Teen Mom Maci Bookout has faced many challenges in her short life but has forged ahead with Bentley, her 18 month old son, and found a new college, new hometown, and a new love.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Maci shares her feelings about life as a teenage mom, revealing her biggest hopes and fears as well as sharing Bentley's adorable first words.
Read on for the full interview:
Radar: What is the most difficult part of being a teen mom?
Maci: Being somewhat alone. None of my friends have children so it's hard to have a close friendship with anyone. Also, having to go to college and worry about homework and financial issues.
Radar: What do you miss most about your life before the baby?
Maci: Freedom. You can't just up and go. Every choice you make has an influence on you and your baby.
Radar: Is being a mom anything like you had expected?
Maci: Almost. I never knew it was joyful, and I never ever thought it would be so hard.
Radar: What has been the most rewarding part of having a baby?
Maci: Waking up everyday to beautiful little boy who loves me more than anything :)
Radar: What are the most important things you have learned from this?
Maci: Life has a meaning, love does exist, and mistakes can be reversed.
Radar: What is your advice to other teen moms, or to teens in general?
Maci: Be strong. Remember what is important.
Radar: What are your biggest fears? What are your biggest hopes and dreams for the future?
Maci: My biggest fear is losing Bentley, second is probably letting myself and my family down. I hope to create and maintain a good and healthy life for Bentley and myself.
Radar: Has the show helped you get perspective on this entire experience / what's the biggest thing you've learned from seeing yourself on TV?
Maci: It has. I feel like its helped me stay on the right path. It made me realize that by sharing my experience I can change peoples' lives.
Radar: What feedback have you received from doing the show?
Maci: I'm a great mom (: Bentley is adorable, and people learn so much from watching our stories.
Radar: What are your baby's favorite words right now? Any recent milestones?
Maci: Car, Bubba, rawr!, booboo, bike, and of course momma :) ... He peed in the potty for the first time last night!
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