EXCLUSIVE! The teenager tells HollyBaby.com that she hopes when her son, Liam, is 17, he won’t be as “dumb” as she was when she got pregnant, and reveals that her mom has forgiven her.
HollyMoms, what would you do if your teenager came home from school one day with a visible baby bump? Would you kick her out of the house? On last night’s episode of 16 and Pregnant, that’s just what happened to Emily when her mom found out the straight-A student was pregnant with her high school boyfriend Daniel‘s child. When HollyBaby.com spoke to with the teenage mother this morning, we were happy to learn that things with her mom have gotten better and she’s hoping that her son, Liam, will never make the same mistakes she’s made. Check out our exclusive interview with the teen mom.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced in being a pregnant teen and mother?
I think the biggest challenge I faced being a pregnant teen was having to lose everything that I had in life. Friends, relationships, school, the education I had always wanted, my future goals. Going from being pregnant to actually being a teen mom, I’ve come to terms with how things changed so drastically. Now I think my biggest challenges are starting and finishing a four-year degree in college, and giving Liam the best life possible.
What are your hopes for his future?
When he is 17 and thinking about sex, I hope that my life and experiences will keep him from being “dumb.”
Looking back, do you wish you never had sex with your boyfriend, Daniel?
I’m not sure what exactly I would do differently. I love Liam so much and even though I have given so much up for him, I know it was worth it. I wish he would’ve came later, but I can’t do anything to change it.
How is Daniel as a father?
Daniel is amazing with Liam. He’s spoiled me by helping so much! He’s the only one who has been there for me since I found out I was pregnant. He helps with Liam, he works, and is going to school to better our future. He’s the best.
Who has helped the most with the baby?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one person. I have help from everyone. I think the person that has come the farthest is my mom.
She kicked you out of the house. Has she had a change of heart?
Yes. She has done everything possible to help and has given Liam so much.
How has your family been there for you?
In every way they have been there for me. From babysitting to helping out with things we need. I’m very lucky. And would be crazy without help!
Has Daniel’s family helped out?
They help us in some ways financially.
What are your plans for the future?
I am going to start college this January and I am going for Nuclear Medicine. I work now as a hostess, and I hope to get a better job soon. Daniel is going to school to become a paramedic. So for right now, we’re just living every day, waiting on the day we graduate college and get real jobs!
Tell us about Liam, any big milestones?
Well he’s been crawling since 6 months, which has been hectic! And he just started standing on things about a month ago. He’s also pretty close to standing on his own! He loves attention! When we’re somewhere and people aren’t paying attention to him, he’ll scream and yell until they do.
Sounds like he’s going to be a natural in front of the cameras! Here’s hoping Emily and her mother can continue to get along for the sake of this adorable little guy.