Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kelton's Late Mother

Kelton Balka

"When I was thirteen, my mother actually passed away giving birth to my youngest sister, Kerstin. That was a really, really difficult time for our family, the hardest thing I've ever been through."
-Kelton Balka

This evening on Bringing Up Bates, watch as Kelton Balka carries out his courtship proposal plan. The big day has an added layer of sentimentality because it involves doing something that brings back memories of his parents' marriage and his late mother. Watch the video below, and be sure to come back to the blog after the episode for my written recap and Fan File clip.



Photo/video courtesy of UP

28 comments:

  1. I didn't know that. Poor kelton. How many siblings does he have?

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    1. He said that there was 5 of them. (4 + himself). There’s also a photo in the video. (I don’t know if his Dad remarried and had more children).

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    2. It says on the video that Kerstin is the fifth child.

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  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwww.

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    1. That's my exact thought. It's so tragic.

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  3. Kelton is such a wonderful young man. I looked up the story about his Mother's passing and she died on the same day that my Mother died, only a different year. I was 17 so I know how hard it was for Kelton and his siblings... Their Mother would be so proud of all of them! I'm so happy that Kelton and Josie are together now. Such a lovely couple, God Bless!

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    1. Time 5:00AM Sat 6/9
      I have a friend who attends a program like me both of us has special needs but she has CP her mom died when she was a teen. She has 4 brothers and a half sister her grandma died last year to. Rip to Keltons mom she is in a good place heaven.

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  4. Kelton seems like such a great guy I am so happy for Josie

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  5. This poor guy. You see, childbirth IS NOT always a walk in the park...I'm speaking to you, Bates and Duggars. Things happen in a second's notice. You need to be prepared and AT A LOCATION that has emergency equipment available on the spot.
    I hope this young man doesn't feel that he has to become a "Bates" because Kelly Jo is around.
    He seems like such a nice young man. I wish him, his father and his siblings the best and I wish them all 'new loves' in their own lives moving forward. Their mother seemed like a nice lady too.

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    1. Annnd, they never said it was a walk in the park. They are very well aware of how difficult childbirth can be.

      Kelton is a fine young man, and seems to have a strong spirit that wouldn't be pushed around by every whim to be "someone else" that he doesn't want to be. Who knows, he just might find comfort in having a mother-in-law like Kelly Jo.

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    2. Point well made! I would have lost my first son if it weren't for the quick action of a MD with the proper equipment to save his life in a hospital. My "full term /no issues" baby stayed in the hospital for a week after birth and is fine today.

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    3. I agree with you, as someone who has experienced loss not every pregnancy results in a baby or a happy ending. I truly hope that when these 2 start a family they take that to heart. Children are a blessing, but having a mom there to raise you is also a blessing. I never would wish what I went through on anyone. I hope everyone has that happy ending, but reality is bad things do happen.

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    4. #1, they’ve never said giving birth was a walk in the park. Like for real, no one thinks that. #2, we don’t know the circumstances of Kelton’s mother’s delivery, she could have been at a hospital, and had complications that even the doctors with all their magical staff couldn’t prevent. Many women die in hospitals every year from different complications.

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    5. His mom was 39, so she could have had age related complications

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    6. He has such a wonderful dad. God bless him and his family.

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    7. Please stop saying things about the Bates not understandibg.

      Kelly Bates has given birth to all her children in the hospital. In fact all the Bates give birth in the hospital or birthing center.....

      If you don't know this then you don't need to be making comments about the dangers of home births.
      NOTHING in this article alluded to a home birth anywhere.

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    8. Kelli Bates has absolutely not given birth to all her babies in a hospital! Her midwife was also my mother’s midwife, also the midwife for half a dozen women in her church back in the day. She had to go to the hospital with her later babies because of all the age related complications she was experiencing. She had FOURTEEN babies at home...

      If you don’t know this, then you don’t need to be making comments about how all the Bateses gave birth in a hospital or birth center.

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    9. Kelly understands the risks birth brings to mother and child because of Addie's birth. Addie was born at home early and at a low weight. She had to be transferred to the hospital and EMTs saved her life along the way.
      IDK if the younger couples have used that experience as basis for why they go to hospitals or birth centers. However, it may have influenced their decision.

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  6. What is the best way to get the show if you don't have UP? I have bought them in iTunes and on amazon, but I see that I don't seem to get them all on iTunes, but it's harder to get them on amazon until later?

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  7. wow!thats shocking:(

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  8. Anon at 2:03PM: You seem to be assuming the Bates are just like the Duggars in preferring home birth. AFAIK none of the Bates have opted for home birth. I think only Alyssa was even attended by a midwife, the others have chosen to get prenatal care from OB doctors. Alyssa chose to give birth at a "birthing center" that looked very "homey" but that doesn't mean it didn't have medical equipment available.

    I guess it's possible Kelly Jo had some home births when she was younger, but I can't think of any Bates birthing at home since they've been on TV.

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    1. Some? She had 14 babies at home...

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  9. Hopefully your next chapter can grow as your mom wanted it. And hopefully your dad will be as happy as Josie will be. I for one still miss my grandma (moms mom) who died in 1989 of breast cancerr. So glad u have your dad. He looks like a good man

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  10. josie & kelton seem like such a mature couple! i wish the best for them

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  11. The Bates always have their babies in the hospital. And home births can be safe if you have the right people there.

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  12. Painfully hard to lose your Mom so young. She would be proud of her son as a solid young man. Kudos to his Dad and others who supported and guided Kelton growing up. He and Josie seem mature beyond their years and make a sweet couple. God Bless.

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  13. Kelton is a fine young man. He and Josie make a nice couple. Wishing them all the best.
    God Bless
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

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