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The Spotlight is on: Nicole Rodriguez

If you’re a young mom facing hard times, you should definitely read Nicole’s story.

Finding out she was pregnant in one of the hardest situations anyone could imagine,Nicole shows us all that nothing can keep a tough chick down!

nicole rodriguez young mom spotlightTell us about yourself and your family:

My son Donnie is 5 months. My boyfriend Adam is my son’s stepfather. We both work very hard in order to provide for our munchkin. My son is fun-loving and makes our little family glow.

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

I knew how my son was conceived. At that time I was living with a horrible person, my ex. He was verbally abusive and would guilt me into having relations with him. He knew that my child was a product of rape and he knew that he could push me because I did not want to end up on the streets as a pregnant 18 year old girl. I was so flippin’ scared. I cried and cried and convinced myself that I would put my son with an adoptive family right after I had found out I was pregnant.

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

nicole rodriguez teen momI don’t really have time to treat myself. I watch TV now and again, but I work 53 hours a week and play with my munchkin.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

The fact that I get to teach my son how to be the best man he can be. I get to steer my little man into his path and show him around. His smile reminds me everyday why I bust my butt working. My son is my inspiration.

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

Hopefully returning to college and living in a nice apartment to accommodate my family, as well as myself.

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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?

You have options. There is so much support with baby care and baby supplies, even baby clothing and formula. There is WIC, there are formula checks, and even government funded daycare centers. There are so many options to help and so many different support groups that can guide you. Things will only get bad before they get better. Chin up ladies! We can bear children and we can raise them as well.

 

Thank you to Nicole for sharing her powerful story. You have certainly battled with more than most people should deal with in a lifetime and are an inspiration to young mothers everywhere.

If you have comments for Nicole or felt that her story inspired you in any way, please leave a comment below! Her helpful tips for new moms are great as well, so if you have other tips to give her in return, don’t be afraid to share here!

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