Thursday, May 25, 2023

Update on Carlin's Health

Most of you know that Carlin has had major health issues for the past year. On this journey, she has been to countless doctors appointments, endured dozens of tests, and even spent time in the hospital. She hasn't been able to drive, so she and Evan have had to rearrange their lives to make accommodations. They just posted a video that includes a health update for curious fans. The two biggest questions on their minds right now are whether Carlin will be able to drive eventually and whether she will be able to have more children. Based on their video updates, Evan's attitude is one of complete selflessness and support for his wife, and Carlin has endured these health struggles with positivity, grace, and trust in God.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Paine Party of 8

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there! Today is the perfect day to share this post...

Less than five months after moving to Florida, Erin and Chad Paine are preparing for another life-altering change: they are having another baby! The parents of five just announced that they will soon have six children under the age of nine (Carson turns eight today--happy birthday, Carson!). Their new YouTube video shows the scavenger hunt that they set up to share the news with their kids.

Erin and Chad Paine: Surprising the Kids--We're Pregnant!

Ryker Cruise Bates

Trace and Lydia Bates just made a big announcement! They recently nailed down a name for their first child and decided to share it with the world. Their son will be called Ryker Cruise Bates. The parents-to-be uploaded a YouTube video that shows their reveal and features a description of how they chose the names. 

Trace and Lydia Bates: Our Baby Boy Name Reveal

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Lydia Hits Halfway Mark

Lydia Bates just reached an exciting milestone in her first pregnancy. She is at 20 weeks, which means she is halfway through. Baby Bates, a boy, is due in September. The expectant parents just decided on a name and will share it soon. In their latest YouTube video (link below), they talk about the pregnancy and share some of the adjustments they are making to their rental home ahead of their little man's arrival.

Trace and Lydia Bates: Real Talk about Lydia's Pregnancy

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Chat with Erin and Kelly

"In front of the kids, I always tried to make it a choice to be positive because I strongly believe that your perspective really rubs off on others."

-Kelly Bates

Now that Bringing Up Bates is off the air, fans don't have the opportunity to hear from the very encouraging Gil and Kelly Bates as often as they used to, so some of the Bates kids have used their online platforms to allow viewers this privilege.

In early March, parents-to-be Trace and Lydia asked the parents of 19 to share the story of how they ended up with such a large family. Erin recently sat down for interviews with her mom and mother-in-law. She uploaded her chat with Chad's mom last month and just shared her conversation with Kelly (link below).

Erin Paine: Video Conversation with Kelly Bates

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

A Room For Four Paine Girls

Now that Erin and Chad Paine are living in Florida, they have a house that is significantly larger than the two-bedroom cabin that they left in Tennessee. That being said, having five children still requires a level of creativity in organizing and allocating space. Erin and Chad recently put their building and decorating skills together to renovate the 12x12 room where all four girls will sleep, which included building a triple bunk bed (YouTube link below).

Paines: Girls Room Renovation

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Tiffany's Adoption Q&A

As many of you probably know, Lawson's wife, Tiffany, was adopted from China at 13 months old. She has received many questions from fans about her adoption, so she decided to share her story in the form of a YouTube Q&A (video below).

Lawson and Tiffany Bates: Adoption Q&A

Monday, April 3, 2023

Trace and Lydia's Gender Reveal

Another little Bates boy is on the way! As they promised, Trace and Lydia Bates uploaded a video of their gender reveal to YouTube (link below). Family and friends, including some Duggars, got together to help the expectant parents set up for the party and celebrate their baby on the way. This announcement followed just days behind the news that Zach and Whitney Bates' fifth child is a girl.

Trace and Lydia: Official Gender Reveal Video

Friday, March 31, 2023

Erin's Interview with Chad's Mom

Chad and Erin Paine

The lives of the Bates were closely followed on Bringing Up Bates, and they had multiple extended family members featured in various episodes of the show. Chad's mom, Tammy Paine, appeared briefly in a few episodes, including "Boating with the Bates," "Growing Paine," and "He or She What Will the Baby Be?" but she was always present to serve Erin and Chad and never to talk about herself. 

Tammy is actually a mother of 10, and Erin believes she has a lot of wisdom to share with other mamas. Erin recently sat down to interview Tammy and uploaded a video of their chat to YouTube (link below).

Erin Paine: An Interview with My Mother-in-Law

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

2 Bates Gender Reveals

The year is barely one quarter of the way through, and the Bates have already celebrated multiple births and baby related announcements. In February, the Websters announced Rhett's name, Zach and Whitney shared news of their pregnancy, and the Clarks welcomed Hailey. March has been just as busy, with Trace and Lydia's pregnancy announcement, Rhett Alan Webster's birth, and now a gender reveal from Zach and Whitney. 

Baby No. 5 is a girl! The little lady, due in August, will be welcomed by Bradley (8), Kaci (7 in June), Khloe (3), and Jadon (2 in June). 

Trace and Lydia have their baby's gender reveal scheduled for March 31st and plan to post the video publicly by the following day.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Meet Baby Rhett

Rhett Alan Webster is one week old! For those who would like to see footage from Alyssa's birth and delivery, she and John just uploaded a video to YouTube. It starts off with the expectant parents taking a nighttime walk before heading to the hospital and ends with them loading little Rhett in the car so he can go home to his four adoring sisters.

Video: Rhett's Birth

Monday, March 20, 2023

Introducing Rhett Webster

Welcome, Rhett Alan Webster! The Websters' fifth child was born March 18th, 2023, at 7:03pm. Weighing in at 6lbs 1oz, Rhett was Alyssa's second smallest baby. Allie was the largest at 6lbs 11oz, followed by Maci at 6lbs 3 oz and Lexi at 6lbs 2 oz. At 6lbs even, Zoey weighed the least.



Saturday, March 18, 2023

Rhett Coming Soon

Alyssa and John Webster are preparing to welcome their long-awaited baby boy, Rhett Alan Webster! Along with Kelly, the expectant parents are officially checked in at the hospital and ready to meet their first son. Alyssa and John announced the pregnancy in September, followed by the gender reveal in October and the name reveal in February

Rhett's due date is April 3rd, which made fans wonder if he would share a birthday with one of the four Bates grandchildren born in late March (Kolter Smith on March 25th, Zade Stewart on March 27th, Zoey Webster on March 28th, and Everly Paine on March 30th). But it looks like the little man will get his own special least for now. 

When you think of it, pray for a healthy delivery for Alyssa and Rhett. 

Update: Rhett arrived at 7:03pm!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Bates I Love You Day 2023

The Bates family gathered together for their annual I Love You Day celebration. This was Erin and Chad Paine's first year living out of town, and they had a 10-hour drive to reach Gil and Kelly's house. The Paines uploaded a YouTube video showing footage from the festivities, as well as some tips from Erin on surviving a road trip with kids. 

Video: Paines' Trip to Tennessee--Bates Family 'I Love You Day' 2023

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Jackson’s Engagement

Another Bates is headed to the altar! Jackson Bates proposed to his girlfriend, Emerson, and she said yes. He popped the question in beautiful Florida, and in true Bates fashion, a handful of family members were asked to be part of the celebration, including Gil and Kelly, Zach and Whitney, Trace and Lydia, and the Websters. Jackson just turned 21, and he is No. 12 of the 19 Bates. 

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Bates Grandbaby #26

This year is turning out to be another year full of new Bates grandbabies! In both 2021 and 2022, the family welcomed four little ones, and there will be at least four delivered this year, as well. Trace and Lydia Bates just announced that their first is due in September! The expectant parents took to YouTube to share the moment when Lydia found out and revealed the news to Trace. Their child will be Gil and Kelly Bates' 26th grandchild. Hailey Clark, born last month, was #23. Rhett Webster is due in April, and Zach and Whitney's fifth should arrive in August.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Why Did the Bates Have 19 Kids?

If you were a fan of the Bates' family's reality TV show, Bringing Up Bates, you probably heard Gil and Kelly Bates share a little bit about what led them to have 19 children. Trace and Lydia Bates recently had them as guests on their YouTube channel and prompted them to share the whole story. You might be surprised to learn that these two began their marriage planning to wait a while to become parents and only intending to have a couple children. What changed their minds?

The Bates: Why They Had 19 Kids (Video)

Friday, February 24, 2023

40-Minutes Q&A from the Paines

In the quiet of the late night hours, Erin and Chad Paine recently spent 40 minutes answering questions they have received from fans. Will they have a sixth child? How is Erin's health? Which sisters is Erin closest to? How does Erin simplify homeschooling with numerous kids? The Paines share their responses to these questions and more in their latest YouTube video.

Erin and Chad Paine: Our 40 Minute Q&A

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Hailey's Birth Story Part 2

Katie and Travis were able to bring little Hailey Clark home! For those who would like to watch the emotional moment when Hailey entered the world, the proud parents uploaded part two of their birth story to YouTube. The first segment was posted a few days ago.

Video: Katie and Travis' Birth Story Part 2

Monday, February 20, 2023

Triple Bates Birthday

Until last week, the Bates had six double birthdays. Now, they have five doubles and one triple! Hailey James Clark arrived just in time to share Jackson and Addallee's special day. She was born at 10:29pm on February 17th, weighing 6 lbs 1 oz and measuring 19 inches long. Jackson turned 21, and Addallee turned 17. Hailey arrived less than three weeks before Travis' 22nd birthday.

For reference, the shared birthdays are listed below. 

February 1st: Trace Bates (1997) and Jeb Bates (2012)

February 17th: Jackson Bates (2002) and Addallee Bates (2006)

April 11th: Carlin Stewart (1998) and Allie Webster (2015)

August 2nd: Callie Bates (2009) and Cambree Smith (2022)

September 15th: Judson Bates (2010) and Brandon Keilen (1989)

November 9: Alyssa Webster (1994) and Kade Smith (2018)

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Hailey is Here!

Sweet little Hailey James Clark has arrived! Congratulations to new brand parents Katie and Travis Clark. When Katie and Travis headed to the hospital early yesterday morning, Kelly, Carlin, and Evan went along for support. Part one of the Clarks' birth story has already been uploaded to YouTube (link below). The Stewarts also shared a video of behind-the-scenes clips.

Video: Katie and Travis' Birth Story Part 1

Video: BTS of Hailey's Birth

Friday, February 17, 2023

Baby on the Way

It's go time! Katie Clark is in labor, which means it won't be long before Hailey Clark makes her grand debut. If you think of it, keep mama and baby in your prayers. Even though Katie and Travis live in New Jersey, they have family members from Tennessee in town for this special occasion.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

More Bates Baby News

Just weeks before Alyssa and John Webster welcome their fifth child and possibly days before Katie and Travis Clark meet their firstborn, Zach and Whitney Bates have some baby news of their own to share. You guessed it...they are expecting No. 5! Whitney is due in August 2023. She had her 10-week appointment last week.

Monday, February 6, 2023

Baby Hailey Coming Soon

It’s almost go time! At their 35-week obstetrics appointment, Katie and Travis Clark were told by Katie’s doctor that Hailey will make her appearance sooner than expected. Katie is progressing quickly and will likely go into labor within the next couple weeks. They share the details in their latest YouTube video

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Webster Reveal Baby's Boy Name

Alyssa and John Webster just revealed the name they chose for their first son. Rhett Alan Webster will join sisters Allie Jane, Lexi Mae, Zoey Joy, and Maci Jo in the next couple months. The expectant parents revealed their newly decorated nursery in their most recent YouTube video.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Baby Boy Webster Update

Alyssa Webster is about 31 weeks pregnant with her fifth child (her first boy!). You can see footage from a recent ultrasound appointment in Alyssa and John's most recent YouTube video. The second half of the video shows a sporting event in Tampa that the Websters attended with Gil and Kelly Bates and other members of the Bates family.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Paines Settle into Florida Life

Erin and Chad Paine and their five kids are settling into the new home that God has blessed them with in Florida. It is larger than the house they rented in Tennessee, and it has plenty of land for their animals. As you can imagine, leaving their family and friends behind was difficult, but they say they are excited for this new chapter. The Paines posted two videos, in which you can see their emotional last days in their old home, as well as a tour of their new home.

Goodbye Tennessee

Moving Update and House Tour

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