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'16 and Pregnant': Jenelle

16 and pregnant
It's the show that spawned MTV's reality hit "Teen Mom": "16 and Pregnant." The docu-series, which follows teens on their road to motherhood, is back for its second season. And it's expected to have some intense story lines: This season will feature a girl who gives birth to twins and another whose child has health problems.

In the "16 and Pregnant" season premiere, we're introduced to 16-year-old Jenelle Evans, from Oak Island, N.C. (Never heard of it? It's "where the surf is good and the fishing is even better.") She and long-distance boyfriend Andrew, a former model (for what, I'm not sure I want to know), are about to be young parents. To put their age into perspective, the reaction by friends wasn't "Congratulations!" it was, "Like, oh my gosh, Jenelle is pregnant? Like, oh my God, is she really pregnant? Like, no!" Yes, yes she is. News flash: Having unprotected sex (while not on birth control) can, in fact, lead to a pregnancy ... no matter how many times you've done it before without the same result. Thank you, Lauren (Jenelle's friend), for saying what I was thinking: "Were you just not thinking about everything you learned in sex ed?"

In any case, it's a moot point. The deed is done. The problem is getting these two immature parents-to-be ready for their parental duties. Andrew is jobless -- seems posing for a camera makes him "overqualified" to work at McDonald's. ... OK ... sure. But I'm also sure there are other places of employment aside from the golden arches, right? And I was waiting to hear the other places he might have applied to. But he didn't. So I thought he would redeem himself in another way. But he didn't.

Instead, the charming dude had this reassurance to offer the mother of his child: "It's not like we're going to split up any time soon." Ah, the 11 words every girl dreams of hearing. Jenelle thought he was going to have a job. She thought he would move out of his parents' house. She thought he would have a car. It all turned out to be wishful thinking.

But rather than use his lack of responsibility as motivation on her road to motherhood, Jenelle used it as an excuse to ... go out with her friends: "Just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I have to stop going out." Was I the only one with a question mark over my head? Because, dang gone, I thought that's exactly what it meant ... at least, when you're 16. Jenelle seems to be taking a cue from last season's party princess, Farrah, because once baby Jayce is born, she leaves most of the parenting to her overworked mother.

It's Jenelle's mom, Barbara, who is seen getting up at all hours. It's Barbara rocking the baby to sleep. It's Barbara changing the diapers. Guess we should have seen that coming when Jenelle proclaimed early on in the episode that she would opt to stay home and watch a movie with the baby by her side rather than going out. Right.

And when she tried justifying her actions, it was nice to see her friends, Lauren and Amber, actually offer her some good advice: Stay home and prove to everyone that you can raise a baby. That seemed to provide an "aha!" moment for the teen mom, and it wasn't long before she vowed to change her ways ... before her mother got up again to change Jayce's diaper.

Show Trackers, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Jenelle has actually changed her partying ways? What thoughts popped up for you during the episode?

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Jenelle and baby Jayce. Credit: MTV

 
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I wonder if the over-worked Grandma or anyone else told these children the best thing for the baby would be and still is adoption. I am a grandmother myself, and suggested that as an option to our daughter who had her first at barely 20. She however has not lived at home since age 18 and is totally f0cused on her children...yes she has 2 about 10 months apart. She has never even though about leaving the babies to go party and has only asked me to babysit twice so far because everything they do...including the babies father is together. I knew she would be a good mom before the first one was born, but I also knew she needed more schooling and just time to enjoy being young, but she chose the hard way and is doing a fine job with minimal financial support from us. If I was this teens mom I would have seen that she was much too young to be selfless enough for this most important job and at the very least offer to adopt the baby...and not temporarily either...or tell her daughter if she chose to keep the baby she would need to find a way to support herself or live with the fathers parents if adoption was not an option for her. I really pity that poor baby. Wait until this teen mom has to deal with all the problems this child will inevitably have in school. She thinks life is hard now, she has no idea and never will if her mom keeps enabling her.

on a side note, our daughters boyfriend sounds almost exactly like this girls...jobless and unmotivated which is another reason we suggested adoption. This girl is going to have to be strong enough to raise the baby and him if they stay together, and; she is still a child herself. What a recipe for disaster.

I feel so sorry for that poor baby. All he hears is screaming and fighting. Jenelle is a child and has no intention of growing up. The grandmother is over worked and over stressed. The best thing for that baby is to put it up for adoption so it can go to a loving family who really want a baby.

Andrew grew up in Laurinburg, NC and hasnt changed a bit!

As a mom myself I looked at this baby and the grandmother and wanted to cry. She is cursing and screaming with her baby right there. I saw the mother crying and this girl has no sympathy. Where does all that crap for her and her baby come from? OH YEAH! MOM! I ache in my heart thinking of what this child will go through. Jenelle is pure trash and it obviously has to do with her mother giving her too much freedom beforehand. If there wasn't so much slack cut then this girl would'nt have gotten knocked up. Her mother is trying to redeem herself by helping her daughter now but she is overcompensating for the daughters poor judgment. I wanted to knock Jenelle in the mouth when she said having a baby is like caring for....two of yourself? UH taking care of a baby is like taking care of a baby you freaking retard! She should've given the damn baby up for adoption and let people who can afford emotionally and financially to take care of it. She is such a loser along with her boyfriend

Ok, I really don't think I can watch "Teen Mom" anymore, it just makes me too mad. I thought Farrah was bad last season. Here we ago again with another disrespectful 16 year old brat who choses to have a baby and then demands that her mother watch it while she goes out partying every night. And what the heck did she mean at the end of the episode when she said "I realize I'm not ready to be a mother", at that point I thought she'd decided to give it up for adoption. But then she goes to the mother and basically asks her to raise the baby for her, ultimately stating its best for the child to be with the grandmother right now. I don't get it, so now the grandmother has to raise the child while what, Jenelle continues to party every night. LOL... It's actually not funny, it's very sad.

Jenelle needs to grow up and start being a real mom...who is she to put an innocent child in the arms of the grandmother that has already basically raised her childen? She needs to stop the parting and get her stuff together...she chose to have the baby and she needs to raise it - or like so many have said, give it to a loving family who actully gives a damn! Jenelle you are a sorry mother...you're a egg donor thats about it.....

I too am a single mother. I am 29 now but I had my first child at 20. I thought I was grown then. At 20 it was hard raising a baby and at 16 I can't imagine how much harder it is. I applaud the grandmother because everything she said is 100% true. I've watched this show before and it seems if the parents won't express how hard it really is. The point that I agreed with the most was when Barbara told Jenelle to take the baby with her partying. That was the right thing to do even though it was hard for the grandmother. she only wants Jenelle to wake up and realize that with a baby becomes responsibilty and partying is not a responsibility. Keep up the good work Barbara and Jenelle please wake up.

Im from this town.
She is not really from here. And her boyfriend lives 2 hours away not 4. Well, he isnt even really the baby dad, she is having a dna test.

Please do not make this your judgement about the are.


thanks

Jenelle, you really need a reality check!! your mom is already raising your child.I know your boyfriend is a loser, you are apparently no better than him.Just cuz you share an adress w/your son does not make you a parent.That baby would be better off thinking you were his sister,at least then when he is old enough to know better he will not have hurt feelings about why you do not spend time w/him

knowing jenelle (i'm from oak island as well) the dad could be 10 different dudes on the island. this place is trashy enough, but damn if she ain't the trashiest of the trashy haha. she's still a horrible mother, and heard from word of mouth that she's having her baby taken away.

I am from the coast of North Carolina too and after watching this episode of 16 and pregnant I am ready to take a field trip to Oak Island and find that girl and stick my boot up her....well you can fill in the blanks on that one! When she compared having a child to being in Prison and then tried to justify her actions as "I'm just making time for myself" I was really FLOORED!!! I was hoping Barbara was going to tell her to just leave after Jenelle freaking threatened her with running away and never seeing her again! That sounds like a dream come true to me! I hope NC DSS sees this show and finds that baby!!! ABSOLUTELY INSANE!!!!

After seeing 16 and pregnant with Jenelle, I was totally appalled and had a sick feeling in my stomach about the well being of the grandmother and the baby due to the selfish, disrespectful and inconsiderate actions of the teenage mother Jenelle. I believe MTV need to supplement these episodes with follow-up after shows after each episode not just at the end of the season to show that these mothers have learned a lesson and are doing better or maybe actually give the baby up to a better family for adoption because they are not able to provide an appropriate life for their baby. Viewers like myself worry about the well-being of the innocent baby overall. If Jenelle is actually a red blooded human being then she will look at this season premiere and drop to her knees and beg for forgiveness from her mother, friends and most importantly bond more with her son and take on more responsibilities. Seriously, this show can psychologically damage both young and old viewers due to the lack of concern demonstrated by the mother towards the innocent baby.

Wow I knew Andrew looked familiar just as soon as I saw his face on MTV the other day!! The model pictures etc... I just knew that I knew him or atleast know of him. I am a 25yr old guy from Laurinburg, NC who graduated from Scotland High School also. The show is cool, I just wanted to post because now I know I'm not crazy!

Oh I forgot... I am in no way making any excuses for Andrew but like I said I also come from Laurinburg NC and the guy isnt lying about the whole job issue. There are absolutley no jobs there pretty much all the manufacturing plants have closed down in the last ten years. Lots of jobs lost. So I do believe he can't even get a job at Mcdonalds becuase the same ppl that were woking there like 10 yrs ago are still there because they know if they quit they might not get another job. Laurinburg is a really small town not consisting of very much but alot of cotton and tobacco fields, the big thing to do in Laurinburg, NC is to go to Walmart. 90% of the teenage and young adult population are on drugs. And from what the someone from oak island posted, I don't doubt Andrew only used the girl to get his face back out there since the modeling career obviously didn't work out. Since Graduating high school in 2002, I have moved to Pennsylvania and have a great job and never ever ever ever go to Walmart lol

Omg its sad knowing all these things but we got to face realty.

I myself am a teen mom. I watch this show and I was shocked that this girl took on being a mom how she did. She showed no responsability, she couldnt see past friday night. But i understand at the same time how hard it is to want to be a parent without a spouse. Its rare that teen moms like myself become parents and overnight they go from 18 to 30. I do believe that if she feels she cant do this instead of putting her baby on her mom she needs to give the baby to a family who can love, and give him the attention he needs.

I AM A TEEN MOM AND I AM WAY MORE MATURE THAN SHE IS. I DONT GO PARTY WITH MY FRIENDS OR GO OUT IT IS ALL ABOUT MY BABY AND THATS HOW IT SHOULD BE. I THINK SHE HAS ALOT OF GROWING UP TO DO AND SHE WASNT READY TO BE A MOM!!! NEXT TIME SHE SHOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT HAVING SEX!!! I DONT THINK SHE IS A GOOD MOM HAVING HER MOTHER TAKE CARE OF THE BABY FOR HER WHEN ITS NOT HER MOTHERS RESPONSIBILITY. I FEEL SO BAD FOR THAT BABY I JUST WANT TO CRY :(. THEY ALSO HAD NO RIGHT TO BE SCREAMING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BABY LIKE THAT THAT IS SO WRONG I COULD NEVER DO THAT IN FRONT OF MY BABY!!!

she needs to grw up and act like a mother.....

the problem is her mother. that girl is a disrespectful,ungrateful brat destined for failure. here's a light bulb moment...have a kid...life's not aboout you anymore. the next time she threatens to leave her mom should pack her damn bags.

 
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