Bringing Bates has gained a new mini member! Josie bates gave birth to her and Kelton Balkasecond child on Monday, June 14.
“After so many months of dreaming about what a family of four would be like and anticipating the arrival of our baby, Kelton and I are absolutely thrilled to welcome our little girl, Hazel Sloane Balka, into the world,” the couple said in exclusive. Us weekly Tuesday, June 15. “This pregnancy was much more complex than the first, due to complications we had from a previous miscarriage in August 2020, so we were a little nervous, but the delivery was so easy thanks to Dr. Brabson’s amazing delivery team. , our midwife, Laura, and the friendly nurses at the Tenova North Birthing Center. We are so grateful and relieved to have our precious girl healthy and here in our arms. “
The couple added, “God has answered many of our prayers throughout this journey, and it was such a tender and emotional experience to finally meet and hold her. We enjoy every second of holding her and bonding with her. “
The reality star baby arrived nearly a year after Bates, 21, opened up about suffering a pregnancy loss. “Our hearts have been completely broken. I have never experienced the kind of pain and loss that I have had these past weeks, “she wrote via Instagram in September 2020.” There is an empty space in our hearts and in our home. Although we were never able to see our baby face to face or hold his little hand, we know that God has a purpose for his short life. Despite our pain, we have the peace of knowing that our baby is in heaven with Kelton’s sweet mom. “
Four months later, the UPtv personality shared the news of her pregnancy and noted that her future baby was “healthy” and “developing perfectly.”
The then-pregnant star gushed in January: “We are so filled with gratitude, and we couldn’t feel more blessed and more in love with the idea of being parents again! Although there are still fears, concerns, and uncertainties, we are taking extra precautions and diligently praying for the safety of our new little one. … We are delighted to start this new year with such happy news and we are beyond excited to become a family of four in early summer! “
The couple used pink confetti poppers to reveal the gender of their second baby girl in February. “Growing up with sisters has been one of the sweetest things in life for me and I’m so excited that Willow and Hazel are experiencing the special bond that sisters have,” Bates said via Instagram.
She and Balka, 25, tied the knot in October 2018 and became parents less than a year later when Willow, who is now 22 months old, arrived.
Bates honored the boy’s first birthday in July 2019 with a moving tribute on Instagram. “I can’t believe our baby is 1 year old already,” she wrote at the time. “Parenting has been a great learning experience and I know it will only continue as Willow grows. We have created so many memories together, we have changed countless diapers, and we have grown so close during this first year of parenthood. There have been ups and downs and many sleepless nights, but despite everything, the only thing that has become evident to both of us is that God’s plan and his timing are PERFECT. “
Bringing Bates airs on UPtv on Thursdays at 9 pm ET.