The Bates family just got a little bit bigger!
Erin Paine and her husband Chad welcomed son Charles Stephen IV, who will go by “Carson” on May 15 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
This is the first child for the new mom who appears on UP’s Bringing Up Bates where cameras follow Paine – the second-eldest of 19 siblings – and her parents Gil and Kelly Jo on the family’s reality series.
“Words cannot describe the joy we feel,” Erin, 23, and Chad told PEOPLE. “The pregnancy has been filled with times of excitement and gratitude, but also with many fears about Carson’s safety.”
Paine suffered several miscarriages due to a blood clotting issue and received ongoing treatment throughout her pregnancy.
Despite the risk of severe blood loss in childbirth and likelihood that her son would need to spend his first days in intensive care, Carson arrived in perfect health.
“We are so grateful to all that prayed and sent encouraging messages. Our hearts are so full, and we know our lives will be changed forever. We thank the Lord for allowing us to experience this blessing.”
And the first-time parents aren’t the only one’s overjoyed about newest member of the family.
“Seeing Carson arrive here safely has been one of the most precious sights, because we have been praying for his safety for so long!” said three-time grandparents, Gil and Kelly Jo. “We are truly grateful to welcome our third grand baby and we feel so blessed to be able to celebrate this moment.”
The new season of Bringing Up Bates premieres June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on UP.