It'll Be a Girl (Named Willow Kristy!) for Bringing Up Bates' Josie Bates and Kelton Balka
Josie Bates is getting a mini-me!
Their daughter will be named Willow Kristy, the release reveals — a nod to Balka’s mother, who died when he was 13 while giving birth to her fifth child, his sister Kierstin.
“That was a really, really difficult time for our family, the hardest thing I’ve ever been through,” the dad-to-be, 23, previously said on the Bates family’s reality show.
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“We couldn’t be happier to announce that we’re having a baby!” the mom-to-be told PEOPLE exclusively. “We are a little nervous but totally flooded with joy as we’re starting this new journey of love and parenting together!”
Bates teased the sex of her baby girl on the way ahead of the confirmation, posting a black-and-white snapshot of the couple following their confetti-filled reveal and asking her followers to put their guesses in.
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Bates and Balka tied the knot in October during a romantic outdoor ceremony overlooking the Tennessee mountains, where the bride wore an A-line, long-sleeve white gown featuring a high-necked lace bodice and flowing skirt with a long train.
“I cannot wait to marry the love of my life,” Bates wrote on Instagram following the couple’s engagement the previous June.
Balka echoed the sentiment, penning, “Cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you, Baby Girl.”
Bringing Up Bates, currently in its eighth season, airs Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on UPtv.