Arianna is a high school senior from Georgia, and despite all of her big dreams and hopes for her future, it looks like she might be following in her mother's footsteps. We've seen that daughters of teen mothers are 66 percent more likely to become teen moms themselves, and it seems that Arianna was no exception.
Her own mom, Michelle, gave birth to Arianna when she was 17. And Arianna has grown up to be very creative and artistic and dreams of pursuing her PhD in psychology because there's been a lot to analyze in her life.
As she points out, her father left when she was just a baby. Her mother later remarried, but Arianna does not like her stepdad, so she's moved in with her grandmother. But her grandma's apartment is so small that the two actually have to share a bed. Did that make anyone else question where she got pregnant?
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But not long into high school, she met her boyfriend: Maurice. The two were only dating a month and a half before she was pregnant, and despite his initial support, the dude quickly lost interest. He is, after all, an aspiring artist who's making a mixed tape, so he's got other to-dos on his list (sarcasm to the max). But like Arianna, Maurice's father was also not around when he was growing up, so he's vowed to be more involved in his own son's life. As soon as that music career thing happens, it seems.
Throughout the episode, Arianna was trying her hardest to still remain a teenager while prepping for a baby. She went to homecoming, she took a driver's license test, and she spent time with her family and friends. Maurice, however, was not that responsive. Luckily, it seems like the two parents have some very lucky support systems. Between Arianna's mother and grandmother, and Maurice's mother and grandparents, the duo have just enough support (read: $$$) to prep for the baby.
But their relationship wasn't all peachy keen, jelly beans. Maurice asked for a paternity test multiple times. Ouch. He didn't help to furnish the baby's home at Arianna's grandmother's apartment during the pregnancy and seemed genuinely disinterested in keeping up with the timeline. He went about with his life with absolutely no sense of urgency or an impending due date.
But as it turns out, they didn't have too much time because during a checkup, Arianna's doctor decided it was time to induce. Maurice did show up, with a toy in hand, and hours later, Arianna gave birth to baby Aiden.
All was fine and dandy, but it didn't last for long. The new parents quickly got into an argument about how Maurice still hadn't brought over anything to her home, and when he went to hold the baby, Arianna went completely mama bear.
"Give me my child and get out of my room," she said. "Don't come back." She called a nurse into her room and Maurice left.
But after Arianna brought Aiden home, Maurice did show up. With everything she asked for. And he got a job. (applause all around)
Later, the two met up at a coffee shop, where Maurice brought even more items for Aiden, and this time, Arainna stormed out, claiming that Maurice needed to change but refusing to acknowledge that she needed to do the same. And kudos to Maurice for pointing out that they both need to change -- neither is faultless. He hasn't been around, but she hasn't made it easy. They're both teenagers, still navigating the "real world," and need to grow up. Quickly.
But it seems like the future is hopeful for the two. Maybe not romantically, but they're both flanked by supportive families, and both want the best for Aiden. Since neither of them had their fathers growing up, it seems like they both understand that they need to be involved. Now let's hope they see that they need to be involved together.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Do you think Maurice is the only one who needs to make changes?
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