Thursday, September 19, 2019

Bates' Valentine's 2019 Festivities

Bringing Up Bates skiing

The season 8B premiere of Bringing Up Bates is just hours away! Are you excited? To get you in the mood for a new, 60-minute episode of the Bates family's reality show, here are a few snapshots from the episode.

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bates Return Tomorrow, Sept 19th

One day to go! As we wait for new episodes of Bringing Up Bates to return to UPtv tomorrow at 9pm ET/8pm CT, let's take a glimpse at the upcoming season. You'll see from the promo video below that there is a lot of heartwarming (and downright terrifying) footage on the way. Visit our post from last Friday to watch the first 90 seconds of the first episode.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lawson and Nathan in the Bahamas

Lawson Bates in the Bahamas
Lawson Bates in the Bahamas

Lawson is now home from the Bahamas after spending two weeks doing hurricane disaster and medical relief work with the organization MEDIC CORPS. He and Nathan worked alongside some of the Duggars, as well as other volunteers. Their team was made up of medical personnel (including an emergency room doctor), pilots, and other trained individuals. The organization's efforts have been highlighted by multiple news outlets, including News4Jax, CBS, and NBC.

Working alongside other nonprofits--Samaritan's Purse, Team Rubicon, Fuel Relief Fund, and others--MEDIC CORPS delivered medical supplies; life-flighted victims to Nassau; distributed food, water, and other supplies; rescued stranded victims, including three young children who had been separated from family; and  much more. Please continue to pray for the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Michael and Brandon at a Keilen Wedding

Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen with Becky and Tim

Over the weekend Michael and Brandon Keilen watched Becky, one of Brandon's sisters, tie the knot in Florida. All the bridesmaids wore different purple dresses, so Michael was able to wear the bridesmaid dress that she wore for Tori's wedding, after having shortened the sleeves.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrating Judson and Brandon

Today is the second-to-last of five double Bates birthdays this year. The first two (February 1st and 17th) are Bates children, and the third is a sibling and a grandchild. This one is a Bates child and an in-law. And the last one of the year (November 9th) will be a Bates child and a grandchild. Happy 9th birthday to Judson Bates, and happy 30th birthday to Brandon Keilen!

Callie Bates and Judson Bates
New York City, August 2018

Carson Paine, Bradley Bates, Judson Bates
October 2018

Tori Smith and Judson Bates
Tori and Bobby's wedding, December 2017

Judson Bates

Brandon Keilen and Michael Bates Keilen
Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen

Brandon Keilen and Zoey Webster
June 2018

Brandon Keilen
Skydiving, 2017

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Almost-5-Year-Old Bradley

Bradley, the oldest Bates grandchild, will be turning five years old at the end of next month (October 29th). According to Whitney, her little boy has been a huge help as she and Zach make preparations for Baby #3, Khloe Eileen Bates, due in November.

Whitney Bates and Bradley Bates
Whitney Bates and Bradley Bates
September 2019

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Friday, September 13, 2019

Season 8B Premiere

Less than a week to go until new episodes of Bringing Up Bates return to UPtv! The premiere airs Thursday, September 19th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Below is a video preview. Nineteen seconds will be added each day.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Trace's Official Dating Announcement

Trace Bates and Girlfriend Chaney Grace

This evening, InTouch Weekly released an exclusive story about Trace Bates and his girlfriend, Chaney Grace. The two are officially dating! The publication also published an exclusive sneak peek video clip along with the article. Next week on the Bringing Up Bates premiere, you'll watch Trace unexpectedly show up to the family's Valentine's Day celebration with Chaney. The Bates met Chaney's family, Texas residents, at a ski resort in Colorado. 

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Photo courtesy of Trace Bates

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Chaney Turns 21

Yesterday was Chaney's 21st birthday. Although she has not yet been featured on the show (which returns September 19th, for those who haven't heard), we have posted a few photos of her on our blog. She is Trace's girlfriend. Happy birthday, Chaney!

Trace Bates, Chaney, Kelly Bates
Trace Bates, Chaney, Kelly Bates

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Post-Surgery Update on Alyssa

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

Alyssa Webster just shared an update on her heart condition. She had surgery nine days ago, and although her followup appointment was delayed due to Hurricane Dorian, which turned out to be a mild storm in Florida, she was able to visit the doctor today.

After an electrocardiogram/EKG (a quick and easy test that measures the heart's electrical activity) and an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart), Dr. Bhavya Trivedi informed Alyssa that her arrhythmia appears to be gone! She will have another appointment in six months to make sure that things still look good.

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Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Season 8B Premiere Details

Brandon and Michael Keilen
Brandon and Michael Keilen
As UPtv gears up for the Bringing up Bates season 8B premiere on Thursday, September 19th, the network currently only has one rerun scheduled between now and the big day. But on September 19th, be sure to tune in at 9pm ET/8pm CT for a 60-minute kickoff episode, featuring the Bates family's I Love You Day celebration (episode summary below). For more photos from the event, check out our February 17th post.

Thursday, September 19
9pm: A Very Medieval I Love You Day NEW!
I Love You Day is here again, and the whole Bates crew gathers for an elaborate “chivalry” themed party with food, games, and amazing costumes. Before the big event, Kelly Jo and the girls decorate for the party and get caught up on all the biggest family news like Carlin and Evan’s wedding plans, Trace’s romantic prospect, and the exciting news that Michaella and Brandon might be moving to Tennessee! Meanwhile, the Bates boys hit the slopes for the day in a “Battle of the Brothers,” as snowboarder Lawson and skier Nathan compete for the fastest speeds. Later, the love fest continues when Josie and Kelton invite their family over for a gender reveal party. When the balloon pops, will it be baby boy or baby girl!?

Thursday, September 26
9pm: A Blushing Bride to Be NEW!
Kelly Jo, Erin, and Carlin head to Nashville to help Carlin with the #1 thing on her wedding to-do list - finding a wedding dress! While there, they take the opportunity to spend a little time with Tori, Baby Kade, and Lawson. When the group takes a trip to TopGolf, Erin and Lawson enjoy some friendly sibling competition, and Carlin and Evan enjoy some couple time. And finally, Carlin tries on her dream wedding gown; but will it still be the one, when the bride to be realizes the dress is slightly pink?

Photo courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Carlin's Pregnancy Health Struggles

Carlin Stewart
Carlin Stewart

Yesterday, we shared the happy news that Carlin and Evan Stewart are expecting their first child in February 2020! With Erin Paine and Whitney Bates, Carlin's business partners, also pregnant and due before the end of 2019, the Bates Sisters Boutique trio will have babies who are very close in age.

Via People Magazine, Carlin shared the health problems that she has struggled with during her pregnancy. At her first obstetrics appointment, the expectant mother was informed that she has something else in common with older sister Erin. Like Erin, Carlin also suffers from a blood clotting disorder and has to receive two shots daily, administered by Evan. The Stewarts say that they are thankful that their baby is healthy.

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Photo credit: Darian Kaia

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Big Bates News x2

Carlin Stewart and Evan Stewart show off their ultrasound photo

It's been a little while (okay, not that long) since the Bates have made a big announcement. Don't you think it's time for another one? How about two big announcements?

Carlin Bates pregnant

Carlin Bates married Evan Stewart on May 25th, and this morning, the couple is thrilled to share with the world that they will soon be a family of three. That's right, Carlin is pregnant! Baby Stewart is scheduled to arrive in February 2020. Check out the announcement video below, and then keep reading for another reveal. More photos of the Stewarts with the first snapshot of their little one can be found on the UPtv website.

Are you ready for announcement #2? New episodes of Bringing Up Bates will return to UPtv on Thursday, September 19th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT!

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Photo credit: Darian Kaia

Monday, September 2, 2019

Erin--23 Weeks with Baby #4

Erin Paine
23 weeks, 3 days pregnant with Holland Grace Paine

Doesn't it feel like just yesterday when Erin and Chad Paine announced the gender of their first child, Carson Paine, to the Bates family with a gender reveal cake? Now, more than four years later, Erin is past the halfway mark in her fourth pregnancy. Holland Paine is due at the end of December, which means that Erin is almost 24 weeks along. For fun, we have included a photo of Erin's bump now (above) and her 23-week bump with Brooklyn (below).

Erin Paine
23 weeks pregnant with Brooklyn
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