This week’s struggles range from how to deal with adoption-driven guilt to how to hide a puppy from Grandma– so yeah, not everyone is dealing with the same level of stress right now. High drama! Low drama! Weird, unsettling relationship drama! Bring it, MTV.
Catelynn and Tyler have both been busy with their new jobs, but Catelyn has been invited to go back to the moms-who-gave-their-kids-up-for adoption retreat she went to last year. Catelynn and Tyler tell Tyler’s mom that they haven’t called Brandon and Theresa since their visit with Carly at the end of last season and that they feel guilty about it. Tyler’s mom tells them not to worry about it, but Catelynn still feels like she needs to work out her relationship with Brandon and Theresa.
Catelynn shows up at the retreat and there’s a big happy reunion with Jill, the founder of the retreat. Catelynn’s also brought along a new girl called Paige. Paige and Catelynn settle in. Paige, it seems, didn’t have anyone around to help her out through the adoption process, which is making it harder for her. There are some tears, and they share a bonding hug.
The retreat gets under way. While everyone is sharing their stories, one in particular stands out: Nicole’s. Nicole’s adoption HAD been open, but apparently, when her child was four, the adoption closed and she has no idea how her child is doing now. Catelynn gets a look of horror on her face. She struggles not to break down when she tells the group that she’s trying to figure out how she can make her relationship with Brandon and Theresa stronger. The possibility of Carly’s adoption closing TERRIFIES her.
Paige and Catelynn chat later on the porch. Paige is really happy to be in a place where everyone understands where she’s coming from, but she’s curious about why Catelynn was getting teary when talking about Brandan and Theresa. Catelynn admits her fear that Brendan and Theresa could shut her out. They discuss that even though they know that they gave their kids the lives they couldn’t give them themselves, it’s hard not being able to raise them as their own. They’re not parents, Catelynn says, but they’re still moms.
Later, Catelynn shares pictures of her and Tyler’s visit with Carly with the retreat. She says that the visit went well, but again states that she’s afraid that her lack of communication since then will negatively impact their relationship with Brandan and Theresa. The group assures her that seeing her daughter after a year is an adjustment, and that if she needs a little distance, it’s not a bad thing.
The retreat draws to a close and everyone shares what they’re taking with themselves and what they’re leaving behind. Catelynn decides to leave behind her fears about Brandan and Theresa. Paige thanks Catelynn for bringing her. Hugs all around.