The Bates Family Are Expecting Baby Number NINETEEN! That's As Many As The Duggars!

Thu, August 25, 2011 1:36pm EST by 13 Comments

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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Posted at 9:51 PM on November 9, 2011  

The first commandment G-d gave was to be fruitful and multiply and that is to be taken seriously. It is not that people don’t believe in birth control and that is why they can’t use it. They take the first commandment seriously, that G-d really meant it. Every child is a blessing is how they believe. It is the source of good, from G-d. They don’t want to use birth control because a healthy family can bear having more children. I don’t think G-d meant for troubled families to have more children than they can handle emotionally. However, functional families such as the Bates can tolerate it and manage quite well. In general, as long as the older children are allowed to have their own time and fun as well, taking care of the younger children is not going to harm them. The kids will grow up with an attitude that having children is fun, and taking care of them is fun, and taking care of others is what they want to do. Having many children shows them they are not the only ones in the world and they have to tolerate the presence and antics of the younger ones. In general, children from large families grow up tolerating others’ foibles better than children from smaller families. Children from larger families stick together better than children from smaller families.

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Posted at 8:01 PM on October 11, 2011  

What a bunch of dumb inbred retards. Sterilize the lot.

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Posted at 9:53 AM on November 9, 2011  

i think the only one that should have been sterilized in his (or her) mouth is you. But from an unregenerated person what can you expect but sheer stupidity. however being that that is your nature there is no blame there, just a comment. we usually attack what we hate in ourselves so if that is the case and you are inbred its ok, the Lord died for people like you so hurry up and accept him so we can all rest from raping our ears with your comments. and the sad thing is you probably have no love in your family thats why such poison is spewed cause if you did, love draws you in not makes you hate what love can create. so Mr or Ms anonymous, scared to leave your name? scared to stand by what you believe? just plain scared? I will be praying for you because before we all are found by the Lord we all say stupid things.

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Posted at 10:06 PM on January 18, 2012  

Retards? Really? I think the only person that just showed their ignorance here is you. Why is it that people have such an issue with large families like the Bates? They aren’t asking for your help raising their children. Well behaved, educated children, with two parents that love them and invest in their futures. What a novel idea!

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Posted at 2:55 AM on August 29, 2011  

For people that can’t have children “naturally” fertility treatments can be the means to having the family that God wants them to have. I don’t think having to use fertility treatments means that God doesn’t want you to have kids. I know it’s sort of unrelated to the story, but some of the comments just made me want to say my peace.

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rachel s.

Posted at 8:16 PM on August 25, 2011  

Valentine’s Day “2012”, I think you mean

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Posted at 5:44 PM on August 25, 2011  

How exactly is using fertility treatments “leaving it up to God?”

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Posted at 11:28 AM on August 26, 2011  

They said they were NOT using fertility treatments.

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Posted at 4:48 PM on August 25, 2011  

These freaks cant marry out of their click–So incest is coming for alot of these freakazoids…19 kids means that Horny Daddy has had sex 17 times more than the average married man—Daddy is a sex pervert and needs Sex Rehab— because a womens body is not made to only plop out babies—The vagina will be falling out to the floor by now…

Plus they are all hypocritical—Look at the duggers they talk all that Jesus mumble–But then make millions by being on TV–built a mansion fully loaded and the kids are given everything now—Jesus would not approve cause true believers of Jesus are not to indulge in over abundance—-thing are to be kept to the basic–not 15 cars in the front driveway with millions of kids starving in the world—Bad religious freaks–

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Posted at 11:31 AM on August 26, 2011  

The bible has many examples of people who serve God and are weathly, from King David, to Solomon who was the richest man ever…you are allowed to have things in Christianity. They don’t owe any money and did it all themselves. The world would be a better place if everyone had morals and lived as they do.

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Posted at 2:21 AM on September 21, 2011  

Mike, are you kidding? You made some good points but your point about frequency of sex is just utterly absurd. My husband and I have sex more nights than we don’t — usually 4 or 5 times a week. Some of my married friends have it a bit less, but usually at least once a week, which is 52 times a year, or way over 1,000 times during the period of time the Bates’ have been having children.

Yes, they are hypocritical about many things and I disapprove of much of their lifestyle. But I can’t stop shaking my head at your first paragraph.

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Posted at 3:54 PM on August 25, 2011  

I agree with you. These older kids are parents themselves. That and taking hormones means you are trying for another baby that has nothing to do with gods plans.

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Posted at 3:30 PM on August 25, 2011  

I’ve seen the Duggars and the Bates on TV, and they both seem like very loving families. However, I am almost positive that the older children are not getting to be children, and are in part raising their siblings. This isn’t fair, and I feel they are missing out on an important developmental step. There are ways of controling pregnancy without medical intervention, I wonder why they don’t do that? Also, if they are using hormones after the wife had a miscarriage, how is that different from using birth control? I am certain they don’t use birth control so as not to disrupt what God has planned for them, but in using hormones they are altering God’s plan as well. I admire their faith, but disagree with their interpretation of the Bible and birth control. It doesn’t have to be a medical form of birth control, but I wonder if that is still considered birth control. To each his own however, and congratulations to them on their pregnancy.

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