"She deserves so much better," say the MTV reality stars about placing their daughter for adoption
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