It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for Tyler Baltierra and his daughter Novalee Reign — whom he shares with wife, Catelynn Lowell — there’s a bit of a dark shadow over the holidays. The father-daughter duo celebrated this year’s festivities without Cate, which is a first for Tyler in more than ten years. “This is the first Christmas without Cate since I was 14…” the Teen Mom OG dad wrote on Instagram. “It’s a little disheartening, but then I get to see this little cutie open some presents & it instantly puts the spirit right back in me! Merry Christmas everyone!” Watch the video below to see the sweet clip.
Catelynn announced her brave decision to check into rehab last month on Twitter. The 25-year-old wanted to let her fans know what was happening, saying, “Well today I thought of every way to kill myself… so I’m going to treatment.” Shortly after, Ty also took to Twitter to announce his support. “Incredibly proud of my wife,” he wrote. “When she thought she had no choices left, she reached out [and] decided to LIVE today! My life would be desolate without her in it. You are beautiful, strong, worthy, [and] loved.”
Catelynn included the hashtags #makeChesterProud, #KeepTalkingMH, and #thiswontlast in her message referencing Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who took his own life earlier this year, and showing that she has hope for recovery with treatment. Nova even gave her mom a stuffed animal to keep her company while she heals. “Nova buddy is coming with me,” she wrote alongside a photo of the toy in the car. “I’m gonna hold it close to my heart the whole time.”
Although the reality star mama appeared to be home briefly for “cuddles” with her family, it’s clear she’s still seeking treatment. We wish Cate all the best during this difficult time.
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