As a reality television fan, I've always admired the young women of the MTV series 16 and Pregnant and the spin-off Teen Mom. I've enjoyed watching their tales of young motherhood and learning about what they have experienced and felt over the course of their journeys. It's amazing to see how they have grown up over the years. They share the ups and downs of having kids so young, talking about the hard times but also how beautiful it is to raise children.
Catelynn Baltierra (known as Catelynn Lowell before marrying Tyler Baltierra) is one of the most well-known stars from the franchise. Her 16 and Pregnant episode was both beautiful and heartbreaking. Catelynn's first MTV episode aired around ten years ago in 2009, and now Catelynn is twenty-six years old. She currently stars on Teen Mom OG along with Maci Bookout McKinney and Amber Portwood, two other young women from 16 and Pregnant.
It's definitely interesting to see how Catelynn has changed since the first time that fans saw her on their TV screens and to compare 16-year-old Catelynn to her slightly older self. Here is everything that fans should know about Catelynn on 16 and Pregnant vs. Catelynn on Teen Mom.
Here are 10 things to know about Catelynn on '16 and Pregnant'...
Many fans of Catelynn love her love story and think that she and Tyler are really sweet together. They have an amazing history and have been together for a really long time.
By the time of Catelynn and Tyler's episode of 16 and Pregnant, they had been together for three years, and they got pregnant. The pair started seeing each other in 2005 when they were in grade seven, so they started a relationship at a very young age. It would be hard for any couple to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, but especially if they were still in high school at the time.
Something else that fans should know about Catelynn when she was on 16 and Pregnant is that she had a very tough home life.
As E online says, "Catelynn, who described her mom April as 'pretty unpredictable,' had lived in 13 different houses since she was born in 1992." It was clear from Catelynn's episode that she had been struggling with her family for a while and that it wasn't the happiest situation, which was another reason why it was very sweet to see her in such a good relationship with Tyler. Our hearts went out to Catelynn because this was a sad part of her story.
According to Ranker, Tyler became Catelynn's stepbrother: "After they started dating at just 13, their parents happened to meet, fall in love, and get married."
Although this was definitely a topic of conversation for many fans of the show at the time, it didn't last. Tyler's dad, Butch, and Catelynn's mom, April, didn't stay married. According to In Touch Weekly, Butch and April's marriage was over in 2013, and now April is married to someone else. Of all the ways that Catelynn's life is different today than it was back in 2009 when she was on 16 and Pregnant, this is one of the biggest things.
The focus of Catelynn's 16 and Pregnant episode was that she and Tyler gave their baby girl, Carly, up for adoption. Catelynn knew that this was the best thing to do. When Carly celebrated her ninth birthday recently, Catelynn wrote on social media, as Us Weekly quoted, “I can’t believe that 9 years ago Tyler and I were waiting to go to the hospital to make one of the hardest decisions of our lives . . . but it ended up being one of the BEST things we could have done for her. Carly we love you so much and are so proud of you! #birthdaygirl #adoptionjourney.”
E online has also quoted Tyler as saying, "I want my daughter to have a chance at life. I just don't want her to be raised the way that she's going to be raised."
Teen Mom Junkies notes that Catelynn's mom, April, thought that they should keep the baby. This was definitely part of Catelynn's 16 and Pregnant episode.
In fact, neither Catelynn nor Tyler had the support of their own parents. Both April and Butch thought that they should raise the baby themselves instead of giving Carly up for adoption. This was tough to watch since we knew that this young couple felt they were doing the right thing, and we wished that they had more support. This was a really tough time for Catelynn and she went through a lot at the young age of sixteen.
Unlike her later episodes on Teen Mom and Teen Mom OG when she and Tyler moved out on their own, Catelynn didn't have the money or resources to be on her own when she filmed her episode of 16 and Pregnant. That made her situation even more difficult for sure.
While she was struggling with getting pregnant at such a young age and giving her baby up for adoption, she had to live at home and be around her own mom who didn't agree with her decision. It's easy to see that this was a really tough period in her life.
According to Wetpaint, Catelynn and Tyler have gotten very open and honest about their teenage years. They weren't very safe, which is how they ended up getting accidentally pregnant. They also had some tough teen years and weren't as healthy as they are today.
We could all say that our lives are very different now than they were when we were in high school. Many people who have seen the MTV series have applauded Catelynn and Tyler for making this hard choice and for realizing that they weren't in a position where they could raise their baby girl. We saw how emotional this decision made them, which makes it even more admirable.
Catelynn and Tyler didn't decide to give Carly up for adoption on their own. They had some advice from a counselor who specialized in adoption.
According to Cafe Mom, the adoption counselor named Dawn said that it would be "more complicated" once Carly started growing up: Dawn said, “The older Carly gets, the more it impacts them. It’s not just ‘we’ll meet for one day and go to a park.’ For them, it’s the residual effects afterward, the questions that come. What is that impact on Carly?”
It's inspiring and admirable that Catelynn went on the show to tell her story and show that there is a lot to consider when making this choice.
When you decide to give your baby up for adoption, you can pick one of two choices: an open adoption or a closed adoption. A closed adoption means that there is no contact between the birth parents and the adoptive parents.
Catelynn and Tyler chose an open adoption, which meant that they would see Carly once a year and know things about her and her life instead of having no contact at all. It seems like this was important to the couple since they felt a lot of love for their baby girl and wanted her to have a really great life but didn't want to lose touch.
As a fan pointed out in a Reddit thread about Catelynn's 16 and Pregnant episode, there was one moment that was truly sad: "And how Caitlin and Tyler don’t want to look at Carly right after she’s born? So heartbreaking."
If we've seen this episode, then we will definitely remember this since it would be hard to miss. This was very emotional and also proves that Catelynn made the right choice. She cared so much about Carly that she wanted her to have parents who could provide for her and do all of the things that she was too young to do.
And here is what fans should know about Catelynn on 'Teen Mom'...
When MTV started the spin-off Teen Mom, Catelynn was one of the four girls. She and Tyler have gone through a lot over the seasons of this show and fans have been following along with every up and down of their relationship.
First, they got engaged: Tyler proposed to Catelynn in 2012. They had some problems after that and, according to E online, were going to tie the knot in 2013 but then they didn't. In January 2015, Tyler gave Catelynn a new engagement ring, and they got married in August of 2015. It was wonderful to see them finally get married, and anyone who has been in a long-term relationship with good times and some struggles can relate.
One of the storylines on Teen Mom was that Catelynn and Tyler really want to keep in touch with Carly, but Carly's parents wanted a bit of distance. They also didn't want to be filmed on the show. Tyler got very upset and emotional in one episode talking it.
As People magazine reported in January 2018, after Tyler and Catelynn were able to see Carly again, Tyler told a producer that Catelynn was feeling a lot of things about this: “She was saying after raising Nova, she’s actually feeling that love you have for your kid, and after seeing [Carly and Nova] together she said it was really hard [to leave Carly]. She said it just [is no fun] — it [is unfortunate] that we were so young, and it [is unfortunate] that our parents [weren't the best]. We were little kids."
Catelynn has had mental health struggles and has talked about that on the show, and she has also gone to three treatment centers. We have seen her leaving for a center and have heard Tyler talk about how tough it is.
Those of us who are fans of Catelynn really appreciate that she talks about things that not everyone does. She has also talked about her struggles with mental health while wanting to expand their family: Cafe Mom has quoted her as saying, "I'm not gonna let that hold me back from one of the most beautiful things in life, which is children. I just have to continue therapy and work through it."
Something else that is different about Catelynn on Teen Mom: she and Tyler have been raising their daughter, Nova.
In 2015, Catelynn gave birth to her second baby girl, Novalee. She and Tyler call her Nova, and she just celebrated her fourth birthday. Anyone who has seen Nova on the show will agree that she is absolutely adorable and that she is a very happy child. Moms can relate to Catelynn's motherhood journey, even if they didn't have a baby at the age of sixteen or give a baby up for adoption. Catelynn is always real about how nothing in life is perfect and she reminds us that everyone struggles.
In February 2018, news broke that Catelynn had a loss, and this is something else that she has been open about. Fans really appreciate Catelynn's candor on all kinds of topics, including this one.
People magazine quoted Tyler as saying about the experience, “Carly is a little different because we get to see her every year. But it’s a loss, and you feel it, like, you process it as a loss. I guess it’s something I didn’t really understand before. It’s crazy.”
According to Romper, Catelynn was a guest on Kailyn Lowry's podcast "Coffee and Convos" and said about growing their family, "We’re kind of not rushing into things right now, because we were there, and then I had the [loss]. Then I just went downhill, I want to make sure that I’m healthy and happy."
We might have heard the news that Catelynn and Tyler's relationship has been going through some rough spots lately, and we have also seen this in some episodes of Teen Mom.
According to E online, Catelynn and Tyler decided to live away from each other for a period of thirty days. Catelynn has been quoted as saying, "I think like, we've been seeing a couple's therapist and things like that and I've even asked Tyler like, 'Do you think things are getting better?' Cause I feel like things have been shifting and changing and he's agreed with me." It's tough to see this couple go through something so difficult and we wish them the best.
Throughout the course of Teen Mom and Teen Mom OG, the cameras have been there as Catelynn and Tyler have moved into several different houses and also fixed them up and gotten ready to move in.
This is one way that Catelynn is different on Teen Mom than she was on 16 and Pregnant; she's now grown up, living life away from her mom and as a married woman with a family of her own. Fans who have watched her since the beginning celebrate all of her accomplishments along with her and want nothing but good things for Catelynn, Tyler, and their family.
Does Catelynn regret giving Carly up for adoption? This is probably a question that we have wondered over the years, especially since sometimes this seems like a reason that some people might not make this particular choice. It's impossible to know how you will feel in the future and you have to do what feels right in the moment.
Cosmopolitan interviewed Catelynn and asked if she would have made other choices if she could rewind time and think about giving Carly up for adoption again. Catelynn said that she would have made the same choice: "I mean, I know for a fact I still would have placed Carly for adoption. I still graduated high school, I would have done that."
We've seen Catelynn buy a horse on Teen Mom and have watched her view this as part of her work to have a happy and healthy mindset.
Catelynn told Cosmopolitan, "Ever since I've been a little kid, I've always wanted get into horses, I've always loved horses and that's something I'm passionate about. I really want to look into doing lessons and purchasing my own horse down the road. I want to do things that I like to do and that my kid can do with me too."
It's sweet to hear that Catelynn has shared her love of horses with her daughter Nova, and that's a great idea for moms who want to engage in more outdoor activities with their children.
Catelynn is currently pregnant with her third child, who Radar Online says will be here in March 2019. She said, "My expected due date is March 6th. Whenever you find out you're pregnant, at first it's like an initial [huge surprise] and anxiety."
We are so happy to see that Catelynn is expanding her family and we can't wait to see photos of the little one in March. We have been watching Catelynn for the past decade and appreciate that she is always real about her life, and we know that she will continue to be open and honest in the future.