Matriarch Kelly Bates announced she’s expecting AGAIN on August 24, during a TV special about her larger-than-life family!
And then there were 19! The Bates family have announced they’re expanding their already impressive brood. Kelly Bates is pregnant again! Is she crazy?The next Bates baby is due on Valentine’s Day 2011, and Kelly and husband Gil from Lake City, Tennessee are overjoyed with the news!
The little boy or girl will have a whole football squad of older siblings — the Bates brood boasts Zach, 22, Michaella, 21, Erin, 20, Lawson, 19, Nathan, 18, Alyssa, 16, Tori, 15, Trace, 14, Carlin, 13, Josie, 12, Katie, 10, Jackson, 9, Warden, 8, Isaiah, 6, Addallee, 5, Ellie, 4, Callie, 2, and Judson, who is just 11-months-old.
While some parents struggle with just a couple of kids, Kelly, 44, has spent almost half her life pregnant — and she’s happiest when she’s carrying a child.
“It feels more normal to me to be pregnant than not be pregnant,” she told ABC’s Nightline. “I’m happy holding a baby.”
The couple have never undergone fertility treatment — they insist they did it all the natural way, although Kelly has been taking hormones after suffering three miscarriages while trying out for baby number 19.
The reason they’ve had SO MANY babies? They’re evangelical Christians and don’t believe in birth control!
Tree surgeon Gil, 45, insists, “We both came to the conclusion that we just want to trust God with how many children we have. We never really thought we’d have 18. We thought we’d have maybe one or two – maybe three.”
The new addition will leave them level with the Duggars as America’s biggest families — but the Bates insists there’s no rivalry. In fact the two clans are close and even vacation together… all 37 of them!
Congratulations Kelly & Gil! What do you think of their bumper brood HollyMoms? Admirable… or irresponsible?
— Ian Garland
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