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Kelly Bates, 45, welcomes new baby

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Kelly Bates, 45, welcomes baby number 19
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August 13, 2012 -- Gil and Kelly Bates now have a nineteenth mouth to feed, cementing their position as figureheads of one of the largest families in America.

Due on Valentine's day, the latest addition to the ever-swelling clan was two weeks early.

Jeb Colton Bates was born weighing a healthy 7lbs 8oz and spent several days in ICU.

The unusual mother has had no twins, no C-sections and 14 drug-free births and has spent more of her adult life pregnant than not.

We both came to the conclusion we just want to trust God with how many children we have. We never really thought we'd have 18. We thought we'd have maybe one or two - maybe three, said Gil, a 45-year-old tree surgeon.

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Read more: Bates clan now matches family of best friends the Duggars as they welcome baby number NINETEEN
Originally posted on August 13, 2012

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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