Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keilens Meet Kaci

Over the weekend, Michael and Brandon Keilen, who will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary next month, traveled to East Tennessee from their home near Chicago for a visit with the Bates clan. They were overjoyed to meet the newest member of the family, Kaci Lynn Bates. "I didn't want to put her down for a second!" says Michael.

 Brandon Keilen, Michaella (Bates) Keilen, Kaci Bates, 
Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Bradley Bates

 Michaella Keilen with Kaci Bates

Top right: Brandon Keilen with Kaci Bates

And here's a new photo of the five youngest Bates kids, plus Bradley. As usual, the kiddos were thrilled to see Michaella and Brandon.

Callie Bates, Addallee Bates, Bradley Bates, Jeb Bates, Judson Bates, Ellie Bates

 Photos courtesy of Michael and Brandon Keilen, Zach and Whitney Bates, thebatesfamily.com

20 comments:

  1. What a pity Whitney isn't breastfeeding this baby either - it's the perfect design from God to nurture and protect our babies! It's been so refreshing to see Erin nursing her little one and I'd hoped being around nursing mothers may encourage Whitney to try it.

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    1. Leave her alone and stop putting unnecessary guilt on Whitney. There is nothing wrong with bottle feeding your child. Mine were bottle fed and are lovely, intelligent God-loving women. Please...just show support not condemnation.

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    2. 1. There are pumps so that could be breast milk. 2. She may not be physically able to. 3. It's her choice anyway. I can't believe what this family gets shamed for.

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    3. I don't think we need to be judging her. Being a mom is hard enough. I'm sure she is doing what works best for her family. As long as the baby is healthy and happy that should be what matters.

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    4. Not every woman is able to breastfeed. Sometimes our bodies just don't work the way they're supposed to. And who knows, maybe that is breast milk in that bottle or she's simply supplementing. Whatever the reason, she is doing exactly what she should be doing...feeding her baby. And that is all that matters.

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    5. Pity?? Odd choice of words. There are many reasons women can not breastfeed. I had a very very medical reason why. Also, maybe she pumps. There are women who have to pump due to issues with the actual breast. Do not judge unless you are informed.

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    6. I wouldn't assume she isn't. She may be doing both. It's not really any of our business.

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    7. Please don't shame Whitney! Some women want to nurse, but just aren't able to. The baby may not latch, the milk doesn't come in,etc.
      and who says that there isn't breast milk in the bottle? Perhaps she pumps and that allows others to feed the baby while they are out.

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    8. To the second commenter: sadly a lot of mothers are judged cor their choices, nowadays, not just in this family.

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    9. Some women like to pump because the baby will take a bottle from anyone.

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    10. This is a comment section. Why is it that just because someone mentions that it would be good if someone chose to do the scientifically proven healthiest option of feeding a human baby it makes that person judgemental and mean? Isn't that why we are all on social media? To hear other opinions and learn something? If she can't breastfeed that is a shame for her and her baby's health. Either way it's science, not shaming.

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  2. Beautiful faces.God Bless.

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  3. Im glad to see the Keilen's again I was wondering what ever happened to them! Nice pics. Can you please get rid of the gray background and put a light pastel color instead!! Gray is soooooo drab and dull and depressing!

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    1. Gray is an "in" color right now. Your comment about it seems discouraging. Thanks, Lily and Ellie for working so hard to keep us informed about the Bates family!

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  4. Awesome photos! I love your family.

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  5. It's surprising Michaela has been married nearly a year and no pregnancy announcement.

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    1. There is probably a challenging reason for that. How about using some common sense and sensitivity??

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    2. Maybe there is a problem. It can be very hurtful when people are constantly waiting a pregnancy.

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    3. I wouldnt be surprised if Brandon wanted them to have one year of marriage alone together first to adjust.... Brandon wisely savours each season from what I've seen.

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  6. So glad to see all the pictures of the Bates and extended family beautiful

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