The Spotlight is on: Brittany Layman

Meet Young Moms Club’s Spotlighted Member: Brittany Layman!!!

Tell us about yourself and your family:

My name is Brittany Layman. I am 19 years old. I am married with two children. I have an almost two year old little boy named Blaine and a 6 month old little girl named Brooklynn. happy young family

My husband, Taylor, is an amazing guy. I got pregnant with my son at 17 and Taylor was 16. He was more optimistic than I was. Not a lot of teen boys stick around. I had my son when I was 18 years old. At first, I was so scared of having a little baby to take care of and now I would not have it any other way. I did have some post partum after I had him.

Then when my son was 6 or 7 months old I got pregnant with my little girl. I was 18 years old and Taylor was 17. I had her when I was 19. I was so over whelmed by having two children. Before Brooklynn was born, me and Taylor got married.

I love my life. I would not change it for anything in the world.

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

My biggest concerns when I found out I was pregnant with my son was; How am I going to give my child a life? How am I going to afford having a baby? I am still a child myself.

With my daughter my concerns where; Am I going to be able to handle two kids? A toddler and a newborn? Is it possible?

The way I handled it was I talked about things with my mom and I went to this place called The Pregnancy Center. They helped a lot. They had me watch video’s about raising kids and taking care of yourself and your newborn. Taylor helped me a lot too. 🙂

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

teen mom with familyWhen I feel like I need to relax, I go on a walk or drive. I usually call my best friend, Niki, and talk to her about how I am feeling. For fun, I don’t really do too much. My parents help me out on the weekends sometimes by getting the kids for a few hours or to spend the night. When they do, I just spend time with my husband and we have a date night sometimes. When I treat myself I usually go get my eyebrows done or I try to go hangout with a friend for a few hours. 🙂

People say that when you have kids young that your life is over, well I will be the first one to tell you that it is NOT true. I am currently in school to be a teacher and my husband is working full time about to go get his GED.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I wold have to say that my favorite thing about being a mom is when my child looks up at me and has the BIGGEST smile on their face.
With Blaine, I love it when he just grabs my cheeks and is like, “I love you mommy. Love you bunches.”

With Brooklynn, I love waking up to that smiling pretty face of hers. It is just beautiful! 🙂
My children are my life. I don’t know where I would be without them.

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

In five years, I see myself and my family owning a home. I see me having a full-time job and Taylor as well. I see us being happy as ever:)

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

I would have to say, keep your head up and stay strong. Your life is not over just because are pregnant. Your life is just beginning.

Yes, it can be stressful and hard sometimes but the reward is so worth it. You have someone so small looking up to you. Right now, You are in charge of someone’s life. You can do it! Yes, you do have to grow up quicker and you might lose some friends but those kids are worth it.

Also, If you feel like you are not ready to grow up and be a parent, you have the option of adoption. There is someone out there ready to be a parent to that child. Someone that can not have kids who would love to help you.

Also, when you need help or you feel you need a break, ASK FOR HELP!!! Do NOT be afraid to do so. I mean do not take advantage of that but when you feel like you can’t take it, or you might harm yourself or child, ASK FOR HELP! If you don’t know what to do, ASK FOR HELP!!!

Good Luck!

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The Main Reason I Created Young Moms Club that Most People Don’t Know About

I’ve always known, since I was a little girl, that I was meant to do big things in the world. Even through the lowest points in my life, that feeling never went away.big dreams danielle ford young moms

I’ve finally found that big thing: Young Moms Club.

I remember laying on the floor in my new apartment right after I left my husband (I was too broke to buy a bed) and thinking “Hmmm.. Well I’m 21, am raising 2 kids alone, don’t know how I’ll pay rent next month, I’m sleeping on the floor every night.. How is it possible that I could be meant for things much bigger than this?” It didn’t make sense at the time and I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel but there was still that whisper coming from inside me saying “Keep going. You’ll figure it out.”

I’d start to lose hope, want to just stay in bed, get angry when I saw people having it easier than me.. and then I would think to myself “I can’t wait till the day when I can look back and say ‘Wow, that sucked! I’m so glad to be out of that!”

Fast forward a few years: I can proudly say now, “Wow, that sucked! I’m so glad to finally be out of that!”

And then the realization hit. Yeah, I did get out of that. But there are now other girls out there that are in it. There are girls who are going to be in it. They just don’t know it yet.

So I started thinking, “What would’ve helped me IMMENSELY when I was going through that shit storm? Instead of taking years to get out of, could it have taken less time, maybe 1 year? It might’ve if I’d had the right kind of support and encouragement. What if instead of feeling bad about myself and the mistakes I’d made, I had connected with a group of girls going through the exact same thing who I could go to with any problem and not feel alone or ashamed.”

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Me and my Baby Girl <3

Then my Entrepreneur Spirit surfaced and I started thinking, “What if there was a website specifically for Young Moms that taught all the Life and Business skills that older moms usually figure out before they have kids? Belonging to a website like that would’ve been a life saver for me.”

So I decided to create it.

Now a year after the vision was born, I’m thrilled to announce that Young Moms Club is ready to Rock!

I have overwhelming gratitude for all the girls who joined the club early and have sent me messages sharing their life with me. I know it takes a lot of guts to open up and share your story and I have HUGE respect for each of you. Thank you 🙂

I am so excited to connect with all of you mommas. I have blog posts, videos, group chats, contests and lots of other cool things planned for the club. Your opinions and ideas are always encouraged so if you have any, post in a comment below or send me an email!

If you haven’t yet, download the “7 Steps to Being a Kick Ass Young Mom”.. its a quick read and it’s Free. Talk to you on the inside!

The Main Reason I Created Young Moms Club that Most People Don’t Know About