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Originally posted 11/19/2010 01:00PM
Originally posted 11/12/2010 12:25PM
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... Michelle Duggar?
The reality-TV mom on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting was game when she heard what daughter Jessa wanted for her 18th birthday on Nov. 4.
"She wanted to jump out of a plane," says Michelle, 44. "And the last time everyone went, she was too young to go, and I was pregnant and couldn't go."
This time, she could. Last year, several of the older kids went skydiving with dad Jim Bob, 45, while Michelle and Jessa had to watch from the ground. So, last weekend, Michelle and Jessa took the leap together – each strapped to an experienced skydiver for tandem jumps. Michelle went 20 seconds before her daughter.
Originally posted 11/11/2010 12:10PM
Josie Duggar spent the first six months of her life hospitalized with a life-threatening illness, but Jim Bob and Michelle's 19th child is now healthy and doing better than her family could have hoped.
"She's laughing, playing and drooling on everything," Michelle says.
Josie, who was born at only 25 weeks on Dec. 10 via emergency C-section, weighed only 1 lb., 6 oz., at birth. She now weighs 15 lbs., and is thriving at 11 months old.
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."
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