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Originally posted 11/11/2010 08:20AM
Another day, another Duggar: Come next summer, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will double their number of grandchildren.
Josh Duggar, the eldest Duggar offspring in the reality-show family on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, and his wife, Anna, 22, will welcome their second child in June 2011.
"It was awesome to get the news," says Josh, also 22. He and Anna already have a daughter, Mackynzie, who turned a year old on Oct. 8.
"I showed Josh the positive pregnancy test on Mackynzie's birthday," says Anna. "It was fun to announce it to everyone on that already happy day."
Originally posted 08/11/2010 08:00AM
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have always been open about their willingness to have children. But when the devout Baptists and stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting faced the catastrophic aftereffects of their 19th child's premature birth, many assumed they might be done.
But now the couple – who only recently brought baby Josie home after being hospitalized for six months as she recovered from a perforated bowel and rare digestive problems – say they are ready to consider a 20th child.
"Our family is stronger than ever," Jim Bob, 45, tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "We made it through the storm."
Originally posted 08/03/2010 09:05AM
Originally posted 06/28/2010 08:20PM
It's at last one big, happy Duggar family – emphasis on big.
Josie, the 19th child born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, returned to their busy house last week after spending most of the first six months of her life in a neonatal intensive care unit where she fought for her life after being born dangerously premature.
Although the baby was released from Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock on June 3, her homecoming was delayed because 12 of her siblings got the chicken pox and had to be separated from her. Josie spent three weeks with her mother in a rental house near the hospital until the other children recovered back home with dad.
Originally posted 06/03/2010 06:00PM
It was the most long-awaited hospital departure of Michelle Duggar's experience as a mother of 19.
Josie Brooklyn Duggar, the youngest child born to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, returned to her Arkansas home Thursday after her second hospitalization in her brief life.
"We're so happy that she's doing so well," Michelle tells PEOPLE. "She's finally home, home, home."
Josie was born on Dec. 10 at a gestational age of only 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb. 6 oz., after Michelle's life-threatening preeclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure) forced an emergency C-section.
Originally posted 05/09/2010 03:00PM
Mother's Day is filled with bittersweet feelings for mother-of-19 Michelle Duggar, as she sits in the neonatal intensive care unit of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock with preemie Josie Brooklyn.
"This Mother's Day is definitely going to be different because we'll be at the hospital," she tells PEOPLE. "This is the first time I've been in the hospital on Mother's Day."
Josie was born on Dec. 10 at a gestational age of 25 weeks, weighing just 1 lb. 6 oz., after Michelle's preeclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure) put both their lives at risk.
"She reached the 6 lb. mark today," says Michelle excitedly, adding that doctors continue to run tests to determine when Josie will be released. "We're going to have a six pounder party."
Meanwhile, husband Jim Bob and the 17 other kids at home are scrambling to get ready for Mother's Day themselves.
Originally posted 02/03/2010 04:05PM
It was a clear Thursday afternoon when Josh Duggar, the first of 19 children born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, looked out at the highway in Springdale, Ark., and watched in horror as three cars crashed.
"I went out to see what I could do," says Josh, 21, whose family is featured on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting reality show. "That's when I saw the little girl."
Six-year-old Maddye Plascensia was brought by her grandmother from the wreck into Josh's nearby used car dealership.
Josh immediately called 911 and kept the dispatcher informed as his brother, John, 20, did CPR on the unresponsive child. Both young men have experience as volunteer firefighters in their hometown of Tontitown, Ark.
"Having a daughter of my own, I felt such a connection there," says Josh, who is parent to 3-month-old Mackynzie with his wife, Anna, 21. "I was glad to have had some trauma training."
Originally posted 10/09/2009 08:35AM
There's doting – and then there's Duggar doting.
Mackynzie Renée Duggar is in for an avalanche of family attention: She's not only the first grandchild in the reality TV clan, but she already has 17 aunts and uncles, plus one more on the way, since her grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are expecting their 19th child in the spring.
Mackynzie was born at the home of her parents, Joshua and Anna, with a midwife and doula attending the birth. "Josh was excited to participate in the birth as well," says a family friend. "They are both so happy."
Originally posted 09/01/2009 12:30PM
As Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar prepare for baby No. 19, they have a big hurdle ahead of them: coming up with another name that starts with the letter J.
Let's face it, they're probably running out of good ones! So Jim Bob told PEOPLE that the family would welcome a little assistance: "We'd love to hear from the readers at PEOPLE.com to come up with a special name for this child."
Originally posted 07/31/2009 08:00AM
Joshua and Anna Duggar say they're ready to premiere the name of the newest Duggar, expected to arrive Oct. 20, 2009: Mackynzie Renée.
"We are really excited about all of it," Josh tells PEOPLE about prepping for the birth of the newest Duggar. "We're going to have a little person that is ours to raise up. That is a real blessing."
Josh is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 18 children, whose names all begin with the letter J. The family lives in Tontitown, Ark., and is featured on TLC's 18 Kids and Counting.
So, with the announcement of the new baby's name, does this mean all of Josh and Anna's kids' names will start with M?
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