Tonight, Bringing Up Bates was all about grandbaby Bradley's first birthday. Or so we thought.
Eldest Bates son Zach and his wife Whitney planned a grand birthday party for Bradley, who is the eldest grandchild for Kelly Jo and Gil Bates. And it was a big deal for the family clan. Everyone came out for the party: grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles (meaning the Bates siblings) and, of course, friends of the couple.
Since almost all of the Bates family was there (except for some of the older, married kids like Michaela and Brandon Keilen, and Alyssa and John Webster, because they live out of state), it was the perfect time to make a big family announcement.
And make one Zach and Whitney did.
The problem: Kelly Jo and Gil didn't exactly get it at first.
Zach and Whitney presented her parents and his parents, as well as their grandparents, with photos of the family of three. But what Kelly Jo didn't realize because she didn't have her glasses was that in the photo the family was holding a sign. And on the sign there was a message. A very important message that read, "Our family is growing by two feet and one heart, Baby Bates is due to arrive Summer (sic) 2016."
We are so excited tell everyone that Bradley is going to be a BIG BROTHER!! There is no way to put into words the joy and excitement that we are feeling about having a new baby. One of the things Zach loved about growing up in a large family was seeing how the kids played with one another. He can remember praying for a little brother to be a playmate, so not only are we rejoicing about a new addition, but we are happy that Bradley is going to have a new sibling to play with. We know that God says children are a blessing, and now we are experiencing the truth of it in our own family! #familyof4 #sooooexcited #blessed
"It went right over our heads," Gil said with a laugh later while talking to the cameras.
"I think we were the last to know," Kelly Jo added with a smile.
But their confusion only made the moment all the more memorable. It was shared with excitement as the girls squealed and everyone congratulated the expectant family. Kelly Jo's jaw literally dropped when Gil did finally read the announcement to her.
"I wanted to cry. I was just so happy," Whitney said of the moment. "And it was so loud in there because Carlin and all the girls were screaming 'Oh, my goodness! I can't believe you're pregnant!' It was just such a relief because I got to tell everybody. I was so happy. I just couldn't quit smiling."
"You still can't quit smiling," Zach added, also grinning from ear to ear.
Since the show was filmed, Whitney has announced that she is expecting a baby girl and they are naming her Kaci Lynn.
Ok, so I think I just had one of the sweetest moments of my entire life!! Zach and I took Bradley with us today to the doctor to see Kaci Lynn! He saw her for the first time and was SO EXCITED! A picture can't even explain how precious this moment was for me and Zach. We all 3 were able to watch her move and listen to her heartbeat! Now Bradley keeps trying to talk to her picture and won't let her go! We are at 25 weeks and 4 days and June can't get here soon enough! We love you Kaci Lynn, and can't wait to finally hold you in our arms! #Godissogood #KaciLynn #Bradley #lovemybabies #blessed #lovemyfamily
Congrats to the happy couple and growing family!
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