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Teen Mom OG's Catelynn & Tyler Baltierra Reveal to Family They Are Expecting a Third Child

Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra had a huge reason to celebrate on Monday night’s episode of Teen Mom OG.

The couple told Catelynn’s mother, April, and her younger siblings that they were expecting their third child together after last week’s episode showed Catelynn breaking the news to Tyler.

The two are parents to 3-year-old daughter Novalee Reign and are also the biological parents to 8-year-old Carly, whom they placed for adoption.

April was shocked when she opened Nova’s sweater and saw a pink T-shirt that read, “I’m going to be a big sister.”

“Are you serious? Really,” she asked, tearing up. Catelynn said, “I am! I swear to God! Hopefully, it’s a grand-boy,” referring to Tyler’s wish for a son.

“I’m happy with whatever it is,” April said. “Could be twins, you could get one of each!”

Catelynn called their child a “summer baby.”

The couple told Tyler’s father, Butch, separately. He told the two, “What if it’s a girl? Are you going to keep trying for a boy? Rock it out, baby.”

Last week, Catelynn surprised Tyler by having Nova walk out into the living room with a pink T-shirt that revealed the news to him. She also dropped a positive pregnancy test on the dining table in front of him.

“Oh my God,” Tyler said, seeing the test and quickly dropping his head onto his hands.

Catelynn, laughing, walked into the kitchen as Tyler asked her, “How many did you take?”

“Four,” she said. “Oh my God,” he reiterated, laughing and dropping his head again.

“Fertile Myrtle,” he said as she nodded and said, “Yeah!”

Catelynn turned to Nova, who was standing nearby, and said, “There’s a baby in mommy’s tummy.” The mother of two has not mentioned her pregnancy on her social media accounts. 

On a recent episode of Teen Mom OG, Catelynn and Tyler discussed the possibility of having another baby after he expressed his desire to expand their family.

But despite her husband’s desire for more children, Catelynn — who struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of Nova — openly expressed her fears when it comes to being pregnant.

“It’s a daily fight in my mind to not be afraid of postpartum ,” she told Tyler. “I can’t let my mind stop me from one of the most amazing things ever.”

The mother of two recently entered rehab in early January to deal with “childhood trauma.” She also entered rehab in November to battle suicidal thoughts.

 

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on MTV.

Donald Trump Jr.’s Family Receives White Powder in the Mail; Wife Vanessa Reportedly Hospitalized

President Trump’s daughter-in-law was taken to a Manhattan hospital as a precaution on Monday after she was exposed to a white, powdery substance when she opened a suspicious letter addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jr., several news outlets are reporting.

A spokeswoman for the NYPD’s office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information confirmed to PEOPLE that Trump Jr.’s family received a letter containing a powdery substance that was tested and proven to be non hazardous.

The spokeswoman said three people were taken to a local hospital for observation but could not confirm their names.

NBC News reported that, according to senior law enforcement and city officials, Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, was taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center “strictly as a precaution” after a suspicious letter containing an unidentified substance was sent to the couple’s apartment in Manhattan.

 

NBC News said the letter was addressed to Trump Jr., the eldest child of the president and his ex-wife Ivana. The outlet also reported that “there is no indication anyone suffered any injuries.”

According to law enforcement sources who spoke with the New York Post, Vanessa Trump opened the letter at 10 a.m. at an East 54th Street apartment in Manhattan’s Sutton Place neighborhood.

Fit Family! Carrie Underwood Hits the Gym with 'Her Boys' — Son Isaiah and Husband Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood has the cutest workout buddies!

The country music superstar’s 2½-year-old son Isaiah Michael and husband Mike Fisher — who recently announced he was coming out of retirement to re-join National Hockey League team the Nashville Predators — joined the 34-year-old for a family-filled workout on Saturday.

“My boys make workouts fun,” she wrote on social media alongside snaps from their sweat session, before adding that they also made things “a bit less productive.”

“But that’s ok,” she added.

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The “Blown Away” singer has been keeping out of the public eye since she had a “hard fall” on steps outside her home in November, which left her suffering from several injuries, including a broken wrist and “40 and 50 stitches” to her face.

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“There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” she wrote in the note obtained by PEOPLE. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”

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She continued: “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.”

On Jan. 19, the star gave another update on her progress.

Last check up on the old wrist this morning!! Thanks, Dr. Wurthand my PT angel, Renee, a.k.a. “Bulldog” for fixing me up!!!,” she updated fans in an Instagram picture just weeks ago, showing an X-ray of her wrist with a flat metal plate and screws that were surgically placed to hold the broken bone as it heals. “I’m good to go!”

This Spy’s History Shows How Russian Recruiting Is A Family Matter

Artem Zinchenko at his sentencing hearing in May 2017

Kaitsepolitseamet / Ekspress Meedia

Artem Zinchenko always looked up to his great-grandfather. He had served in a pair of Soviet units during World War II, so when Russian military intelligence approached Zinchenko, he was more than willing to listen.

Zinchenko was arrested by the Estonian Internal Security Service, known by its Estonian acronym as KAPO, on January 9, 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison that May for spying on Estonia and its NATO allies. On Saturday, he managed to leave prison years ahead of schedule, as part of a prisoner swap between Estonia and Russia.

In a country that has long been a target for Russia’s espionage, Zinchenko was the tenth convicted spy in nine years and the first among them who had been recruited by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. His case illustrates how Russian military intelligence relies on family traditions and uses the vast number of former Soviet military personnel still living in or connected with former Soviet countries as a recruiting pool for new spies.

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According to the state prosecutor’s office, Zinchenko was recruited in 2009 and began spying in Estonia in 2013. His main task was gathering intelligence about the country’s military and other critical infrastructure. He also provided information to Russia about the military equipment and movement of NATO troops in the country. Much of the case against Zinchenko is still classified. What little of the verdict against him remains unredacted describes only the sentence and a list of evidence — two laptops, four mobile phones, an external hard drive and a paper notebook — to be returned to Zinchenko.

The GRU decided to recruit Zinchenko despite his lack of military service or training. “His recruiters had all the right cards to play,” Aleksander Toots, the deputy head of KAPO, said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “His father Igor had served in the army, his grandfather Albert had served in the army and his great grandfather Grigori worked in the military counterintelligence unit Smersh during World War II.”

According to Toots, Zinchenko was especially inspired by his great-grandfather, Grigori Gutnikov. “That helped him develop a romantic feeling about being a spy and that the fatherland needed him,” he said.

Zinchenko’s tale is a prime example of how Russian spy recruiters operate, Toots said. “They find young people who can be easily manipulated with either family ties or the general notion of becoming a spy like the legendary Stirlitz from Soviet time spy movies.”

Grigori Gutnikov joined the Soviet army in 1936 as a driver, according to archived documents seen by BuzzFeed News. Two years later he was accepted to the NKVD, the secret police predecessor to the KGB. During the war, Gutnikov served in an elite unit inside the NKVD, including in 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Gutnikov later joined Smersh, the military counter-intelligence unit, that spun-off from the NKVD. “Their main task was to detect enemy spies, but often they operated as a secret police under the cover of counter-intelligence,” explained historian Meelis Saueauk, whose research focuses on military and intelligence history. “Of course they were known for violence. They had long experience of getting the needed statement out of suspects by using ‘physical means of influence,’” he added.

After the war Gutnikov was well decorated: he received the Order of the Red Star for the defense of Stalingrad, an award for the conquering of Berlin, and a third for winning the Great Patriotic War — Russia’s name for World War II. Soviet propaganda later used Smersh agents in numerous movies where they were depicted as outmaneuvering the German spies.

“I have seen that trend reemerge during recent years, when several new TV series and movies about heroic Smersh agents have been published in Russia,” said Saueauk.

Zinchenko family first settled in Estonia in 1966, when his grandfather Albert — also a Soviet Army officer — was stationed to work there. Albert, who was put in charge of a repairs and recovery battalion, and his wife Tamara were given an apartment in 1967 in a newly built residential area of the capital city Tallinn. Even though he later also served in other countries, like Vietnam and East Germany, Estonia became home.

By the time the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Albert Zinchenko had already retired from the army at the rank of podpolkovnik — equal to the US rank of a lieutenant colonel. Like roughly 15,000 other retired officers living Estonia and thousands more living in other countries outside of Russia, he was given the chance to apply for a permanent residency permit in Estonia. The Zinchenkos grabbed the chance.

Artem Zinchenko, just five years old at the time, lived in Russia with his parents. His father Igor was making a career in the army, ending up as the head of a tank factory in the Far East town of Ussuryisk. (He retired in 2006 after an investigation by the Russian military’s special prosecutor’s office.)

According to several previous and current neighbors, Artem began visiting his grandparents in Estonia when he was young, spending his summers there. Artem was especially close with his grandfather, according to Ilse Mikko, a neighbor of his, and liked to stay in the family dacha by the sea. “He really liked to be here in Estonia. He didn’t want to stay in Russia,” said another neighbor.

By the time the GRU recruited Artem, his father had retired and his grandfather had died.

Zinchenko at his sentencing hearing

Kaitsepolitseamet / Ekspress Meedia

“He had never had a personal relationship with the army, but he was given the opportunity to continue the family’s [military] tradition,” Toots, the deputy KAPO chief, said. “At the age of 22 one might not yet know what to do in his life. Such people are comfortable and cheap to recruit.”

Toots acknowledged that Estonia wasn’t Zinchenko’s first target but wouldn’t reveal the countries where Zinchenko first operated. Shortly before receiving his first orders from the GRU, Zinchenko applied for a residency permit in Estonia to run a business, which was granted.

Together with a partner he started a company Dana Investment, named after his wife Dana, and started designing and producing baby strollers. (His business partner Anton Mihhailov declined to talk to BuzzFeed News.) Though a real business, it provided Zinchenko a solid cover for his intelligence operations. Since it was oriented towards the Russian market, he had a valid reason to travel frequently between Tallinn and St Petersburg in Russia, with visa-free travel thanks to his residency permit.

After Zinchenko was convicted, his father Igor took over the baby stroller business. When approached for a comment, he declined to speak with a journalist.

The man who bought Zinchenko his freedom from an Estonian prison was an Estonian businessman named Raivo Susi. Susi was arrested in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on February 10 2016 when he was on the way to an unspecified Central Asia country. He was charged with espionage and last December sentenced to 12 years in prison. There is little public information about the businessman, but he was involved in several aviation companies. After Susi’s arrest, KAPO declined from comments regarding Susi’s alleged relationship with the service.

Zinchenko’s story is one that’s likely to play out again in Estonia, so long as there are young men who believe that helping Russia can be their path to glory. “These people develop the idea that they are the chosen ones to receive such an offer,” he said. “But their exercise is usually weak and sooner or later they’ll get caught. Then the romantic idea of being a spy vanishes.”

Oklahoma Family Adopts Baby Abandoned at Clinic with Umbilical Cord Still Attached

Amy and Todd, of Oklahoma, were getting ready to head out on a Thanksgiving trip with family in 2015 when they got a frantic call from their fostering agency, asking them to come to the facility immediately.

“When I got to the agency, they handed me a newspaper article,” Amy, 43, tells PEOPLE. The article told the story of an infant left at a Tulsa clinic, wrapped in a blanket with its umbilical cord still attached. “They said, ‘He’s yours. He’s waiting for you.’ We were so surprised that he was the one.”

The story of the abandoned baby made local news headlines at the time, and it was actually Todd, 40, who initially told Amy about the newborn.

“He was wrapped in a gray towel and just came to the back door and knocked,” Amy recalls of the story. “She said she couldn’t care for him and that she was homeless. She handed him over to a nurse.”

(Under the state’s Safe Haven Law, a woman can leave a baby up to 3 days old with an employee at a medical facility, police or fire station without facing prosecution, according to KOTV.)

Amy says she never imagined that the little baby on her local news would eventually be part of her own family.

“We ended up spending the next week with him in the and then he came home,” she tells PEOPLE. “We went through the whole adoption process, it had its ups and downs, but we made it through and a year later he was officially ours.”

She adds: “He’s just thriving. He’s a great little boy.”

Amy, who identified the now-2-year-old boy simply as “W,” says the toddler is the perfect addition to their large family. Amy and Todd have seven children and the doting mom referred to the clan as “the Brady Bunch.” But, even with such a full house, Amy says it’s W who rules the roost.

“We call him the little tornado. He is just a spunky little dude,” she gushes of the boy to PEOPLE. “He’s full of life and happy. He’s a really healthy, happy little boy. He’s done very well for his beginnings.”

The family shares updates on the toddler through their Facebook page, Through My Eyes. The account features photos, articles and update posts, all shedding light on what life is now like for the toddler once called “Baby Boy Unknown.”

“I love everything about him. I love his curly hair,” Amy says. “I love his eyes. I love his smile. He’s really just a burst of sunshine. He’s just happy. He lights up the room.”