Meet Young Moms Club’s Spotlighted Member: Brittany Layman!!!
Tell us about yourself and your 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?
When 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!!!