… and I love knowing that I did something right in life to make kim and girls ice skatingtwo beautiful, smart, and amazing daughters.

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 getting married to my boyfriend and living in a house. I’ll be working in my dream career as a Substance Abuse Counselor after getting my B.S.W. and getting ready to decide if I’ll go for my Master’s Degree. Maybe I’ll even own my own business by then! I see myself helping Krystal get ready to apply for scholarships and choosing a college and helping Mia prepare for middle school and crying because my babies aren’t babies anymore… LOL

I don’t feel that ANY obstacles in my past, present, or future will ever cause me to have to not pursue my dreams. Once I finish school and work for a while in my dream career and the kids are grown and away at college, I plan to retire with my boyfriend, buy an RV and hit the road! All I want to do in life is travel around the country with no limits on time and then venture out to experience life in parts of Europe, like Italy, France, and Spain. Life is too short to miss out on all the world has to offer!

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

Don’t get anything get you down! There are always going to be critics in life but you can’t change them, so all you can do is keep your focus and make sure that you keep your head held high. If they’re passing judgement on you and you know their opinions are based on rumors and stuff that isn’t true, then don’t get it get to you!

The most important things you can do for yourself and your children is to follow your dreams, have a good work ethic, always care about other people, and remember to be open-minded and compassionate. The best way to raise children who will be successful in life is to lead by example. Even though we make mistakes in life, don’t let yourself be defined by them.

 I hope that my story will help teen moms and other young moms who are doubting themselves or worried about being a good mom to their kids. Leave a comment below if something in my story was easy to relate to or if you have anything else to say!

Don’t forget, we always want to have other young moms share their stories, so submit your photos and fill out the Spotlight Young Mom form and you could be next!

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The Spotlight is on: Brynn Jestes

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….

Teen Mom Brynn Jestes

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.Brynn Jestes Young Moms Club

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.

Brynn Jestes Teen MomWhat 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.

I can’t thank Brynn enough for sharing your story! It’s so great to hear how well this young mom has done creating her perfect life for herself and her son through all the ups and downs at only 22 years old! Great job, girl!

Were you able to relate to Brynn? Have you or your child had health issues that have challenged you in life? Comment below to tell Young Mom’s Club and Brynn more about what you thought about this article. As always, if you want to share your own story, submit your photos and fill out the Spotlight Young Mom form right now!

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The Spotlight is on: Hannah Millet

So we’ve decided to try something new! We would like to welcome Hannah as our first Spotlight Young Mom who is still in the pregnancy stage of motherhood!

Hannah is a pregnant teen who is expecting her first baby and wants to share her story. Read about her story so far and what she has already been dealing with before even having her son.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I’m 17 years old and 6 months pregnant to the wonderful Remi James. His dad isn’t in our lives, but we have tons of love from the rest of my family .

Teen Mom Hannah Millet Baby PicWhat were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

When I found out I was pregnant I had severe depression. I said I would kill myself before I had a baby. I didn’t want to have that lifestyle of being a young mom. When I saw my first ultrasound, the snot and tears poured out like a river. Now, after 5 months, I couldn’t be happier being pregnant. Remi saved my life from possible suicide and definitely saved me from cutting and other self harms to myself.

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

Pedicures are a must have for relaxing! The people who do my nails are always asking about the baby. I also enjoy taking long baths with the water below my belly, of course.

What are your favorite things about being a mom

My favorite thing is laying on my back and feeling the baby kick and move. Also the cute clothes and toys, of course .

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

I hope to be a successful hairdresser and makeup artist and I hope to do makeup for celebrities and such.

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

Don’t let people’s stares bother you. They’re gonna look at you and whisper about your belly, but don’t let that bother you. Another thing is don’t let people call you stupid. You made a mistake. Your intelligence level or IQ has nothing to do with if you’re young or not. Everyone makes mistakes and anyone who has sex can become pregnant. Condoms break, things happen. You’re not dumb, you made a mistake that anyone can make.

Congratulations to Hannah and we can’t wait to meet Remi! I’m sure that you’re going to be a great mama and he will be the light of your life when you meet him.

Are you a pregnant teen who is expecting their first baby soon? Are you a young mom who wants to share their feelings with Hannah about when you were pregnant? We would love to hear your comments in the section below…

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The Spotlight is on: Nyaguthii Kioi

We are super excited to feature our first Spotlight Young Mom from another continent!

Meet Nyaguthii Kioi and read all about this positive young mom and her sweet little boy from Kenya.

young mom nyaguthiiTell us about yourself and your family:

I just turned 20 and I have an amazing 5 month old baby boy who I absolutely love. My family is made of my mum, my sister & my brother. I’m also pretty close with my extended family on my mum’s side.

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

How my life would change and if my mum would accept it. I gathered courage, prayed about it, and told her. She was amazing!!

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

I write a lot to unwind. Especially when my stress levels are high. I love hanging out with my cousins and chilling to good music.

What are your favorite things about being a mom

Oh my baby! He just lights my world. My best feeling comes from seeing his smile. I live for that smile. Also when I’m breastfeeding him and he lifts his hand to touch my face. It’s too sweet.

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

I’m going to be successful. I’m doing well in school and about to be employed. I’ll hopefully be able to provide for my son without depending on my mom & aunties.young mom and baby nyaguthii kioi

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

Being a mom is the greatest blessing. It’s motivation to be the best you can possibly be. It’s rough, but hold your head up high. God gives you only that which you can handle. It may seem bleak, but remember, it gets rough before it’s better. Await your dawn, don’t dwell on the darkness.

This mommy is so proud of her son and we love her ambition to become financially independent!

Are there any moms out there in another country that want to send a message of support to Nyaguthii? If you loved reading her story, comment below!    🙂