12:37 AM EDT 10/17/2013
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.
Originally posted 06/07/2011 01:35PM
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.
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."
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.
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