I know Kelly Jo and Gil are probably past their baby-making days at this point, but Bringing Up Bates sure pulled a tease tonight by announcing the "20th Bates."
In fact, it wasn't a Bates at all, but rather a sweet 14-year-old fan named Emma, who was chosen from a competition to experience the Bates family life for a day. She got to have her hair and makeup done by Erin and Carlin. She got to do dishes and laundry with Kelly Jo. She got to go horseback riding with Trace and Nathan. She even got to go to Zach's house for a Bates family cookout.
While the episode was definitely charming, it was not what I had in mind at all.
This season is all about Bates grandbabies.
Erin is pregnant, as is Zach's wife Whitney, both with their second children. Meanwhile, Michaela is settling into married life, which has the baby rumors buzzing, and Alyssa already addressed the rumors around her plans for baby No. 2 during her daughter's first birthday party.
All in all, it's only a matter of time before there is another Bates baby on the way, since the Bates family doesn't believe in birth control.
As for whether Kelly Jo and Gil plan on having more children? They said during an interview back in 2011 after Judson was born, "We decided, a long time ago, to let the Lord decide how many children we would have."
Jeb Bates was then born in 2012, which means it's been four years since Kelly Jo was pregnant... which means it's unlikely she will conceive again when you consider there was a 22-year stretch when Kelly Jo didn't go a year without being pregnant.
The couple even admitted back in 2011 that it was getting harder and harder to conceive.
"Conception takes place, but the uterus wall is not softened so the baby can implant," Gil explained. "And so it was causing us to lose the baby."
Kelly Jo had a miscarriage before she successfully conceived her 19th child, Jeb.
But just because Kelly Jo is unlikely to get pregnant again, doesn't mean the Bates baby news has stalled. If anything, it's only increased as the older kids who are married are starting to have families of their own.
If you read my articles then you know I keep saying this, but I think Michaela and Brandon will definitely have some baby news in the very near future. My money's on them as the next couple who will announce a pregnancy.
In the meantime, the Bates clan can adopt fans for a day to fill up our screens with some family fun.
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