Monday, December 18, 2017

Grand-Duggar #11 Coming Soon!

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell are expecting a baby

The Duggar family has big news to share! Just three months after their wedding, Joseph Duggar, 22, and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar, 19, are thrilled to announce that they are expecting a baby. Joe says he hopes their little one has Kendra's laugh, while Kendra would like their child to be as patient as her hubby. Take a look at the couple's announcement video below:


Photo/video courtesy TLC

158 comments:

  1. How exciting!!! What a wonderful blessing! Congratulation!
    -Rachel

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  2. Not surprised at all.

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    1. I don't think anyone is, even the timing, right before Christmas is predictable.

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  3. So exciting! And it definitely sounded like Counting On is going to be renewed!

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  4. Wow. Not expecting that.

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  5. What a wonderful Christmas gift! Congrats ... the 2 of you are going to be wonderful parents! Merry Christmas!

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    1. that’s a sweeping prediction. We can pray they will be good parents

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  6. So it's definitely continuing

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  7. I was wondering recently about how this cute couple was doing. Congrats

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  8. He says that they look forward to sharing their journey on Counting On. Does that mean they've heard from the network about a return date?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing! Hope so;)

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  9. Yeah! So excited for you guys. Can't wait Joy and Kendra your kids are going to best friends I just know it. Congratulations!!!

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    1. I love this sweet, positive post!!!! Congratulations, Joe and Kendra!!!!

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  10. Don't get too much sleep because you spoil yourself when the baby does come, and you miss your sleep. LOL!

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    1. CONGRATS JOE & KENDRA DUGGAR.

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  11. Congratulations!!!

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  12. Oh that's awesome! Congratulations!

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  13. What an awesome blessing, congratulations Joe and Kendra. I agree Joe having Kendra’s laugh will be cute. Congrats again

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  14. Kendra is literally glowing! Congratulations!

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  15. Congrats to the happy couple expected that this would happen soon after wedding, joy and kendras babies will be best friends.

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    1. How do you know that?

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    2. Cousins who live nearby, see each other often, and are close in age are usually very close.

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    3. I'm sure they will be close. They have good families. But I live 20 minutes from my sister. She has ten children I have 5. Five of our children are the same ages and unfortunately the cousins barely see each other.

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  16. I feel a little shocked by this...I mean, I know that's how the story usually goes with this family but even so, they seem so young. They have barely lived or had the free space to mature fully whilst being kept within the confines of their ultra conservative families, making absolutely no choices for themselves and then they so quickly get married and become parents to fit in with the plan their parents have for them. They are just children having children really.

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    1. This is the first of the couples where I agree with that statement Kendra seems so young, even more so than Joy Anna.

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    2. Hardly children at 19 and 22, with the full support of their families and lots of experience with kids, they'll make a wonderful family of their own. Negativity won't help anyone. They aren't children, they are walking talking adults.

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    3. I have to agree. They have such short courtships and marry each other without ever having had any time alone with each other.

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    4. They have made plenty of choices for themselves. They decided to court and decided to marry and all of the decisions that go along with those things. They are adults who are supporting themselves not living with their parents. Thirteen and fourteen year olds that are pregnant are children having children, and Joe and Kendra do not fit into that category.

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    5. 9:07- Their "decisions" were more likely based on expectations of others. Up until the wedding, neither of them have had any experience supporting themselves or living on their own. That's quite a learning curve, especially for such a young woman still in her teens. Hopefully, they'll be happy and I wish them well. However it isn't a route I would have ever wanted for myself or my own kids. My concern is there's a myth being promoted by the Duggars that their way of courtship, marriage and having many children is the only Godly path, that all others in secular society are living lives of complete misery and debauchery and doomed to eternal suffering. I spent some of my growing up years in a similar fundamentalist church environment. Rest assured, that way of life for many of the congregation had its share of troubles and unhappiness. I left because of the hypocrisy. I think true spirituality is what lies in your heart and between your ears, not in what someone else pours into your head in church every week.

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    6. Lol hey, at least they're not unmarried teen moms!

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    7. Bet the two of them with how big both their families are have more experience with children than any of us do.

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  17. Congratulations!!!! Very exciting that Joy and Kendra will both be having babies in 2018...they are such good friends, and now they'll have one more thing in common to share!!!!

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  18. Congrats Mr & Mrs Duggar you guys will be great first time parents Jimbob & Michelle will spoil those grandkids rotten.

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  19. Congrats!!!!! That's kinda funny, just like 2 days ago I was wondering when they were gonna make an announcement!!😄 So happy for y'all, I know you'll make awesome parents!!

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  20. Kendra looks so grown up! She is beautiful! Congratulations to the two of them. I think they'll make great parents.

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    1. Really? She seems so young.

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    2. She will be twenty by the time the baby is born. As much experience as she has had with children, she will be a wonderful mother.

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  21. Congrats!! Praying for a healthy child in Jesus name♡

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  22. Congratulations to one of the cutesT couples.Can't wait for new episodes of Counting on.Love you

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  23. Congrats to Joe and Kendra!

    It definitely seems like Counting On is coming back in 2018 <3
    I'm thinking late March or early April for the new season.

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  24. Congrats! May the Lord bless y'all.

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  25. Congratulations Joe and Kendra. On a side note this most likely means TLC is renewing Counting On Yay!!!

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  26. Congratulations. ❤

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  27. Not at all surprising, but congrats to them.

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  28. These couples sure don't give themselves any time alone as a couple.

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    1. She's pregnant! They had alone time lol

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    2. Yep! lol I guess they figured I told out :)

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  29. Congratulations. I hope they will not be accused of a shotgun wedding like Joy and Austin until and unless it is proven. The media has put Joy and Austin through the wringer.

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    1. Only some celebrity publications (as well as a some fans) speculated that they had a shotgun wedding. The majority of the media could have cared less and ignored it. That is far from putting them through the wringer!

      There will always people who will comment negatively on anything. The Duggars, being celebrites, should just ignore that.

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    2. No, they've been married for three months already, and she isn't showing so I doubt she's even three months pregnant.

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    3. They only got put through the wringer because they live their lives in front of the camera. It's to be expected.

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    4. They were only put through the "wringer" due to a photo that looked like she was MUCH further along than backdating to her wedding date. Her parents and her should have looked carefully and thought through that photo. If you put out something like that to the public, then be prepared for a reaction. Kendra clearly looks in the very early stages of pregnancy so no one is going to think she is more than 3 months along. I don't remember reading about any issues with Jill or Jessa so this is a very specific issue for Joy and the first photo she decided to show of her pregnancy.

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    5. Hey 7:07. Don't remember any comments about Jessa, but there were PLENTY about Jill. It was very rude. The Duggar girls all get big quickly when they're pregnant.

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    6. The Duggar girls have narrow pelvises which is why they bloom out front faster then a girl with a wide pelvis who might not show as soon as they do

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  30. Really happy for them! She will be the sweetest mom and he does seem very patient! Sleep now is the best advice!!! Once your child is born you will never sleep quite the same again !

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    1. Telling soon-to-be parents to sleep now is like telling someone to eat as much as you can this month so you aren’t hungry next month.

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    2. Anonymous at 1:32, that's hilarious and so true! I am a new first time mom and that's the worst advice but you explained why!

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    3. Well, there is truth to the point that they should sleep now and be well-rested the next few months. Shorting themselves on sleep for whatever reason for the next 6 months could make it a lot harder on their bodies when they lose sleep because they don't have a choice.

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  31. Congratulations. I thought maybe the next wedding or baby announcement would be from Jana, JohnDavid, Josiah or Jinger and Jeremy. Just like Jill and Joy-Anna this was fast.

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    1. I have a feeling with Jeremy and Jinger's recent announcement that it will be a busy July for babies. Now as to whose comes first is anyone's guess.. only the babies know for sure lol

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  32. Congratulations 😀 great to hear the Duggars are still growing. Happy Holidays to all. Kathy V

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  33. Shouldn't that be "Est. 2017," since they're such staunch supporters of the unborn and are technically already Mom and Dad?

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    1. I guess the thought of posing with the cute mugs overshadowed their convictions.

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    2. Technically a child is already nine months old at birth, but no one counts the time in the womb..... so established in 2018 makes sense since their child will be born then. Who states well my child was born in 2016 but I got pregnant in 2015... so we became parents in 2015? Their convictions haven’t changed. They are just using the date of their child’s birth.

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    3. Or maybe someone else provided the mugs for the photo op.

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    4. "Technically" it isn't 9 months old at birth. Because, technically, nobody anywhere counts the age of anything that is born that way.

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    5. @9:02, LOTS of parents do that! They start observing Mother's Day or Father's Day if they're pregnant, even if the baby isn't due until the calendar says the next year. Seeing how pro-life the Duggars are, Joe & Kendra should be announcing that they are parents already, not next year.

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    6. Yep, they're parents already. To claim anything else would go against their beliefs. The mugs are wrong. Wonder who drew them? Someone is doing that style on a lot of their decorations. Jana, I suspect, from what they showed last season with the hardhats.

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  34. So excited for Joe and Kendra! They seem so happy about this baby!

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  35. Why is anyone surprised? Joe's a Duggar, isn't he? ;)

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    1. Jinger's a Duggar too

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    2. Yes, she's a duggar with a husband who has a very different mentality! And I'm happy for her and this young couple too..

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  36. Congratulations y’all!!! Y’all will be amazing parents!!!

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  37. Wonderful news! Congrats!!

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  38. not surprised, since there duggars. to me not big news

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  39. I going to guess the due is going to around their 1st annivery Sept 2018, like Jessa was with spurgeon

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    1. Except that she wouldn’t even be preganat yet if she was due around her anniversary (which is still 9 months away...)

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    2. Pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks which is ten calendar months....I’ve always wondered where the nine months thing came from.

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    3. @10:24. Pregnancies are technically 10 months long. 40 weeks. :) Although you are only pregnant for 38 of those weeks. Just how its counted...

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    4. My daughter was born Sept 1st (at 41 weeks) and I found out Dec. 18th! Of course I didn't go tell the whole world then, but it is possible!

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    5. There are not 40 weeks in 10 months. Count again. You're assuming all months have exactly 4 weeks, or 28 days. Not true.

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    6. If 40 weeks equaled 10 months, that would mean that 12 months, or 1 year, would have only 48 weeks.

      Much as I'd like to remove those extra 4 (and a fraction) weeks from a year, especially if they could be removed from January or February, you can't figure weeks as exactly 1/4th of a month.

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  40. Congrats and God bless you both. I know Jim Bob and Michelle must be so excited!

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  41. Omgosh!!!!!! Totally flipped when I heard this news! So excited for you guys!!!! Praying you have a great pregnancy Kendra! Rest and take it easy and think alot about the Lord!!

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  42. Congratulations you two! Blessings!

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  43. I want to say that your wedding was the best one so far. You're adorable together. I wish you all the best. You two are going to be great parents.

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  44. I hope when or if the show comes back that TLC will for once listen to us fans and show more real content instead of the same ole same ole storylines...how about focus more on Joy Jinger and Joe instead of Jessa and Jill for a bit and maybe the younger kids...no more shopping trips at thrift stores, remodeling homes and messy ice cream sundays or bad cooking segments...there has got to be more to show...I hope...last season was the first time since the beginning that i missed most of the episodes and didnt really care.I will give it another chance I'f they come back...we will see🤔

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    1. TLC will have to adjust if Derrick is not on the show anymore. I think it is silly for them not to include him. I want to see all of the siblings and their differences and how they come together as family and make it work. Some are more religious and some are not and that is okay. They all love their Heavenly Father. I'd like to see Jinger's new house and Joy's completed house (hopefully). I'd like to see how Austin and Joy are preparing for a new baby and how Joe and Kendall will as well. Also, the single ones love lives.

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    2. they'll probably just film Jill while Derrick is at work.

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    3. Derrick said he quit the show. If thats true then its not TLC's choice to show him or not

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    4. He was forced to quit be ause he exercised his rights to free speech and freedom of religion. But we all know those rights are now reserved for the liberals who espouse tolerance and "anything goes" lifestyles and behaviors.

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  45. Why would you introduce their baby as "Grand-Duggar Number" so-and-so? Why are you giving the spotlight to Jim Bob and Michelle, when it's Joe and Kendra's baby? And their first. Very unfair.

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    1. AGREE 1:20! That was not a good blog post title.

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    2. Wa,wa,wa. Oh my!! 1:20 and 9:02 Just think you don't seem to understand close family bonds. Get over it. It's a wonderful blog.

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    3. I wouldn't want my first baby introduced as grandchild #11.

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    4. My daughter was great-grandchild #27! I was excited to have her referred to that way until she was born (and even sometimes now). It is not something people from small families often understand.

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    5. Referring to family members as a number is getting old. Even though it may not be the intention, it comes across to me as some kind of contest or just a way to attract attention.

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    6. Or maybe Joe and Kendra don't really care. It's just a blog title, nothing that important.

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    7. You shouldn't talk about an upcoming baby as a grandchild unless you're in the presence of the grandparents. If you're talking to or about the expectant couple themselves, you should say congratulations on your first baby, or second baby, or whatever.

      If there had been a video of Jim Bob and Michelle announcing this pregnancy, then the title could have been that they are expecting their 11th grandchild. But it's a video of Joe and Kendra, so the spotlight should have been on them and the title should have read that they're expecting their FIRST.

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    8. These comments instructing the talented and very gracious Lily and Ellie how to write their blog really crack me up. Thanks for the entertainment, folks! Merry Christmas!

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    9. These comments instructing the talented and very gracious Lily and Ellie how to write their blog really crack me up. Thanks for the entertainment, folks! Merry Christmas!

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  46. I wasn't expecting them to announce a baby until after Christmas at the earliest
    What has happened to jinger where is her baby

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    1. Jinger seems to have put pregnancy off for a bit to really grow as a couple first. She & Jeremy seem to be enjoying life. When the time comes, they will be great parents. To each his own!!

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    2. Not everybody wants a baby.

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    3. Jinger and Jeremy said they were waiting

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    4. The baby will come when they're ready!! No rush, they're enjoying each other and I think it's amazing 😉

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    5. I hope Jinger hasn't had a miscarriage. Jinger and Jeremy were the only ones from the Duggar Family that didn't go to the Bates Wedding last weekend. And Jinger had that Christmas wreath on her door, with words that could've been a cryptic message for a pregnancy. So, hopefully, all is well with her

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    6. Wow anonymous 11:29 you are reading a lot into them not attending a wedding. This is how rumors get started.

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    7. Jinger has a baby? Did she misplace it?

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  47. Why so soon? She is 19 and a teen. And we dont'know about their house. Look at Jinger she is really getting to know her husband. And they marture before setting pregnant right away.

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    1. Maturity is relative.

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    2. 12:34 While I agree with your comment, and I have a few frinds who were married and pregnant at 19, Kendra -as far as we've seen on the show so far- seems to have a very young personality. She doesn't seem immature per say, but then not really mature enough to be a mom. I could be totally wrong, I'm just basing this off of what we've seen of her.

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    3. My biggest concern besides her young age for starting a family is the fact that without family planning, she could easily end up with a large family of 10 or more children. That is so hard on a woman's body/emotions, etc.

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    4. Family planning is not in their vocabulary. They could end up with 20 children, or more.

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    5. She was mature enough to marry wasn't she??

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    6. Anon @6:49, While I agree that multiple pregnancies can be hard on a women's body, I think that with proper nutrition and medical care, most women would fare okay. We have 13 children and it's definitely worth all the aches and pains! I wouldn't change a thing.

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    7. @ 11:06 - I'm glad it worked out for you! My Mom had 10 children and I wouldn't wish the hardships that she experienced on anybody. Maybe her body wasn't meant for it... Not that I regret my siblings, but it was sure difficult for my Mom.

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  48. Congrats to them! I think they will make great, loving parents.

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  49. I always thing that the "sleep"advice is the worst advice. You can't bank those sleeping hours. Go out and do things that are more difficult to do with a baby. Have romantic dinners, see a show, spend time with each other. Not saying it's impossible when the baby is here, but definitely harder to get that time alone.

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    1. I'd say do both! Enjoy the couple time a lot, but also be well-rested. You don't want to go into those last few weeks of pregnancy drained because you've been go-go-going too much.

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  50. Now I see why these girls aren't allowed to date before getting married.

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    1. Oh, please. Babies are a natural part of marriage, and the Duggars understand that. They also understand the very real and very prevalent troubles that come with unwed teen pregnancies. They're being wise.

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    2. Right!!?? They are fertile as all get out! That's great for them since that is what they want. I know too many women who have a tough time getting pregnant and are on IVF treatments.

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    3. Those women have a tough time getting pregnant because they likely used birth control for many years first. With certain birth control it can make it where you are infertile for many years after coming off the birth control.

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    4. 7:54, your statement is a generalization not supported by facts.

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    5. 7:54~what a terrible generalization! Please site the reputable medical research journal that you found this diagnosis. It's statements like this that causes hostility towards Christians-such uneducated narrow-mindedness. To "those women" :( or any woman suffering from infertility reading this post, I prayed for you today and hope you have a wonderful Christmas and hope all of your dreams come true in regards to family.

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    6. 7:54: For someone to make a comment without evidence is not only careless but dangerous. My sister never used birth control in her life and ended up using ivf to have her daughter. You should research and educate yourself before making statements.

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  51. Yes, but would love to know about Whitney's realator work, see how Erin teaches piano while caring for her young family than pregnancy after pregnancy.

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    1. I thought W was preg?

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    2. You’re on the wrong blog.

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    3. You have the wrong blog for the show you're talking about. :)

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    4. 1:15 no, Erin and Alissa are pregnant, not Whitney

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    5. It's just a matter of time.....

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  52. Dear Joseph and Kendra
    Congrats on your new bundle of joy.
    Natasha B

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  53. wise or not any newly married couple should build their marriage frist for a couple of yrs includes their net worth buy 1st home. then take steps in building up own family.

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    1. Celebrating our 26th year of marriage and couldn't agree with this comment more! It's also 100% Biblical. The reality is that the Duggars set a very unrealistic expectation for their viewers and fan base with their early marriages (complete with over the top dresses, ceremonies, honeymoon trips, homes and furnishings provided for them by their parents, etc.) and instant pregnancies. Most parents are not financially "set" like the Duggars were prior to the money made from their show, compounded by paid speaking engagements and books. Most young couples don't have money waiting in an account from their reality TV show either, so that they can easily be a single income family with the new bride staying home awaiting a pregnanacy. I'm concerned that the message they're sharing is going to leave a lot of young people either in debt trying to have all that the Duggar Family touts (and has made look seemingly effortless) or heavily in debt with a large number of children they cannot afford nor actually raise themselves/a stressed, unhappy marriage. The viewers don't regularly see the "extra help" Michelle has gotten through the years from family, friends, and the television crew members to manage and correct her children. Nor have the Duggars openly shared how many things they've been "gifted" by TLC, other news media stations, and others. They've painted a less than realistic picture of marriage and parenting and impressionable young people are going to suffer for it.

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    2. 10:06 True, and thanks for reminding us all that there is very little reality in a 'reality' show.

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    3. First, congratulations to Joe and Kendra! Children are a blessing from the Lord! We've been married almost 33 years. I am blessed to have a husband who wanted a stay at home wife/mother for his children. For most of our married life, we have been a one income family. We were blessed with 4 children in a little over 5 years. We always felt we would take as many children as the Lord gave us and whenever He wanted to give them. My first two are 11 months 10 days apart (much to my mother in laws objections at the time). We would not change anything. We didn't own our own home for 9 years. We didn't lack for anything - even on an income of $1,400 a month - which went a long way back then. God's timing is perfect. He will provide what we need when we need it - including having a mothers helper, someone to bring a meal, etc.

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  54. Congratulations!!! And Merry Christmas.

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  55. She can't be that pregnant if she isn't cradling her abdomen yet. I'll believe it when I see her doing the obligatory hands under the belly "I've got a baby here" stance. Joy, Jessa, and Jill have that down pat.

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  56. Wow! Same time as Khloe Kardashian. God is truly in the business of blessings. Congratulatioms!!!

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  57. I think it is so nice that they do not want to know the gender. Back 50+ yrs. ago we could not/did not know until the birth and it was wonderful to hear the gender at that time.
    All the best to this young couple.
    Curious, where are they living??

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