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What a Year! How the “Teen Moms” Spent 2012 (Photos)

It’s the stuff soap operas are made of: engagements, weddings, babies, losses, health crises, new jobs and lots of cute kids. But it was all in a year’s work for the cast of the Teen Mom series.

It was a year that saw Leah Messer become Mrs. Jeremy Calvert – and a soon-to-be mom again. It saw Chelsea Houska move closer to her goal of being a cosmetologist, and Farrah Abraham become a best-selling author. Kailyn Lowry found lasting love, Catelynn Lowell never lost it and Maci Bookout is still searching. As for Jenelle Evans? Let’s just say her year was anything but boring!

Take a look back with us at our favorite young moms (we can’t call them teens anymore!) and the highlights of their 2012.

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  • Leah Messer Calvert 1 of 15
    Leah Messer Calvert
    Leah began 2012 on a high note, newly engaged to Jeremy Calvert and expecting their first child. But the couple's joy turned to heartache when Leah miscarried in late January. Their love for each other - and for Leah's twin daughters - carried the day. After two wedding ceremonies (a private legal one and a bigger affair in the summer for friends and family), the Calverts are happily settled and looking forward to being parents again.
    OK! magazine covered their big day.
  • Big sisters 2 of 15
    Big sisters
    Now three, Aliannah and Aleeah had a big year, too. They were flower girls at their mom's wedding, and they can't wait to meet their little sister. Dad Corey Simms just got engaged, so they'll have another wedding to attend in the future. Best of all, Ali is walking on her own!
    The Examiner shows Ali's first steps.
  • Their family grows 3 of 15
    Their family grows
    And baby makes five! Leah and Jeremy are expecting a girl in the new year. Leah tweeted this 3D ultrasound picture, along with baby pics of herself and Jeremy.
    Photo: via Leah Calvert's Twitter page.
  • Kailyn Lowry 4 of 15
    Kailyn Lowry
    Kail would surely call 2012 a banner year. She watched little Isaac grow into a sweet, self-assured 3-year-old, and moved ahead with her studies to become a dental assistant. She also saw her relationship with Javi Marroquin turn into a lasting love.
    Kail tells The Stir about her relationship with Javi.
  • Mrs. Marroquin? 5 of 15
    Mrs. Marroquin?
    Although Kail is busy planning her wedding ceremony, rumors persist that she and Javi quietly wed back in November.The latest clue: Javi is away from home undergoing military training, and Kail now describes herself on Twitter as an "Air Force wife."
    The Examiner talks about Kail's wedding plans.
  • Chelsea Houska 6 of 15
    Chelsea Houska
    Chelsea started the year as a busy cosmetology student and single mom to adorable Aubree...and ended it the same way. Unlike her castmates, she stayed firmly single this year, and expects to stay that way for a while. But she's surrounded by love from family and friends and has a bright future ahead.
    Here's what she told Us Weekly about her ex and about dating.
  • A future in beauty 7 of 15
    A future in beauty
    Perhaps 2013 will find Chelsea ready to achieve her dream of opening her own salon. She recently told an interviewer that she envisions an upscale salon with a wall decorated in her signature leopard print!
    Read more here.
  • Maci Bookout 8 of 15
    Maci Bookout
    Maci may have changed her hair color in 2012 (she went back to red after being blond for a while), but one thing that never changes is her love for her son, Bentley. This year also found her in a brief romance with BMX racer Kyle Regal, and ex Ryan Edwards tweeted her a proposal that may or may not have been for real. But Bentley is always the #1 guy in her life.
    See HollywoodLife's story on Bentley's 4th birthday.
  • New beginnings, new adventures 9 of 15
    New beginnings, new adventures
    This year, Bentley turned four - and started riding a dirt bike for the first time. As for Maci, she's still busy with motherhood and speaking engagements, but she did recently admit to being "involved" with a new guy.
    Read more about Maci's new guy here.
  • Farrah Abraham 10 of 15
    Farrah Abraham
    Farrah had a busy year, but a successful one as well. She launched her own line of sauces, became the hostess of a dating website and published a best-selling autobiography. She also showed a new face to the world in October when she underwent a nose job and chin implant.
    Catch up with Farrah on her website.
  • Little author 11 of 15
    Little author
    Farrah's daughter, Sophia, got into the writing game, too! She and her mom co-authored a children's book, "Passy Perfume," about a girl's struggle to give up her pacifier.
    Read more about the book from Wetpaint.
  • Jenelle Evans 12 of 15
    Jenelle Evans
    For Jenelle, 2012 had more ups and downs than a Six Flags roller-coaster. She began the year dating a Marine, Gary Head; by spring, they were engaged. But trouble was brewing under the surface, and Jenelle was soon single again. A reunion with her ex Kieffer Delp followed a few weeks after, but that too was short-lived. Health problems landed her in the hospital a few times as well. She even had to rush to the ER when she was in New York filming a "Teen Mom" reunion show.
    Us Weekly reports on another bit of Jenelle news.
  • A new family 13 of 15
    A new family
    The third time was the charm. Jenelle reconnected with an old friend, Courtland Rogers, and things moved quickly from there (as they seem to do with Jenelle). After a couple of months of dating, she and Courtland had a quick courthouse wedding. She's also determined to do what it takes to regain custody of Jace.
    Here's how Us Weekly announced the wedding.
  • Catelynn Lowell 14 of 15
    Catelynn Lowell
    Catelynn stayed true to herself and her goals in 2012. She and her fiance, Tyler Baltierra, continued their national speaking tour, telling college students their story of pregnancy and adoption. In the meantime, the adoptive parents of their daughter Carly became parents again with the adoption of baby boy Graham.
    The Davises talk about Catelynn, Tyler and adoption.
  • Still going strong 15 of 15
    Still going strong
    Fans worried when Tyler moved to New Orleans for a month this fall - but not to worry; it was just a temporary move for a job. The two are still planning for a July 2013 wedding. In fact, rumors are flying that MTV is planning a spinoff show about their plans for the big day.
    Starcasm gets the inside story.

[Photos: via Twitter]

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