young teen mom jesse cooper

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!

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