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duggar update baby 19

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were on the Today Show on Thursday morning along with the majority of their children.  The family shared an update on the progress of the youngest Duggar child, who now weighs 2 lbs. 3 oz.

Josie Brooklyn Duggar was born on December 10, 2009 weighing 1 lb. 6 oz.  She has been in the NICU unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock since her arrival -- 15 weeks early.

The family immediately packed up and moved temporarily the 200 miles to Little Rock to be near the baby.   Jim Bob says that the premature birth of baby Josie has brought the close knit family even closer together.

Michelle said, "It is incredible what the doctors and nurses can do to save the life of this little person.  We don't know if there is going to be another big hill to go up.  We are grateful for the wonderful days when she has been good.  We know at any moment, things could change."

Jim Bob continued,  "Doctors tell us, 'never trust a preemie' because you can't know what is going to happen.  It is a very day-to-day thing.  It is the hardest thing we've ever been through."

Josh Duggar and John David Duggar recently helped to save the life of a 6-year-old girl who was involved in a car accident.  See video and 911 audio here.

UPDATE June 25, 2010: Baby Josie Duggar finally got home to Tontitown, Arkansas with the entire Duggar family.  The 9 lb. baby was released from the hospital on June 3rd but her homecoming was delayed for three weeks because 12 of the Duggar kids came down with chicken pox.  Jim Bob took them all home to Tontitown to recover so that Michelle Duggar and the baby could safely stay at the family's rental house in Little Rock.

The entire family moved temporarily to Little Rock after the premature birth of baby Josie on December 10, 2009.  It has been six months since Michelle has stepped foot in her own home.  The new season of their TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting will air on August 10.

View more new baby photos and video of the family and new baby below.  More family photos here.

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by Meg at . Comments
michelle and jim bob duggar baby 19 born prematurely

Michelle Duggar gave birth to her 19th child at 6:27 p.m. Thursday after undergoing an emergency C-section at the University of Arkansas medical facility in Little Rock.  The baby, named Josie Brooklyn Duggar, was born 15 weeks prematurely.  She weighed 1 lb. 6 oz. and is currently in stable condition in the neonatal intensive care unit.  Michelle's due date was March 18, 2010.

The reality show mother was rushed to the hospital a week ago after experiencing a severe gallbladder attack.  Her condition deteriorated in the past few days and she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a medical condition that can cause high blood pressure and endanger both mother and baby.

Dr. Paul Wendel and his medical staff,  in the Maternal Fetal Medicine unit, made a determination that an emergency delivery was necessary.  He reports that "Michelle is recovering well from surgery."

Michelle and her husband Jim Bob Duggar and their family appear on the hit TLC reality show 18 Kids and Counting.  The oldest child, Josh Duggar, is 21-years-old and is married to Anna Duggar.  They have a daughter Mackynzie Renee Duggar who was born on October 8, 2009.  Michelle and Jim Bob's daughter Jordyn Grace Duggar, baby #18, will be one-year-old on December 18, 2009.

View more family photos below.  UPDATE Jan. 28, 2010  including photos and video here.

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duggar family welcomes mackynzie renee duggar

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar are first time grandparents.  Their son Josh Duggar and his wife Anna are the proud parents of a new baby daughter, Mackynzie Renee Duggar.

The newest Duggar was born on Thursday night at home with the assistance of a midwife, weighing in at 8 pound and measuring 19-1/2 inches long.  Baby Mackynzie is the first child for the young couple who wed in September 2008.

The Duggar family appears weekly on the TLC reality show 18 Kids and Counting.  The show has already undergone one name change following the birth in late December of Michelle and Jim Bob's youngest child, Jordyn-Grace.

Michelle Duggar and the rest of the family made a live Today Show broadcast from their Arkansas home on September 1, 2009 to announce that they will welcome another baby on March 18, 2010.  See photos and video here.

The children are Josh, 21, twins Jana and John-David, 19, Jill, 18, Jessa, 16, Jinger, 15, Joseph, 14, Josiah, 13, Joy-Anna, 11, twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 10, Jason, 9, James 8, Justin 6, Jackson, 5, Johannah 3, Jennifer, 2, and Jordyn, 10 months.

Josh and Anna's blessed event will be chronicled on a special TLC show next Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. eastern.

View more family photos below - click to expand.  We've also included a video.

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 duggar family announces number 19

Michelle Duggar appeared via satellite on the Today Show with her large family on Tuesday September 1, 2009 to announce that they will welcome their nineteenth child next year.  The Springdale, Arkansas mother of eighteen gave birth in December to a baby girl, Jordyn-Grace.

The oldest Duggar son Josh Duggar and his wife Anna Duggar are expecting their first child on October 18, a girl who will be named Mackynzie Renee.   The child will be the first grandchild of Jim Bob Duggar and his wife.

View the Today Show video of the Duggar's big announcement below.

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joshua and anna duggar

When we first heard that the Duggar family was expecting another child we were shocked.   Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar already have 18 children, with the baby just a few months old.  This time it is the eldest Duggar son Joshua and his wife Anna who are expecting their first child.

The young couple appear to be thrilled at the thought of becoming parents and Joshua is no stranger to daddy-like duties since he is the eldest sibling with seventeen brothers and sisters.

Anna had been getting some much needed advice from her mother in-law Michelle, who is excited to become a grandma.  The family reality show 18 Kids and Counting: The Duggar Family on TLC will allow the young couple to share their pregnancy with the world.

Joshua and his wife will not continue with the Duggar tradition of using the letter J to name their children.  They told Meredith Vieira on the Today Show that they are considering the letter M, in honor of his mother Michelle.  Watch the video here.

September 1, 2009 UPDATE:   The Duggar family appeared on the Today Show once again to report that Michelle Duggar is expecting another baby - her 19th.  Guess that means that next year their reality show will undergo another name change.  See video here.

Family photos below.

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