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Michelle Duggar Resting at Home, Plans to Name Child | Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar

Michelle Duggar Resting at Home, Plans to Name Child

Originally posted 12/09/2011 12:00PM

During a routine check-up Thursday, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar received the heart-wrenching news that their 20th child no longer had a heartbeat and Michelle's pregnancy had ended

"Our doctor said it was wise to let this miscarriage happen naturally," says Michelle, 45, who is resting at home.  "And so that is what we are going to do."

The reality television stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting 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, and weathered youngest daughter, Josie's premature birth on Dec. 10, 2009.

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Michelle Duggar Has a Miscarriage

UpdatePosted 12/08/2011 08:25PM

Michelle Duggar Miscarries

Originally posted 12/08/2011 04:30PM

A day of joyful anticipation has turned to anguish for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

At a routine check-up Thursday to find out the sex of their 20th child, their doctor was unable to find a heartbeat and told the couple they had miscarried in the second trimester.

"After the appointment, we came back home and told the children," says Michelle, 45.

"We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment."

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Michelle Duggar Admits Having Lots of Kids 'Isn't for Everyone'

UpdatePosted 11/09/2011 03:00PM

Michelle Duggar Admits Having Lots of Kids 'Isn't for Everyone'

Originally posted 11/09/2011 11:30AM

With 18 kids still at home, one on the way and two grandchildren, how does Michelle Duggar get any rest?

"I am taking a power nap every day," she tells PEOPLE. "And I'm eating a lot of protein and green vegetables and no caffeine, which is a new thing for me."

Michelle, 45, and husband Jim Bob, 46, stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting are expecting their 20th child after the premature birth of daughter Josie in Dec. 2009 following Michelle's life-threatening preeclampsia.

"I read up a lot on preeclampsia [while pregnant with Josie]," says Michelle, "and it is a crazy, random thing. I have been getting counseled from a high-risk pregnancy doctor in Little Rock and taking good care of myself."

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Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Defend Decision to Have Baby No. 20 | Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar

UpdatePosted 11/09/2011 06:00AM

Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Defend Decision to Have Baby No. 20

Originally posted 11/08/2011 02:30PM

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have something to say to their critics.

"Every child deserves to be excited they are a part of life," Michelle tells PEOPLE after just revealing that she is pregnant with her 20th child. "Even when we were having our 5th and 6th [kid] ... we would celebrate each pregnancy."

The reality stars have faced mounting criticism over the size of their family and the risks of Michelle's new pregnancy following the premature birth of their daughter, Josie, in Dec. 2009. But the couple insists that Josie's frightening premature birth and Michelle's life-threatening preeclampsia were not enough to convince them that 19 kids were enough.

"If we felt that way, we would have stopped back with our second birth," insists Michelle, 45, who experienced preeclampsia during her second pregnancy with twins John David and Jana, now 21. "There are many women who have experienced preeclampsia and have gone on to have more children."

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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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