Monday, March 2, 2015

29 Duggars And Counting

Josh and Anna Duggar announced the gender of their fourth child this morning. (Click here to find out if they are having a boy or a girl.) In a recent PEOPLE article, the couple opened up about their growing family.

At 21 weeks pregnant, Anna's morning sickness has begun to subside. She and Josh are still in the process of choosing a name and plan to announce it soon.

While Josh and Anna are leaving the size of their family up to God, they did the math and determined that the chances of them having 20 kids are very unlikely. The couple has considered adoption and may choose to go down that path in the future.

Josh says he believes children are one of life's greatest joys.

"You can have a career and be famous and have lots of money, but that will fade," says the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 kids. "Children will be there. When we were young, we would visit nursing homes with my family, and when I talked to people there, the number one joy they wanted to share was their children and family. And those who didn't have children expressed the greatest regret. We want to be the best parents we can be."

Will baby #4 be delivered at home? Josh and Anna are working with a group of DC midwives, and as long as no complications arise, they hope to deliver at home or at the midwives' birthing center.

Five-year-old Mackynzie Duggar is especially thrilled at the idea of having a sister.

"Mackynzie made a recording saying, 'Hi, little sister, it is so great to meet you, you are already my best friend,' " says Anna.

After this baby arrives, there will be a whopping 29 people on Jim Bob and Michelle's family tree. (2 parents + 19 kids + 3 in-laws + 5 grandkids)
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Duggar Gender Reveal

The Duggars made their big announcement one day early. This morning, Josh and Anna Duggar revealed the gender of their fourth child, due around July 10th, via PEOPLE. Will GrandDuggar #5 be a boy or girl? Watch the following video to find out:

Decorate Like a Seewald

Jessa (Duggar) and Ben Seewald are settling into married life in Josh and Anna's old house. Although their home is small, it is beautifully decorated with wedding gifts from family and friends, items purchased secondhand, and lots of framed photos. We thought we would show you a few of the couple's decorations:

The Seewalds received a monogrammed doormat as a wedding gift.

Above their stove is a personalized sign that reads: "The Seewald Family, Established 2014." In their living room, Jessa and Ben have this rustic clock...

...And a "Happily Ever After" sign.

On their bed, the couple has the same "Mr. and Mrs." pillow as Jill and Derick Dillard.

They also have this adorable sign hanging on the wall in their bedroom:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Duggars Have Big News

The Duggars have an announcement to make on Tuesday! What do you think it will be?

Duggar family

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Anna Duggar on Handling Meltdowns

We recently had a chat with Anna Duggar and discussed the interview questions submitted by all of you. Now it's time to share her responses. Are you ready to glean wisdom from this mom of three (soon to be four)?

How do you handle meltdowns in public with your little ones?

Anna: For me, when my children have a meltdown in public, there is a temptation to think that my children are better than that. I try to have a humble spirit and have an attitude of loyalty towards my children by being loving and understanding towards them. Often, a child's meltdown in public is the result of a really uncomfortable situation. 

I speak to my children in a soft voice and ask what's bothering them. And then I encourage them to respond with positive behavior: "It's been a long day, but you are doing so well! We're in this together." 

I ask them what they think the right response is, and then we practice that behavior. For instance, if we're at a restaurant, we practice sitting still at the table and using good manners. And then I praise them.

Like Michelle, I try to lower my voice instead of raise it. I bend down and ask them to look into my eyes. With Michael, since he's a little boy and is so squirmy, I have him put his hands on my cheeks right by my eyes to remind him to maintain good eye contact.

After I reach my kids' hearts, I try to figure out if there is a specific need they have. When we are out and about, I usually pack high-protein snack for my kiddos. When you have a tired kid with an empty stomach, that is really tough. You can keep raw almonds in your purse for forever, if your kids are old enough to eat them.

One of my friends has children who cry very loudly, so she has her children practice loud voices and quiet voices so they learn the difference. Then when her kids are crying, she comforts them and tells them that it is okay to cry but encourages them to cry softly. That's not to say that my children always cry softly, but it helps teach them how to deescalate a situation.