In 2021, TikToker Elyse Myers took the world by storm with a hilarious and somehow relatable worst-date story in which she bought 100 tacos from a Taco Bell drive-thru. Because TikTok is full of people who love tacos and disastrous first-date stories, Elyse’s fame skyrocketed overnight. But before she became an influencer and comedian, Elyse was a mom living in Omaha.
Of course, Elyse is still a mom. She has two little boys with her husband, Jonas Myers. On Jan. 30, 2024, Elyse revealed in a video that her youngest son will need to undergo heart surgery. So, what’s going on with Elyse and her kids?
Elyse Myers has two kids, August and Oliver Myers.
Before she became TikTok famous, Elyse was a new mom raising her son, August. On Jan. 16, 2024, August turned 3 years old, but in 2021, when Elyse made her first video, he was just six months old. One of the reasons we love Elyse is because of her candor and vulnerability in her videos, and she talked openly about her struggles with post-partum depression.
“I was experiencing postpartum depression, and literally up until the night we took August home from the hospital, I had no clue what postpartum depression even was," she said in a December 2022 episode of her podcast, Funny Cuz It’s True. "I went straight to my kitchen and made myself a coffee, and then out of nowhere, I just started trying to mentally connect the person I was in college and this person now who is grabbing a cup out of my cupboard."
“Who’s the person that is grabbing ice trays out of the freezer? Who’s grabbing almond milk out of the fridge? These hands I am looking at are the same hands that took notes at school. They played viola in high school, they zipped up a wedding dress, they held my husband’s hand, typed on my keyboard for work. Why don’t these hands feel like my hands,” she asked.
Elyse found the answer in making TikTok videos, which helped her connect her current self and identity as a mom with the person she had been for decades before. In telling a story about what she coined her “classic Elyse double roll” with her sweatshirt sleeves, “It was like my current self and my past self shook hands and met in that very moment … It meant so much to me that my brain recognized me in that memory.”
Elyse and Jonas frequently share pictures and videos with their kids, although they protect their kids’ identities by covering their faces in photos for safety reasons. August enjoys playing with instruments and dancing, and he’s clearly a great big brother. Elyse gave birth to her second son, Oliver, on Sept. 14, 2023.
Elyse Myers’s youngest son, Oliver, was born with a hole in his heart.
Being a parent is really scary, and while it seems like Elyse handles it with grace and humor, her family is going through a lot with Oliver’s heart condition.
In an emotional video, Elyse shared with her followers: "My son went into his 4-month checkup, just a routine newborn checkup. The doctor heard a little bit of a heart murmur and said, 'You know, it's probably nothing. We'll just send you to cardiology so that he can get a little echocardiogram and confirm that it's just an innocent murmur and he'll grow out of it.'"
However, the technician found hole in Oliver’s heart, where the bottom two chambers of his heart don’t connect. Elyse was later informed by a physician that "on a scale from tiny to large, the hole is large.”
Elyse and Jonas had no idea that Oliver has a ventricular septal defect (VSD), which can be fatal if large enough. Doctors told Elyse to bring him back in to get a heart catheter, which she said was "a pretty extensive procedure, but you're in and out on the same day which is shocking."
She continued, "And so Oliver is going to have heart surgery within the next couple of weeks. And the doctors are really confident that after the surgery, he will recover and grow right on track. They seem to think that this will not affect him in life later after this is all fixed up."
As the doctors remain hopeful, Elyse and Jonas will give us the big updates. While the TikToker is trying to best prepare her other son, August, for whats to come, she says it's hard to not see Oliver "as a fragile piece of glass."
We’re all wishing them the best during this difficult time!