Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Two down and one to go

The Bates family has welcomed two of the three babies into the world. We are patience waiting for the birth of Charlotte but first let's take a look back at Jadon and Hazel's birthdays and who are their parents.

Jadon was the first of the three born. He was born on June 7, 2021 to Zach and Whitney Bates.
Hazel is the second born of the three. She was born on June 14, 2021 to Kelton and Josie Balka.
Charlotte is the unborn child of Bobby and Tori Smith. She is due in June 2021. 

Stay tune for Charlotte's birth announcement.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Preview: Due Dates & An Engagement Getaway!

 Whitney and Josie's due dates quickly approaching; the expecting moms meet up to talk about motherhood and work on a craft project for their nurseries.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Hazel goes home

 We have some exciting news to share. 


Baby Hazel went home today

New photo of Tori, Kade, and Maci

Last week, Alyssa and her daughters were visiting the family and we have a new photo of Kade, Tori, and Maci.
We are currently waiting for baby Charlotte to arrive so stay tune for her birth announcement.

Grandbaby #18 coming soon

 The next Bates grandchild will be arriving really shorty. We can't wait to meet baby Charlotte and know that you can't either.

Stay tune for her birth announcement.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Kaci turns 5

 Happy 5th Birthday Kaci! 



happy Father's day

Happy Father's Day to all the Bates Dads! 
Gil celebrated his first Father's Day in June 1989. This year marks 32nd Father's Day
Zach celebrated his first Father's Day in June 2015. This year marks his 6th Father's Day.
John celebrated his first Father's Day in June 2015. This year marks his 6th Father's Day.
Chad celebrated his first Father's Day in June 2015. This year marks his 6th Father's Day.
Bobby celebrated his first Father's Day in June 2019. This year marks his 2nd Father's Day.
Evan celebrated his first Father's Day in June 2020. This year marks his 2nd Father's Day.
Kelton celebrated his first Father's Day in June 2020. This year marks his 2nd Father's Day.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Update on Hazel

We have an update on Hazel to share with you all.
She is slowly making progress with her bilirubin's levels are going down and she still has a way to go before being able to go home.

Kelton and Josie want to thank you all for your prayers and thoughts.

We will keep you updated on Hazel's health. 

New photo of Alyssa and Kade

We have a new photo of Alyssa and Kade to share with you all. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

fall wedding

Nathan and Esther will be getting married in the fall!

Grandbaby #17 is here

Kelton and Josie are excited to share that they have welcomed their second child into the world. Today we are sharing pictures of the sweet baby girl.




Double celebration for the Little Bates family

This Sunday marks a double celebration for Zach, Whitney and their children.

Not only is it Kaci's 5th birthday but it's also Father's Day for Zach! 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hazel's nicu days

Hazel was transferred over to the Nicu.
her parents announced that she has a rare blood condition. Josie and her daughter's blood were fighting each other. She also developed jaundice.

Kelton mentioned that it will be a few more days until they are able to take baby girl home.

We are positive that Kelton and Josie would appreciate your prayers. 

Jadon's homecoming

We are so excited to share that Jadon is now at home with his parents and siblings. 
Jadon is going home just in time for his big sister's birthday. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

New pictures of Hazel

We have two new photos of Hazel, Josie and Kelly Jo to share with you all.
Hazel is two days old

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Hazel is here

We have a some exciting news to share with you all! Hazel is here.
She was born on Monday, June 14th

Monday, June 14, 2021

Spinach stuffed Chicken

 Many have asked for the chicken recipe and we have it to share it with you all.


Websters visit the Bates

The Webster girls are in Tennessee and we have a new photo of Trace and Maci Jo.
Alyssa, Allie, Lexi, Zoey and Maci headed to Tennessee with Alyssa's sister-in-law and her son. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

New photo of Jadon Carl

It's been three days since we announced Jadon's birth and today we get to share new photos of the sweet baby boy. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Josie last dr appointment

We have some news to share about Josie and baby Hazel.
josie revealed yesterday that she will be induced really soon which means that Jadon and Hazel will be close in age. 

Jadon's Nicu days: Update from Whitney

We have an update on baby J to share with you all. We know that Zach and Whitney would love if you said a little prayer for Jadon. 
We want to thank you all so much for the many prayers you have prayed for little Jadon and for your words of support and encouragement. ❤️ We want to give a quick update on his condition. Last night, little J had a rough night. His oxygen levels continued dropping, and his right lung collapsed. They intubated and put him on a ventilator. He has a little chest tube on the side of his chest for the collapse. We called family and prayed, and thankfully God heard the many prayers going up! 🙌🏼 Today, Jadon has been steadily improving throughout the day, and he looks so much more peaceful. Watching him struggle to breathe the past couple days has been so heartbreaking, but now to see the turnaround this morning was a miracle! We are incredibly grateful for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and for all of the work they have poured into our baby boy. We have been blessed with the kindest doctors and nurses who are always smiling, always willing to take the time to explain every step, and they even stopped to pray with us in the scary moments. 🤍 Times like these really show us how big our God is and how fragile and small we really are. They also make us very grateful for the people God places in our life that encourage us during those difficult times. As you continue praying for Jadon, we do ask that you also remember all of the other families here at Children’s Hospital that are facing tragedies and difficult times in their lives as well. We love you all and grateful for each one of you. ✨

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jadon's Nicu days

Most of you noticed that Jadon was in the nicu and he is okay at the time of writing this Wednesday afternoon.
right after he was born, he was transferred over to children's hospital because his o2 was dropping.
Whitney said that he is doing good. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Jadon Carl is here!

We have a very exciting news to share with you all. 
Zach and Whitney have welcomed their fourth child into the world. 
Jadon was born on June 7, 2021 which is the same day when Whitney's parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. 
Jadon is currently still in the hospital after his o2 drop but he is doing much better and will be able to come home soon.
We know that everyone is waiting for photos of the newborn but they will be coming soon.

Jadon joins big brother Bradley and big sisters Khloé and Kaci

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Last photo as a family of 5

We are currently on baby watch for Jayden's arrival and can't wait to share it with you all. Today we have a new photo of Zach and Whitney with their three children. 
It's crazy to think that this could be the last photo of the Little Bates family as a family of five. 

When do you think that Jayden will be here? 

Stay tune for his birth announcement which is coming soon.

Photo Credit: Brittany Conner photography 

New photos of Nathan and Esther and the ring

Fresh off the news of the engagement news, we have three new photos of Esther and Nathan's proposal to share with you all.
We just love these two
The Ring! 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Babies in Heaven

 Everyday we get new readers on our website in which we get many questions about the babies in heaven.

Gil and Kelly lost four of their babies and their names were Jewels, Juilblee, Zion and Sunny. Chad and Erin lost three babies before the birth of their son Carson in 2014. Zach and Whitney lost a baby before the birth of their daughter, Khloe, in 2018. Kelton and Josie lost their baby before the birth of their daughter, Hazel in 2021.

Chad and Erin opened up about their miscarriages in December 2014 and you can read that post here. Zach and Whitney opened up about their miscarriage in August 2018 and you can read that post by clicking here. Kelton and Josie opened up about their miscarriage in September 2020 and you can read that post by clicking here.

Two engaged couples

Wedding Bells are ringing for the Bates family. They have two engaged couples. It has been eight years since the last time that the Bates family had two engaged couples. Can you guess who the two were? Click here to find out the answer.
Katie and Travis got engaged in April 2021.
Nathan and Esther got engaged in May 2021.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Baby month

It's officially baby month for all three of the couples 

New photo of Allie Jane

Allie Jane is the oldest granddaughter of the Bates family. We have a new photo of the six year old.
It's hard to believe that she has gotten so big.