Teen Mom: OG’s Catelynn Lowell has opened up about the criticism she faced after choosing to have a second child, Novalee Reign, above, in her 20s, after putting another child, Carly, up for adoption at age 16.
“[Fiance Tyler Baltierra and I] were just super excited and looking forward to it,” Catelynn told Us Weekly about her second baby, born on New Year’s Day. “Because ever since Carly [was put up for adoption], we just always yearned so badly to be parents. So, I mean, we were definitely excited.”
“At first, we were both excited about it because, we’ve been wanting to be parents for so long, and we knew we weren’t ready at 16 and we felt more ready this time,” she continued of learning she was pregnant a second time. “And then, an hour later, for me, it was instant anxiety, panic attack because I’m like, ‘Wow, this is real and this is happening.’ I think whatever age you are, it’s probably going to be nerve-racking.”
After news broke this weekend that Brandon and Teresa Davis were considering closing the door on the open adoption over the couple’s rule-breaking, Catelynn admitted that Teen Mom: OG fans would watch the “trials and tribulations with our relationship with Brandon and Teresa and trying to navigate our relationship and how we want to work together in this adoption and make it more open.”
Catelynn reveals: there ARE plans for Carly to meet her little bio sister!
“Well, we talked to Brandon and Teresa and eventually they’re going to meet,” revealed Catelynn. “And [Carly] knows that I had a baby and that her name is Nova.”
The 23-year-old explained, they’re trying to be sensitive to Carly’s needs. “You know, we don’t go as far as saying, ‘This is your sister,’ or anything like that. Like, she knows her as Nova, just like we’re Tyler and Catelynn. Eventually, yeah, we’re all going to get together, so they’ll be able to meet.”
And the mother has defended choosing to have a second child after putting the first up for adoption. “A lot of the criticism was just, ‘How can you place a child and then have another child?’ And me and Tyler, we feel like that’s just kind of ignorance. And so, really, we just kind of laugh it off. Just because we placed our first baby does not mean we can never have children again. And people think that. And so it just comes from a place of ignorance, I think, and not being educated about what we’re doing.”
“From being 16 to 23, we’ve just had a huge difference in our relationship,” she said of having another baby, raising her happily, being financially secure and planning a wedding for August 22. “We worked on our relationship, we worked on ourselves. We own a home, we have cars. We’re very stable. So, she’ll always have a roof over her head. So we’re way different than what we were at 16.”
And Catelynn gushes about Tyler’s parenting. “When you have a child and you’re parenting them, you look at the world totally different,” she revealed. “Like, it is crazy how much differently I think about things now with her. But it’s amazing. I love watching Tyler with her. He’s so good with her. She already loves him to death. So, it’s amazing.”
Tyler shared these Instagram photos this weekend with the captions “She loves her daddy so much! This little girl has got him wrapped.around her tiny finger and shes only 2 monyhs old… i love you both so much! I couldnt ask for a better daddy for Nova” and “Cant wait to get home and kiss this little face!! I miss her SO much!”