The famous family of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting have another baby on the way. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s oldest child, Josh, and his wife, Anna, are expecting their third child. They are already parents to daughter Mackynzie, 3, and son Michael, 21 months.
“It is very exciting. It’s fun for Michael and Mackynzie being so close in age and this baby will be, too. We feel very blessed and happy.” – Josh Duggar
Anna, 24, had taken a pregnancy test when the family visited Asia for 19 Kids and Counting: Duggars Do Asia (premiering Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC), but it was negative.
“I thought for sure I was pregnant and so I was a little disappointed. But two weeks later, I found out I was pregnant. I got sick overseas and then when I returned home, I was then into the morning sickness. But now, I have more energy than I ever had before.” – Anna Duggar
After confirming the pregnancy and telling Josh, Anna and Duggar cousin Amy planned a family meal with baby carrots, baby corn and tiny cherry tomatoes to break the news to everyone else.
“Josh and Anna are great parents,” says Jim Bob, 47. “It is neat to see their family expanding. I remember those days when Michelle and I went from one to three because we had Josh and then we had twins. It is a great start.”
Josh says that after his parents’ miscarriage in 2011 and the pain of losing the baby girl they named Jubilee, he hoped for a happy outcome for this pregnancy.
“With my mom’s last pregnancy there are questions and the fear of every expectant parent that this could end. There is always some sort of risk with pregnancy and you never really know.” – Josh Duggar
“We have learned to cherish each day. Jubilee has affected our lives, and every child is so special regardless of how long their life is.” – Anna Duggar
Will they name the new baby an M name?
“We’ve been throwing around name ideas and we are pretty certain we have it down to two,. We will have to see.”
As for the sex of the baby, the couple knows but is not sharing with the world for now. Until then, the whole Duggar clan is getting involved. Josh’s sister, Jill, 21, is a student midwife and has been assisting the couple and will be on-hand for their birth at an area birthing center.
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