She's back: Cortland teen returns to MTV series

Kayla Sessler, 19, of Cortland, holds her son, Izaiah, during the first episode of the second season of MTV's "Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant," which airs at 9 p.m. Monday on MTV.
Kayla Sessler, 19, of Cortland, holds her son, Izaiah, during the first episode of the second season of MTV's "Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant," which airs at 9 p.m. Monday on MTV.

CORTLAND – Kayla Sessler said she isn’t wild about being a celebrity.

As the Cortland teen returns to TVs and mobile devices everywhere Monday night, during her second season on MTV’s “Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant,” she hopes viewers in the position she was in midway through her senior year of high school take some comfort.

“I just hope they take away that it isn’t easy,” said Sessler, who gave birth to her son, Izaiah, Sept. 30, 2017 – a miracle viewers got a peek at last season. “I hope they also know that you can be successful and reach your goals as a teen parent. Your life doesn’t stop.”

The first episode of the second season will air at 9 p.m. Monday.

Sessler, 19, is working part-time as a beauty adviser at Ulta Beauty, 2064 Sycamore Road, in DeKalb, while taking a couple of courses at Kishwaukee College.

“I’m trying to split it between working and spending time with my son,” she said.

She’s also spent a lot of time trying to manage the fractured relationship between her ex-boyfriend of three years, Stephen Alexander, and her mother, Jaime Villacorta.

The drama picks up right where it left off when Alexander gave a disingenuous apology to Villacorta during a reunion episode last season.

As they play with Izaiah at the DeKalb Public Library, Sessler points out that if Alexander would simply swallow his pride, he’d be allowed in Villacorta’s home again.

“But I don’t want you to apologize if you don’t mean it,” she said.

Toward the end of the episode, he comes through, apologizing and pointing out that in doing so, he’s trying to lay the “foundation” for a comfortable environment at the house.

“And I won’t be so crabby if he’s here to help out and I can sleep,” Sessler told her mother, after being frank with Alexander.

“I didn’t expect you to apologize,” she said.

“Like I said, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking,” he replied. “Instead of putting what I want first, I’m doing what’s good for [Izaiah].”

Izaiah, now 1, will be getting a new helmet – or doc band, as Sessler corrects on her Instagram account (@kayla_sessler) – in an upcoming episode, to help correct his plagiocephaly, better known as “flat head syndrome.”

Sessler said whereas when last season’s first episode aired in March, she learned there would be a second season, she’s not yet sure whether a third season will be picked up.

She said it’s common for her to be stopped in public, but until it happens, she doesn’t feel any different these days.

“I don’t really feel like a celebrity,” she said. “It’s really weird when I go out and people want to take pictures with me. It happens all the time.”

She said it hasn’t changed how she lives her life – just how she presents herself sometimes.

“I still go out, but sometimes I’ll throw a hat on or something,” she said.

For resources and information about sexual health and pregnancy prevention, visit It’s Your Sex Life and Power to Decide online. More information about “Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant” can be found on Instagram @TeenMom, Twitter @TeenMom and Facebook Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant.

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