Beautiful: Ten years later, Teen Mom stars reflect on placing daughter for adoption
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Beautiful: Ten years later, Teen Mom stars reflect on placing daughter for adoption

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“Teen Mom” alums Catelynn Lowell and husband Tyler Baltierra shared a moving reflection on the 10-year anniversary of their decision to place their first-born daughter in an adoptive family.

Lowell shared the news on Twitter that she and Baltierra would be seeing their biological daughter, Carly, writing, “Today is a very special day we get to see Carly and her parents ❤️ Nova & Vaeda get to hang with their sister 😊 #blessed #adoption #sisters”.  Since their first appearance on “Teen Mom,” Lowell and Baltierra were married and welcomed two more daughters, Novalee and Vaeda, whom they are raising together.

The “Teen Mom” reality show followed Lowell and Baltierra as they prepared for Carly’s birth when they were 17 years old. Carly’s family has an open adoption with Lowell and Baltierra, meaning they remain in contact and have visits, but the family has a strict policy of not showing Carly’s face on television or social media.

READ: Former teen mom celebrates son: ‘I chose not to abort…. Look what God has done!’

Baltierra shared a moving message to Carly on her birthday in May on Instagram. He captioned the photo showing the back of Carly’s head as she holds her four-year-old biological sister Novalee: “10 years ago yesterday, we were only 17. 10 years ago, we brought you into the world. 10 years ago, we only got to hold you by ourselves for a half hour in the hospital as we just cried & stared at you, remembering every little detail of how absolutely perfect you were, since we knew that even though we just met, we had to say goodbye.”

 

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10 years ago yesterday, we were only 17. 10 years ago, we brought you into the world. 10 years ago, we only got to hold you by ourselves for a half hour in the hospital as we just cried & stared at you, remembering every little detail of how absolutely perfect you were, since we knew that even though we just met, we had to say goodbye. 10 years ago, we had to make the hardest decision of our lives & give you everything your innocent life deserved that we just couldn’t provide at the time. 10 years ago, we held each other & wept as we watched you drive away in the back of the car with the only parents that were worthy to be yours. 10 years ago…your life changed so many others for the better & has blessed more lives than I can count. We love you so much & hopefully get to see you soon baby girl. Happy Birthday Carly! #Adoption #BirthparentStrong

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“10 years ago, we had to make the hardest decision of our lives & give you everything your innocent life deserved that we just couldn’t provide at the time,” he continued. “10 years ago, we held each other & wept as we watched you drive away in the back of the car with the only parents that were worthy to be yours. 10 years ago…your life changed so many others for the better & has blessed more lives than I can count.”

Baltierra closed his message writing, “We love you so much & hopefully get to see you soon baby girl. Happy Birthday Carly! #Adoption #BirthparentStrong.”

Lowell and Baltierra’s story is a reminder of the heroic sacrifice of parents who make the decision to place a child in an adoptive family. While the decision was clearly not easy for them, they demonstrate that it is worth it. Carly’s life, which has as Baltierra noted “changed so many others,” is worth it.

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