This week, fans watched as MTV’s 16 And Pregnant star Emily McKenzie Peterson struggled with her boyfriend, family, school, pregnancy, birth and raising a baby.
It’s all a bit much at any age, but for this mature teen, she stood up for herself!
RadarOnline.com spoke exclusively with Emily who revealed details of how she is handling life today and her plans to give her son Liam the best life possible.
RadarOnline.com: How has your family supported you throughout this experience?
Emily: In the beginning no one supported me except Daniel. They all wanted me to get an abortion and be done with it. It was extremely tough in the beginning and I wish the filming would’ve taken place a little sooner than it did. As my pregnancy progressed and after Liam was born, everyone got more and more supportive. Now, I have more support than I know what to do with!
RadarOnline.com: You were able to complete high school while pregnant and with a child. How difficult was that?
Emily: Yeah. I finished two years in just a couple months! And it was very difficult. I had to constantly pay attention to Liam which always interrupted my train of thought. I did have some help from different family members when it got close to graduating, so I was able to finish!
RadarOnline.com: As your son gets older do you have a clearer view of what you want in life?
Emily: For sure. Before I had him (as you saw in the episode) I was just going with the flow of what Daniel wanted. Literally a week after Liam was born I saw things so differently. I knew that I needed to voice my opinion and let everyone know what I wanted, not only what Daniel and his family wanted. I felt that if I didn’t stand up for myself, I wouldn’t be standing up for Liam and then he wouldn’t have the best life possible.
RadarOnline.com: What do you miss most about your old life before being a mom?
Emily: Honestly, being absolutely LAZY. Haha. I have so much to worry and think about now. Before Liam, things were so much easier. Now, the simplest things, like going to the mall or the grocery store have to have SO much thought and organization behind them.
RadarOnline.com: If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?
Emily: 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. And when he is 17 and thinking about sex, I hope that my life and experiences will keep him from being “dumb.” I wish he would’ve came later, but I can’t do anything to change it.
RadarOnline.com: What is Liam doing? Please tell us some of his fun milestones etc?
Emily: 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!
RadarOnline.com: How are you and Daniel handling things?
Emily: Relationship wise it gets TOUGH. We are totally different people. And sometimes that causes problems. Ever since Liam, our relationship has had a strain put on it. When Liam cries, I tend to take my stress and frustrations out on Daniel, and in return, he does the same. That usually leads to major arguments and fights. I love him though and we try, from day to day, to make it work.
RadarOnline.com: You have married really young. How has that worked for you so far? Is that difficult with so many unmarried friends?
Emily: Some moments, our relationship has barely gotten by. Other times, I couldn’t be happier. Its hard. I’m hoping things will get easier as Liam gets older though. I’ve seen so much of a change in us. Before Liam we were so happy and I knew we were in love. After having Liam, we just got to that “comfortable” stage, and being in love didn’t seem to matter anymore. We got out of the “honeymoon” stage before even getting married. And it sucks. A few of our friends have been with a significant other for years, so some understand in ways. I just reconnected with an old friend who has had a baby as well. We understand each other so well, and I’m thankful for that. Without having that one person, I’d be lost. It does help to have somebody that can say “Yeah you’re right for saying that or doing that,” if that makes sense.
RadarOnline.com: How long do you think you will wait before having another child?
Emily: At least until I’m 21 and legal!
RadarOnline.com: What is a typical day like?
Emily: I’m up in the morning with Liam. After he eats, we play and hang out, then nap time (thank God!), lunch, more playing, dinner, bath, and bedtime! Some days we go to the park or mall, depending on what there is going on.
RadarOnline.com: What is your advice to other teens and teen moms?
Emily: Teens- Have safe sex! Teen moms- Its hard, but keep pushing!