Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Go It Alone in New York

19 Kids and Counting - Duggars in New York
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
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updated 02/13/2012 at 06:00 PM EST

originally published 02/14/2012 08:00AM

Only two Duggars? It doesn't happen very often.

Jim Bob, 46 and Michelle, 45, are flying solo in New York this Valentine's Day – celebrating life and the season premiere of their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting, on Tuesday night at 9.

"Men don't always know what to get for Valentine's Day," Jim Bob told PEOPLE Monday, on the eve of his and Michelle's latest Today show appearance.

"They have these teddy bears everywhere, and Michelle said, 'Please don't get me one of those giant bears,' so I am going to listen to her and take her out to eat. It is really nice to spend some romantic time together in New York."



The Manhattan visit marked the first time the two have been away from the kids since Michelle experienced a miscarriage 18 weeks into her pregnancy with her 20th child, a little girl they named Jubilee.

"I am feeling good physically," Michelle said. "I am still sad in the fact that we miss our Jubilee, but we don't grieve as those who have no hope. I am thankful for everything that we have to remember her. She is in our hearts." In addition, 2-year-old Josie, who was born as a micro-premie, is thriving and "so independent," said Michelle. "She is doing so well."

The couple have decided to keep the reality show cameras rolling in their home and allow viewers to see how the family handles everything.

"I think that really everybody has to deal with loss in their life, and everyone is going to come face to face with death," said Jim Bob. Added Michelle, "Everyone experiences this. We wanted to celebrate her life."

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