Raising Novalee: 20 Details We Didn't Know About Catelynn Lowell (Until Now)

Maybe folks are married to their high school sweetheart and have started a family with them, but chances are, many of us met our partners a bit later on. That's not the case for Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra. Fans of Teen Mom know their story: They have been together since the seventh grade (back in 2005) and have a really sweet relationship. Of course they have had tough moments like anyone, but their love has endured all of these decades, and we really do feel that they have a special bond.

It was hard to watch Catelynn and Tyler's episode of 16 and Pregnant without tearing up several times as the teenagers decided to give their baby girl, Carly, up for adoption. Fans have been watching the now-married couple on Teen Mom OG for years now, but although we know a lot about the two of them, we don't know a lot about Catelynn on her own.

Catelynn is a mom to two little girls — four-year-old Novalee Reign and baby Vaeda, who is just a few months old — and it's time to learn more about her background and her life.

Here are 20 details we didn't know about Catelynn Lowell (until now).

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20 People Negatively Comment On The Way That Catelynn Raises Nova Sometimes

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Moms face criticism for pretty much anything that they do (or don't do). Even though motherhood is a personal journey and everyone is making the choices that work for their own family, a lot of people don't see it that way. They want everyone to raise kids the exact way that they are.

Since Catelynn is a reality star and raising children in the public eye, she does get a lot of flak. According to a 2018 article on Teen Mom Talk Now, fans have complained that Catelynn posted a photo where Nova wasn't wearing a shirt. Many people pointed out that kids do this... so what's the big deal? This was a sweet and innocent moment and some people made it something more negative.

19 Catelynn Celebrated Her Daughter Vaeda's Birth With A Tattoo

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People often get tattoos that are meaningful to them, and whether you agree with tattoos in general or not, you have to admit that can be really nice. It's a powerful way to remember a time in your life or a mantra that you want to keep close.

We probably don't know that Catelynn actually got a tattoo which was a celebration of her baby girl Vaeda's birth. According to People, it's a foot tattoo and the Teen Mom star said, “We made it a rainbow since she’s our rainbow baby. It’s almost completely healed!”

This is an especially meaningful moment, as Catelynn had a previous loss.

18 She Decided To Switch Her Third Baby's Name

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Did we know that Catelynn decided to switch Vaeda's name? This wasn't what she had originally wanted to name her.

As Us Weekly says, Catelynn and Tyler stated on the MTV show that they wanted the name Tezlee. Catelynn told the publication, “Every time someone would say Tezlee, we would cringe! It just wasn’t sitting with us like it did at first. Tyler told me about the name Vaeda and I fell in love with it! It’s from the movie My Girl, which is a movie that Tyler showed me years ago.”

We love the name Vaeda and think that it's a perfect, beautiful name.

17 Catelynn Is Glad She And Tyler Waited To Get Married

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Since we know that Catelynn and Tyler have been together since 2005, we might think that they got married really young. That's actually not the case. They got married in August of 2015, so they had been a couple for ages before that.

How does Catelynn feel about waiting to become husband and wife?

We might assume that she was really upset that they didn't get married earlier, but according to an interview with Cosmopolitan, Catelynn is glad that they waited. She said, "So, we've been together forever. Me and Tyler did a lot of work after Couple's Therapy, when we decided to not do the wedding at that time. We did a lot of work on ourselves, because we were still young, and this time, we knew for sure we were going to do it."

16 She Goes To Therapy But The Cameras Don't Capture It

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Fans of Teen Mom OG have watched Catelynn talk about the things that she has struggled with over the years, and she has gone to rehab a few times. She definitely shares a lot about her emotions.

Catelynn goes to therapy, but we might not know this because the cameras don't always capture it. As she told Cosmopolitan, "I am going to counseling, yes, and the majority isn't filmed. When they're here to shoot, if I want to let them, then I will. It just all depends. I have a psychiatrist appointment coming soon, and you won't see my psychiatrist. They're not allowed to film there."

15 A Big Family: Catelynn Is Interested In Having Four Kids (But Tyler Says Three)

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When a couple is married, they're immediately asked how many children they want to have. The same thing is true when they have one kid already. We know that everyone means well... but it can feel really personal.

We can imagine that Catelynn and Tyler are asked this question on a much more frequent basis than that. After all, the pair are literally filmed by MTV and they are raising their kids in the spotlight. According to Fame 10, Catelynn is interested in having four kids, but Tyler wants three: she said, “I try talking him into giving me four, and he’s like uh-uh."

14 Catelynn And Tyler Have Had Two Engagements (And Finally Tied The Knot In 2015)

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According to Fame 10, Catelynn and Tyler had two engagements before getting married on August 22nd, 2015. They would have gotten married in July of 2013 but it didn't happen that way.

That would be the end for some couples, but not Cate and Tyler.

It's definitely admirable that the couple worked together and were able to make their wedding day happen. And it was a beautiful and amazing wedding day: as Us Weekly reported, Tyler said during his vows, "I believe you were brought into this world, and destined to be loved by me, cherished by me. I anxiously await to be able to love you forever as my wife.”

13 She Would Love To Have A Vet Tech License

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Catelynn and Tyler went through something so grown-up at such a young age that it's easy for us to think that they're in their 30's or 40's, but they're both 27 years old. They're busy raising their kids and being on Teen Mom, along with having a clothing line, but what about doing something else?

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Catelynn said that she would love to have a vet tech license. She said, "I would love to be a vet tech and work with animals. I've always wanted to be a vet, but now I'm like, Eh, I don't want to be a doctor. I'd rather be a vet tech."

12 She Could Be Making $250,000-$300,000 Per Season

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We love seeing photos of Catelynn and Tyler from back in the day, and hearing about their family life is always fun as well. There is something else that we're curious about: how much money they make starring on an MTV reality show.

Since we know that they have to make a living like anyone else and they have kids, we can't help but want to know what they make. According to Fame 10, "the stars are now getting $250,000 per season of Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 while there are also reports some of negotiated for closer to $300,000 for the newer seasons." That seems to suggest that Catelynn could be making something within that ballpark.

11 Catelynn And Tyler Always Take Note Of Carly's Birthday

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People reported that when Carly turned nine years old in May 2018, Tyler posted a photo on his social media and said, “Happy Birthday to my beautiful first born! I can’t believe Carly is 9 years old today & I’m just so blessed because I may not have the luxury of seeing her everyday but I have the peace of mind knowing I will see her one day a year (sometimes 2)."

It's nice to know that Catelynn and Tyler take note of Carly's birthday, and it's really sweet that they still think about her and care about her so much.

10 The Couple Feels It Was So Tough To Let Carly Go But Still Agrees It Was For The Best

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Besides wanting to know more about Catelynn as a mom and how much money she makes on her reality show, we also want to know how she feels about giving Carly up for adoption.

The couple felt it was the right thing to do at the time and they still seem to think that way today. According to Us Weekly, Tyler said, “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." Those are some really beautiful and heartwarming words, straight from Tyler's heart.

9 Catelynn's Dad Shared That She Didn't Have The Happiest Childhood

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Radar Online says that Catelynn's dad shared that she didn't have the happiest childhood. We got glimpses of how bad things were in the first few seasons of Teen Mom, along with 16 and Pregnant, but this definitely confirms it.

Catelynn's dad, David, said that he didn't live in the same place as her when she was younger. He was quoted as saying, "That we both had a hard time dealing with. But we called frequently.”

It's really sad to hear this, but we know that Catelynn is a great mom and she and Tyler are a family now, and they are supporting each other through everything.

8 She Would Love To Have A Baby Boy

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Did we know that Catelynn would love to have a baby boy? We probably didn't know because we picture her as a girl mom, but it's true.

Us Weekly quoted Catelynn saying about Vaeda, "I for sure thought it was a boy!” She continued that after they found out, "I almost cried because I wanted a boy so badly. I’m super excited it’s a girl now. Since our [loss], I just am thankful to get another chance, and as long as it’s healthy, that’s all that matters!”

We just might hear that she is pregnant again soon... After all, Catelynn wants four kids.

7 Catelynn Often Stands Up For Herself On Social Media (And Tyler Does Too)

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We should also know that Catelynn often stands up for herself on social media, and her sweet and amazing husband Tyler often does, too. It seems that this is a reality for the couple.

According to Us Weekly, someone even said that Vaeda isn't Tyler's and brought up a DNA test. That's really mean and negative, but she gets negative comments all the time on social media. Tyler stuck up for his family and wrote on social media, “Where is all the love people?!” We would definitely have to ask the same thing. We love Catelynn and her family, and we just want to see them do well.

6 Catelynn Doesn't Like To Tune Into 'Teen Mom OG' And See Herself

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Does Catelynn sit down every week and tune into the newest episode of Teen Mom OG? We might think that she does because it must be fun to watch yourself on TV... right?!

Okay, maybe it's not... especially not if you have shared the things that you have gone through and been very emotional. That might not be all that pleasant to see all over again.

The Ashleys Reality Round-Up quoted Catelynn about the eighth season of the show: “I lived it, I’m not going to watch it. I feel like every couple goes through bumps in the road, especially as you’re growing up together like me and Ty have."

5 Catelynn Knew Tyler Was The One Because He's Funny

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Why did Catelynn know that Tyler was The One? This is often a question that people are asked once they have gotten engaged or married. We're definitely curious as we think that they have such a wonderful marriage.

Fame 10 quoted Tyler as saying, “I have loved her since the moment I saw her. Her punk rocker hair and attitude matched perfectly for my edgy, hyper personality. I asked her why she fell in love with me and I quote, ‘You could always make me laugh.'”

It's sweet to hear that Catelynn thought Tyler was really funny. That could be why we liked our own partners right away so we can relate.

4 Catelynn Went On A Girls' Getaway And People Were Upset

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Why would people get upset that Catelynn went on a girls' getaway? We're really not sure because this doesn't seem like a big deal, but this is actually something that Catelynn had to address.

According to Inquistr.com, Catelynn answered a tweet that was very negative about her going on vacation. She said, "And I carried that child for 9 months sooo [sic] he will be good for 5 days!!! Moms and dads deserve breaks.”

Catelynn is an amazing mother and there is nothing wrong with going on a short getaway. It's good that she will answer people when they say things like this as it starts a conversation about taking care of yourself as a parent.

3 Catelynn And Tyler Had A Tough Time As Teens (And Got Into Some Unhealthy Habits)

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According to Teen Mom Talk Now, Catelynn and Tyler didn't have the healthiest habits when they were teenagers. It seems like their lives looked a lot different than they do now, and while they have a happy and stable home life for their daughters, that wasn't exactly what they had while they were kids.

It's always hard to hear that someone had a tough time when they were younger, but thankfully Catelynn has worked through many struggles and she and Tyler have each other. They are such a beautiful reminder that if you have a loving partner, you can get through anything.

2 Catelynn Did A Great Job Getting Nova Ready To Have A New Addition To The Family

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It's not easy to prepare your child to have a sibling. Some kids are worried about not getting all of their parents' attention once a baby is in the house, and other kids just feel uncomfortable about the whole thing. Rightly so, of course -- it's definitely a big adjustment for everyone.

It sounds like Catelynn and Tyler did a great job getting Nova ready for the addition to the family. According to People, Nova was thrilled to look at the scan of Vaeda while Catelynn was still pregnant, and Nova said, “It’s waving to me!" Awww, isn't that the sweetest moment?!

1 Catelynn And Her Husband Really Did Live Away From Each Other (So It Wasn't Just For The Cameras)

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Catelynn and Tyler are one of those celebrity couples who don't seem like they could ever break up. That's why it was strange and confusing when they started talking about living away from each other. As it turns out, this was something that they actually did, so we should know that it wasn't only for the cameras.

According to Insider.com, Catelynn and Tyler mentioned this in November 2018 on Teen Mom OG. Catelynn said to an MTV producer, "We don't want to see other people. We're not getting a divorce or anything." We definitely hope not...

We're glad that Catelynn and Tyler are working on their relationship, and now that baby Vaeda has joined their sweet family, we're looking forward to watching everyone flourish and grow up.

Sources: Teenmomtalknow.com, People.com, Usmagazine.com, Radaronline.com, Cosmopolitan.com,Theashleysrealityroundup.com, Fame10.com, Thisisinsider.com, Theinquistr.com, Eonline.com.

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