Farrah visits her family back in Iowa and has more arguments with her parents over Sophia. Meanwhile, Maci decides to fully commit to going back to school, and Amber promises to work on herself for the sake of Leah.
The July 11 episode of Teen Mom had us cheering for the moms, especially through Catelynn Lowell‘s heart-wrenching story about struggling with placing Carly up for adoption, and how she is using her experience to help other moms. Plus, Maci Bookout proved she could commit to being a good mom and student to provide a better life for her son.
Amber & Gary Are Officially Back Together
Gary and Leah spend their last day visiting Amber at her Malibu rehab resort. While in therapy, Amber Portwood met with another therapist, Laura, who brought up Amber’s trust issues with Gary Shirley – a common theme in their relationship. Although Amber, Gary, and Leah couldn’t all be together at the same time, Amber found some quality time to spend with Leah at the rehab resort. They laughed and played on the playground, looking like a loving, adorable mother-daughter duo. Despite Amber’s questionable parenting past, it is clear that she truly loves Leah and is working on herself in therapy and in rehab to be the best mom she can be.
When Gary and Amber sit down with Laura, they expressed they are not only committed to working on their relationship, they are back together for real – not a huge shocker for this notorious on-again-off-again couple. Amber promises to continue to work on herself and make herself better for Leah, and the emotional goodbye at the end of the episode proves she has a lot to live for.
Catelynn Gets Emotional During An Adoption Support Group
Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra‘s decision to place Carly up for adoption has been an emotional journey for their entire family, but Catelynn has decided to use her experiences to enlighten others. She attends a support group for other young women who are placing their children up for adoption, and speaks to the other women about her experiences. On this episode, she brought up her grandma, with whom she has a mature and loving relationship. Her grandma even opened up in the car about giving birth at 17 and how difficult it was to be a teen mother!
During the group session, one woman asked how she should handle her mom who doesn’t understand placing your child up for adoption, and Catelynn said she had similar experiences with her mom. Catelynn’s grandma even admitted that after seeing Carly and holding her, she could understand how parents and grandparents can feel, specially those of other generations. However, she also said she respects Catelynn’s decision and will continue to support her. Catelynn also got emotional when she talked about giving Carly up for adoption, getting choked up and saying it was really easy up until she had to leave Carly. She had a lot of support, which made her feel better. When she got back, Catelynn recalled the support group event to Tyler, who told her it might be a good idea for Catelynn’s mom to go, too.
Farrah Visits Her Family In Iowa – And Gets Her Braces Off
Before making a trip back to Iowa, Farrah Abraham opened up to her therapist Dina over the phone about how she was a bit apprehensive about seeing her parents after living in Florida for a month. She felt that she gained her independence by being away and taking care of Sophia on her own, and she didn’t want her parents to bring her down with their negativity. Although Dina insisted that Farrah needs to stand up to her parents, it seems that Farrah has never had a problem speaking her mind to them. And when Farrah arrived back home, the usual tension and arguing ensued.
Debra, Farrah’s mom, suggested that Sophia should be left in Iowa, and that Debra and Michael, Farrah’s dad, could take care of Farrah’s daughter. Oh, and Debra made a comment that Farrah’s teeth don’t look completely straight after getting her braces taken off. Farrah was so upset with her parents for their constant controlling behavior and comments, that she lashed out at Michael over dinner. She insisted she’s qualified to take care of Sophia, and that she loves her independence and being a single mom in Florida. By the end of the episode, Debra mentioned she’s noticed a positive change and maturity in Farrah, and seems to be coming around to supporting her daughter.
Maci Gets Her School Schedule Back On Track
Once an honor student, Maci is ready to get back to school and commit full-time. The problem is that she feels guilty about leaving Bentley, and wasn’t sure if she would be able to balance a full-time schedule of classes while taking care of her 3-year-old, especially since she has a pattern of enrolling in courses and dropping them mid-semester. To ensure she was making the right steps, Maci met with her academic advisors to go over her schedule, and they agreed that a 15-hour schedule a lot for a young mother to handle, and even mention that she doesn’t need to feel pressured to finish her associate degree in two years.
Although it’s clear Bentley is still attached to his mom and will be sad to see her be gone for a lot of the day, Maci knows that working hard at school and juggling her responsibilities as a mother will be tough, but she has support from boyfriend Kyle King. When Maci finally met with the head of the journalism department this week, they finalize her class schedule, which is only 9 credit hours and will put her on track to graduate by spring of 2013. Although Maci seems like a bit of a slacker for not having a full-time schedule, she knows it is best for Bentley and looks forward to being a straight-A student again.
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