The Bates Family

Baby #19 Has Arrived

by Kelly on February 7, 2012

P1000510 

Jeb Colton Bates

 February 1, 2012  4:05 am

 7lbs.8oz.  20in. long

His name means “Beloved friend of God from Coal Town”

(Our town of Lake City used to be named Coal Creek)

Due to an excessive amount of amniotic fluid and a very quick descent through the birth canal, he ingested a lot of fluid which caused him to have difficulty transitioning and allotted for an unexpected trip to the ICU nursery. He is doing wonderful and should be heading to his new home soon! 

We are very grateful for prayers from friends and family over the past few weeks in anticipation of his arrival!

 

P1000490P1000503

 

P1000502P1000517P1000290P1000336

P1000347

P1000381

P1000400

P1000520P1000288

P1000314

P1000385P1000305P1000648

 

P1000599P1000359P1000609P1000595P1000548

P1000524

P1000579

P1000664

{ 428 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth February 7, 2012 at 4:14 am

Oh Kelly, he is so beautiful!!! What a wonderful birthday gift for Trace! I’m so glad that Jeb is doing well. I’m sure you were so scared, having to put him in the ICU, but God was gracious. Hope you are feeling well and having a quick recovery.

Reply

Beanie February 7, 2012 at 4:15 am

Mrs.Kelly, you and Bro.Gil picked an awesome name. Praise the LORD! :D :D :D

Reply

Nikki R February 7, 2012 at 4:17 am

He is beautiful.To God be the glory great things He has done.:)Congratulations to all of you.

Reply

Nikki R February 7, 2012 at 4:19 am

I should have mentioned that we had a niece born that same day.How neat that he came on a brothers birthday.What a precious gift that was!!!

Reply

Stephanie February 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

Congratulations! He’s beautiful! Praying for a speedy recovery and that he is home soon.

Reply

Brenda H. February 7, 2012 at 4:33 am

Welcome Jeb Colton Bates!! You are a unique and unrepeatable gift of God! Kelly, Gil and the rest of the family- Congratulations on the arrival of your newest blessing. Praise God that he is doing well. I will keep Colton in my prayers that will he will soon be home with all of you. And how exciting for Trace that he and Colton will share the same birthday- Birthday Buddies! Kelly you look wonderful-hope you are feeling well. I see so much joy in all your faces. Thank you for sharing this moment with all of us!
God bless !
Brenda H.

Reply

Michelle February 7, 2012 at 4:35 am

Congratulations!
He’s a beautiful baby and I know you all are enjoying him.
May God bless Jeb with perfect health!

(BTW, Kelly, you don’t even look like you’ve just had a baby – you look terrific!!) :-)

Reply

Crystal February 7, 2012 at 4:48 am

Congratulations he is Beautiful :) and I will be keeping you all in my prayers!

Reply

Annie February 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

Oh we are praying for sweet Jeb and that the Lord would heal him and comfort you with His presence! Praise the Lord he is here and Lord willing going home soon!! Thanks for posting his pictures and info. Kelly, I had a little boy in the nicu also and I know how to be praying for you as his mom! I am praying for a smooth recovery for you, endurance, rest and peace and a nice transition home. Hang in there Bates!!

Reply

Mary Lowe February 7, 2012 at 5:13 am

Congratulation.

Reply

Casey February 7, 2012 at 5:21 am

Happy birthday, baby Jeb! So thankful and happy to hear he is doing well!

Reply

James February 7, 2012 at 5:23 am

Congrats Bates Family! It is so neat to see how God can bring so many blessings into your lives. Now you are tied with the Duggars! May God bless you all, and all ways, keep trusting him.

Reply

victoria February 7, 2012 at 5:27 am

what a sweet baby boy! i’m glad he’s doing better, and i hope he gets to come home soon!

congratulations to the bates family!

Reply

Ela February 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

Congratulations on your new little blessing! Your family is beautiful, and I am praying for you all! Thank you for the positive example that you all have provided. God bless

Reply

Victoria Lambert February 7, 2012 at 5:50 am

Congrat’s!! He is beautiful!!! Tell Trace I got a sister for my 16th birthday!! Best present I ever got!! God Bless!!

Reply

Sara February 7, 2012 at 5:55 am

Congrats on a wonderful baby boy who is fearfully and wonderfully made! The rest of my message, I apologize for because it doesn’t have anything to do with Jeb, but I love that you give spiritual advice and wisdom to your commenters and I don’t know where else to put this. I am part of a wonderful Christian fellowship that meets every two weeks for dinner and fellowship. Since being a part of this fellowship, I’ve been blessed to get to know on a beginner level a wonderful man who is very much in love with Jesus. I’ve been praying about him specifically, along with general prayers for my future husband, for several months now. In the past, due to my spiritual naivety, I never had a commitment to the more traditional/biblical/old fashioned courtship… it never even occurred to me that people now days still court. Which I now know directly thanks to the Duggars and your family. Since then I have committed that I will never be the one pursuing in the relationship… which leads me to my problem. I know that this man is currently called to a season of singleness, but I’d really like to get to know him more, whether we end up courting or not. I’m an extremely relational person with people of both genders. How do I get to know him without even giving the impression that I’m pursuing him (I don’t want him to think I am, even if I’m not intentionally doing so) or even conveying interest as well as also protecting my heart? Thanks so much for your wisdom Kelly. I really appreciate it. I can’t wait for more updates on Jeb and your other children.

Love and prayers always,
Sara

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Dear Sara,
Our motto is “Be friendly, not flirty…”. Let your get togethers be in groups, at church, with family, etc… until you get to know each other and the Lord’s direction. However, We don’t agree with some of the people that advise you to not have any emotions… That seems a bit unrealistic since we are emotional creatures. We have emotions for friends… It seems obvious we would also have emotions for someone we like of the opposite gender. Love, Kelly

Reply

Gil May 10, 2012 at 4:24 am

Dear Sara,
I’m so sorry for the delay in reading this and responding. A pleasant way to befriend the opposite gender without being mistaken as flirty is to become involved in ministry opportunities and church activities together. When there is a group setting, there is accountability and also others can join in the conversation so that you don’t come across as too forward. Maybe invite some others in your age range for a fellowship with food and games or have the two families have some get togethers. Much love, Kelly

Reply

Maureen February 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

Congratulations on your new baby boy! Little Jeb is adorable. I hope you are all doing well and pray that he can be home with his brothers and sisters very soon!

Reply

Kay February 7, 2012 at 6:00 am

He is beautiful!! Hope he can come home very soon.

Reply

Beverley February 7, 2012 at 6:03 am

Congratulations, on the birth of your 19th child & brother Jeb. Wishing, you’s all the best from a fan of you;s in Canada. God Bless, All.

Reply

Becky February 7, 2012 at 6:08 am

Congratulations! He’s adorable. Welcome to this world, Jeb!

Reply

Jan February 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

To the Bates family: All our prayers are with your entire family at this joyous time. I’ll bet Trace feels extra special that Jeb was born on his birthday. What can I say that you haven’t heard 18 times before!? :) I’m sure Jeb will enrich your lives for at least the next 18 years (more likely more than 18!!). Hope he comes home soon!!
Jan

Reply

Lindsey February 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have been so anxious to find out the gender and name.
Glad he is doing well!

Love,
Lindsey

Reply

Linda Reddoch February 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

what a gorgeous baby! Congratulations!!

Reply

Scottish Jill February 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

Congratulations and God bless you all

Reply

Megan February 7, 2012 at 6:19 am

Wow! Congrats guys! He is GORGEOUS!!! Rest up well Kelly, Hope your wonderful family spoils you rotten! Praise the Lord for his goodness!
Lots of love and prayers, The Molesworth family in Australia.

Reply

Meggie February 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

Congratulations. Praying that you can bring Jeb home to join the rest of your family soon.

Reply

Jane Edwards February 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

Such a beautiful baby boy, God has bless you richly, because Where God is Present….. Good Things Happen.

Reply

Patti February 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

He’s adorable!!

Reply

Kristi February 7, 2012 at 6:38 am

Congrautlations to the entire Bates family!! God is so good. What a beautiful little boy. He is so blessed. I’m glad he’s doing well. Prayig for Jeb, and mommy too! :)

~Kristi

Reply

Laura Haynes February 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

I’m rejoicing and praising God for the precious blessing that He has chosen to place in your loving family for training up in the way he should go. Thank you for your joyful example to the nation. May ALL your descendants joyfully serve the Lord in obedience to His will and experience abundant life through Jesus the Messiah, our salvation.

Reply

Samantha February 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

Congrats bates family I’m so very happy for you , amen !!!! :)

Reply

Melissa February 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

Gil and Kelly,
What a beautiful blessing from God, he is absolutely adorable! My family and I will continue to pray for him as he continues to grow strong everday as well as pray for your family to hold true to your faith during this time of need. Your family is such an encouragement to me in my continued growth in my faith and trust in God, in making that huge leap towards homeschooling my children and in learning to turn all things in my life to God in order to help strengthen my family. I am a mother of six beautiful, amazing children and I know I am deeply blessed to be their mother but I strive to do more for them spiritually as we as a family seem lost in that regard. However, seeing how your family handles everything makes me realize that there is hope, thank you for that example you and your family have shown me. God Bless you all! Love, Melissa

Reply

kaye lant February 7, 2012 at 7:24 am

hello congrats on your baby you are blessed

Reply

Chris February 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

Was so pleased to hear of his safe arrival but have to say I shed a few tears as we should have been celebrating the birth of our first grandchild at the same time but sadly this was not to be . I pray that he will be home with his loving family soon.

Reply

Kelly G February 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

Congratulations Bates family!! What a beautiful family you have been blessed with and another precious addition. Blessings to you all.

Kelly G

Reply

Vanessa Abrook February 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

Dear Kelly,
How wonderful for you and your family to have another healthy precious gift,it really is great news,and what a lovely thoughtful name.
Much love to you
Vanessa.

Reply

Kyra February 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

CONGRATULATIONS to your family on the birth of baby Jeb, he is just gorgeous!! May he bring you hours of endless smiles and happiness, and we hope that you have lots and lots of fun getting to know your new addition!!! God bless, love Kyra and Family

Reply

Meegan February 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

Many blessings and congratulation to you on baby Jab’s arrival, I hope that he is doing well and God will continue to watch over him.
Meegan
Sydney, Australia

Reply

Serenity Oakes February 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

Congratulations on your precious new arrival. I am so glad to hear he is doing well. Will be keeping your newest little angel in our prayers.

Reply

Carita February 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

What a sweet little one! Many Blessings to Jeb and the whole family!!

~Carita~

Reply

Tori February 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

Congratulations, he is a beautiful baby. You must be thrilled. I am unable to have children of my own so very much enjoy following your family. I wish Jeb all the best luck and happiness in life.

Reply

Joanna February 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

Congratulations on the birth of Jeb Colton, may he bring you lots of precious and joyful memories. Lots of love to your family! xx (New Zealand)

Reply

Meri February 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Little Jeb Colton is blessed to be born into such a loving family who will bring him up to love and serve the Lord. Congratulations!!! He is adorable and I love his name. Who chose it? And how did you choose your other children’s names? May God continue to bless you and yours!

Reply

Sarah February 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

How beautiful and precious he is. Congratulations!

Reply

Adrienne February 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Praising the Lord with you! He is absolutely precious! :)

Reply

Josi Q February 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Blessings to little Jeb and the family.

Reply

aria February 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

Congratulations! Your son is beautiful. And you look absolutely radiant with joy and love, Kelly.

Reply

Helen February 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

God Bless! That’s fantastic and what a lovely name!
Best wishes from Sydney, Australia!

Reply

Jichell February 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful child! Mom and baby are healthy! You are one of the largest families in the United States! We wish you many many more blessings like little Jeb Colton!

Reply

Amanda February 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

Congatulations! He’s adorable!

Amanda
Matthew 6:33

Reply

Iris February 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

Dear Bates Family,

Congratulations with this precious addition to your beautiful family. Enjoy eachother with love.

Greetings from The Netherlands

Reply

Dawn Roop February 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

Keep shining, God bless you. You need a facebook.

Reply

Danielle L February 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

Congratulations!! He’s a handsome little man!! Praying he is home with his brothers and sisters soon!!

Reply

Brenda H. February 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

Oh sorry I was so excited last night to read about Jeb’s arrival that I wrote Colton instead of Jeb Colton!!God Bless!
Brenda H.

Reply

Juanita February 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

How sweet; congratulations! And happy belated birthday to Trace! Oh, and I think I missed Michaela’s birthday, so happy belated to her too! Praying for him to come home soon.

Reply

Grace Shiflett February 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Glad the baby is doing much better! Mom and baby have been in our prayers especially this past week. God is so good.

Love the name…you precious baby is beautiful!!!
Much love and blessings to you and your family.

Grace for the Shiflett’s

Reply

Candace February 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

So happy both of you are well. Congratulations!

Reply

blogger February 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

congrajulations!!
this is so great, god has blessed you with another baby! he is so beautiful, and i love how his name means something. congratulations and god bless.

Reply

Kristal February 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Congratulations!!!! Gil and Kelly, your precious Jeb looks perfect. Kelly you look radiant!

Reply

Tina February 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

wow how beautiful! you are so blessed!

Reply

Amanda February 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Congrats he’s beautiful!!! Just want you to that my little girl and I praying for baby Jeb. My little girl was born less than a month before your sweet your boy and she had the same problem. We pray that you have a short stay in the hospital!!! Best of Luck and Good Bless

Amanda & Baby Kelly

Reply

Mrs. Wittlake February 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

He’s such a beautiful baby! May the Lord continue to bless you, Jeb and the rest of the family!! We’ll pray that little Jeb is able to come home soon.

Reply

Morgan Family February 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Congratulations on his birth! We’ve been praying for him, and are so thankful to hear he’s doing better now. Praise the Lord!

Thank you for sharing all these pictures! What an adorable baby…and his name is really cute too!

God bless y’all!

Reply

Meghan February 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hooray!!!! We are rejoicing with you, and love the name ;) Can’t wait to meet this precious little one in person.

Reply

Deanna February 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Congratulations! He is a adorable :-) God Bless You All!

Reply

Aura del Mar February 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Dear family Bates.

It is the firt time I am commenting here on your website. I just want you all to know I am so glad your baby is getting better. He is such a cute and lovely blessing. I’m from Colombia, Southamerica, and I really admire your family. God keep blessing you .

My best Regards

Reply

Miranda February 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Congrats Bates family! He is precious! Hope he is home soon :-)

Reply

Laura February 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

He is beautiful and what a big boy! I hope that he is set to go home very soon. I assumed that a quick trip down the birth canal means that you had a pretty good labor and delivery. You look great. Congratulations again and welcome to your big, loving family Jeb Colton! :)

Reply

nicole February 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

what a lovely baby ….we love you guys so much congrats god is so good..hope everything goes well..

Reply

Piper February 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful :)

Reply

Shannon February 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

What a BEAUTIFUL baby!! I am so glad to hear that he here and doing well. I know you will be thrilled when he is home with the family. Praise God for another blessing from above!

Reply

Maureen Lopez February 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Hi Bates Family, Congratulations on your blessed event. I love hearing and watching about your family and the Duggars. Jeb looks like a very healthy little man. Cute too. The best of luck to your whole family with your new edition, Jeb Colton Bates. Maureen Lopez from Middle River (Baltimore County), Maryland.

Reply

Misty Brown February 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Congratulations on a handsome new little son. What a lovely family you have. May God richly bless your family!

Reply

Sarah February 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

He’s so beautiful! Congratulations!

Reply

Rachel Irene February 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Yay!!! I am so happy for you guys! God has blessed you richly ;)

Reply

sonja petersen February 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Wow- God has done a great job! Congratulation for your newborn son! He is beautiful like his name, well done Kelly and Gil! May God bless your hearts and souls and everyone of your family!
Happy greetings from Hamburg, Germany to you!
Sonja

Reply

Jaci February 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Congrats!!!! Love you guys! So happy for you! Praying for you all!!!! :) :) :)

Reply

Paula February 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Praise God for your baby boy arriving safe and well. Prayers for you and your wonderful family with love from Paula and family in Limerick, Ireland

Reply

mellisa February 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thank i for sharing ur wonderful son. God Bless u all.I hope all the negative ppl leave u alone.

Reply

Andrea February 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Congratulations! Jeb is a cute baby. Hope he can go home soon! :)

Reply

NathaLee February 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Congrats to the whole family! Glad to see baby and mama are doing well!

xoxoxox

Reply

Glory February 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Bates,
Congratulations on your precious Jeb Colton! God has abundantly blessed you and I am so elated!! I have been praying for your precious God-given gift, and I just can definitely tell he is a Bates child!:) He is SO adorable!!!

My family and I recently went to Priscilla (Keller) Waller’s wedding and we saw that Zach, Erin, Lawson, Nathan, Alyssa, and Tori were there! (As well as the Duggars) We had met some of the Duggars and Zach previously about 2 weeks ago when they came to Jacksonville, FL to our church, and they invited our family to go out to eat. They all were so nice! Zach looks just like you, Mr. Bates!!
Anyways, I am praying for you all and little Jeb.

Love, Glory

Reply

Kari February 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Congratulations to Gil, Kelly and the family! He’s beautiful!

Reply

Nicole February 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations! He is so beautiful! Your family is an inspiration to me. God bless you and baby Jeb!

Reply

Maudie Smith February 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Congragulations and praying that he is well enough to be home soon. What a cutie pie!!!!

Reply

Kayla February 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I am so thankful to hear that all is well with him! Such a creative name too! I will continue to pray for him and the rest of the Bates family! Have a blessed day!

Reply

Amanda February 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Congratulations! He’s beautiful! Hope Mommy and baby are doing well and adjusting to life at home in a family of 21! We also had a new addition to our family recently. On Jan 21st, we welcomed our third child, a baby girl, to our family and are overjoyed to have her. I love your big family and would love to add a few more “arrows” to our quiver, the dear Lord willing, and enjoy learning from your Godly examples. Thank you for being an example of faith and enjoy your sweet new little bundle – I know we will enjoy ours. :)

Reply

Rachel Crosswhite February 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Praising our good & gracious Lord with your family !!
Sending love from the Crosswhite Family in NC ~

Reply

brittani February 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

jeb is nice name that was going be my other guess to, i think your son trace is happy that he has a little brother that was on his birthday, he looks so cute all babies are when they are born, i know i was when i was born, my babysitter’s great grandkids one turned 2 months on the 1st when your son was born and the other one will turn 3 months old on the 8th of feb. i hope your family have fun with the new little one.

Reply

Julie February 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Congratulations to you all, my prayers are with you xxxx

Reply

Amy February 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

He is beautiful. Congratulations! Love the name, it’s very original.

Reply

Nicki February 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Congratulaions! What a beautiful little guy! Your family is such an inspiration to us….you are in our prayers as little Jeb heads home to his family!

Reply

Cynthia Lewis February 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

So Beautiful! Congratulations!

Reply

Lydia Borengasser February 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Congratulations! What a blessing from the Lord! You all are in my prayers during these special days. May God continue to bless you richly as you serve and follow Him!

Reply

Leslie February 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

What a cutie! Congratulations to you all! Wishing for a quick recovery for this little fighter and that he gets to come home soon and join the amazing, loving family clearly so wonderfully excited to welcome him to the world.

Reply

Amanda February 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

We are overjoyed for you! what a precious gift from God! Praying that he will be home soon. Hope you are feeling well also.

Reply

Dawn February 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi from the UK, Jeb is absolutely gorgeous, i love to read yours and the Duggars updates on your websites as the UK is not very good at keeping up with the Duggar tv show. i think you and the Duggars are an inspiration. God Bless Jeb and your family xxxx

Reply

melinda morales February 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Gil and Kelly and family.
Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy. He is such a blessing. So happy He is doing well. He sure has a lot of love. Congratulations again on the arrival of baby Jeb. God bless y’all always!!

Reply

Tammi February 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

God’s blessings to you all!!! May the Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Reply

LisaAnn Young February 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Congratulations!! God bless you all :) I would love to have friends like your family and the Duggar family to fellowship with.

Reply

Molly February 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Congratulations!

Reply

Amanda February 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Congratulations!!! He is so handsome!!

Reply

Chad February 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Cute little guy! So happy for ya’ll!
=)

Reply

Tara G. February 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

What a darling! Congratulations!

Reply

Christine February 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

So happy for you and your family! Enjoy the new baby…this season changes so quickly.

Reply

Lisa February 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Congratulations! I’m glad you are both safe and well.

Reply

Tami February 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

We rejoice with you all! We pray that God will give you His peace and strengthen you with His supernatural power to accomplish all that He has for each one of you in this season of life and in the years to come. love and prayers! Tami

Reply

Victoria February 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Congratulations, Bates family. He seems to be adorable and I hope he’ll be fine!

Reply

Gretchen February 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Praying for a smooth and healthy recovery of baby and mama.

Reply

Ashley February 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Congratulations on your newest little blessing from God! He is beautiful. We will be praying that he can quickly go home to everyone who is waiting to shower him with love!

Reply

Daisy February 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Congrats on your beautiful baby! I love his name.

Reply

Nic February 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

what was his gestation – I mean was he full term? Just curious about your overall birth experience. He is beautiful & PTL that he is healing!

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Dear Nic,
I was 38 weeks. Everything went well. He just swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid which made it difficult for him to transition… but we had WONDERFUL doctors! Love, Kelly

Reply

McKenzie Elizabeth February 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

He is so precious! Congratulations!!!

Reply

Beanie February 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

My nephew Jubal was 7 lbs, and 2 oz / 20 & 1/2 inches. He gave his Mama 31 hours of labor! So glad you and Jeb are okay! :D

Reply

Tiffany February 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy! May God continue to pour out his blessings on your family.

Sincerely,
Tiffany

Reply

Wendy February 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

He is precious! Looks like a Bates baby! Praying for you all!

Reply

Dalyn February 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Congratulations on another beautiful gift from the Lord!

Reply

Alicia February 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Yeah! Congratulations!!! We are so happy for you. He looks so precious and healthy. What a blessing. God bless you all. Thank you so much for sharing.

Reply

Carrie Hutchison February 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

He is sooo cute!! Congrats!!!

Reply

Cecile Watts February 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Congratulations and many blessings being sent to your family from ours.

Reply

Lydia Jo February 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Praise the Lord! Welcome, Jeb Colton!!
God bless you guys. :)

Reply

Rosie February 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Aw, the new favorite.

Reply

michele February 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

congrats on Jeb Colton bates. may he be bless with good health. god bless. hey you caught up with the duggars.

Reply

Jennifer February 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Praise God all is well! So very happy Jeb Colton Bates is going to be ok. I have been praying for all of you. Now I will continue to pray Jeb gets to go home to his loving family soon.

Reply

Allison February 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Congratulations! He is precious and a wonderful addition to your family. Kelly, you look great!

Reply

Rachel Drake February 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Congratulations! Glad he’s doing well.

Reply

Killebrew Family February 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I will be praying for a speedy recovery for you. I will also be praying that Jeb will be healed too, and able to come home to the rest of his family! Congratulations he is beautiful!

Reply

Christina Engleman February 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Happy Birthday Baby Jeb!
Congratulations Bates Family!
May the Lord continue to bestow blessings over your family!
God Bless!

Reply

Shelly February 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Congratulations Bates!!! I didn’t even realize when Kelly was due. I am so happy for you all. My favorite episodes of the Duggars are when they’re hangin’ with the Bates family! God bless you – your faith is an inspiration to mine!

Reply

Susan February 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Congratulations!!! He is adorable! Praying for you as you continue to recover, and that he will be home soon :)

Reply

Michelle February 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Welcome baby Jeb! He is precious. I hope he is home with you all soon. Our #11 (we have 12 now) spent her first 2 weeks in the hospital, so I know how difficult it is being torn between your baby & the others at home. I’m sure you are all thrilled he is here. I love watching your family on tv. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

Reply

Elizabeth H. February 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

He is just beautiful!! Congratulations, Bates family!!! <3

Reply

Jordan February 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Congratulations! We have been praying for your family and are very excited to hear that Jeb has been born! He is so precious! What a blessing!

Reply

Jen February 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Congrats!!! He looks so precious!!!

Reply

Janet Kiessling February 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

He’s beautiful! Praise the Lord for your new Blessing!!!!! We are praying for you & your family!!! Welcome to the family, Jeb!! Kelly – he has your cheeks – what a blessing!!! Hugs to all ! The Kiessling Kiessling Family from California

Reply

Barbara February 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Congratulations!!! He is a very blessed little boy to be born into such a wonderful family.

Reply

Savannah February 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Congratulations!

Reply

Carla Clouse February 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Congradulations! We can we come and visit! We are in Tn!

Reply

Abiga/Karen February 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

You are a beautiful family inside and out! I am glad the Duggars let us meet you all. Praying for you all.Thank you for letting the love of God shine through you all.

Reply

Johanna February 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Congratulations on your latest little blessing, he looks beautiful and praise God mother and baby are doing well!

Reply

Jessica K February 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Congratulations!!! He is beautiful. I will be praying that he’s able to go home soon.

Reply

Lori February 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Welcome Baby Jeb! So happy that he and Mama are well. Y’all enjoy him! I know you will : )

God’s richest blessings to you all,

Lori S.

Reply

Christina Lieb February 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Congrats Bates !!!!! He is beautiful!!!

Reply

Jane Morrison February 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I love your family ,your children are beautiful.I love it when you and the diggers get together it must besotted much fun.congratulations on your new baby I pray he will be well and home soon I know he will get all the love this precious little one needy again prayers and good luck to all.god is o good

Reply

Christina February 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Your family is so amazing! What a great example of a Christ centered family! God bless you all!

Reply

Maja February 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Congratulations! You have been blessed once again. I hope you’re enjoying this special moments within your family. I’m sending to your little Jeb kisses and greeting from (very cold) Poland to all of you guys.

Maja

Reply

Alexis February 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm

God is good! Congratulations!!!!

Reply

Elizabeth Miles February 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Oh Kelly, How beautiful! He is for sure “Fearfully and wonderfully made! Congratulations to you Gil and family. and…Welcome to Jed. Jesus loves Jed! Thanks for sharing , Kelly. Love ya’ll Beth.:-)

Reply

Sheila February 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Congratulations!
He is a beautiful baby.

Reply

Stacey February 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Congrats!!! What a special little blessing :)

Reply

Sonya Tardy February 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

God Bless Jeb and your family! Praise Him!

Reply

Heather February 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

God bless you all and you little miracle!

Reply

jessica February 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Congratulations Bates Family!!!!! God is so good and what a precious little bundle!!! Enjoy!!!

Love,
Jessica

Reply

Becki February 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Congratulations, Bates Family!!
What a beautiful blessing to receive from the Lord.

We will pray Jeb gets to go home soon.

Reply

Kristy J February 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

This is so exciting!!! He is, of course, adorable! I read sort of through the grapevine online that he was here and couldn’t wait to see your official announcement! I’m so glad to hear that he is improving and will be home soon. Kelly, we recently found out we are expecting baby #6 and are thrilled. We decided officially to let God decide our family size and it has been so freeing! He decided to bless us immediately after that decision. Thank you once again for your beautiful example of a Godly family! It truly makes a difference to so many! Congratulations again and God bless!
Love,
Kristy

Reply

Genene February 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

He he is absolutely adorable. So happy for all of you. A big CONGRATULATIONS!

Reply

Brenda February 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SWEET BUNDLE OF JOY!!!! He is absolutely adorable and I know you can’t wait to have him home and how neat is it that he gets to share a birthday with his big brother!!! Like the name Jeb also. Hope baby Jeb is home soon and hope mom, baby and family are doing well. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Reply

blogger February 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

have the duggars met him yet? and did you attend jubilee’s funeral service?
congrats again. I LEFT THE FIRST TWO COMMENTS!
please reply. god bless

Reply

Lindsey February 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Congrats on your newest addition! Your family has been greatly blessed! A prayer for baby Jeb, that even though he had a tricky early start to life that he will grow to honor and serve the Lord with a strong and passionate love.

Enjoy your sweet new baby! So happy for your family.

Reply

Brooke Owens February 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

congratulations! children are a gift from God, im having my first baby in June and its a boy as well we are so very excited and grateful to our heavenly father for this gift! sending many prayers and much love to the Bates and Duggars

Reply

Stacey Carey February 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

He is so beautiful and another precious gift from God… Hope he gets to go home from the hospital really soon.. I have a nephew who is 2 now that had the something at birth… I will keep Jeb and all of the Bates in my prayers….

God Bless all of ya’ll

stacey carey

Reply

Wendy February 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Congratulations to you all!! He’s beautiful and you look wonderful, Mrs. Bates!! What a blessing that he is here and healthy. Praying for a quick recovery!! My husband and are are expecting baby #3 September 3rd. Pray for me as I try to keep up with our two other kids. (4 & 2) God bless you and your precious family!!

Reply

Tanya Combs February 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

What a blessing and how beautiful he is!! Congratulations!

Reply

Erica February 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

The baby is so cute
may i have a picture of him please may god bless you and the family too.
I’am so happy he is health and he is here .

Reply

Sharon February 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations!

Reply

Yvette W February 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Congratulations on your precious addition. God is good. You are such an inspiration! May God Bless you and your ALL your wonderful blessings(children).
God bless,
Yvette W

Reply

Sarah February 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

What a sweet Blessing you have Kelly I will be praying for him! Love Sarah!

Reply

Teri Lynch February 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Congradulations on the new arrival of Jeb Colton Bates.

Reply

shelby February 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

cute cute cute!!!

Reply

Will Pershing February 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Amen! Amen! Congratulations!

Reply

Kayla N. February 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Beautiful baby boy!! Your family is very blessed yet again!! God is so good :)

Reply

Rachel Gomric February 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Congratulations on God’s newest blessing! The pictures are absolutely precious! Your walk with the Lord is such a wonderful testimony to everyone. Sending wishes and blessings your way!
Rachel

Reply

sara karr February 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Congratulations on a handsome little boy. We are thinking and praying for you at this time my sister years ago swallowed the same thing. We love you guys and we are thinking and praying for you even though we don’t know you personally all the way from Canada . Would love to meet you all some day . Actually we will be in Pigoen forge for a week come this July. Many blessings to you and your beautiful family. I love Erin’s cd and listen to it daily the other night when I couldn’t sleep i was listening to you tube videos of your wonderful family singing one of my fav songs the love of God. Congratulations again and look forward to more post take care and hope you get some rest. Kelly you look amazing for just having a baby. Jeb is so loved already

Reply

Holli February 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Many many congratulations! What a blessing! So happy baby Jeb is doing so well :)

Reply

Gillian Peters February 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Congratulations Kelly, he is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I am glad he is doing well and strong, May the Lord bless you all,

With Love
Peters Family (Chattanooga)

Reply

Christy February 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Congradulations on your new precious addition!!

Reply

Sandy February 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Oh Kelly, He is beautiful. Congrats to the whole Bates Crew. You are truly blessed.

Reply

Anita February 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Dear Bates: The Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina with the peace of our Lord Jesus, we congratulate on your new blessing that God has given them good. We hope to soon be together at home. 17 years ago I went through the same problem of liquid at the time of birth and my baby had to drink and interned in intensive care for 20 days, was a time of trouble and uncertainty, but merciful God pulled him forward and today is a young man who serves the Lord and a great son. We are sure that the faithfulness of our Father’s will follow, of course we will pray for his speedy recovery. Blessings.

Reply

Kate February 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Many congratulations to you all! I hope you and Jeb are recovering well Kelly. February 1st is also my birthday! Much love to the whole family x

Reply

Angie February 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Congratulations Bates family!! Jeb is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy for all of you!! My prayers are still with you. I bet Judson will be so excited to have a little brother!!!!

Reply

Jessica Grist February 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

He is precious!!!

Reply

Michelle February 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Congratulations!!! I had been praying for his safe arrival and am so happy the Lord brought him here safely and will be praying for a short stay in the NICU! Kelly you look great in your pictures like you feel wonderful, what a blessing! Congrats again!
Michelle

Reply

Katelyn Wallace February 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your new son! Praying for him and Mrs. Bates.

Reply

Libby February 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I am so happy for you guys and little Jeb! I am praying for your families new little Blessing Jeb! You have such a wonderful family Kelly!

Reply

Melissa February 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

By Melissa, February 7, 2012 @ 7:20 am

Gil and Kelly,
What a beautiful blessing from God, he is absolutely adorable! My family and I will continue to pray for him as he continues to grow strong everday as well as pray for your family to hold true to your faith during this time of need. Your family is such an encouragement to me in my continued growth in my faith and trust in God, in making that huge leap towards homeschooling my children and in learning to turn all things in my life to God in order to help strengthen my family. I am a mother of six beautiful, amazing children and I know I am deeply blessed to be their mother but I strive to do more for them spiritually as we as a family seem lost in that regard. However, seeing how your family handles everything makes me realize that there is hope, thank you for that example you and your family have shown me. God Bless you all! Love, Melissa

Reply

Sweet Tea with Cindy February 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

He is just precious! Congratulations Bates Family. Thank you Duggars for sharing this beautiful blessing with us! Love, Cindy

Reply

crystal kleist lea February 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

i love it and contrag to you new arrive gil and bates family proud of you

Reply

Natalie February 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Congratulations!!! Praise God for baby Jeb !!

Reply

Carol February 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Congratulations to you all on the birth of your beautiful,new bundle of joy. I am so thankful that you are well and baby Jeb is on the mend. I hope that it is not too long before you are able to go home together. God truly does send wonderful gifts to us and I give thanks to you for sharing your life, family and faith with all of us, you are an inspirational family. Sending lots of love and best wishes all the way from Scotland.

God bless you all.
Carol

Reply

Nicole February 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful. So happy he is here and doing well. Kelly, I hope you are doing well also. How long were you in labor? One of my sons came very quickly and had a hard time adjusting also. Each new baby I see, I am in awe of God and his miracles. Congratulations again!

Reply

Sandra February 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Congrats and I love the name and the meaning. My mom is originally from Coal Township Pennsylvania – I guess we should have had a Colton in our family :0)

Reply

Kathleen February 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Aw soo cute! Congrats Bates Family

Reply

blogger February 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

hello bates!
congrats! god has blessed you with yet another baby. he is beautiful and i hope that he is safe and at home now. i dont have anything against your family or the duggar family, for i think that god has given you all these babies from his heart and he knows you can take care of them. i have two questions.
1. have the duggars seen jed yet?
2. did your family go to jubilee’s service?
you are in my thoughts and prayers daily.
god bless.

Reply

Gil February 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Dear Blogger,
No, we have sent the Duggars pictures of Jeb and can’t wait to show them in person. No, we were not able to attend Jubilee’s service. Love Kelly

Reply

Sheree Gantt February 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Congratulations to Gil, you , and all the family!!! Your family has taught me so much about Christ and His Love!!! Many blessings to you all always!

Reply

Mrs. Cliff February 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Praise the Lord he is doing well!! We are so happy for all of you and praying that both Mom and baby will continue to do well.
Our girls were praying that we would have our babies the same day! Little Leah arrived at 11:56 a.m. on Feb. 1!!! Happy Birthday to Trace too!! What a wonderful birthday gift God gave him! Love from our family to yours :) :) :) :) :) :):) :) :) :) !

Reply

Emma Culverhouse (England) February 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Congratulations Kelly and all the Bates’ family on the birth of a scrummy looking boy :) God bless <3
love Emma xx

Reply

Pam February 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

So precious! Congratulations to you and your family. Such a wonderful gift from the good Lord!! God Bless!!!

Reply

kailey johnson February 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

i am so happy for the bates. god help them through the birth of their baby boy god bless the bates

Reply

wendy Thelen February 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Congratulations!! What a wonderful family you have.

Reply

Jusi February 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

congratulations!! And it is a boy too, so it makes it almost even!! Such a beautiful baby!!

Reply

Rebecca February 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Congratulations to the entire family!

Reply

Denise February 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Congrats on baby Jeb Colton. He is just so cute and so alert. Just a precious baby, who is loved by many. Thank you so very much for sharing pictures of him!! Enjoy that darling baby!! Love the name and how it came about.

Reply

Gemma February 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Congratulations, I’m so thrilled for you guys!
You are such a beautiful family I pray God continues to keep blessing you with such wonderful children. Its so refreshing to see a family with strong Christian values, it really encourages me so much.
Thrilled I’ve found your blog!
With all my love and prayers xx Gemma (proud mother of four boys!)

Reply

Hannah February 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

So does that mean he go some fluid in his lungs?

Reply

Hollie Schindlbeck February 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Congratulations! God has truly blessed you with another wonderful little miracle! God bless!

Reply

Donna, Rachel, Sam & Gwen February 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Congratulations Bates Family! We love you guys. God bless you.

Reply

Jolene (Homespun Heritage) February 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Congratulations to you on another blessing! I am so happy for your family!

Reply

Hannah February 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Oh what a cute little baby he is!! :) I’m sure your family is having lots of fun with him!

Reply

Jennifer February 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Congratulations! I was wondering if the rumors were true. Many prayers as you enjoy your newest addition =)

Reply

Peggy February 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Congratulations! I watched the live feed of Priscilla Keller’s wedding and saw some of the older children there, and wondered if you were going to make the trip so close to your due date…I guess not! So happy everything turned out well!

Reply

Rachael Brown February 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

He’s so precious. God bless you Bates family. :)

Reply

AnnaLisa Young February 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

GOD BLESS THE BATES FAMILY!!!! Praise the Lord for this precious new life. Kelly, the love of Jesus can be seen in your countenance. You are the mother of 19 and you look like you are in your twenties! Amazing. Welcome little Jeb Colton Bates!

Reply

FFC - Families For Christ February 8, 2012 at 12:18 am

Such a blessing. I am glad to hear that he is healthy. I would like to get married someday but with the right young lady. May God bless you as you seek his enduring promises.

Reply

Amy Wingfield February 8, 2012 at 12:32 am

Congratulations, God is so good.

Reply

A February 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

Bates Family!
How exciting that he is finally here! Praise the Lord! I will be lifting you all up in prayer in the weeks to come for Jeb’s healing and bringing the family all together again!

Much love,

A

Reply

Denise February 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

congratulation, may God bless you all, and watch over your new little one.

Reply

Alice Hull February 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

Praise the Lord for another safe delivery and another boy to be Judson’s pal! So glad to hear this and now we can pray for his good development and Kelly’s good health. We love you all and think of you daily.

Reply

sherry February 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

Congrats on the arrival of baby Jeb. He is beautiful..God Bless your family and I will keep the baby in my thoughts and prayers..Love Sherry

Reply

Penni February 8, 2012 at 12:58 am

Congratulations on your new little gift!

Reply

Fiona Walker February 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

Congratulations Bates family from the Walker family of Perth, Australia.
Well done Kelly … he is so cute, looks like he might have your colouring, lots of dark hair.
God Bless your family and enjoy the time with your new born, my baby is 11 weeks old and I would love to slow down time : )
Love Fiona, Dean, Lily, Wyatt and Troy xxxx

Reply

Bonnie from Iowa February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

What a beautiful little baby boy! He is so lucky to be joining such an awesome family! Congrats!

Reply

Jules February 8, 2012 at 1:20 am

Congrads,
Glad to read all the family news. Glad everyone is doing well.How are Sarah and Zach?
God Bless you

Jules

Reply

Pamela Merrell February 8, 2012 at 1:21 am

Congratulations! So glad all went well for you! I am 13 weeks along and am praying after 2 losses in a row we will make it with this one. I am due August 14, 2012

Reply

Jennifer February 8, 2012 at 1:24 am

Wonderful! Congratulations! What a precious blessing! So happy for the Bates Family! :-)

Reply

Jeanie February 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

Beautiful….may the Lord bless this beautiful boy, and all of you in the Bates bunch : )

Reply

Sara February 8, 2012 at 1:37 am

You all ROCK! Congrats on your newest sweet blessing!

Reply

eric February 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

Congrats Bates family!

Reply

Ann Washburn February 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

Praise God! Blessings and grace to your new addition!

Reply

Ray & Jen B + 15! (Qld, Australia) February 8, 2012 at 2:15 am

CONGRATULATIONS! Baby Jeb is adorable. So happy for your lovely family and the precious new life God has entrusted to your care. Your little boy is blessed to have such amazing parents and so many brothers and sisters to love him.
With all our best wishes and God’s blessing,
Ray & Jen B and family (15 blessings and counting…)

Reply

Elsa February 8, 2012 at 2:22 am

Yay!!!! So happy to see Baby Jeb! You look great, Mrs. Bates and he’s a handsome little boy. Congratulations to the family!

Reply

Sandy February 8, 2012 at 2:22 am

Congratulations Bates Family! May God bless you and your new addition to the family! Kelly, you look great, and Jeb looks like a valiant little guy already!

Reply

Stephanie February 8, 2012 at 2:29 am

Congratulations Bates Family! Jeb is a beautiful boy!

Reply

Kate February 8, 2012 at 2:40 am

Congratulations Mrs Bates and Family. I am pleased to hear he is doing so well. I will keep you all in my prayers. I hope he is safely home with you all soon.

Reply

Leah February 8, 2012 at 2:49 am

Congratulations!!
What a handsome little boy is he.Do you always give your babies names
based on what they mean? I love the meaning of his name.Wishing you an
easy recovery and blessed week.
Love,
Leah

Reply

Gil February 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Dear Leah,
Yes, Gil loves to tag a special meaning with each baby as a reminder that they are loved and have a special purpose! Love, Kelly

Reply

Tonya February 8, 2012 at 3:00 am

Congrats to the whole Bates family!!! He’s beautiful and perfect!!! Love Tonya

Reply

Connie February 8, 2012 at 3:01 am

I am so happy for you. What a B.lessing From our heavenly Father You have been in my prays. And I know this little guy will being you alot of joy.
Blessing to you
Conniejo Jurgensen

Reply

Melissa February 8, 2012 at 3:16 am

Congratulations! We welcomed a baby girl on February 2…our third daughter. Best wishes to your family! :)

Reply

Susan February 8, 2012 at 3:24 am

Congratulations on a handsome, healthy boy.

Reply

Mamachildress February 8, 2012 at 3:35 am

Praise the Lord for your new baby! Congratulations and I hope Jeb gets to go home very soon.
Don’t forget to get some rest! :-)

Blessings,
Janet… mommyofTen :-)

Reply

Joyce Adams February 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

Congratulations on Jeb’s birth. Welcome to the world little guy! I pray the Lord keeps him safe and by the time you read this, he’ll be home.
Kelly & Gil, he’s just beautiful. When he’s up to it, give him a little hug for me.
Again, Congratulations!

Reply

Maria Hanson February 8, 2012 at 4:16 am

Congratulations!!! He is beautiful. May God continue to bless your family!

Reply

L CRAWFORD February 8, 2012 at 4:17 am

Congratulations!

Reply

Lauren H. February 8, 2012 at 4:30 am

Congratulations! How did you pick his name?

Reply

Gil February 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Dear Lauren,
It took us 5 days!!! It was soooooo hard!!!! There were many different suggestions and opinions. We narrowed the choice to 3 names and took a vote. Another name won by just 2 votes, but Dad’s vote over rided and he picked Jeb. We were just glad to have a name after 5 days… our nurses threatened to pick a name for us!! Love, Kelly

Reply

Nikki R February 8, 2012 at 4:40 am

I tried to leave comments earlier but not sure what happened.What a sweet little guy God has blessed you with.We are so glad that all turned out well.:)To God be the glory great things He hath done!!!

Reply

DEANNA SIMMONS February 8, 2012 at 4:51 am

Congradulations on your new son. I hope he is doing better. I watch you when you on the duggar family show.

Take care of the new little one.

Reply

Marie February 8, 2012 at 5:02 am

Congratulations!

Reply

Emily Fay February 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

What a blessing! Congrats to you! Hope Mommy and baby are well. Enjoy the moments with your new precious addition from God! :)

Reply

Tamara February 8, 2012 at 5:11 am

Congratulations! God is faithful! So glad all are healthy and will continue to pray for sustained health and good steady growth. He looks pretty healthy already from the pictures! So very happy for you all.

Reply

Ruthie February 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

How precious! Welcome to the world Jeb Colton Bates! Great name! Congratulations to all the Bates family! Mrs. Kelly, you look amazing! Like Mrs. Duggar, you and her keep getting younger with the more children you have! Blessings and favor to all of you!

Reply

Danielle February 8, 2012 at 6:36 am

Congrats on the birth of your new bundle of joy. He is a handsome little guy. He has so much hair. I don’t know how you do it with 19 kids but I really admire you and think you are great parents. I am a single mom and only pray that I can be half as good of a parent to my sons as you are to all of your children. God Bless and good luck

Reply

April February 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

What a beautiful gift from God! Praying he will continue to do well.

Reply

Jolene February 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

CONGRATULATIONS, sweet Bates family! He is beautiful! We are so happy for this new blessing the Lord has added to your family. May God bless your lives richly with precious little Jeb Colton!

Reply

marouska February 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

Congratulating you all with your new son and baby brother from the Netherlands

Reply

Caroline February 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

We just wanted to say Congrats on your baby boy!! Your family is so inspiring and and encouragement to me. I left a comment a few months back. We live in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. We are still recovering from a tornado last April. It has been a long road but with Gods help we have gotten through it. My husband was deployed to Iraq for a yr. He has been back a little over a yr. He is in the Alabama National Gaurd. He is a police officer in Tuscaloosa. We have two daughters 12 and 9. They are both homeschooled. I just want to say thank you for the inspiration your family has been. We were in Pigeon Forge Jan 30-Feb 3rd. We come every year around this time. It is my hope that one day my girls can meet your family!! I had asked you a few months back if I could send a letter with my address to your P.O Box. My girls would like an autograph of your family! You had said that would be ok! I am going to do that this week. I also want to let you know we are sending a gift for the baby. Is it ok to send to your P.O Box also? I just wanted to make sure you would get it. Once again Congrats on your baby boy and we will be praying for your family. Please keep our family in your prayers also. My husband’s unit is set to go to Afghanistan in June. It will be tough on our family again. Hwever God will get us through it. God Bless!!

Reply

Gil February 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Dear Caroline,
I will pray for your husband’s safety while serving our country. We all owe a debt of gratitude to your family. Love, Kelly

Reply

crysten February 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

Jeb Colton is a neat name.what a gift from god

Reply

Sarah Ellen February 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Congratulations! We are so excited for the family and we are glad to hear that Jeb is continuing to do well.

Reply

Kay February 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Congratulations!!!! What a handsome little man.

Reply

sara (italy) February 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations Bates family, I´m so happy for you! Jeb is such a cutie, I´m sure this was Trace´s best birthday surprise ever. I pray for you and hope that you can take little Jeb Colton home soon!
Love, Sara

Reply

Pam February 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

What a sweet little guy! Congratulations and may God send him and the rest of your family His blessings! Love his name, too!

Reply

Emily Raynes February 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

AWWW!! Jeb is ~adorable~! :) These are great pictures…. so happy for y’all!! I hope he gets to go home *very* soon!!!

Reply

katie February 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

congratulations on the arival of your 19th child i love and adore the duggars and your family i hope he is well now and that you take time for yourself with this many kids.

Reply

Sheri February 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

19 gifts from God- how wonderful! (And on this day, Rick Santorum is sweeping my previous state (MN) and now my new state (MO) – Praise God!)

Reply

Lia February 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

What a handsome little blessing! Congratulations to you, Gil and Kelly, and to your entire family. (One of my own sons went through the same thing two yars ago — inhaling amniotic fluid — and spent ten days in the NICU, but he’s never experienced a problem since). May Jeb be another bright light in your family. Thank you for sharing him with us!

Reply

Mary February 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Congrats! He is so beautiful!

Reply

Terri February 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Beautiful baby! Congratulations! God has truely blessed your family with him and has blessed him with you!

Reply

rachel @ finding joy February 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your new son! You are truly blessed. Praying for a smooth transition home.

God’s blessings to your beautiful family!

Reply

Jody February 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

He’s adorable! Congratulations!!

Reply

Amy February 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Congrats on your new arrival! When I saw the pics of Jeb it took me back 11 yrs ago when our son Jeremy was born the same thing happened to him, he was in the NICU for 4 days before he came home. He is 11 yrs old now. Hope all is well, and God bless!

Reply

Mollie February 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations…Another beautiful Bates baby! We are praying for you.

Reply

Sarah February 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Congratulations!!!! Many blessings to you and your wonderful family, prayers for your continued health and happiness

Reply

jelopopp@hickorytech.net February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Another blessing! Congratulations.
Keep up the God work!

Reply

Kim February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Good Morning Bates family,

Welcome Jeb, we are so glad you are here. Congratulations to Gil, Kelly and your precious family.

In His Love,
The Wilkes Family
Sevierville, TN

Reply

Helen February 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

That is wonderful news! Congratulations!

Reply

Mae February 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

How wonderful! Rejoicing with your family at this newest blessing! May Jeb grow to love the Lord early in his life, and serve Him ever thereafter!

Reply

Kim February 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Second page,

HAPPY, HAPPY Belated Birthday Trace!!!!!What fun.

The Wilkes’

Reply

Tara G. February 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! He is beautiful! So sweet that he was born on Trace’s birthday! What an awesome birthday gift! Praying that he will soon be well enough to go home. He was anxious to meet everyone! You are all so blessed!

Reply

Leslie Sanders February 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Congrt Mr. and Mrs Bates on your new baby. I know you are very happy.

Reply

Amber February 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Oh my goodness! He is sooooo cute!! You guys are so, so, incredibly blessed! We love your family. Look at all those happy, proud brothers and sisters! What a wonderful story. Praying that he gets to go home soon!

Reply

Chana February 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Awesome! So happy for you. Glad he is doing better.

Reply

Rosemarie February 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Hello Bates, Congratulations on your new arrival! What a precious gift from the Lord :) God bless you all!

Reply

Tina February 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

What a blessing from the Lord! How precious!! Congratulations he’s adorable! :)

Reply

Angelak February 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

How wonderful! Congratulations.

Reply

Lynn February 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Congrats!!! God is good alll the time. All the time God is good!

Reply

Bayley February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Dear Kelly,
Congrats on baby Jeb Colton.
I don’t know if your sister, Kim, told you, but she has been updating me.
I have a fan page about the Duggars on Facebook.
I was wondering if you minded if I added Jeb’s pictures on there.

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Dear Bayley,
You’re welcome to add the update. Love, Kelly

Reply

Bayley February 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Dear Kelly,
If you don’t mind telling me , what was the winning name?

Reply

wilma February 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi Family!Congratulations with your baby boy!What a wonder,another addition.That he may grow up in your family with love and to God’s honour.It is a great task to teach,but that you may do this praying.
Greatings,
Wilma

Reply

Christy February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

oh Kelly! I am so happy for you! And that Jeb is doing well. So sorry that must have been frightening but I know your trust in the Lord got you through. What were the other runner up names? If you don’t mind me asking ;)
Love you all!
Christy

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Dear Christy,
The children received a baby announcement from a pastor we know and they fell in love with one of the names he had chosen (Stetson)… from that they came up with Joe Stetson. We took a family vote on our top 3 names, and the name that won the vote was Joe Stetson…. but Dad’s vote over rode the kids and Jeb Colton won out in the end… but we’ll save Joe Stetson just in case the Lord gives us another son. Love, Kelly

Reply

Linda February 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Gil and Kelly, He is beauitful.Congratulations and best wishes.

Reply

Lauren February 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Dear Kelly,

CONGRATATS!!! Wow, your little man is the cutest! I just love him. Yay now I know he’s a boy so I can get him a wonderful present!! I’m so happy for ya’ll and have been praying daily for a healthy mom and baby after delivery. Congratulations again and we love you all so much! By the way, I love his name and I’m happy Jeb is doing well. We pray he gets to go home very soon!

Lauren Sharpe

Reply

Ruthie February 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

May I ask what other names you were considering for Jeb?? Love his name by the way! I wish your family had your own reality tv show as well!

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Dear Ruthie,
It was between Jeb Colton, Will Garrett, and Joe Stetson (This was the kids favorite and we’re saving it in case God ever gives us another son!) Love, Kelly

Reply

Kate February 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Praise be to God! Congratulations are in order, I am so happy for you!! He is beautiful. Such a lovely family, I will be thinking of you in my prayers tonight. From London!

Reply

Bayley February 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Dear Kelly,
If you don’t mind telling me, how many miscarriages did you have?
Also, how old did Trace turn on February 1st?
I wish him a belated happy birthday.
Do any of the other kids share a birthday?

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Dear Bayley,
I have had 3 misscarriages. Two were within the first week of the pregnancy test, and one was at 10 weeks. Yes, Jeb was born on Trace’s birthday… He had been praying for that for a month! Love, Kelly

Reply

Bayley February 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Dear Kelly,
I was looking back to Judson’s arrival post and I found out that Jeb and him were the same length and almost the same weight at birth. How cool!

Reply

Samantha February 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Congratulations to the Bates!!! My girls and I are so thrilled to see a sweet little one join your family. We are praying to be blessed again (We have 6, and our youngest is nearly 3). We’d appreciate your prayers for God’s will in this area as well.

Love Samantha

Reply

Melody February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!

Reply

Linda February 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

So happy to see on your updates the arrival of Jeb! I have been praying for you and counting down the weeks till his safe arrival and here he is and he looks great! Kelly you look wonderful too! You are an amazing women! I so enjoy and am encouraged by your blog and pictures. Thank you for doing this when I know you must be tired and so very busy. I really appreciate your efforts.

Reply

Lisa February 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Just curious, which baby name book or web site do you use to find the meanings of baby names?

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Dear Lisa,
My favorite name book is The Very Best Name Book by Bruce Lansky. I looked at hundreds of websites for meanings as well. Love, Kelly

Reply

Melissa February 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Dear Gil & Kelly,
Congratulations!! What a beautiful blessing from God, he is absolutely adorable! My family and I will continue to pray for him as he continues to grow stronger everyday as well as pray for your family to hold true to your faith during this time of need. Your family is such an encouragement to me in my continued growth in my faith and trust in God, in making that huge leap towards homeschooling my children and in learning to turn all things in my life to God in order to strengthen my family. I am a mother of six beautiful, amazing children and I know I am deeply blessed to be their mother but I strive to do more for them spiritually as we as a family seem lost in that regard. However, seeing how your family handles everything makes me realize that there is hope. Thank you for that example you and your family have shown me. God Bless you all! Love, Melissa

Reply

Maria February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Aww! Such a cute little boy! Congratulations!!

Reply

blogger February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

thanks for replying it means a lot. do you think i could send you a picture that you could autograph?

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Dear Blogger,
We’d be glad to sign a picture, but…. please know that we’re nothing special. We have the same struggles everyone does (probably more)… We’re far from perfect… We have the same parenting and relationship issues that everyone deals with… We have to ask forgiveness many times for wrong actions and responses. We’re in the same boat with everyone… just trying to learn from our mistakes and press on, leaning on the Lord all the while. Love, kelly

Reply

Sandi February 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Congratulations! Baby Jeb is so adorable!

Reply

Destiny February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Hi, Kelly and Gil, None of the Duggars had shared the birthdays. One month is February that your four out of 19 had shared a birthday, Jackson and Addallee on February 17, and Trace and Jeb on February 1. By the way, Cathy and David Arndt had shared a birthday January 21. They were a mother and son. Thanks.

Reply

Michelle February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Kelly, I read somewhere that your family was either going to be featured more on TLC or have your own show? Is that true? that was be so awesome!!
Michelle

Reply

Kathryn February 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

God Bless Jeb!
what a cutie!

Reply

Kathryn February 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

How old was Trace on Febuary 1st?
What a great present, yet another little brother!

Reply

Katie February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Congrats! He is precious, love the name! :)

Reply

Lynn February 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Congratulations, Gil & Kelly! Your newest addition is beautiful! I’m so happy for your entire family!!

God Bless!
~ Lynn

Reply

Therese February 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Congratulations!

You know, you and the Duggars are the kind of families that everyone wishes they grew up in. Both your families are truly blessed by God!

Thank you for sharing you lives and letting us all be a part of your extended family. It means more to us than you may ever realize.

Your families reflect Christ’s image to the world. Keep it up! The world NEEDS this reflection of Christ!

Therese

Reply

Diane February 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Our youngest son was born on January 30th. He is baby boy #9, too. May God use these young boys/future men for his glory. BTW–Our 3 daughters love their little brother, too! Mama and Dad have to take a number at times, LOL. Blessings to your wonderful family from MN.

Reply

Dr. Laura February 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Congrats Gil and Kelly’

Reply

Renata February 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Bates family!
He is gorgeous & praise God for his safe delivery!!!
Love all the way over the ocean from Sunnyside Farm in Australia!!
Blessings
Renata ( & kiddos ~ who are all here so excited for you guys!) :)

Reply

Janna February 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Good work Mama & Daddy!! He’s so precious… VERY happy for this *BLESSING*!!

Reply

Kristina February 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Hi Bates Family,
I just wanted to wish you the best and congratulations on your new precious baby boy. He is so cute!! Have a nice day!!
Kristina

Reply

Vanessa van der Kramer February 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Congratulations to all the Bates family. Such a beautiful little blessing from God! Love Vanessa xxx

Reply

Jennifer February 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

May gods blessing be with you and your very handsome little boy. May all your hopes and dreams come true. Hoping that you have much love and joy in the years to come.

Reply

Franicia February 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

Congratulations Bates family!

Aww such a precious baby! We have been praying for you all and especially for you Kelly as you prepared for this birth and child.

You guys look wonderful and Kelly, I love that beaming smile so full of joy! :-)

Love in Christ,
Franicia for the Tim White family

Reply

Amelia February 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

Awwww… So blessed to read and see the beautiful pictures. God is so good!

Your family is a blessing to our family! : )

So very, very happy for all of you!

Bless you all!

Reply

Ronalee February 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

He is such a cute baby. I would have loved to be able to have more babies. You all look like such a happy family! And Jeb is the name of one of my brothers, now that I know the meaning I think that’s pretty special. Congratulations.

Reply

Selina Bruner February 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

Praise the Lord !!! I’m so happy for you all!

Reply

Rita Ann Williamson February 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

Congradulations on the birth of Jeb! You are so blessed. Thank you for allowing us to view your family with the Duggar Family. I wish there was a program called the Bates Family also. I enjoy all the interaction within your family and the Duggars and others. Thank you for all the beautiful music also. Your family has enriched my life. My God continue to Bless your family. Oh, Please tell Zach congrats on his upkeeping nuptials and I hope to be able to see more of their courtship and their wedding. Thanks again. I am your MS neighbor.

Reply

Liz February 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

Congratulations on your newest blessing from God. What a beautiful child he is and I can only imagine what the Lord has in store for him. Kelly you look AMAZING and in all the pictures you can see how much you are all in love with this child. Hopefully everyone is getting some rest! Enjoy this gift from God. He is truly amazing!

Reply

Hannah B February 9, 2012 at 1:54 am

Hello Bates Family!
Congratulations on a beautiful baby! Happy Birthday to Trace. Kelly, you look wonderful! You should share your secret! We think of all of you and pray for you a lot! So thankful your family is also able to help with the Santorum campaign! Hopefully, one day our families will be able to get together again! We love y’all! May God bless you always!
Tim and Hannah

Reply

Kay Mayer February 9, 2012 at 2:34 am

Congratulations on your new addition. Your family is such an inspiration to all families.

Reply

Laurie February 9, 2012 at 2:46 am

He is perfect!!! God bless you all!! I guess it will time to think of another baby soon. You are amazing Kelly!!

Reply

brittani February 9, 2012 at 3:24 am

was your son trace happy that he got a brother born on his birthday

Reply

Joy February 9, 2012 at 6:13 am

Your baby is so beautiful! Thank-you for sharing your first photos!

Reply

Linda February 9, 2012 at 6:47 am

Dear Gill &Kelly,
Hi congratulations on your new baby boy Jeb.I hope Jeb comes home soon and tell Trace’s happy birthday.The pitures of baby Jeb he cutes little boy ever saw. bye Linda

Reply

Beverley February 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Bates family. We live in London and we follow the Bates and the Duggars as often as possible. How wonderful to have such a large and beautiful family. We have six grandchildren now and totally adore them. Truly blessed gifts. Congratulations on your newest sweet addition. x

Reply

Trish Kehoe February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

God has blessed you with another baby. I can’t be any happier for your loving family. He will be home with the family where he belongs. Enjoy your wonderful family, God gave you this wonderful children and I know he is smiling down and saying what loving parents. You are such a inspiration to everyone to do God’s will. Thank you with Christian Love, Trish

Reply

Marilyn February 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

To the Bates family! Joyous greetings to you all and how beautiful is baby Jeb!! God has blessed you once again and I am thrilled to learn he arrived safely. Love to you all, Marilyn

Reply

Missy February 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Congratulations! What a wonderful name and Happy Birthday to Trace!!!! Love all those sweet pictures. The Parris Family in Cleveland (TN)

Reply

Tia Pilkay February 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Congratulations Mrs.Kelly and Bates family .Glad to hear everyone is doing well !

Reply

Elena Koontz February 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Congratulations!!! I was hoping you’sd have twins for me—-but your little prince is soooo cute. God bless you all. What a wonderful family and example you all are.

Reply

Elena Koontz February 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Congratulations!!! I was hoping you’d have twins for me “to break the record”—-but your little prince is soooo cute. God bless you all. What a wonderful family and example you all are.

I’m still waiting for you all to come to my home in MI so I can make you Filipino egg rolls.

Reply

Michelle(Jersey) February 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I am so happy to see that little Jeb is here alive and well..Congratulations to you and Gil on such a beautiful baby. You guys are wonderful parents. Jeb has so much love surrounding him from his parents and lovely older brothers and sisters. I admire your family, u guys give me soo much inspiration. Keep up the good work.

Reply

Michelle(Jersey) February 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

oh and the pics of Jeb are just too adorable

Reply

David Smith February 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Dear Bates family, My name is David Smith and I am happy for you. I
have been following you with the Duggars and happy in what you do. I am a church goer and if you need prayer I wiil be there. I can be a adopted uncle to your kids, the good book says to spoil the
child and spare the rod, I spoil and you spare the rod. your friend
David Smith

Reply

Pierrette February 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Your baby boy look very nice. Congratulation! I’m enthusiastic for your family. God is good.

With all my love and blessing, Pierrette.

Reply

Barbara February 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations! God bless Jeb and all of you. I am thankful for the testimony of your lives and how your example is a continual encouragement to me to raise my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Reply

Amy February 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Oh how precious he is! Congrats to your whole family! Gil and Kelly, you are such an inspiration – your love for God and each other is so evident in all you do! I only wish we had a couple like yourselves to learn from as we are just getting started with a 7mo old baby girl and are anxiously awaiting the blessing of another pregancy. We are near 40 and had waited many years, fearing what a terrible world we live in. Only since being introduced to you and the Duggars did we decide that it is still possible to raise children who love the Lord. We are so excited for you and pray that God will continue blessing your family!

Reply

Jan February 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Just noticed that you seem to have lost some comments on your current post. It says you have 92 comments but there are only about 50 showing. Also some of the people you responded to are no longer listed so we got an answer with no question. God Bless

Reply

Jessica February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Congratulations!!! :)

Reply

Sarah February 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Dear Kelly,
I was wondering if your girls have ever been to Journey to the Heart and what activies they did and if they likes it or not? Have a Blessed Sunday Sarah!

Reply

Gil February 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Dear Sarah,
Yes, they have been to a Journey. The Bible Studies are wonderful! Love, Kelly

Reply

Sarah February 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Dear Kelly,
At journey to the heart what kind of activities are outside of the classroom work and seminars? Thanks Sarah!

Reply

Gil February 12, 2012 at 12:06 am

Dear Sarah,
I think the activities depend on the time of year… my girls went in January, so all of the snow limited the outdoor activities. I think those attending summer months have many more options available. Love, Kelly

Reply

Kerri-ann February 10, 2012 at 12:53 am

Hello Bates Family,
Let me say a big CONGRATULATIONS! It has been exciting waiting for the arrival of Jeb and now seeing some pictures- wow. He is precious.
Also Kelly, i have never seen so many people comment on your Blog before- God has truely used your family as a great witness. I am sure your families witness has changed many peoples’ minds through Gods Grace. Thank you for allowing time in your busy life to keep us all updated.
Kerri-ann (Australia)

Reply

Crystal February 10, 2012 at 3:02 am

Congratulations on your new TV Show!! I’m so looking forward to March 27th :) :) :)

Reply

Angela February 10, 2012 at 4:42 am

Congratulations!!! Your baby is beautiful…Happy for you!!!!

Reply

Alexis February 10, 2012 at 4:51 am

Dear Mrs Bates,

I just saw that you are getting your own show that will air at the end of March on TLC. Is it a 1 hour special or a regular event? I am beyond excited and thankful that you are willing to share your family and testimony with the world!!!

Love,
Alexis

Reply

Emily February 10, 2012 at 4:56 am

Praise to God the giver of life! Praying blessings on you and your beautiful family! Congratulations on your new addition!

Reply

Linda February 10, 2012 at 5:32 am

Congratulations, on your baby boy I love watching your family on the Duggers when or is your family going to have a show? and if you do have a show, how do you fill about the whole world watching your family? May God Bless your family everyday

Reply

Michelle February 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

Dear Kelly,
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful new son. Thank you to you and your family (and the Duggars) for bringing so much joy to the world! In a time where there is so much much doom and gloom, it is just lovely to watch your shows and read your stories. It really cheers me up and makes me want to be a better person and and mother. Hope wee Jeb continues to thrive and that you are recovering well.
Love
The Rutherford Family (Scotland, UK)

Reply

Judy February 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Congratulations!!! Babies are such a wonderful blessing!!! I had check your site earlier in the week and there was no update. I just read on People that you had the baby so I jumped right over here!!! I am so very happy for you!!!!

I have 7 children myself….which is still considered no adays. I also homeschool. You make it look so easy : )

I pray that the baby is able to come home from the hospital real soon.

Looking forward to your special on TLC. Hoping there will be more to come.
Hugs,
Judy

Reply

Annette February 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Kelly & Gil

I am so glad he is doing well! When I heard he had come a few weeks early and was in NICU I was concerned and sent up a few special prayers. A charming name and such a wonderful meaning! I saw the name -Garrett- is an old fmaily name we found out a few years ago and all our kids have picked out old family names to use in the future for their children. It sur eis hard picking names, my Dh an dI had a few struggles agreeing on names too, ones I liked he didn;t and ones he liked I didn’t! I remmeber the day we gave our son his GDad’s middle name , my FIL cried, he was so overcome!

Prayers that all continues to go well for you & yours!

Reply

Beanie February 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I totally agree with you, Mrs.Kelly! “Be friendly, not flirty…” My sister says that I’m mean to boys my age (because I don’t talk to them); I just don’t want anybody to get any ideas!!

Reply

Angelak February 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Just read that you guys are going to have a special on TLC. I am really looking forward to it. You and the Duggars inspire me like no other families on earth. You are awesome.

Reply

Pam February 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your son!

Reply

Traci Knoppe February 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations!! He’s just beautiful! Praying for a quick recovery.

In Him,
Traci in Missouri

Reply

Debbie February 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Congratulations! And how fun for Trace to have a new little buddy to share his birthday with!

Reply

Tiffany February 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Praise the Lord!! My girls were so excited to see this…Laney (4), said “WE KNOW THEM!!! They’re on the Duggars!!” Praising God for sweet Jeb! Blessings to your family!

In Him,
The Matthews

Reply

Diane February 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Congratulations Gil and Kelly! I’m glad to hear that baby Jeb is doing better. I have another question. People Magazine states that you now have your own show, a one hour special airing after 19 Kids and Counting. Have you signed a contract to have your own show, like the Duggar’s, or is this one hour special, a one time thing? Many people think that you are “moving in” to push the Duggar’s off the air. I don’t believe that, but would like to know if you’re show is only the one special, or if there are more to come? Thanks.

Reply

Gil February 12, 2012 at 12:02 am

Dear Diane,
Actually, the Duggars have been the ones who have encouraged us all along to do a show. We were hesitant for a long time because we want to make sure we keep our priorities in order. The Duggars have been such wonderful role models for us. There’s absolutely no competition between us – whether about family size, publicity, friendships, etc. God has definitely used them in our lives to teach us MANY things… We are grateful for their loving spirit. Love, Kelly

Reply

Genieve February 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Congratulations! What a blessing :) He is adorable.
My husband and I are praying for another child. Would you join us in prayer? I have written a short post about our journey here: http://slowlyblooming.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-small-family.html

Reply

Bayley February 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Dear Kelly,
My friend and I created a blog about your family.
Can we please use photos from your website and blog on it?
Here’s the link to it:
http://fanpageofthebatesfamily.blogspot.com/
Thank you.
Please reply.

Reply

Gil February 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Dear Bayley,
That will be fine. Love, Kelly

Reply

WendyB February 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Congratulations Bates family!! Hope you’re home with baby Jeb and doing well.

Is it true that you’re going to do a show on TLC like the Duggars? Will it be a season or just a one hour special? Looking forward to seeing it air!!

Reply

Joyce February 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Congrats on the birth of little Jeb!! He looks like he’s going to be a SWEETIE!! I was talking about your family with a friend of mine and she said she couldn’t believe it was physically possible for a woman to have 2 babies and a miscarraige all within less than 18 months. I told her that Judson is a couple months younger than my baby, Lily, who was born on July 28,2010. Am I right or is Judson older than her? Thank you and God bless!

Reply

Gil February 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Dear Joyce,
Judson was a September baby and Jeb is a February baby (which makes them 16 1/2 months apart). Love, Kelly

Reply

Stacy February 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Congrats on the birth of Jeb~~ He is simply adorable!!! Fearfully and wonderfully made!!! =-)

Reply

Carita February 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I heard a little tid bit that you guys will be doing a show? That is so awesome. Mikaela-Karma loves the Duggars show and she watched your special. I really appreciate the fact that I can have MK watch your shows and not worry about the content. Tell your children this is truly great for us out here. I only had 4 and adopted 2 which God has seen fit to bless me with. I just can not wait to hear all about the courting couple, the new addition and pictures of your yard. Besides your blog is uplifting.
Love you guys!!
God Bless
~Carita~

Reply

Sonya February 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Congratulations! Your lil boy is such a cutie! Also, congratulations is also in order for your upcoming show on TLC! Viewers stayed tuned to TLC it is suppose to be on air March 27!

Reply

Pam February 11, 2012 at 12:37 am

I just read you all will be having a television special on TLC in March! That’s exciting news, too! I am really looking forward to watching it!

Reply

JenT February 11, 2012 at 2:04 am

Congratulations!!!!!!! So glad you are well and Jeb is doing better. Do you need/want anything? We’re still waiting on our blessing to arrive. He/She was due today, but nothing is going on. :)

Reply

Linda February 11, 2012 at 2:27 am

Dear Gill And Kelly, He just beautiful boy, my prays going to you, and when he coming home to you.Ps how are Zack and Sara doing has Sara seen new baby jeb.By Linda Ann

Reply

Tamyra February 11, 2012 at 2:27 am

Gil and Kelly,
Congradulations on your beautiful son. I will keep him in my prayers. I loved seeing all of the children holding him. You have a wonderful family. God Bless and Take care.

Reply

Anna February 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

Congratulations!!! I hope both Mrs. Bates and Jeb are feeling well.

Reply

Ray and Annie Gardner February 11, 2012 at 5:32 am

Congratulations! He is beautiful,hope Momma and baby are doing well. God Bless you all and enjoy that little gift from God.

Reply

Amanda February 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

Congratulations on your precious new little gem!!! Thank you so much for being an example to so many of us who are living daily for Jesus raising a Godly generation.

Reply

Kennedy February 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Bates Family,
Words cannot express how happy I am for you guys! I come from a family of seven and I know with each baby it never got old. His name is beautiful, I love that you give each child a name with a special meaning, because they really are a gift! Hope all is well. You all are in my thoughts and prayers! You really encourage me to be the person I need to be and just wanted to say thank you for that! I have a question for you, I heard you guys are having a special on TLC and you are going to have your own show? Is that true I hope it is because I would love to see your family on a reality show showing and encouraging people like Christ taught us to do, and showing people that we are all human and we make mistakes, but because of Christ we are forgiven! Would love to hear a reply from you, and what is going to be the special’s name, and if a reality show that name too! Hope this isn’t too much to ask. I know how it is after you just have a baby, and enjoy the baby because these days go faster than you blink.
Love,
Kennedy

Reply

Gil February 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Dear Kennedy,
There will be a one hour show on march 27th, but we don’t know any details about the name or any other info. We are very grateful for your prayers! Love, Kelly

Reply

Nate Paine February 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

PTL!!! Praise the Lord…I have been praying for Jeb and Yall! God bless you guys bunches!!!

Reply

Vishakha Carver February 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

He is so adorable! with all that hair, I know you guys are enjoying your new little one. Is this 19? we are expecting our 5th but our FIRST BOY! All his sisters(5 and under) are super excited. May blessings fall upon your family.
The Carver family

Reply

M Green February 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Congrats! I’m so glad to hear that, despite the little hiccup, everything is well. I have to say that knowing you had this baby has given me some of my hope back and helped me to trust God even when I’m afraid, though, it’s often a challenge. I miscarried twice last year, the first one I was 19 weeks, but the baby was maybe 14 weeks, and 4 months later we conceived again and miscarried 7 weeks later. 4 months after that, we conceived again and I’m now 14 weeks LMP as of today. I printed out one of your blogs when you were 10 wks pregnant with this one and it’s still on my fridge today. It’s somehow easier to know that you went through the same issue of fear that I go through, and that I have to die to it daily. I don’t know what God has in store for this baby, but, seeing that this baby is alive and doing well gives me the courage to trust that God is in charge, no matter what he decides. I know you’re “ordinary” people, but, God uses ordinary people in the most magnificent ways. So, thank you for sharing this with all of us.

Reply

Traci Knoppe February 12, 2012 at 12:07 am

I did not know you all were going to do a show too!! Squee!!!!! My family will be so excited!! God bless you all!

Reply

Emily S. February 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

Praise the Lord for Jeb Colton’s safe arrival! I love his name (we have a Colton too)!! I hope he is already home with his family and doing well. We will be praying for him!

Reply

Beanie February 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

P.S. – Today is my spiritual birthday! I’ve been saved for 5 years! :D

Reply

Gil February 13, 2012 at 1:07 am

Dear Beanie,
That’s certainly cause to celebrate. I was in the 9th grade when I got saved! Love, Kelly

Reply

Laurie Carlson February 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

To Gil, Kelly and the family: CONGRATULATIONS on NEW baby Jeb!
I’m SOOOO happy and excited for ALL of you!
I love ALL of you sooooo much! I’m SO glad the Duggars introduced us to ALL of you!
You ‘should’ do a show! I wrote in my calendar, March 27th, to watch your show! Woo-hoo!! I can’t wait to watch it! I hope you make MORE shows than just the one! It would make my life!! The Duggars, and The Bates!!! Wooo-hoooo! FUN!
I really look forward on when the Duggars TV show, when you two families get together with your family, but that 1/2 hour look into your life and family FLIES by! I am always interested in what your family is up to, but we don’t always get to really know to much.
Kelly, I knew you were expecting AND to both of you, you will soon have a son GETTING MARRIED!!! I’m SO happy for you!!! Wow! I don’t know if he’s the oldest child or not? This is what I can’t wait for! To get to know your family so much better!!! I can’t wait!
I ‘do’ have one regret in life, which is NOT having more than 2 children because they ARE such a blessing! I’m too old, now, 45, and my husband had things taken care of, so no more children for us. He did that because of my health. At this point in my life, I would ‘not’ be able to carry a baby to term because I have a neurological disease that I have had for the last 8 years now. It is called Stiff Person Syndrome, which causes your muscles to go rigid/completely stiff then spasms out of control. It interferes with walking and standing. I have to use a wheelchair and can’t stand long enough to cook a meal.
I do have 2 children from a previous marriage that ended due to biblical reasons. It turned horrid at the end, and I never was treated like a wife should be. There were abusive words yelled at me all the time. Several big bad things happened and the marriage could not be saved.
However, we DID have 2 children together. My Daughter will be 19 in another 2 months, and my son is 14. EVERY stage of their lives is BEAUTIFUL! I miss them a LOT because they are older and kind of do their own thing now, as most teenagers do. The neuro disease has me pretty much homebound, unless my husband drives, and I am a passenger. Even then, just from the movement of the car, it can throw my body into muscle spasms. I can no longer drive. so it is SOOO hard on me having the kids living with their father, and my not being able to live with the ‘every day stuff’. I am unable to keep up with daily things just for myself, let alone other people, as well. It works out best for the kids, this way, but for me – it rips my heart in half – my not being with them every day. My ex is NOT conducivbe to allowing me and the children have a normal relationship, either, as he is controlling. I am NOT allowed to make decisions for them, etc., which kills me. I DO get to see my daughter, generally about twice a week if I’m lucky, and my son is here ‘almost’ EVERY weekend!!! YEAH!!!! Due to my illness, it takes me ALL day Monday, and half of Tuesday to recover from my son being here over the weekend. With that in mind, there is no way I ‘could’ care for them every day, OR do the 50/50 custody thing. I can’t drive, can’t shop, nor do a lot of things. Even playing family games can become tiring for my muscles. I HATE that part about my life! JUST having the kids HERE makes my heart SO warm! I think God only gave me two children because he knew what was to come for my physically. He knew I would not be able to parent more children, physically.
I take GREAT JOY in watching YOUR family, and the Duggars on TV! I rewatch the reruns over and over! Even of YOUR family!!! I’d LOVE to see a show on your family! Yes, even the boring, every day laundry, cooking, etc.! It’s WONDERFUL to see such loving families, like yours, just being. You are SOOOO blessed! You are also a blessing to me/my life! Not being able to do much physically is a JOY to watch ALL of YOU! I guess I must live my life vicariously through all of yours! I wish you were on the Duggars show MORE!! Or, have YOUR own show, and now you will, IF that is what YOU ‘want’ to carry on doing. That would be a hard decision, I can’t imagine! Thanks for having this Blog, too! It’s wonderful to see little Jeb!
I know you don’t watch television, but on The Waltons, a show from the 70′s into the early 80′s taking place during the Depression and after, till the kids all grow up, the Grandfather’s name was Jeb! They lived on Walton’s Mountain. Jeb, the Grandfather, told his Grandson, Ben, (when he and his wife were expecting) that Jeb would be a wonderful name! It is! It is SO fitting!
Well, I’m glad little Jeb is doing SO well!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Another new little life that has blessed SO many people already!
I hope to see MORE than just ’1′ show of you all! The Duggars have encouraged SO many people in the name of Christ, I SO wish MORE people would do so in this day and age of so many possibilities to go down the wrong road. If not, one show is better than none! I want to see Michaella doing ALL her sewing! Wow! She IS gifted with that!!! Please tell her for me? I LOVED to sew! Now it is to hard to sit at the sewing machine, but I SO enjoy seeing some of the clothing she has made for the family!
Does she quilt? I used to quilt like crazy! I have had that ‘itch’ to make another! I made a King-sized Double Wedding Ring quilt which took me 4 YEARS to hand piece the top, then hand quilt the entire thing! It IS my pride and joy! Having the itch to make another would work out pretty good because I can hand piece it together, then hand quilt it! I am trying to decide on the pattern! Then have to save money to buy ALL the fabric for it! Of course, this one will have to be a King size, too!
God Bless ALL of you, and especially little Jeb!
SO looking forward to your show, and maybe MORE than 1???
Hoping!!!
Thank you for YOUR encouragement your family gives to ME for mine!
I would LOVE to find your other blogs! I don’t know how to even search for them the right way to make SURE they are YOUR blogs and no one elses? Are you able to write down your other web addresses for your blogs? I’d LOVE it!!!
Thank you and your family!
Laurie

Reply

Annie February 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

Congratulations all the way from England!

Reply

Tiffany Skarott February 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

WOW Congratulations : ) your son birth is such a magical & beautiful time I hope he brings you lots of joy.

Seeing his Birthdate bought tears to my eyes as my own Son Jack was due that day but sadly I miscarried him on July 6th 2011 but I know he is with God & is 1 of his special Angels watching over me & my family

Love to you all & I wish your family all the best

Reply

Fruitful Harvest February 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Congrats Bates family on the newest little one!
I pray you all are doing well!

Peace+
Georgiann

Reply

Glory February 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Dear Mrs. Bates,
I heard something about y’all being on a show airing March 27th.
Is this permanent? Like you have cameras on y’all’s life style, etc. like the Duggars? Or is it just a one time thing? If so, what is your show called?

Love your fmaily!
Love, Glory

Reply

denise February 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful!! As well is the rest of your family! Thank you for your testimony!

Reply

Jodie February 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hello Bates family. Congratulations on your new little boy. I have two grandsons and another grandbaby on the way. Children are certainly a blessing from God.
I am a born again Christian for over 37 years but have been struggling with the way the world is today. I worry about what my grandchildren will be taught and what they will learn is ‘acceptable’.
Watching your family on TV and following your website, I have hope. I am very active in my grandchildren’s lives and hope I can be as faithful to teach them the truth as you are in your own family.
Comments made by and about Erin have really touched me. She is a very special woman. You, Gil and all your children have very sweet spirits.
Thanks to all of you for giving me hope.
In Him,
Jodie

Reply

Amanda Brown February 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Congratulations on the arrival of Jeb Colton. May he bring you all every happiness I hope both mother and baby are doing well and you get plenty of rest.
Hopefully we will get to see more of y’all here in Australia, I really enjoy learning about you all.
Amanda.

Reply

Brenda H. February 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Just wanted to wish all the Bates Family a Happy Valentine’s Day! And a Happy 1st Valentine’s Day to Jeb Colton! Kelly and Gil I know you both have said it is important for couples to set aside a date night-hope you have a special one planned for tonight!!
Looking forward to the Special about the Family on March 27th!!
God Bless,
Brenda H.

Reply

Luba February 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Are u gonna be on the show like the Duggars? Regularly? And just as popular as the Duggars? May GOD bless you!!! I like that part that your family dresses modestly.. My family has the modest rule too..
PS: WE have 9 kids in our family.. I am the fifth.. may GOD BLESS! AND CONGRATS!!!!

Reply

Maria February 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm

SO cute!! better remember to put him on your list of children!

Reply

Kimberly February 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I just love your family and I am so happy that you had baby #19 on my birthday. That was the best gift ever. Congrats.

Reply

Christy February 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I am so excited ur going to have a show!!!! Please please make sure they make it available on iTunes. That’s the only way we get to watch ! ;)

Reply

Amy February 16, 2012 at 12:19 am

Praise God, what a beautiful little boy!

Reply

Melanie February 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Kelly,
Please update us on Jeb when you get a chance. I hope that he is fairing well & is home now.
God Bless,
Melanie

Reply

Darcy February 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Congratulations on your precious newborn son! We are praising God with you that he is home and doing well! Our sixth baby was born on January 27th and was in the NICU for 10 days. He also had trouble with his lungs (hyaline membrane disease (immature lungs) and a pneumothorax (collapsed lung)). He was on a cannula, then a cpap and then a ventilator. It was so scary, but we are also so thankful to all the wonderful doctors and nurses that took such excellent care of our little guy!

Reply

Regina February 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

What a precious baby! If I wasn’t already 40 I would love to have another one. I have a 15 month old daughter and she is a JOY! Congratulations to your family.

Reply

Isabel February 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

hi Bates family!!
i love your new baby boy, he looks soooooo precious!! i have 4 younger sisters and when they were born i loved to hold them and for some odd reason, change their dipers! each and every child is a gift from God!!
i love ya’lls blog, i feel so encourgaged when i come on!!
you all are so wonderful and i hope baby Jeb is doing good in his new home!!
God Bless each and every on of you!!
isabel

Reply

Carole February 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Dear Bates Family,
In my first ever message to folks I only know from news, tv, and your inspiring website I send congratulations and prayers! My 2nd little grandson, Joshua, was born on Feb. 5 by unplanned c-section. He and his mother are doing well.

Kelly,you have been an inspiration to me in your writings and Christlike spirit. I will continue to follow your family’s happenings and be encouraged by you all in these turbulent times.
Love in Christ,
Carole from Washington State

Reply

Gil February 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Dear Carole, Congrats on Joshua’s birth! Glad to hear baby and mom are both well! Love, Kelly

Reply

Wendy February 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

Congratulations on the birth of your new little blessing. He is beautiful.

God Bless,
Wendy

Reply

Joanne March 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

He is beautiful! Congratulations to the whole family.

Reply

alicia hertlein March 21, 2012 at 5:26 am

ms kelley jo i would like to say congratulations to you & your family and i would like toalsosay gods blessings to you all

Reply

Sharon Blankenship April 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

You do have a lovely family. I amazed to see how well the children get along with each other and how respectful they are of others. The talent that many of your children have is such a blessing for you. It is refreshing to see children such as yours. I love the fact that you buy used clothing and that the children are appreciative for it. I can not say that I agree with such a large family, but to each his own. You are making your own way and don’t depend on the government for assistance. Bottom line I loved seeing your family on television. I especially liked seeing your oldest son start his courting relationship. By the way how is that going?

Reply

Lili May 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

I grew in a family of 15 kids, God bless you !!! I know how hard it is for the mom to take care of a big family. But God always watching us and helping us thru our life. God bless you, all of you.

Reply

Hanneke Huizenga December 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Hello,

I’m living in the netherlands and saw you on television.
I see that your youngest little boy is born 2 days before mij little girl .
Congratilations and all bless you!

Hanneke Huizenga (Groningen, the netherlands)

Reply

Cacey Porter May 9, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Gil and Kelly,
You have such a Wonderful Godly Family!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: