Five years ago, teenagers Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra made the heartbreaking decision to place their daughter, Carly, for adoption during an emotional episode of 16 and Pregnant. Following the airing of their episode, Catelynn and Tyler went on to become advocates for adoption during their time on Teen Mom. Today, the couple announced that they are trying to become parents.
“We’re ready to have a baby,” Catelynn told In Touch Weekly.
Catelynn and Tyler are now 22 years old, and feel that they are finally in the right place to become parents.
“I was too young when I got pregnant with Carly — I was sad and scared,” Catelynn told the magazine. “We’ve learned from what our parents did wrong. Tyler and I own our own home, have two cars and actually have money to support a kid.”
Tyler and Catelynn have both been working full-time as caregivers for developmentally disabled adults. (In addition to these full-time jobs, it appears that they were smart with their MTV earnings, and used the extra cash to purchase a home, rather than blow it on drugs and/or plastic surgery like some of their franchise co-stars.)
“I would’ve felt guilty if I got pregnant again when Carly was 1 or 2. But we’ve both been yearning for this,” Catelynn said. (Carly is about to turn five, and appears to have a very happy life with her adoptive parents, Brandon and Theresa.)
Catelynn said that she got off her birth control three months ago and that she and Tyler have been trying to conceive.
“We have no doubt that raising a child will be hard. But I know we’re going to be really great parents,” Catelynn said.
The couple had planned to tie the knot in 2013 but called off the wedding after spending a season doing Couples Therapy. It does not appear that they are planning on getting married any time soon, although they are still engaged.
A few years ago, the magazine ran a story in which “Catelynn” claimed that she was pregnant again. The magazine ended up in the middle of an embarrassing scandal when it discovered that it wasn’t Catelynn that had given the interview, it was actually her mom, April, who made the whole thing up in an effort to get some tabloid cash. This time, however, Catelynn took to her verified Twitter account to confirm that the interview was very real.
“Yes people the intouch interview that’s out now is true and those are ALL my own words!
Catelynn is one of three ’16 and Pregnant’ girl that choose adoption for their child. Lori Wickelhaus, who placed her son for adoption during Season 2, has since had another baby. The third girl, Ashley Salazar, is currently pregnant with her second child.