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Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar: 'We're Expecting Again!'

Originally posted 11/08/2011 08:10AM



They're going for an even 20!

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, are expecting their 20th child this spring.

"We are so excited," says Michelle, 45, who is now about three-and-a-half months into her pregnancy and due in April. "I feel good. I am past the sickness stage now."

The Tontitown, Ark., couple, who are parents to children Joshua, 23 (who is married to Anna, 23 and has two children, Mackynzie, 2 and Michael, 4 months), twins Jana and John-David, 21; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 17; Joseph, 16; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 12; Jason, 11; James, 10; Justin, 8; Jackson, 7; Johanna, 6; Jennifer, 4; and Jordyn, 3, weathered the medical emergency of their youngest daughter, Josie's birth on Dec. 10, 2009

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Duggars Welcome First Grandson on TV Special

Originally posted 06/16/2011 10:50AM



Hours before she welcomed her baby boy into the world Wednesday, Anna Duggar was feeling a rather distinct emotion.

"I'm feeling like I'm in labor," Duggar, 22, already a mother to Mackynzie, 20 months, says in 19 Kids: First Grandson, a special airing Sunday (8 p.m. ET) on TLC. "I'm excited, and I'm really looking forward to holding our son in my arms."

In a sneak peek of the TV special, husband Josh Duggar, 23 – the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar – comforts his wife as she sits in a birthing pool in labor at their Tontitown, Ark., home. Michelle and daughter Jill, whose lives play out on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, were also on-hand to assist Anna.

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Duggar Family Shows Off Healthy Baby Josie

Originally posted 06/07/2011 01:35PM



The Duggar brood – including their newest addition, baby Josie – filled every inch of the Today Show set Tuesday morning, with only good news to report on their exceptionally large family.

America watched the Duggars, whose lives play out publicly on the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, endure scary times after their youngest, Josie – now 1 year and 5 months – was born premature at just 25 weeks.

"Looking at Josie today you would never know that she only weighed 22 ounces at birth," said Lauer of the healthy baby girl, who contentedly sipped a bottle on air.

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Josie Duggar Celebrates Her 'Miracle' First Birthday

Josie Duggar Celebrates Her 'Miracle' First Birthday

Originally posted 12/10/2010 06:15PM

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, were devastated when their baby daughter, Josie, was born at only 25-weeks-old via emergency C-section on Dec. 10, weighing a mere 1 lb, 6 oz.

"This baby is so small, I don't think she can survive," Michelle told PEOPLE at the time.

A year later, Josie is celebrating her first birthday, laughing, playing and clapping at a healthy 15 lbs., 12 oz. "She's waving hello and goodbye," says Michelle. "She's saying da-da … Her outlook is so wonderful. It is a miracle."

According to Michelle, Josie is doing well developmentally, though she continues with monitoring and receiving oxygen when she sleeps.

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Duggar Kids Take Over Production of 19 Kids and Counting

Originally posted 11/19/2010 01:00PM



It's finally happened: the Duggar kids have taken over!

For the first time ever, several of the Duggar children – John David, 20, Jill, 19, and Jessa, 18 – were in control of production of 19 Kids and Counting, the TLC reality show about their unusually large family.

"We thought it would be awesome to do a production ourselves," says Jill, who served as one of the producers on the show. "We had no clue what we were doing."

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PHOTO: Josie Duggar Is Healthy at 11 Months

Josie Duggar Is Healthy at 11 Months

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.

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Another Duggar Baby Is On The Way

Another Duggar Baby Is On The Way

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."

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The Duggars: We're Open to Having a 20th Child

UpdatePosted 08/11/2010 11:30AM

The Duggars: We're Open to Having a 20th Child

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."

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Baby Josie Duggar Gains 10 Lbs. Since Birth

Originally posted 08/03/2010 09:05AM



The rocky road that greeted Josie Brooklyn Duggar after her pre-mature Dec. 19 birth appears to be paved smoothed again.

Born at 25 weeks after mom Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia – a rare condition during pregnancy that causes high blood pressure – Josie arrived weighing only 1 lb., 6 oz. Eight days later, her bowel perforated, her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar told PEOPLE. (The telegenic family's travails and triumphs are chronicled on their TLC series, .)

Tuesday morning on NBC's Today show, with the entire Duggar clan gathered around them, the happy parents of 19 told a different story. Josie, now 8 months old, is home and healthy.

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19th Duggar Baby Finally at Home with Family

UpdatePosted 06/28/2010 10:20PM

19th Duggar Baby Finally at Home with Family

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.

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