Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bates Return in July


Tonight was the mid-season finale of Bringing Up Bates, and UPtv has already announced the premiere date for season 9B. It's Thursday, July 23rd. Among other events in store, the family celebrates I Love You Day, Trace reacts to Chaney's breakup, Katie takes the next step with Travis, and the Bates attempt to navigate the COVID-19 lockdown. Check out the preview video below.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

'Holiday Traditions and Baby Additions' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Holiday Traditions and Baby Additions"

  • As the show opens, Zach and Whitney and their little family are enjoying some bonding time at home, now that baby Khloe has arrived. “Bradley, from the second we told him that he was getting another little sister, has always seemed very possessive of her,” says Whitney. “Now that she’s here, he definitely wants her all to himself. He’s quite the protective big brother.”
  • Kelly brings several of the kids come over to see Khloe. “Even though there’s so many grandkids and we’ve been through it a lot, we always get excited for a new niece or nephew,” says Callie.
  • Later, family and friends gather to throw Carlin and Evan a baby shower. “Everybody acts like pregnancy is easy,” says Carlin. “They’re liars. I will be upfront with you. It is so much work.”
  • It’s a coed event, and the Bates guys admit that baby showers are not their favorite types of parties. “Having both guys and girls at showers, I’m always very happy when other guys show up,” says Brandon, chuckling.
  • Carlin, Kelly, and Denese compete in a diaper stacking competition. At the last second, Kelly’s and Carlin’s stacks fall, and Carlin grabs her mother-in-law’s hands so her stack falls, too. “If I could rewind, I’d probably do that different,” Carlin admits.
  • Evan, Kelton, and Ethan (Evan’s brother) compete to see who can eat the most baby food. Evan wins the fruit round and advances to the veggie round against Nathan and Ben (Evan’s brother-in-law). Ben wins.
  • Erin goes into labor late in the evening, and Carlin comes over to document the event. Kelly, Tori, and Whitney meet them at the hospital, and Gil arrives later. Before long, Gil is asleep on the couch.
  • Erin’s oxygen levels drop, and the baby’s heart rate drops a little, so the nurse gives Erin an oxygen mask. When she starts to push, Holland arrives very quickly. Later that morning, the other three little Paines come by to meet their sister. They bring gifts.
  • Later, Chaney comes to town, and Trace takes her on a skating double date with Zach and Whitney.   
  • Caroling at nursing homes and assisted living facilities is a long-time Bates Christmas tradition. “Ever since I was a little kid, my parents wanted to have a huge emphasis on music, and they always taught us, ‘You may not be the best singer or the best musician, but if it can somehow minister to somebody, then it’s worth it, and it’s a blessing,’” says Lawson.
  • The family gathers at the big house to rehearse. “One of my favorite memories, looking back, was taking treats to people who were shut in or couldn’t get out,’ says Michael. “And as kids, I think it’s easy to just want new things and get excited about gifts. And Dad and Mom were careful to help us learn that it’s important to give and it’s important to think of others and just to help build that character in us.”
  • When the Bates arrive at Morning Pointe of Powell, dozens of residents come to hear them sing. “I have zero confidence that we will sound anything close to harmonious to the ears, but it isn’t all about being the best at something,” says Zach. “Sometimes, it’s just good to go and give of yourself to some other people.” Bradley and Carson join in and perform “Jingle Bells” for the crowd.

Mid-Season Finale Tonight


Just wanted to give you a little reminder that today is Thursday, which means it's the mid-season finale of Bringing Up Bates. The show will be one hour long, though, so that's good news. Below is a video preview and some photos.








Photos/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Diaper Stacking

Carlin Stewart with Kelly Bates and mother-in-law Denese Stewart
 
A full hour of Bringing Up Bates is in your future! We know you're sad that this week is the mid-season finale, but the network does have plans for the show to return, and it won't be too long. You can look forward to a lot of excitement this Thursday evening (TV listings and preview video below).

Join the Stewarts and Bates for a baby shower in honor of Carlin and Evan; go out on a Christmas-themed double date with Zach, Whitney, Trace, and Chaney; sing Christmas carols with the Bates at an assisted living home; and meet newborn Holland Paine.


Thursday, May 28
6:30am: Save the Date and Decisions to Make
8:30pm: Holiday Cheer and New Baby Khloe is Here
9pm: Holiday Traditions and Baby Additions NEW!
10:30pm: A Monumental Proposal
11pm: Ultrasounds, Wedding Vows, and a Bride-to-Be


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, May 25, 2020

Stewarts Celebrate 1 Year

Has it already been one year since Carlin and Evan Stewarts' fairy tale wedding? Happy first anniversary to these two!

Carlin Stewart and Evan Stewart
Carlin Stewart and Evan Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Websters Celebrate 6 Years

Today is Alyssa and John Websters' six-year wedding anniversary! They are celebrating with a weekend away, just the two of them, at a local vacation rental property.

John Webster and Alyssa Webster
2020

John and Alyssa Webster
John and Alyssa Webster
2015

Photos courtesy of @websterforever

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Zach the Nail Artist

Zach Bates paints Kaci Lynn's nails

"I've always, in the back of my mind, made a mental note-to-self that as we have more kids, to try to carve out that time that I can spend one-on-one. You always want to make sure that they know that there's lots of love to go around."
-Chad Paine

This video is absolutely adorable. On Thursday's episode of Bringing Up Bates (be sure to read our recap if you were unable to tune in), we watched Zach Bates have a daddy-daughter tea party with Kaci Bates. But this additional activity that the two do together is even sweeter. Zach paints Kaci's nails! His younger brothers and sisters are incredibly surprised that their outdoorsy, hunting-loving brother would be able to complete such a task. And Chad's quote on the subject is priceless.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mid-Season Finale


Season nine of Bringing Up Bates premiered on March 5th, and viewers have witnessed a host of important milestones in the lives of the Bates clan members. Sadly, next week is the mid-season finale, but on the bright side, it's a full one-hour episode. We will meet Holland Grace Paine and enjoy some additional family festivities, including a date with Trace and Chaney and a baby shower for Layla Stewart.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

'Holiday Cheer and New Baby Khloe is Here' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Holiday Cheer and New Baby Khloe is Here"
  • Zach and Whitney are squeezing in some extra bonding time with Bradley and Kaci before Khloe’s arrival. Whitney takes Bradley out for beans and cornbread. “[Bradley’s] already looking so forward to having [Khloe],” says Zach. “He’s been talking about her since he first found out, so he’s pretty excited right now.”
  • Meanwhile, Zach and Kaci have a tea party at the house. “She always wants to do her little tea parties and girl things,” says Zach. “But most of the time she…plays with [Bradley], she ends up playing monster trucks and dinosaurs, so I thought, ‘This will be fun. We’ll get to do some little girl things.’”
  • “I thought I’d have me a tea party, but I didn’t have any tea because I’m trying not to drink as much sugar so I don’t be as fat when the baby gets here,” says Zach. He finds some hot chocolate to pour in Kaci’s teapot, but it leaks out the side. 
  • In an interview, Evan says he is looking forward to doing all the girly things with Layla, and Bobby says he hopes to have a daughter someday.
  • At the Bates house, Kelly wants her Christmas decorations up before Mama Jane comes for Thanksgiving. The Bates are approaching a very busy season, especially with the babies due, and Kelly wants the task finished early. Erin is in charge of the decor, and the siblings gladly lend a hand. While they are working, snow starts to fall outside.
  • Later, Whitney goes into labor. She and Zach drop the kids off at Granny’s house and head to the hospital. It's not long before the epidural is administered.. Both sets of parents, as well as Carlin, Tori, and Erin arrive for moral support. “When you marry into a big family, you might as well expect that every event in your life is going to be big,” says Whitney.
  • Before long, Whitney is 10 cm dilated, and it’s time to start pushing. Bradley and Kaci arrive soon after Khloe is born and are beyond thrilled to meet their little sister. “If I had to try to sum up today in words, I would probably just start crying because when I reflect back on her being born and all the love in the room, I can’t help but just cry…” says Whitney.

Lots of 'Aww' Moments Tonight

Tonight is Bates night! Tune in to UPtv at 9pm ET/8pm CT for an all-new, 30-minute episode of Bringing Up Bates, "Holiday Cheer and New Baby Khloe is Here." You'll see a lot of "aww" moments, including Whitney's lunch date with Bradley and Zach's tea party with Kaci Lynn.

Whitney Bates and Bradley Bates
 
Whitney Bates and Bradley Bates

The Bates siblings get together to decorate their parents' house for Christmas, and Zach and Whitney welcome baby Khloe Bates!

Carson Paine
Carson Paine
 
Everly Paine, Tori Smith, Willow Balka, Kade Smith
Everly Paine, Tori Smith, Willow Balka, Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Decorate Like a Bates

Nathan Bates
Decorating for Christmas at the Bates house

"When we're doing anything in our family, there are quite a few opinions. Like, everybody has three or four of their own."
-Jackson Bates

It's time to deck the Bates halls! As the Christmas season begins, the siblings gather at Gil and Kelly's to decorate. Even some of the married ones come back to the old homestead to participate in this fun family event. Below is a sneak peek from this Thursday's new episode.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Prayers for Layla

Carlin Stewart, Evan Stewart, Layla Stewart
Carlin Stewart, Evan Stewart, Layla Stewart
 
Since her birth on January 31st, Layla Stewart has experienced a handful of health scares that have brought Carlin and Evan to their knees. In February, Carlin was hospitalized for a few days due to meningitis. During that time, Layla, who was having difficulty breathing, was taken to the children's hospital.

Layla was soon released, but follow-up testing revealed a small hole in her heart. Weeks later, her oxygen levels dropped again. This time, the paramedics that came to Carlin and Evan's house checked Layla and determined that her levels were back to normal. They suggested monitoring her and making an immediate appointment with Layla's doctor, rather than risk her being exposed to COVID-19 at the hospital.

The Stewarts say that Layla is now on medicine for acid reflux, and doctors are hopeful that the hole in her heart will heal on its own by age two. We know that Carlin and Evan and all the Bates and Stewarts would appreciate continued prayer for Layla's health. You can follow the new parents on their YouTube channel.

Photo courtesy of Carlin and Evan Stewart

Warden Turns 17


Wishing Warden Bates a very happy 17th birthday! Warden is No. 13 in the Bates lineup.

  Warden Bates
Warden Bates

Warden Bates
Warden Bates


Warden Bates, Isaiah Bates, Jackson Bates
Warden Bates, Isaiah Bates, Jackson Bates

Warden Bates, Isaiah Bates, Jackson Bates
Jackson Bates, Warden Bates, Isaiah Bates

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Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com; UPtv