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Amber Portwood Pens Emotional Message to Daughter On 11th Birthday

By Gary Trock

"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood sent well-wishes to 11-year-old Leah on her daughter's birthday and revealed what she loves most about their special relationship. Taking to Instagram on Monday night, Portwood posted a rare shot of a very grown-up looking Leah at dinner.

"Happy 11th Birthday my beautiful girl!!! I love our hugs. I love our kisses and I love singing together while looking into each other's eyes. I love how you make me feel every time I see you. I love the text messages we send of funny gifs and when you say Goodnight but keep texting emojis. But what I love most of all is when you tell me I love you Mommy and I say I love you too are everything and more. Happy Birthday my beautiful girl with the 'ocean eyes'"


Leah spends the majority of her time with her father, Gary Shirley and his new wife, Kristina. She also has a stepsister named Emilee. Leah appears to have a very strong relationship with her stepmom and also gave the young girl a shoutout on her birthday via Instagram. Kristina was also wise and tagged both Gary and Amber in her post about Leah.

"Shouting HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our smart, spunky, caring and compassionate 11 year old. She brings SO much joy and happiness to our family. Happy 11th Birthday, Beautiful!"

Over the years, Amber and Gary have worked out their differences and gotten on the same page regarding their care for their daughter.

Leah Is Thriving


Past seasons of "Teen Mom" have showcased Gary and Amber learning to co-parent, especially when their daughter began having panic attacks. They discussed therapy options and agreed that the most important thing was supporting their daughter and keeping her in a loving environment. It's paid off and Gary recently went on social media and praised Leah while showing off a ton of awards she had received over the past year, which included making the honor roll.

"So every once in a while I have a reason to brag and today I get to brag about Leah Shirley. She has made me @itsgarytime her mother @realamberlportwood1__ and her step mother @kristina_shirley3 super proud. She is a smart kid and I’m so proud she’s like her papa. Haha. She has accomplished great things this school year and has done a heck of a job reading and reading and more reading. I always tell her how important it is and she got to see why and she is proud of herself. Congrats Leah. She also made straight A honor roll amongst the rest of the certificates she received. I’m just so darn proud."

Gary Supports Amber

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Gary Shirley, who is a cop in Indiana these days, recently showed support for Amber Portwood after her arrest for domestic violence. She has since settled the case and pled out to avoid jail time, but during the drama Gary made it known what he was thinking the most about.

"My prayers are with @AmberLPortwood, Andrew, & most importantly baby James ... Idk any of the particulars, however I'm thinking of them."

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