Happy 20th Birthday, Leah Messer! The "Teen Mom 2" Star's Memorable Moments (Photos)

What will Leah's 20s hold?

Mom, yes – Teen, no!

Today, Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer turns 20, and she’s certainly come a long way. When the show first aired, the West Virginia high-schooler was trying to adjust to new motherhood – of twin girls born prematurely, no less – and her on-again, off-again relationship with boyfriend Corey Simms.

Now she’s a young adult, sadder but wiser for her divorce, hoping for her happily-ever-after with new husband Jeremy Calvert. As Leah would be the first to tell you, she’s not perfect, but she’s learning from her missteps and getting plenty of support from her friends and family.

And her daughters? Aleeah and Aliannah (“Ali”) are happy, fun-loving toddlers making new strides every day!

Take a look at some of the highlights of Leah’s life as a mom over the past few years!

Happy birthday, Leah!

  • Leah becomes a mom 1 of 13
    Leah becomes a mom
    West Virginia teen Leah Messer's life changed forever when she gave birth to Aliannah Hope and Aleeah Grace on December 16, 2009.
  • Leah joins the Teen Mom 2 cast 2 of 13
    Leah joins the Teen Mom 2 cast
    She and fellow "TM2" members Kailyn Lowry, Jenelle Evans and Chelsea Houska became fan favorites - and tabloid fodder - almost instantly. The show has helped Leah support her family.
  • Leah courageously deals with difficult news 3 of 13
    Leah courageously deals with difficult news
    When Aliannah was just a few months old, it became clear that she wasn't developing on schedule. Leah has dealt with Ali's challenges with grace and faith, making sure she gets the help she needs.
  • Leah marries Corey Simms 4 of 13
    Leah marries Corey Simms
    The twins' parents wed while the girls were still babies. It lasted only a few months - their relationship was too tumultuous - but they remain on good terms, and Corey is a loving dad to his daughters.
  • First big trip! 5 of 13
    First big trip!
    Last May, Leah took Ali and Aleeah on their first vacation to Orlando. They had a great time, and Leah got to unwind for a while.
  • Leah meets Jeremy Calvert 6 of 13
    Leah meets Jeremy Calvert
    Tongues wagged when Leah started dating the young engineer shortly after her divorce, but the two quickly became close, got engaged over Christmas and dealt with a heartwrenching miscarriage.
  • Leah gets her life back on track 7 of 13
    Leah gets her life back on track
    The young mom found herself the center of attention and criticism when she admitted she'd been unfaithful to Corey before their wedding. But she proved those days are behind her by strengthening her commitment to Jeremy and becoming a regular churchgoer.
  • Leah marries Jeremy 8 of 13
    Leah marries Jeremy
    Their 8-month courtship was capped by a wedding in Kentucky earlier this month. Only a handful of guests attended, but the MTV cameras were there to capture the moment for later airing.
  • The girls get a taste of the Toddlers & Tiaras life 9 of 13
    The girls get a taste of the Toddlers & Tiaras life
    This past February, Leah entered Aleeah and Ali in a local beauty pageant. Not to worry - no hair extensions or makeup were involved, and it was all for charity.
  • The twins turn 2 10 of 13
    The twins turn 2
    How quickly they grow! The inseparable pair love playing together, going on rides and hanging out with Mom. They're even learning how to ride bikes!
  • Leah gives her girls an Easter splurge 11 of 13
    Leah gives her girls an Easter splurge
    The doting mom admits she spoiled Ali and Aleeah a bit this year, but she did it out of love.
  • Ali starts to walk 12 of 13
    Ali starts to walk
    After months of therapy (and lots of prayers), Aliannah started to take her first assisted steps this month.
  • Leah turns 20! 13 of 13
    Leah turns 20!
    As she leaves her teen years forever, Leah is looking forward to a bright future with her daughters and new husband.


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