It was a double cause for celebration on this week's Bringing Up Bates—it was Thanksgiving with the entire family, plus, Erin Bates and her husband Chad Paine surprised everyone by revealing their baby's gender during dessert! Read on for our episode 10 recap in photos.
First, we see the Bates family on their three hour drive from Tennessee to South Carolina, their destination for Thanksgiving. Gil's parents live in SC and are housing the entire family for the holiday weekend!
After a few stops for gas and bathroom breaks, the Bates finally arrive to Gil's parents' house, where their quiet doesn't last for long...
Shortly upon arrival, Jeb Bates, the youngest of the 19 kids, gets his fingers slammed in a door by his older sister, Callie. But hey, it's nothing a popsicle can't fix!
Once all the tears are dry, the women and the older girls get started in the kitchen, because cooking for over 30 people is clearly a group effort. Gil's sister is in charge of the macaroni & cheese and reveals that she made 5 gallons of it (!!!) weeks ahead of time.
Meanwhile, some of the younger kids are occupied with turkey-themed crafts (led by Michaella's boyfriend, Brandon, who's clearly a keeper), and later the boys enjoy a friendly game of football while their sisters cheer them on.
Then, it's time to take the Bates' annual family photo. Erin's husband, Chad, sets up the photo each year. Side note, this is the first Bates portrait that includes a grandbaby!
Then, after a little prayer (of course), it's finally time for Thanksgiving dinner. Gil and Kelly reveal that their Thanksgiving meal for 30+ people had a gallon and a half of green beans, 75 rolls of bread and 5 gallons of sweet tea, for starters.
And because that many people probably can't fit around one table, the Bates family enjoys their meal outside in a tent. Gil & Kelly joke that they might have to buy a tent of their own because they could potentially have twenty grandkids within five years!
After dinner, each family member takes turns and reveals what they're most thankful for. Not surprisingly, most of them say "my mom and dad and my brothers and sisters," but the married kids—Zach, Erin, and Alyssa, who comes in from Florida with her husband John for Turkey Day—give a special shout-out to their spouses, too.
And speaking of spouses, the real big moment comes with dessert, when Chad and Erin reveal that they're going to find out their baby's gender right then and there. Everyone gathers around to see if there's blue or pink frosting inside the gender reveal cake Erin's cousin made...
And the verdict? It's a boy! After a few miscarriages, Erin and Chad are thrilled that they finally are carrying a healthy pregnancy and are even more thrilled to have a son. Congrats, you two!
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