Wednesday, November 14, 2018

First Video of Kade

Kade Smith

Kade Smith is only a few days old, and he has already figured out how to place his hands on his pacifier to hold it in! UPtv just posted a 20-second video of the little man showing off his new skill. You can view it on the network's website.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Smith Family, Part of 3

Tori Smith, Bobby Smith, Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV
Tori Smith, Bobby Smith, Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV
Tori and Bobby Smith are still on cloud nine after the arrival of their first child, Kade Smith. We posted a few unofficial snapshots from Bates family members earlier this week, but UPtv has just shared its official baby announcement and photos.

When a new Bates grandchild is added to the fold, proud grandparents Gil and Kelly Bates are never far away. They were eager to visit the family of three at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

We know you are all eager to hear the details of the birth, but those have not yet been released. The Smiths' plan was to deliver in one of the hospital's state-of-the-art birthing center rooms under the care of a doctor. However, the final decision on whether a candidate qualifies for the birthing center or must utilize one of the regular labor and delivery rooms is made by hospital staff once labor has begun, based on availability and medical requirements. Additional photos can be found on the UPtv website.

Gil Bates, Tori (Bates) Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith, Kelly Bates
Gil Bates, Tori (Bates) Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith, Kelly Bates

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Monday, November 12, 2018

First Photos of Kade

In case you haven't heard, Kade Smith is here! Details on his November 9th arrival can be found in the post we shared earlier today. Below are a few snapshots of the 9th Bates grandchild. He is only three days old and has already had plenty of visitors.

Evan Stewart, Carlin Bates, Tori Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith
Evan Stewart, Carlin Bates, Tori Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith

Robert Ellis Smith IV
Robert Ellis Smith IV (aka Kade)

Tori (Bates) Smith and Kade Smith
Tori (Bates) Smith and Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of Tori and Bobby Smith; thebatesfamily.com; Carlin Bates

Welcome, Baby Kade!


We have some exciting news to share. Tori and Bobby Smith are officially parents! The couple welcomed Robert Ellis Smith IV on Friday, November 9th, at 7:45am. That also happened to be sister Alyssa Webster's 24th birthday!

The newest Bates family member weighed 6lbs, 1oz and was 18 inches long. He arrived 15 days ahead of his November 24th due date. Looks like Tori is following in the footsteps of sister Erin Paine, who has delivered all three of her babies early.

As we shared several months ago, the baby's nickname will be Kade Smith. People Magazine has the exclusive story and photos.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Season 8 Promo Shoot

Today, the majority of the Bates clan gathered with the crew to shoot promotional material for Bringing Up Bates season eight. The new season is scheduled to premiere on January 3rd, 2019. Meanwhile, Alyssa and John Webster are spending Alyssa's birthday weekend on a romantic getaway in Daytona Beach.

Erin and Chad Paine; Everly Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Erin and Chad Paine; Everly Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com

Friday, November 9, 2018

Bates #6 Turns 24

Happy 24th birthday to Alyssa (Bates) Webster! As the sixth oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children, she is known for being well organized and always put together. She and John married in 2014 and have three daughters.

In the past, they have stated that they like the idea of having six children, but last Thanksgiving during a conversation with Mama Jane, Alyssa mentioned that if she ends up with four girls, she definitely plans to stop. "It’s the drama," she told her grandma. "I can’t handle it." It will certainly be fun to watch and see if any of the Bates follow in their parents' footsteps and have a "super-sized" family.

Alyssa and John Webster Valentine's Day
Alyssa and John Webster
Valentine's Day (aka I Love You Day) 2016

Alyssa and John Webster  Bahamas cruise
Alyssa and John Webster
Bahamas cruise, fall 2017
 
John Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
John Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
September 2018

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, Alyssa and John Webster

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bates at the Duggar-Burnett Wedding

Five years ago, John-David Duggar was a groomsman in Zach and Whitney Bates' wedding, so when John married Abbie Burnett last Saturday, it only made sense that Zach would be part of the wedding party. Below is a snapshot that Zach and Whitney took with the bride and groom. For more Duggar-Burnett wedding details, visit our Duggar blog.

John David Duggar wedding Abbie Burnett
Abbie (Burnett) Duggar, John-David Duggar, Zach Bates, Whitney Bates


Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Lawson Sings the National Anthem

Lawson Bates sings National Anthem University of Tennessee basketball
Kaci Bates, "Smokey," Bradley Bates, Lawson Bates
 
Are you a college basketball fan? The Bates are! Yesterday was opening night, and Lawson Bates had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. And this isn't the first time that Lawson has shared his musical talents with Tennessee sports fans. Below is a video of his performance in February 2016.

It turned out to be a great night for the Vols and the Bates. The Vols beat Lenoir-Rhyne, and Lawson had the cutest supporters on the block (see photo above).


Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates; video courtesy of lawsonbates.com

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Well-Dressed Websters

Alyssa Webster's passion for fashion is evident in the way she dresses herself and her three daughters. This family of five loves putting on their Sunday best for church each week. They also really enjoy matching, as most of you have probably noticed.

John Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster,  Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
John Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster,
Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Friday, November 2, 2018

Erin and Katie...Twins?

In honor of Erin and Chad Paine's anniversary, below is an adorable photo of the two of them. We did a double-take when we saw the picture because Erin looks so much like Katie. Do you agree? Although they are almost 10 years apart, Erin and Katie might just be able to pass for twins.

Erin Paine and Chad Paine
Erin Paine and Chad Paine
 
Katie Bates and Trace Bates
Katie Bates and Trace Bates

Photos courtesy of chadanderin.com, Trace Bates


Paines Celebrate 5 Years

Wishing Erin and Chad Paine a very happy 5th wedding anniversary! Below are a few photos from their marriage, as well as a video featuring footage from their engagement. Do you remember watching the Paines' wedding on 19 Kids and Counting (season 8, "Wedding Bells")?

Erin Bates and Chad Paine
Erin and Chad Paine before kids

Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Carson Paine
Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Carson Paine
May 14, 2015

Erin and Chad Paine
Erin and Chad Paine
Season 7, Bringing Up Bates

Brooklyn Paine, Chad Paine, Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Carson Paine
September 2018



Photos courtesy of chadanderin.com, UPtv; Video courtesy of UPtv