Teen Mom star Amber Portwood was “excited” to see her son, 4-year-old James, after he moved to California with his father, Andrew Glennon. Glennon and James had lived in Indiana near Portwood, but after a judge awarded Glennon full custody, they moved back to his home state.
After some time, Portwood was able to reconnect with her son.
“Hi everyone. I’m thrilled. So after such a long time I’m going to see James,” she said during a confessional on the Nov. 22 episode of “Teen Mom: The Next Chapter.” “Well, I’m concerned. Yes. But I know it’s going to be fun, I know we’re going to have a good time.”
Portwood won’t be the only one traveling. James will also occasionally board a plane to see his mother.
“So my current visiting plan to see James is I have to go to California first, then Andrew brings him to Indiana with me,” Portwood explained during the episode. “And we’ll go back and forth like this.”
Once in California, Portwood called her co-star Catelynn Baltierra to explain her situation with her ex-boyfriend. She and Andrew talked about working on their friendship so they could better parent James together.
“If he wanted to cook something, I would tell him he could,” Portwood told Baltierra when she arrived at her Airbnb. “Go in the pool… so we can relax.”
Baltierra thought it would be a good idea for Portwood and Glennon to mend their platonic relationship.
“You’re going to have to be co-parents for the rest of James’ life, so… not being together, just just getting along, that’s super important,” she said. “These are memories for him that he will cherish.”
“He’s going to be so happy to see you,” Baltierra told Portwood of James. “It’s going to be freaking awesome.”
Portwood said she will be in touch with Baltierra after the visit. “I’ll definitely let you know how it went because I can’t film with Bubby,” she said.
Gary Shirley, the father of Portwood’s daughter – 13-year-old Leah – didn’t think it was the best idea for Portwood and Glennon to spend time together when Portwood called him from California.
“I think Andrew will stay for a while and relax a bit too. Co-parent a bit, just try,” Portwood told Shirley.
She wants the co-parenting relationship she has with Glennon to mirror the co-parenting relationship she has with Shirley.
“I spoke to him a few weeks ago and addressed how you and I are with Leah and how we sometimes do stuff together,” she said.
Shirley doubted she could reproduce their connection.
“Be careful,” he said to Portwood. “I just don’t want you to get burned.”
“Don’t force something like us on anyone [Glennon] because I don’t think he’ll ever be like that,” Shirley warned. “You know what guys think, what they’re after. I just see him trying to get back in there and I don’t think that’s healthy for you.”
“I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’m just excited to see James,” Portwood replied.