‘Bringing Up Bates’ Stars Carlin Bates & Evan Stewart Expecting Their First Child, Three Months After Getting Married

“We’ve spawned!”
Another Bates baby is on the way!

Carlin Bates Stewart announced on Wednesday that she is pregnant with her first child. The 21-year-old Bringing Up Bates star married Evan Stewart on May 24, and she just revealed to Romper that she is about three months along in her pregnancy. (For those of you doing the math at home, that means she basically got pregnant on the wedding night or very soon afterward.)

“We are beyond thrilled to be expecting our first child,” Carlin told Romper. “Spending everyday with your best friend and building a life together has already exceeded our happiest dreams. We are so happy at the thought of parenting together. Three at the table sounds perfect! God is so good.”

“This past year has been a whirlwind of excitement and love, from wedding planning, to the most magical day of my life when I said ‘I do,’ and just when I think life can’t get crazier, busier, or happier, I find out I’m pregnant!” Carlin wrote on Instagram to announce the pregnancy. “I feel so grateful and in awe of the miracle of a tiny life growing inside of me! I can’t imagine that my life could be any more blessed!”

Carlin— who is the ninth of  Gil and Kelly Jo Bates’ 19 children— said the pregnancy has brought her even closer to her own mother.

“Even though I’m very early into my pregnancy, I already look at my mom and wonder, ‘How did you do this 19 times?” Carlin said. “Yet, she acted as if each pregnancy was a gift and a privilege, and that’s exactly the sentiment I want to have. She made us all feel special and loved and more than anything, Evan and I want to be the kind of parents that invest in our child’s life in such a way that they know what a treasure they are to us!”

On his own Instagram, Evan expressed his excitement.

“Y’all we’re pregnant…well… Carlin is pregnant! I have read so many sweet comments, received texts, and felt so much love from you all. We are overwhelmed and thankful to God for this precious gift! ! I can’t wait to meet you, baby Stewart. You are already so loved,” he wrote.

The idea of getting pregnant immediately after marriage is par for the course for the Bates Family (and their famously fertile pals, the Duggars). Members from both families congratulated Carlin and Evan on Instagram.

Joy Duggar Forsyth, who is Carlin’s best friend wrote, “Yayyy! SOOOOO happy.”

Lauren Duggar (who is married to Josiah and also currently pregnant) offered her congratulations as well.

“Congratulations! So excited for y’all! Growing a little life is truly a miracle,” Lauren wrote.

Carlin’s sister, Tori Bates Smith, also expressed her excitement.

“Sooo happy for you!! Can’t wait to meet our little niece or nephew,” she wrote.

According to Carlin, the baby is due in February 2020. This will be Kelly Jo and Gil’s 13th grandchild. They currently have 10 grandkids, and their oldest son Zach and his wife Whitney are expecting a baby girl who will be named Khloe in November. Their daughter Erin and her husband Chad Paine will welcome a baby girl, whom they plan to name Holland, in December.

Carlin’s pregnancy is sure to be a story line on the new season of ‘Bringing Up Bates,’ which premieres on September 19.

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(Photos: Instagram)

18 Responses


  1. These two immature and self centered idiots are going to be parents… cool. At least they have about the best possible family support network for such a scenario. It’s sad that this is all life is to them. Marry young and pop out a bunch of kids.


  2. She has the same clotting issue as her sister Erin so she might deliver in January which is only 8 months after their wedding. That’s INSANE!


  3. Can’t any of these couples enjoy married life for awhile before adding kids to the mix? Only exception is Jinger and cousin Amy.


  4. Hannah what a shitty thing to say that a family is not really a family until there is a child. But would expect this from you.


  5. They got married in May of this year(the 25th to be exact). And is expecting their first child in February of next year. Do your math, that’s 9 months. She obviously got pregnant on her honeymoon. The “Est. in 2019” sign was the wedding announcement, the “Est. in 2020” is the baby announcement. Nothing wrong with a little photoshop.


    1. Families are established when someone gets married. Not when a baby comes. Pregnancies also last for 10 months not 9. It was just speculation. Calm down, Hannah. Welcome to a GOSSIP site.


      1. Families can be established twice (once when the couple marries and once when the first child comes). The marriage establishes the start of a family, but the family isn’t ultimately started until the first baby. And I can’t remember exactly who said it, but someone on this site told me that when you find out about a pregnancy, the dr just says your three weeks along because they don’t know how far along you actually are (guess drs aren’t all that smart, SHOCKER)! Yes I know this is a gossip site, but people should choose to be nice (not nasty) when telling what they think. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”.


        1. I think what you’re referring to is how they count the beginning of pregnancy as the first day of your last period, so you’re technically already “two weeks” along when you actually conceive.

          You’re pregnant for 40 weeks, two of which are before you conceive (so it’s 38 weeks from conception to due date) and most months have more than four weeks (28 days) so it does work out to roughly nine months.

          I conceived two in December and had them in September, and one in June and had him in March. Nine months. This “speculation” happens everytime a Duggar/Bates gets pregnant soon after marriage and it’s getting old.


          1. If the sign wouldn’t have been photoshopped and the bates family make those comments about the photographer doing it to surprise Carlin, I wouldn’t be here making gossip comments on a gossip site. so excuse me for doing what this site is intended for. Its getting old that we cant even talk about the articles posted without someone getting offended.


          2. I’m not offended or saying you can’t post gossipy comments, I’m just saying that the dates do add up and that the same exact thing is said every single time a honeymoon baby gets made in one of these families. By now we should all be used to the rushed weddings and quick pregnancies because that’s just what they do.


          3. My speculation comes from the fact that nowhere in her IG announcement did it say Feb of 2020. So I didn’t know the due date. but reading this article and the romper one, of course the dates do add up. but the photoshop on the IG announcement through me off.


          4. @MAGAN, ky mother was due to have me in December of 1987, but had me in September. As for my comment about the drs not being so smart, it’s because my parents were told that I wouldn’t live past 8 years old (I will be 32 on the 24th of this month).


    2. Plus, I don’t see how one is a wedding announcement, when it was posted on their pregnancy announcement and they are wearing the same clothes and are in the same exact place for both pictures.


      1. Again, nothing wrong with photoshop. Perhaps she didn’t feel up to a taking another picture (from what I hear, morning sickness is a bitch), so they just decided to photoshop a “Est. in 2020” sign over the “Est. in 2019” sign.


  6. oK…if you go to her IG and look at the announcement, one picture has a sign that says STEWART est 2019 but the same sign says STEWART est 2020. For sure photoshopped. Im wondering if initially they were going to get married in 2020 but had to move up the wedding for some reason (like a pregnancy)?


    1. I mean if it was any other family, I would have said yes but these families are so focused on being married BEFORE procreating and as someone already said it is a wedding announcement but sounds like they announced a baby. It’s confusing, I get it, you don’t usually post est. 2019 when you get married but who cares, they obv don’t.

      I think she got pregnant on their wedding night which means she hasn’t spent a day married and not being pregnant. (I knew because of how long it took them to get married these two will rush it but wow, they succeeded on their first try!)

      Also, these news are always making me sad for her older sister Michaela. When will she finally be able to have a baby she so obviously wants?!


      1. I feel so sorry Michaela. and Carlin’s best friend is Joy Duggar who just lost a baby. Got to be tough for both of them.

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