young mom olivia lightfoot

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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