Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2: The Complete Babies and Children Guide!

The girls from Teen Mom are good at many things.

They’re good at creating reality show magic, and they’re good at writing memoirs.

Some of them have even tried to start music careers, and while none of those were actually good … well, it was nice that they tried.

But we can probably all agree that the area where the Teen Moms really excel is the baby-making area.

Because they have so. Many. Babies.

1. Sophia (Farrah Abraham and Derek Underwood)

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Oh, Soph. Unlike many of her Teen Mom tot counterparts, Sophia lives the life of luxury, thanks to her mother, non-porn star Farrah Abraham. Seriously, the younger Abraham has had her own clothing line, dabbles in child modeling, receives $900 when the tooth fairy pays a visit, and is even beginning her own music career. (Sophia’s father, Derek, died in a car accident while Farrah was still pregnant; Derek’s grave is the site of many memorable TM scenes, which some believe to be shamelessly orchestrated by Farrah). Sophia is going to be a handful when she grows up at this rate … the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as they say.

2. Leah (Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley)

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Amber Portwood shares darling little Leah Shirley with her ex, Gary. Gary has custody, and he’s had it since Amber went to prison a few years back for all that domestic violence and drug stuff. Leah seems like a really smart, sweet girl, which is all thanks to Gary and his wife, Kristina — from what we’ve seen, Amber doesn’t spend a whole lot of time with her.

3. James (Amber Portwood and Andrew Glennon)

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Amber welcomed her second child, James, with Andrew Glennon in the spring of 2018. Their relationship survived about a year after that, because as it turned out, Amber still had a violent streak. She was convicted of assaulting Andrew in 2019, and now they share custody of James — and Amber isn’t allowed to show him off on the show.

4. Emilee (Gary and Kristina Shirley)

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Gary went on to have one child after leaving his disastrous relationship with Amber — he and his wife, Kristina, have a daughter named Emilee.

5. Carly (Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra)

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When step-siblings turned lovers Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra made the decision to give their baby Carly up for adoption, it marked one of the most touching, bittersweet moments in reality TV history. What made it all the more incredible was that they stayed involved in her life – albeit with some bumps in the road – ever since.

6. Nova (Catelynn and Tyler)

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Tyler and Catelynn kept and are raising Novalee Reign Baltierra together, not that it’s been easy. Catelynn has struggled greatly with postpartum depression, leading to multiple inpatient stays at a psychiatric facility in Arizona.

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Teen Mom: The Definitive, Tragically Trashy Tattoo Guide, Back and Trashier Than Ever!

If you’re a fan of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, then you know that many of the people on the MTV reality shows have tattoos.

You also know that a lot of the tattoos …

… well, they aren’t that great.

Some are poorly done, some are  kind of strange, and some are nightmarish and horrifying and just so completely, unbelievably bad.

So steady yourself, perhaps grab some smelling salts and some pearls to clutch, and let’s rank all the Teen Mom ink we can get our eyes on!

1. Amber’s Tattoo of Leah

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Here, let’s just start with the worst of the worst, all right? This is Amber Portwood’s portrait of her daughter, Leah. It’s right on her stomach, it also features a gigantic rose, and it’s not finished. Will she ever get it finished? It’s hard to say. We will ever be able to get this haunting image out of our heads? Unlikely.

2. Choices

Since we’re already talking about Amber’s tattoos, she also got this matching tattoo with Matt Baier, back when they first started dating. It reads “vero amore,” which is supposed to be Italian for “true love.” So that’s embarrassing.

3. Speaking of Embarrassing …

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Matt also has this huge tattoo of Amber’s name right on his forearm. Just right there on his arm where he has to look at it all day, every day.

4. Ugh

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Matt actually has several tattoos, many of which you can see on his nude book cover. We won’t waste more time on him here, so if you feel the need to look more closely at his naked greasy bod here, then you have our blessing. However, we will say that on his other arm, he has a couple of Chinese characters that he says mean “clean and sober,” but that Teen Mom detectives have actually determined mean “Lisa.”

5. Why Though?

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As hard as it may be to believe, Matt isn’t the only guy to get Amber Portwood’s name tattooed on his body — Gary Shirley made the exact same mistake. Thankfully he was smart enough (???) to get the tattoo on his shoulder instead of on his forearm though, and he’s since covered up.

6. It’s Gary Time

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Gary also has a … what is that, a sun? A blob with tentacles? Whatever it is, he’s also got some tattoo right in the middle of his chest, peeking out through all his body hair.

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Maci Bookout: Mackenzie Standifer Should Shut Up About My Drinking! She’s Married to a Junkie!

We’ve seen some pretty wild Teen Mom feuds over the years.

But usually they involve someone who was mentally unstable from the very start, so it’s not surprising to see one of the combatants go nuclear on her co-star.

(Yes, we’re mostly talking about Jenelle Evans.)

Maci Bookout, on the other hand, has long been regarded as one of the most stable stars of the franchise.

So when she goes off on Mackenzie Standifer like she did this week, you can bet it was well-deserved.

Mack hes yet to fire back at Maci, but knowing her temper, that probably won’t be the case for much longer.

Folks, this situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

Take a look:

1. Maci and Mack

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Maci Bookout went OFF on Mackenzie Standifer in a recent interview. Her comments were a long time coming, as Mackenzie and husband Ryan Edwards have not been on their best behavior on the current season of Teen Mom OG.

2. Rock Bottom

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Ryan has never been father of the year material, but somehow, he’s coming off worse in this season than in the ones where he was in and out of jail the whole time.

3. Some Lowlights

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We’ve seen Ryan show up to his son’s birthday party late and seemingly intoxicated. Worse, we’ve seen him mercilessly mock 11-year-old Bentley on numerous occasions.

4. The Calorie War

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For Maci, it seems the final straw came when Ryan and Mackenzie both attacked her for placing Bentley on a strict diet so that he could maintain his weight for wrestling.

5. The Shade

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“At 11 years old, I don’t think introducing those habits at such a young age ends well, ever,” Standifer said in a recent podcast interview.

6. Speaking Her Mind

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“I know he definitely wants it. He works so hard … I just feel like he’s also pushed to the limit,” Mackenzie continued.

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Mackenzie Standifer: Ryan Edwards Doesn’t Need a Drug Test to Prove He’s Sober! Maci Bookout Is the Drunk, Abusive One!

In recent weeks, Ryan Edwards has gained a reputation as the worst dad in the Teen Mom franchise.

But now, Mackenzie Standifer is telling the world that he’s a better father than he appears to be on TV.

During an Instagram Q&A session earlier this week, Mackenzie defended Ryan’s parenting and attacked Maci Bookout’s approach to raising her son.

Topics of conversation included Maci pressuring Bentley to lose weight for wrestling, as well as Bookout’s newly-expired restraining order against Edwards.

Mackenzie usually doesn’t hold back in interviews, but this time, she really let Maci have it with both barrels.

And the result may be an ugly feud between Ryan’s ex and his current wife.

Take a look:

1. Mack Defends Her Man

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Mackenzie Standifer is sick of all the criticism that Teen Mom OG fans direct at her husband — and now, she’s speaking out in Ryan Edwards’ defense.

2. Mack Stands Up

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In a new interview with Katie Joy of the Without a Crystal Ball vlog, Mack addresses a wide array of topics, including Maci’s parenting techniques and the recent controversy surrounding Edwards’ alleged drug use.

3. Perfect Timing

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The interview took place in the aftermath of a Teen Mom OG scene that sparked an intense debate among fans.

4. Dueling Parents

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On Tuesday’s episode, Maci encouraged her son to lose weight so that he could wrestle in a less-competitive weight class. Ryan took issue with this practice.

5. Throwing Shade

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Asked what made her the “most upset” about the episode, Mackenzie replied, “I just never want any of our kids to ever feel like they need to go to those lengths to be successful.”

6. Shots Fired

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If you think it sounds like Mackenzie is throwing some shade at Maci’s parenting, you’re absolutely right. And that comment was just the beginning.

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Maci Bookout Explains "Very Strict" Diet for 11-Year Old Son: I’m Not a Bad Mom!

Maci Bookout has a bit of explaining she needs to do.

On Tuesday night’s new episode of Teen Mom OG, the veteran cast member revealed that she had signed up her 11-year-old son for private wrestling lessons.

That’s no big deal on its own, of course. 

“It’s been a great outlet for him,” Bookout said at one point on air, referring to the struggles Bentley has faced as the son of Ryan Edwards.

(Earlier this season, Edwards complained that Bentley doesn’t listen and blamed his ex for their son’s behavioral issues.)

However, viewers — even those who have supported Bookout through her battles against Edwards — came away from the installment afraid that Maci was taking Bentley’s new hobby way too seriously.

How else would they react after she discussed her kid’s”strict diet” that she said would help him to “achieve his goal” of making it to regionals?

In another scene, Maci told Bentley that he had “lost [his] mind” after he told her his mom he wanted grilled chicken for dinner.

“He weighs like 74-75 pounds so he’s on a very strict, good, healthy calorie diet,” Bookout said.

“Lots of water and workouts to actually cut out weight.”

This is not unusual for a high school or collegiate wrestler, of course. But for an 11-year old?!?

Bentley said he trying to eat only 1,000 calories a day as part of his training regimen, which is a frighteningly tiny amount for someone his age.

Later on the episode, Ryan and Bentley’s step-mother, Mackenzie Edwards, expressed concern over the the new eating habits, yet were mostly focused on the diet potentially causing him to be a “late-bloomer” in terms of his growth.

Viewers, meanwhile, were worried that Bentley would develop an unhealthy relationship with food.

One Instagram user remarked as follows on Bookout’s page:

“I am normally on the same page with you about so much – but the weight thing… I have a son the same age as Bentley and I could not imagine telling him it is okay to lose weight at his age.

“He’s a growing boy and his body needs those calories and nutrients. Let him be little. And let him have the damn chocolate milk.”

These days, due to Ryan’s history of drug and alcohol abuse, Bentley is only permitted to visit his dad under the supervision of Edwards’ parents, Jen and Larry.

A bulk of Maci’s storyline this season has centered on the well-being of the child, but only in terms of how Edwards treats him and how much time she’s allows Bentley to spend with his father.

This was the first time in awhile that Maci herself was questioned as a responsible parent.

“You are creating an eating disorder in that boy. Shame on your parenting. This episode just makes me so sick. He’s 11. No 11 year old should be on a diet,” screamed another critic on social media last night.

According to Maci, though, there’s a lot more to this story.

She says the episode wasn’t an accurate depiction of her parenting.

“In reference to tonight’s episode-I have never and will never convince Bentley to ‘cut’ weight,” she Tweeted.

‘After wrestling his first 2 tournaments in the 75lb class weighing in at 72-he came to me & said he wanted to wrestle at 70.

“I told him that’s fine, but you WILL NOT ‘cut’ weight.”

Maci continued:

“I will lay out a healthy scheduled diet for u, u can eat salads, grilled chicken, veggies, good carbs-instead of pizza, Doritos & candy bars.”

“Through the season, he decided he didn’t like it – I told him that’s okay! U can go back to usual and wrestle at 75 which is what he did.”

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Maci is no expert on this topic. Which she’ll admit.

However, the reality star added that she “grew up around the sport and [has] a bit of knowledge” on healthy and safe weight management.

What do you think? Is she taking it too far?

Maci Bookout: Ryan Edwards Is Back on Drugs, and I Do NOT Want Him Around My Kid!

For a while there, it looked as though Ryan Edwards had finally managed to turn his life around.

Following numerous arrests and multiple stints in rehab, it appeared that Edwards had managed to get sober with the support of his long-suffering wife, Mackenzie Standifer.

Now, however, there’s reason to believe that Ryan has suffered yet another relapse.

Recent episodes of Teen Mom 2 have shown Maci Bookout alleging that Ryan is back on drugs.

In fact, Edwards’ ex claims that he was intoxicated when he showed up to their son Bentley’s recent birthday party.

The moment in question was captured by MTV cameras, and while fans were split on whether or not Ryan seemed high, Maci’s not taking any chances.

“Bentley’s birthday party was a couple weeks ago and I’m still concerned about Ryan’s sobriety,” Maci said in a voiceover during during a preview for clip for this week’s episode.

“But I only allow Bentley to see him when he’s with [his parents] Jen and Larry, so I know he’s safe.”

When Maci’s husband, Taylor McKinney, asked how she felt about the possibility that Ryan was on drugs at Bentley’s birthday party, she didn’t mince words.

“In my opinion, he was 100% not sober,” she said.

“He didn’t look good.”

“I wouldn’t call you crazy if you thought that,” Taylor replied.

“Part of that’s just because it’s happened so many times. It’s not a knock on him. You have to think that way because it’s your son.”

To their credit, while both Maci and Taylor are suspicious of Ryan, they’re also sympathetic, and they seem to genuinely want what’s best for him.

Maci stated that she hoped she was “wrong about Ryan,” leading Taylor to remark that it “feels like it’s one step forward, two steps backward” with regard to Edwards’ recovery efforts. 

“That’s pretty much exactly what addiction and recovery is,” Maci observed.

“It’s always going to be this way, always.”

Throughout Ryan’s battle with addiction, Maci has taken an admirably enlightened view of her ex’s ailment.

She seems to understand that addiction is a medical issue, not a moral failing.

Furthermore, it appears that she genuinely wants her son to have a relationship with his father.

However, she knows that Bentley’s safety needs to come first, and at the moment, she can’t trust Ryan alone with the boy.

It’s a sad situation that will hopefully reach some sort of resolution soon.

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