Meet Mikayla from Texas!
Let’s give a warm welcome to Mikayla! Hi mama, how are you today?
I’m happy today!
Where are you from?
Corpus Christi Texas
How many children do you have?
One child and she is six months old
How old were you when you had your first child?
I got pregnant at 19. I was 20 weeks pregnant on my 20th birthday (thought that was cool) and of course had her when I was 20.
Do you remember your initial reaction when you found out you were pregnant?
Yes. I was shocked and scared. I didn’t think I could have kids and I knew my life was changing but I was so young. I didn’t know how to handle it. Yet there was an overwhelming feeling of happiness and excitement.
What first comes to mind when you think of mental health?
How you’re feeling in the inside. What is your brain telling you.
How was your mental health before you became a mama? How has motherhood changed or improved your mental health?
My mental health before pregnancy was good. I battled with PPD and still do. My mental health, in the beginning, wasn’t very good, but now seeing my daughter grow and learn has helped me coped and improve my mental health.
Do you self care?
Sadly no. I don’t find time. Between working and caring for a child, I don’t get much “Me” time. The shower is my only place of relaxation.
Do you have any stories you’d like to share?
Its personal but it could help other young mom or any mom in general.
When Lyla was about three weeks old , my mind was in a dark place. Her father worked out of town and I was always alone with her. I felt isolated and unimportant. I wasn’t in my body and my life wasn’t mine anymore. All my friends forgot about me and I had no one to talk to or ask for advice. I felt like I wasn’t ready to be a mom but I didn’t want to give up my baby. I thought that she deserved someone who was ready and prepared to take on the challenges of raising a baby. In my mind I wasn’t a good mom. I wanted to kill myself. I felt there was no other way out. I spent nights crying and thinking what to do. I reached out for help. I talked to my spouse and he didn’t understand it at all. I was trapped and feeling guilty. I started writing letters for her so she would know that I did love her and that I was sorry for being this way. The night that I was going to end it all , I was again alone with her. She was asleep in her bassinet and I looked over at her. She smiled in her sleep and seeing that made me realize that if I wasn’t meant to have her then God wouldn’t have gave her to me. But he made me a mother at this age and time because I needed her more than she needed me. Lyla has changed my life for the better and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I’m here and I’m happy.
Advice for other mamas…
Take it day by day. No one is a perfect. If you need help reach out. Someone will be there for you.
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What’s the scoop on Mikayla?
What’s your drink of choice?
Green apple crown even though I’m not 21 yet.
What’s your favorite movie?
My movie is “To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything”
What’s the cutest thing your kid has done?
Do you have a favorite restaurant or snack?
KitKats are the go-to!
Tell us your go-to song at the moment!
I’ll Kill You by Summer Walker and Jhené Aiko
I have a dog! Named Chapo he is a little over a year old
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