Bringing Up Bates star Josie Bates welcomed daughter Hazel Sloane on June 14

By Benjamin VanHoose
June 29, 2021 02:18 PM
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Willow meets Hazel!

Over the weekend, Josie Bates shared photos and video from the sweet moment her older daughter, 23-month-old Willow Kristy, met her newborn baby sister Hazel Sloane, who arrived June 14. In the video, Willow shows affection for her new sibling, hugging and kissing her as the proud parents look on.

The Bringing Up Bates star, who shares her girls with husband Kelton Balka, captioned the gallery on Instagram, "Willow meets baby Hazel for the first time 💕 Swipe to see the most precious video. My heart is exploding 💓."

A week prior to sharing the sweet moment, Bates documented the day she got to bring home Hazel after a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for jaundice and a rare blood condition they encountered during pregnancy.

In the June 21 post, she wrote, "Baby Hazel is going home!! We are praising Jesus for so many answered prayers, and we're so thankful to be taking a healthy baby home today! We will forever be indebted to the incredible team of doctors who cared for our baby and the precious nurses who became friends. They truly are angels."

"... We are overflowing with joy and so excited for Willow to meet her baby sister!"

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Credit: Josie bates / instagram
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Credit: Josie bates / instagram

Bates announced in January that she and Balka, who got married in October 2018, were expecting their second child after the mom revealed in September that she suffered a miscarriage.

"Our hearts are filled with gratitude, and we couldn't feel more blessed and more in love with the thought of being parents again!" Bates wrote, sharing a gallery of pictures from a confetti-filled photoshoot.

"2020 was a difficult year for everyone, and it was especially difficult for our little family after suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage in August," she continued at the time. "It seemed to be a tumultuous and trying year for all, but our faith that God is ultimately our source of comfort and joy, gave us hope that brighter days are ahead. We couldn't be more excited to share that we have our rainbow due in June!"