"Bringing Up Bates" stars Whitney and Zach Bates are praising God for His blessings.
Last year, the couple miscarried their third child. Now Whitney says that she knew in her heart that, “on God’s time, he’s going to give us another one.”
Now PEOPLE exclusively reports that the couple is expecting another baby. They are expecting their third child in November.
“There are no words to describe the excitement under our little roof as we anxiously await a new little baby!” Whitney tells PEOPLE. “Last summer Zach and I experienced a miscarriage. Though our hearts were broken, we put all our trust in God. Now, we are all flooded with joy and gratefulness! The main topic around the house has been about the new baby coming and whose gets to hold it first!”
Their baby will join big brother Bradley Gilvin, 4½, and sister Kaci Lynn, 3. They are overjoyed to be big siblings.
Whitney says she is experiencing intense morning sickness. She's cravings include Oreo cereal and raspberries.
Whitney, 25, and Zach, 30, experienced a miscarriage weeks after announcing Their pregnancy. The couple shared their heartbreak in a touching post on Instagram.
Whitney wrote, "Many sweet people have been asking for an update and wanting to know if we’re planning to grow our family. The answer is we truly would love to! Our children are our greatest joys in life, and the love that they bring to our home is something that we live for.
She continued, "At our vow renewal, Bradley and Kaci Lynn were so excited to be able to announce to family and friends that we were expecting our 3rd child and mommy had a baby in her belly!! ...but we soon found that God had a different plan for us."
She revealed that they discovered during an ultrasound that their baby had stopped growing. They were devastated by the news.
"It’s amazing how you can love someone you’ve not met yet with all your soul and being. Our world was shaken and I suddenly had a new awareness of some of the pain so many others have experienced that have gone through similar losses," wrote Whitney. "In spite of the questions and grief I had, I looked down and saw Kaci Lynn’s hand in mine. I can’t explain the love God showed me, and the peace I felt in the midst of such sadness."
She concluded, "Although my heart was hurting, I couldn’t help but thank God for my family and I feel so blessed to know that our third precious baby is now in his hands. I still have our positive pregnancy test on the dresser and I don’t know when or if I will ever move it. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think about what it would be like to have that sweet baby in our home. However, we know that God has a plan and his plans are perfect in every way, in every season of life, no matter if we understand them or not."
To commemorate the child they lost, they planted a dogwood tree in their yard.
“When I am with my kids, I can look outside, I still see it, I remember it, it hurts, but at the same time, we know that God has a bigger plan and he brought us through that, and that little baby we planted that tree for is with him,” she told PEOPLE earlier this year. “There’s comfort in that. It hurts, but it helps with the healing.”
Congratulations to this couple. May God give their baby health and heal the couple's wounds.