Teen Mom's Catelynn and Tyler: 'We're Not the Best Parents for Carly Right Now'

UPDATED 09/08/2010 at 10:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/08/2010 at 08:00 AM EDT

Teen Mom's Catelynn and Tyler: 'We're Not the Best Parents for Carly Right Now'
Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell
It has been nearly 16 months since teen parents Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra placed their baby daughter for adoption, a gut-wrenching decision that played out on the first season of MTV's cult hit reality series, 16 and Pregnant.

Today, the couple – who placed their baby, named Carly, with a North Carolina couple – say they have no regrets about their choice.

"We're not the right parents for her now," Catelyn, 18, tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. Adds Tyler, also 18: "She deserves so much better."

Still, Catelynn and Tyler – who are now engaged and currently appearing on the MTV spinoff Teen Mom – both acknowledge that the past year has been emotionally challenging.

"When I see a dad and a little girl walking to the park, I think, 'I wish I could do that right now,' " admits Tyler, who has a tattoo of Carly's name, newborn handprint and birthdate.

Notes Catelynn: "There's not a day she doesn't pass my mind. I want to make her proud."

For much more with Catelynn and Tyler – as well as updates and exclusive photos of the other Teen Mom stars and their babies – pick up this week's new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

See what other readers have to say about this story – or leave a comment of your own

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters