Saturday, April 30, 2016

Photos from the party!

We are so excited that many of you got to go to the party for Carlin and Trace! We posted a lot of photos on our facebook page so you should go over and check them out. Here is a select few of our favorites:

Tori and Bobby with a fan

Carlin and a friend

Whitney with a fan

Journey to parenthood: five months pregnant

It's hard to believe that Erin is getting closer to having two babies in her arms. She is so thankful that they are going to be parents to two little ones.

The adorable Bradley Bates

It is hard to believe that Bradley is 18 months old as of yesterday, you can check to see his 18 month update.

Yesterday, Zach and Whitney headed to get their maternity photos done and Taryn managed to get some sweet photos of Bradley! 

Photo credit: Taryn Yager

32 weeks pregnant

Whitney is just eight weeks until the new baby arrives. We are super excited about the baby's birth. 

We were told by Taryn that Zach and Whitney would have done their photos as of this week so maybe we will have them in May.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Maternity photos for Kaci Lynn!

We are so excited to share that Whitney had her maternity photos done today by Taryn Yager. Taryn had actually revealed to us earlier this week that she was going to be the photographer for both Whitney and Erin! 

Whitney turns 32 weeks pregnant tomorrow while Erin is currently 22 weeks pregnant! 

Photo credit: Zach&Whitney Bates and Taryn Yager

All about Bradley: 18 months old!

It is hard to believe that Bradley is six months to go until he is two years old. This past month, he got to experience his first trip to the Zoo! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ellie turns 9!

Ellie is now 9 years old! Since her last birthday update, she has gotten a new little nephew (Carson) and they are currently expecting two new little nieces.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Detials of the new season

As we announced last week that the new season will start on June 2, 2016! We are so excited about it.
Here are the details of the new season:
Change is in the air as a lot of the kids are beginning to forge their own paths outside of the family. From new loves, to new careers and new babies, the bates are growing up and experiencing the highs and lows of life. Amidst the change, the family is tested when Gil has a health scare.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

22 weeks pregnant

Just 18 more weeks until Erin's due date! We can't wait to meet Brooklyn. 

Be sure to tune into the blog on Saturday for another update to the family of four! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Journey to parenthood Baby 2: two months to go

This blog series is coming to an end. Zach and Whitney have just two months until their due date with their second child.

We are so excited for her arrival.

We just announced that we are planning to do Fun Facts about Kaci instead of All about Kaci. We wanted to do something different.

We are currently working about how long the updates will be.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Allie's first birthday party photos

John and Alyssa invited the family to Florida to celebrate Allie Jane's first birthday on April 2nd! Allie turned one on April 11th!
Here are few photos of the family celebrating the first birthday!

Updated Anniversary cover!

In May, John and Alyssa will be celebrating their second year of marriage and we wanted to create a cover photo for their anniversary. We recently posted May Birthdays and Mother's day cover photo and noticed that we had the wrong date on it. I think that it said "May 24, 2013" which was the wrong date. 

New specials

We have some fun news for our fans!

The Bates are filming specials for May! It's schedule to start on May 5th at 9pm!

Do you have a burning question for the Bates family? They are currently in Atlanta, Georgia, visiting the UP head office and filming website content.

Submit your questions now--either for individual family members or the Bates clan as a whole--and we will forward them to the network for possible use in this week's interviews!

May Birthdays and Mother's day covers

Saturday, April 23, 2016

31 weeks pregnant

Whitney is currently 31 weeks pregnant with her second child. This past week, they went to go check on baby Kaci's heartbeat.

Just 9 more weeks until her due date is here!  

Check out Whitney's 31 weeks pregnant update with Bradley

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fun Facts about...

So ever since Zach and Whitney announced that they were expecting their second child which was also later followed by Chad and Erin that they were expecting their second child.
We have been thinking about a change of monthly updates!

All three of the grandbabies have been "All about..." so we thought that we would changed it to "Fun Facts about..."

We have decided to do Facts about Kaci and Brooklyn!

Kaci will start the end of June so make sure that you check out her introduction! Then make sure that you check out Brooklyn's introduction later in the summer!

Who is excited about it?!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Final details of the party!

We announced on April 1st that there would be a grad party. We posted about a week later more details of the party. Now we are back with another update. The Bates have said these are the final details of the party!

 The camp has ball fields and volleyball and basketball courts; those who are interested in playing are welcome to bring sports equipment. To RSVP, email

Season four starts when?

The moment that we all have been waiting! We have a start date for the new season of Bringing Up Bates! 

It will start on June 2, 2016 which means that it start in six weeks! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

John's dream Job

What do you think is John's dream job?

Erin's baby bump

Erin just turned 21 weeks pregnant yesterday. We have a baby bump picture to show you all. We were told that Brooklyn will be born sometime at the end of July or Early August. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Feeling the Love!

John and Alyssa sit down with Tori to answer a few more questions. Which Bates family member are John and Alyssa closest to? What will Tori think of their answers?

21 weeks pregnant

Erin is 21 weeks pregnant with Baby Brooklyn! The baby is a size of a carrot!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Most asked questions

Why do we do separate birthday blogs for double birthdays?
We decided from the very beginning to do separate birthdays for the double birthdays. They are their own person and should have their own blogs

When did Brandon and Michaella get engaged?
Michaella actually revealed on April 13, 2016 that they got engaged on April 13, 2015!

How many children have Chad and Erin had?
Chad and Erin have been pregnant five times. The first three babies joined in heaven while Carson was born a month early. They are currently expecting Brooklyn due in August

How many children does John and Alyssa planning to have?
John and Alyssa are planning to have six children if not eight. They just celebrated their daughter's first birthday.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Grandbabies blanket

Erin posted this a few weeks ago and we just finally posted this on facebook. Many of you have asked who created it. We check out the friend that Erin had tagged and we are here to share it with all of you.

Check out the etsy shop:FleaPuckett

30 weeks pregnant

The baby is the size of a large cabbage!

The baby is currently 15.7 inches long and weighs almost 3 pound. The baby eye version is 20/400 right now which means that she can only see it right in front of her face.

We can not believe that she is going to be here in about ten weeks or more!

We have made a choice about All about Kaci or Facts about Kaci. It will be coming out on the 22nd of this month! :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Eight months of marriage!

Brandon and Michaella are celebrating their eight month of marriage!

If you remember last year, we announced Brandon and Michaella's engagement today! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Season four is on the way!

We are so excited to announce that Bringing Up Bates is returning in June 2016. We don't know the official date that it will return but we are sure that it will be early June! 


All about Carson: 11 months old

Carson is now 11 months old and getting bigger each month. It is hard to believe that in about three months he will be a big brother to Brooklyn.
Carson is walking with some help!
Erin is starting to plan Carson's first birthday party and we are sure that Carson's 1st birthday will be in the new season of Bringing Up Bates!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

All about Allie: One year old update!

It is time for Allie's 12 month update! We decided to do a monthly updates of Allie until she turns 2!
This past month, Allie has gotten to celebrate her first birthday twice! (Photos of her first birthday party will be posted soon)

The family says that Allie is a lot like Alyssa when she was a baby. She is a very easy going baby!

She got to celebrate her birthday by eating her first birthday cake!

She and her cousin, Bradley, are the same age until October! 

Other fun updates about Allie! 
* 1st Birthday photos (Coming soon) 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

20 weeks pregnant!

Erin is currently 20 weeks pregnant with her second child! 

This week the baby is the size of a banana! 

Leave a comment down below for being halfway! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Carlin turns 18

Carlin is marking a very special birthday! 
She's turning 18! 
Happy 18th birthday! 

First granddaughter turns 1!

Someone fun is turning one! 
Happy 1st Birthday Allie Jane!  
Please note that our all about Allie will be posted in a few days along with photos of her first birthday party. 

Check out
Allie's birth announcement 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

One year ago

Just one year ago, Alyssa was due with Allie Jane!

Season four

We have an special announcement coming this week reguarding season four of bringing up bates!

We have been told by Up tv that it will come out early this week.

Most asked questions

1. Changing the birthday covers?
We have been thinking about giving each family member their own birthday cover. We will have to wait until May to find out.
2. How long as Nathan and Ashley been courting?
They have been courting since December 2015

3. Why did we start the page and blog?
We started the facebook fan page back in August 2011. We would later start the blog in February 2012.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

29 weeks pregnant

The baby is weighs about 2 1/2 pounds. She is the size of a butternut squash. She is measuring about 15 inches from the top of her head to the feet.

Her lungs  are getting more mature and her head is getting bigger for her brain.

We only have 11 weeks left

Friday, April 8, 2016

More details to You're invited

Last week, we posted You're invited. As promised we have more details about the party and here it is...

 Gil and Kelly released more information about the graduation party that they are having for Trace and Carlin.
The party will be held at Mount Moriah Camp in Powell TN at 2-4pm

They have said that there will be more updating and plans for the graduation!

Most asked questions

1. Do The Bates attend a local church or have a church of their own?
Gil actually pastors at his own church. John and Alyssa go to a church in Florida. We are not sure where Brandon and Michaella go. We are also not sure where Chad and Erin go or Zach and Whitney.

2. Will there be a season four of Bringing Up Bates?
Alyssa said that there would be a season four. We are waiting for announcement from the Network about when the episode will air.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


What is the real reason of Christmas?

Recap: The Big Apple of Nathan's Eye

Nathan is getting ready to surprise Ashley and start their courtship officially. The family believes courtship is going steady. The family's goal is to remain pure in their relationship since it doesn't guarantee that the couple will get married.
Lawson and Nathan head to pick out a gift for Ashley and decide on cowboy boots. The youngest girls are not happy with the gift. Nathan ends up getting earrings to go with the boots.
Lawson doesn't like the outfit Nathan chooses for the trip. Nathan wanted to go to the trip alone but ends up having Kelly go with him. Somehow Gil, Lawson, and Erin go with him.
Nathan is worried that Ashley will think that he is proposing.
The group shows up at the apartment of Ashley. Just like the Bates, the family home school the seven children. Ashley's dad works in the probation system while her mom, Ana Maria, runs a in-home daycare.
The group starts to decorate the house and Erin draws a photo of the two couple kissing. Nathan hangs it where Ashley can see it. Gil wants to put it on the back burner for right now.
Ashley arrives home to find them there. She figured that something was up but was happy to see him. Ashley and her siblings take the family on a boat tour to see some sights. Erin and Ashley try making noodles but went up with 10 Below Ice Cream.
Nathan and Ashley take a carriage ride. Lawson was surprised that they did not want him to go with them. Kelly figures that there was enough eyes on them. The couple decide not to take a chaperone with them on the ride.
 Nathan and Ashley start skating while Lawson puts the bag in the middle of the rink. Ashley is worried that he is going to ask her to marry him and he tells her that it's not a ring.
 “We’d like to start courting, if you’re okay with that,” says Nathan. “Of course I’m okay with that!” responds Ashley.
Nathan gives her one last surprise and lets her know that she is coming to Tennessee to spend Christmas with his family. They are all happy happy.
The family is getting ready for their Christmas party. Michaella and Brandon fly in from Chicago while John and Alyssa fly in from Florida with baby Allie. Nathan and Ashley reveal their courtship story to the family.
Zach and Whitney had just found out the gender of their baby. They decided to hand Kelly a box to open. It will be filled with either pink or blue balloons. The family is so happy to find out that it is a baby girl.
Be sure to check out our blog for news about season four!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Season 3 finale photos

There is a courtship in the air between Nathan and Ashley. Here are a few photos of the season finale. 


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

19 weeks pregnant

The baby is a size of Heirloom!

Just one more week until we are half way through this pregnancy!

Did you know that we did not start pregnancy blogs with Carson until Erin was 21 weeks pregnant?

We will see you next week with 20 weeks pregnant!

Preview: The Big Apple of Nathan's eye

A few of the Bates are heading to the Big Apple to visit their friends, Ashley and Anastasia. The city girls show our country boys, Nathan and Lawson, all the exciting sites of the city. They explore Times Square, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and go ice-skating where Nathan asks an important question.

Monday, April 4, 2016

All about Allie: One week to one!

The Websters are getting ready to celebrate their daughter's first birthday next Monday! 
1st year birthday!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Season 3 finale

Season three is coming to end this Thursday! Be sure to check out our Preview Tuesday!

Will there be a fourth season? If there is then we will be back this summer

Saturday, April 2, 2016

28 weeks pregnant: Third trimester!

The baby is weighs about 2 1/4 pounds. She is the size of a large eggplant. She is measuring about 14.8 inches from the top of her head to the feet.

This week Whitney is starting her third trimester and she only has around 12 weeks left.

Zach and Whitney can't wait for June to arrive!

Friday, April 1, 2016

You're invited!

Trace and Carlin are getting ready to graduate from high school.

Gil and Kelly are hosting a party for April 30th and inviting all of their friends and family.

Kelly has said that they will announce more details in the next few weeks.

Photo credit: Taryn Yager photography

April 2016

* Carlin
* Ellie
* Chad
* Allie

* Brandon and Michaella's eight month of marriage

Bringing Up Bates
* Recaps
* Previews
* Season 3 finale
* Season 4?

All about Grandbabies
* All about Bradley
* All about Carson
* All about Allie

Other blogs
* May Birthday cover
* Carson's first birthday cover
* John and Alyssa's second year of marriage
* Mother's day 2016

Pregnancy blogs
* Erin's pregnancy updates 19 weeks to 22 weeks pregnant
* Whitney's pregnancy updates 28-33 weeks
* Journey to parenthood: two months to go
* Journey to parenthood: four months to go