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)