The girls from Teen Mom & Teen Mom 2 became famous because of their babies, welcomed into the world at a very young age.
You could say they were 16 and Pregnant. All of them.
For better or worse, they persevered and went on and (in many cases) had additional ones! At parenting, some have fared well.
Others, fared ... not quite as overwhelmingly well.
Perhaps it's fitting that Jenelle Evans welcomed her third child one day before Chelsea Houska had her second, as these girls run the gamut!
Meanwhile, Kailyn Lowry just welcomed her third as well, while Teen Mom 2 newcomer Briana DeJesus is now a mom for the second time.
We're not here to be critical (that's what Instagram is for). We're just here to break down the nine stars and their unconventional families.
Unconventional, but beautiful and loving. <3
Sophia (Farrah Abraham and Derek Underwood)
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 her own clothing line, dabbles in child modeling, hires and fires people for her mom (you can't make that up), and receives $900 when the tooth fairy pays a visit. (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.
Leah (Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley)
Amber Portwood is a rarity in the world of Teen Mom, as the OG has not birthed another child after daughter Leah. Probably for the best, given her devastating drug problems; Amber served a year and a half in prison. Leah's dad, Gary Shirley, has been there for her the entire time, and she seems to be well-adjusted as both Gary and Amber move on with their lives and new relationships - even if hers (with Matt Baier) has involved plenty of tension.
Carly (Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra)
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, then got married and had another baby together years later. Which they kept.
Nova (Catelynn and Tyler)
Tyler and Catelynn kept and are raising Novalee Reign Baltierra together, not that it's been easy. Catelynn's severe self-esteem issues and post-partum depression have been a major storyline for the couple in recent seasons ofTeen Mom: OG.
Bentley (Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards)
Bentley, Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards' first and only child, is much bigger than this these days, and the level of happiness in their lives has also grown expontentially. After a relationship with Edwards that was among the franchise's most disastrous, Maci met and married Taylor McKinney, who fathered two additional kids with Maci and has been an incredible stepdad to Bentley. Even Ryan has moved on and gotten engaged ... miracles do happen in this world.
Jayde (Maci and Taylor McKinney)
Maci and Taylor McKinney's first child together was a daughter, Jayde.
Maverick (Maci and Taylor)
Maverick, Maci's third child and Taylor's second, completed their family ... for now. Somehow these two are so crazy about each other and making it work so well, we can see a fourth happening anytime. Also, LOOK AT MAVERICK!!
Aleeah and Alianna (Leah Messer and Corey Simms)
Aleeah Grace and Alianna Hope were both to Leah Messer and Corey Simms. Leah and Corey's relationship was strained from the start, and they weathered many ups and downs, as documented on Teen Mom 2, ranging from trust issues, to numerous doctor visits with their daughter Ali, whose muscular dystrophy has kept her confined to a wheelchair at times. Corey and Leah divorced and both remarried very fast.
Adalynn (Leah and Jeremy Calvert)
Adalynn Faith Calvert is Leah's daughter with second husband Jeremy Calvert. They have also divorced, and as a single mother of three, the country girl and former cheerleader has her hands full. So full, dissecting her parenting adventures (that's putting it nicely) has become a social media pastime, for better or worse. To her credit, she's made a lot of progress in the past year or so.
Isaac (Kailyn Lowry and Jo Rivera)
Kailyn Lowry and Jo Rivera were not a good fit, and never seemed to get along all that well, though slowly but surely they've made progress at co-parenting over the seven years of their son Isaac's life. Here's hoping that this is a trend that continues as he becomes more and more impressionable.
Lincoln (Kailyn and Javi Marroquin)
Lincoln, pictured here with Isaac, is the product of Kailyn's marriage to Javi Marroquin, which imploded on the most recent season of Teen Mom 2. They were never great communicators, to say the absolute least, and his trust issues were almost as bad as her anger management skills. Tensions skyrocketed after he was deployed with the U.S. Air Force. They divorced, and Isaac - who had a great relationship with Javi - is not taking it well.
Baby Lo (Kailyn and Chris Lopez)
Kailyn Lowry did not include a name with her first baby photo in August of 2017. But here's a snapshot of child number-three!
Jace (Jenelle Evans and Andrew Lewis)
Jace is Jenelle Evans' first child with Andrew Lewis. He was never in the picture. For a long time, she was barely in it either, as she was in an out of bed with Kieffer Delp and/or court (also with Kieffer Delp on occasion) more than she was at home with her son. Barbara Evans, her mom, still has primary custody of the boy.
Kaiser (Jenelle and Nathan Griffith)
Things started out much more promisingly for Jenelle and Nathan Griffith, the father of her second son Kaiser. When Kai was born, their relationship seemed solid ... but man alive, was that short-lived. From 2016 on, the gruesome twosome has fought, physically at times, and verbally all the time. They recently struck a custody agreement that should hopefully ease some tensions ... unless she keeps taking him out for a stroll by the seaside in a hurricane or he keeps getting arrested.
Ensley (Jenelle and David Eason)
Third time's the charm? Fans of Jenelle and her latest lover, David Eason, certainly hope so. Despite some red flags, and her track record, we remain optimistic. Very cautiously, guardedly optimistic ... but there's still some optimism, we swear.
Aubree (Chelsea Houska and Adam Lind)
It's amazing to look back now and realize that not only were Chelsea Houska and Adam Lind together at one point, but she took a LONG time to fully get over him too. Head-scratching as that may be, the Teen Mom 2 beauty has become arguably its most stable, successful parent and person. The Housk married Cole DeBoer, who's basically everything Adam isn't, and to her credit, is relatively private, flying so far under the radar that MTV forgets about her (shout out to her father Randy for that line). Little Aubree always seems healthy and happy, too.
Watson (Chelsea and Cole DeBoer)
Chelsea Houska and Cole DeBoer's first child, Watson Cole has an unusual and cool name ... fitting for an exceptionally cool couple! Watson came into the world in January 2017, one day after Jenelle gave birth to Ensley, making it a watershed month for Teen Mom 2 ... and a reminder that while the MTV show is often credited with lowering teen pregnancies nationally, its stars themselves have no qualms about going there repeatedly.
Nova (Briana DeJesus and Devoin Austin)
Nova Star DeJesus is Briana DeJesus' first child from her relationship with Devoin Austin, who has never been in the picture that much.
Stella (Briana and Luis Miguel)
Hi there, Stella! Briana DeJesus gave birth to this cutie in the summer of 2017. Briana's second daughter was the product of her short-lived relationship with Luis Miguel.
James (Amber Portwood and Andrew Glennon)
The Teen Mom veteran welcomed a son named James into the world in May of 2018. Congrats to her and husband Andrew Glennon!
Layne DeBoer (Chelsea and Cole DeBoer)
Little Layne arrived about two weeks early, but she's happy and healthy and pictured here, courtesy of her first-ever photo, which was shared in late August 2018.