Thursday, April 13, 2017

'A New Baby Born and Love All Around' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A New Baby Born and Love All Around"

  • Kelly and the five youngest boys arrive at Alyssa and John’s house in Clermont, Florida. “My family’s very last minute,” says Alyssa. “I didn’t find out who all was coming until literally the day before they came.”
  • The following day, Kelly takes Alyssa out for some mother-daughter time. Alyssa explains that she doesn’t want a bunch of people in the room during her labor. Kelly says she was the same way and that she and Gil will wait in the reception area.
  • Kelly accompanies Alyssa to her midwife appointment at The Birth Place (a birthing center). Alyssa is hooked up to a monitor for a short while after the midwife hears an irregularity in Lexi’s heartbeat, but she is relieved to find out that everything is fine.
  • Gil and the rest of the family arrives, and he and Lawson lead the kids in a nerf gun war at their rental house. In the middle of the game, Kelly receives a call from John that causes her and Gil to rush over to the birthing center. Lexi Mae Webster arrives just over one hour later.
  • “It doesn’t matter how many grandkids we have,” says Kelly. “They’re all special. They’re all different.”
  • Alyssa is discharged just a few hours after the birth, and her siblings are thrilled to come visit, both at the birthing center that evening and at her house the next day.
  • Back in Tennessee, the Bates are planning their annual I Love You Day celebration, which will be coupled with Mama Jane’s birthday party. The theme is “down on the farm.”
  • When everyone arrives for the festivities, the older sisters go out for pedicures and girl talk. Erin and Carlin tell the story of how Erin set Carlin and Evan up. It’s actually quite simple. Kelly was speaking at a banquet, and Evan was sitting at a table with Carlin and Erin. Carlin explains what happened: “[Erin] is like, ‘So, you know, I really would like you to be my brother-in-law. I mean, Carlin’s single. Are you single?’”
  • “Evan is perfect for Carlin,” says Alyssa. “He is so patient with her.”
  • Tori drops a bombshell: She’s getting married in May! Her sisters are shocked, but then she clarifies....next May, after she finishes school.
  • “I’m not planning my wedding,” says Tori. “I’ll pick my colors, and then everyone else plans it.” What if everyone disagrees? “Then I say y’all fight it out,” says the bride-to-be. “I ain’t doing it.”
  • The night before I Love You Day, all the couples have a steak dinner at the rental cabin where the out-of-town guests are staying. Nathan delivers Tori and Bobby but is quickly asked to leave. “Come back when you’ve got a girl,” says Kelly.
  • When I Love You Day finally rolls around, Mama Jane is shocked when Gil and Kelly present her with a new rocking chair, made by Chad, that has everyone’s signatures shellacked on it.
  • “Oh my gosh!” exclaims Mama Jane. “You children are way too much! I don’t want to ever die.”
  • Kelly leads the clan in a bunch of fun, farm-themed games, including a pig calling contest.
  • Later, Zach, Chad, and John take Bobby and Evan shooting. They also share relationship advice. “Our boys are very protective of their sisters, and no guy is good enough,” says Kelly.
  • Opening gifts takes more than an hour with so many people. Michael causes tears to flow when she passes out heart key chains with Kelly’s father’s handwriting on them. They say “I love you. In His grace, Granddad Callaham. Psalm 56:3.”

17 comments:

  1. I was hoping for a pregnancy announcement from Brandon and Michael but the key chains are very sweet.

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  2. Has Brandon been tested? It's not always the woman, you know.

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    1. I'm not sure why you feel a need to ask such a personal question. This young couple's medical history is a private matter. By the way, any competent reproductive specialist will test the man first, because tests for the woman are more invasive.

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  3. Wait, when did Tori get engaged??

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  4. Maybe Brandon and Michaela are waiting to have a baby.

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    1. No, they've said they're having trouble getting pregnant.

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    2. It was mentioned in an earlier blog post few months ago they're having difficulties conceiving a child.
      Feel so much for Michael as she yearns for children yet can't conceive so far.... She is so gracious in the waiting.. I pray it wont be long..

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  5. Ok so I'm confused - WHICH May is Tori's and Bobby's wedding?? 🙂🙃🙂

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    1. Next May (I'm thinking 2018). She says she wants to be done with school and not take off a semester like Erin did.

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  6. AWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! Yes I was too!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Where were Johns parents/family during the baby's birth? She's a beautiful baby!!

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    1. Probably there but didn't want to be filmed.

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  8. I don't think the question about Brandon is being too personal. It was a general question, on a subject they brought up on the show. A simple answer would be 'yes' or 'no'. That would suffice. It seems Michaela is shouldering all of the 'guilt' and/or responsibility for not conceiving yet. That shouldn't be.

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  9. "It seems Michaela is shouldering all of the 'guilt' and/or responsibility for not conceiving yet." I am wondering how you came to this conclusion based on limited information, unless you know the couple personally and they have shared details with you. The viewing public has no way of knowing how far they have pursued fertility testing or treatment, and some men are not as open with sharing their deep feelings about it.

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  10. Enjoyed the recap

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  11. Nothing wrong with Brandon stating if he has been tested yet or not. In keeping silent about his participation, it would imply that he isn't considering himself in the matter. Both are responsible for conception and both should be checked out. He should have simply stated so. Remember, THEY brought the matter up on TV.

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  12. Oh. MY. Goodness! Seriously? Yes, they addressed the problem of infertility on the show. Michael mentioned they were just starting to think of seeking out a specialist. I myself struggled with infertility and the very first thing my specialist suggested before ever running a single test on me was that my husband be tested first. You cannot find a specialist who will not test the husband. I swear the bates family can't win with some viewers. They open their lives up and talk about infertility and you want to dig deeper in an already painful situation for this couple.

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