Teen Mom stars Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell took us by surprise last week when they announced that they are actively trying to conceive another baby. They gave their first daughter Carly to wonderful adoptive parents to raise after getting pregnant at 16, but at 22, they're ready to try for another to raise on their own.
They're financially secure, have stable jobs, and after 10 years together, they've decided that they're in it for the long haul. Twenty-two might be pretty young for a lot people to be thinking about having kids, but Tyler and Catelynn aren't exactly your average 22-year-olds. But still, because they're reality stars and everyone has an opinion, the backlash against their news was enough for Ty to take to Twitter to defend their decision to procreate again.
It seems as though some people are of the high-and-mighty opinion that Tyler and Catelynn should wait until after tying the knot to get pregnant. Because apparently that's the "right" way to do things. Insert statistic about children doing better with married parents here.
Tyler is letting none of that nonsense throw off his baby-making groove with Ms. Lowell.
AND btw if you didn't already know. Me & Cate already had a baby & were still not married! NOW You guys decide to comment on it #ALil2Late— Tyler BaltierraMTV (@TylerBaltierra) April 27, 2014
Ha! Take that, haters. What a novel concept that good parents are what's best for kids, not necessarily married parents. All those statistics about kids and what's best for them are never able to take one very important thing into consideration -- every situation is unique.
The emotional security of marriage might be the best environment to welcome a child into more often than not. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage, right? But Tyler and Catelynn have been through some serious crap together, yet their relationship is still rock solid, and they're still stupid-happy in love.
Isn't that what's best for a child? Having two parents that love each other? Isn't that more important than the actual marriage license? Are Tyler and Catelynn supposed to "prove" their love by getting married before they get pregnant?
I kind of love Ty's comment about this being their SECOND child out of wedlock together. It's a little late to shut the barn door now.
Tyler and Catelynn will get married when they feel like it's the right time, and not a moment sooner. That's one of the things we love about them anyway -- they march to the beat of their own drummer. Holding hands. And being disgustingly adorable. Dang, now I want them to get married too if for no other reason than I want MTV to film it so I can watch it!
Do you think Tyler and Catelynn should get married before having another baby?
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