Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gideon and Duke

Gideon Forsyth is just two days away from his four-month milestone. Below, he is pictured with Uncle Josiah Duggar and friend Duke Swanson. If you're wondering why Duke has the same last name as Josiah's fiance, Lauren Swanson, it's because he is Lauren's youngest brother. The boys were born two days apart.

Josiah Duggar with Duke Swanson and Gideon Forsyth
Josiah Duggar with Duke Swanson (left) and Gideon Forsyth (right)

Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth/duggarfamily.com

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  1. Duke looks like a baby Henry.

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    1. They're not related, but, they do! 😎

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    2. Gideon is dead ringer look alike for his own father austin same eyes

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  2. For a 10 pound baby, I expected Gideon to be bigger than that. The the baby the same age is actually much larger.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. He looks to be as small as a 2 month old now. Looks like he's lost weight. :( but then again, Lauren's brother looks to be as big as a 6 month old though... But still, Gideon should also look about that size from being 10 lbs at birth...

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    2. Well maybe Duke was even bigger when he was born???? Either way, Gideon’s position is different than Duke’s. Maybe that’s why they appear to be different sizes but actually aren’t.

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    3. Gideon is on his right, our left

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    4. Anon 1:50PM: No, opposite! Gideon is on his LEFT, our RIGHT

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    5. No, it says that Gideon is on the right. That means OUR right. In addition, you can tell that the smaller baby in Josiah's left arm looks just like Austin.

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    6. Duke is definitely bigger; look at his thighs compared to Gideon. Gideon just hasn’t grown much since birth. He looks healthy, just small.

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    7. Gideon is on our Right in stripey babygro.

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    8. No, Gideon is on his left, our right.

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    9. Unknown @1:50: Incorrect. 👎

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    10. Gideon is on the right. The one with the smirk/smile looking to the right.

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    11. No Gideon is wearing the striped outfit. He is smaller than Duke in size.

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    12. Opposite. Gideon is on our right

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    13. 1:50. No, Gideon is on our right. He's tiny.

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    14. Many babies who are really big at birth, simply slow doen their growth and end up as average size babies a few months down the line.

      Quite a few babies thar are 10+ pounds when born have gained their weight in their mommys belly due to undiscovered gestational diabetes. They still end up being average. And perfectly healthy and happy too.

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    15. He reminds me of one of my babies. I think now that he had reflux, but the doctors never mentioned it at all of the check-ups we kept having to have because of his low weight.

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    16. Since everyone is arguing over which one is which, it's pretty obvious they look so much alike none of us can tell them apart.

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    17. Babies are different sizes, some are just chunkier than others

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  3. Best buddies in the making! 👣💕😊

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  4. Such cuties!!
    I love Gideons smile!

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  5. Such cuteness!!! Those babies are ADORABLE.

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  6. Congrats to the Swanson parents. How many does that make now? 9 Swanson's?

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    1. Yeah. D. Names for boys, L names for girls.

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    2. What are the Swanson kids’ names?

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  7. So basically Josiah is holding his nephew and his brother-in-law!

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    1. Haha, Oh my gosh, you're right!!!!! Lol!

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  8. Oh wow! If her mom has anymore kids they could end up being pregnant at the same time

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  9. Aaaw gideon, so precious, he looks exactly like his daddy

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  10. Nice pic. So he is holding his nephew and future brother-in-law? That's sweet. It's so much fun being pregnant with close friends or family.

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  11. Duke is a bruiser! It seems Gideon did all his growing before birth; he’s a tiny little guy.

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  12. Gideon is adorable. Love his smile.
    Duke is a sweetie.

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  13. Very cute boys! I do feel a bit sad for Lauren and her siblings that won't grow up together.

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  14. Cute boys! All 3

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  15. Love Gideon little smile, they are so cute.....

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  16. Precious! I am wondering why little happy Baby Gideon is so small? Did Joy-Anna give up nursing, I wonder? I sure hope that all is well with her. I do wish she shared more on her parenting journey. God Bless!

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    1. If he's only consuming milk or formula it appears they need to give him some cereal. How does he go from being a whopper at birth to looking scrawny? They probably need to feed him more.

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    2. Many 10+ pounds newborns have slower weight gain when born, so I think that may be the reason for Gideon too.

      My coworker and I gave birth 3 days apart in May 2016. We both went a few days past our due date. Her boy was a whopping 10.5 pounds. Mine was a little over 7 pounds. When we met up a couple of months later, both babies were the same size and weight. Her boy simply slowed down on the weight gain, while mine gained a lot after he was born. Both of us exclusively nursed our babies, as just about all Norwegian mother's do.

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    3. Anon @ 12:52 Michelle said that her breast milk wasn't very rich and she didn't produce much clostrum at the beginning so her babies didn't gain weight quickly, perhaps Joy is the same? Some babies are poor feeders, little and often, my daughter was like that but she got what she needed and grew up fit and healthy.

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    4. My little boy was 8 lbs 8 ounces at birth and off only nursed until he was 6 months old. He was off the charts in height and weight at his 4 month and 6 month check ups. You don't have to supplement with cereal for them to be big if they are nursing enough.

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    5. That's because big babies are often the result of undiagnosed gestational Diabetes the babies just find their proper growth line once they are out of mummy. Gestational diabetes is a placental issue and is nothing to do with mum in fact mum might feel fab apart from the baby growing too big or small (placenta failure can also be an issue as well as the baby receiving too much sugar in the womb)

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    6. Your not suppose to give kids cereal tell they are a yeayear old . They can't choke and died.

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    7. 4:52, I'm sure they're talking about baby cereal, which is different from the regular boxed cereal. It's thinned out so that they can get used to something with a little more texture than baby formula or breast milk, and gradually you put less liquid in it so that it's more like the texture of cream of wheat. You can give them baby cereal well before a year old, although you don't want to do it too early, either.

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    8. No, cereal is usually introduced between 4 &6 months. Baby cereal is mixed with quite a bit of milk at first so it’s not a choking hazard. Baby cereal isn’t the same as cereal for adults and older kids.

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    9. Anonymous, that is correct. They can even choke on mashed up baby food. When you feed them make sure they swallow first.

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  17. Sweet! They're both precious and Josiah looks so happy holding them.

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  18. That's crazy, that they're 2 days apart. The fertility of these people continues to astound.

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  19. Gideon is on our left which would make him the bigger one Laurens little brother is the smaller one

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    1. Gideon is on our right. Look at the previous pictures we’ve seen of him, the smaller baby is definitely Gideon.

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    2. You're wrong, Jennifer. We've already established that Gideon is on our right. Can't you tell that he looks just like Austin?

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  20. There's just something 'not right' to have a mother and daughter expecting at the same time. I think Kendra's mother's 'time" has passed for newborns. I know many here will disagree with me, but that is how I feel about it.

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    1. So she needs to stop having kids since her daughter is old enough to have a baby? What about teen moms? If someone has a baby when they’re 16 and they’re kid gets married at 18 they’d only be 34, do you think they’d have to stop having kids just because they’re child might also have one at the same time?

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    2. Duke is not Kendra's mother's baby. This is Lauren's baby brother, therefore, no mother and daughter pregnant at the same time. Lauren is only engaged.

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  21. Weird he's holding his brother in law!

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  22. Joy, Gideon is amazing baby, he looks big and healthy, and cute!!!! I love U Joy!!!

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  23. Great Picture. How adorable!

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  24. I think it would be fun if Lauren and her mom have babies together! Those two baby boys are cuties!

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    1. Not fun but selfish. My daughter just had our first grandbaby and me being pregnant at the same time I feel would have taken away from the joy and excitement because I would have been focused on my own pregnancy and newborn to take my daughter's pregnancy and baby fully in.

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    2. You people need to go watch Father of the Bride 2

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    3. It isn’t selfish to have children. I doubt she and her mom would try to get pregnant at the same time, but it could happen. Every life is precious to God, so if they were both pregnant together that would just be an added blessing. When I became an adult, my mom was one of my best friends. If we had had children at the same time, it wouldn’t have taken away from either one of us.

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    4. I fail to see how having a baby is selfish. Having a baby at an older age would require a lot of personal sacrifice. I also try to put myself in that place, in my imagination, and I would think that the joy and excitement would be doubled, not diminished. I would think that the bond of being pregnant together would be very special.

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  25. Ellie: Can you please ask Jill and Joe if the middle name of Israel and Garrett (David) is named after John David and Someone in the Dillard family (maybe Dan's middle name?). I hope my question is not too confusing. I have been wondering about this ever since Israel was born and have never seen a comment on this. Thanks so much.Love the blog and the pictures.

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  26. I think they are labeled wrong and the smaller baby with a smile is Duke Swanson. Just a guess as I was as confused as why a 10 lb baby looks so small now (I see someone else thinks this as well in the comments above).

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    1. It’s easy to tell them apart, Gideon is the one who looks exactly like Austin. You don’t even need to look at the labels

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    2. Gideon is on the right, he looks just like Austin.

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    3. No, the smaller baby is absolutely Gideon. He looks just like his Daddy. Duke is the bigger baby

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    4. Nope, look at all the previously posted pictures of Gideon, he’s the smaller baby on the right

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  27. I bet there is a wedding this weekend!

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  28. Is Gideon older? Or Duke? And it’s kinda weird having an infant as a brother in law lol.

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  29. babies....love them all! love all the Duggars too!

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  30. I wonder how long until Josiah is holding his own baby.
    I was expecting it to be Lauren’s nephew, not her brother.

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    1. Well Lauren is only 18, and is the oldest so it doesn’t seem likely that she’d be an aunt.

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  31. Just wondering - how old is Kendra's youngest sibling, if they don't mind saying?

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    1. By the looks of him, I'd say around 3 years?

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  32. Is Gideon older than Duke or Duke older than Gideon?

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  33. What adorable baby boys. God Bless
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  34. No need to 'wonder' about when Josiah will be holding his own child...10 months after his wedding; that's when.

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    1. Not everyone gets pregnant on their honeymoon

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  35. Nope, Gideon is on the right. He looks just like Austin.

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  36. Hi Lily and Ellie, can you tell us some more about Lauren's family? I'd be interesting in hearing their story. :)

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    1. Lauren's mother, Lana is 42. She just had her 9th child. The boys names all start with the letter "D" (after Dwain, Lauren's father). The girl's names all start with "L". Lauren will make a good wife for Josiah as the families are closely associated and involved in Family Conferences together.

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  37. This picture just makes me smile!! It has become my “go-to picture” after watching the news.

    I would absolutely love to see this same picture taken every month for a year.
    By 12 months I think both boys will be bruisers and difficult to hold like that.
    Please consider delighting your blog audience with this request.

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    1. They live hours away from each other, so I don’t think they’d be able to meet up each month for a picture

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    2. These children deserve privacy. The parents are the only ones who can allow pictures of their children to be posted, in public.

      That privacy should not be violated to delight strangers in a blog. Shame on you.

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    3. @10:29; you are right, of course. My only defense is that I was completely captivated by the cuteness of these adorable children.
      Might a I suggest you lighten up a bit and relax...I honestly meant no harm.

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    4. 10:29, wow take a chill pill, these kids live on tv, they’re going to be seen by the public and asked about by random strangers.

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  38. They need to wait until December to get married, then with any luck Lauren and her mother can be pregnant at the same time.

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  39. If Gideon "looks just like Austin" why do we need labels to tell them apart? Myself, I think the two babies look so much alike (since they're not my kids) I wouldn't be able to tell them apart without the labels.

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    1. ?? They look completely different

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    2. Anon 10:53. Yeah, that explains why everyone is arguing about which on is Gideon and which one is Duke. Two blond babies that look a great alike since they're so young.

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    3. The only similarity I see is they both are bald.

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    4. They're both bald is right. Duke has rounder eyes and they're closer together. Gideon has eyes set wider apart and a wider mouth.

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    5. 2:15, Gideon is small, has a really long mouth, and more narrow eyes. He looks like Austin did as a baby, they’ve had pictures on the show. skin, hair, and eye color aren’t the only thinks that male people look different from each other, Duke and Gideon look nothing alike.

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    6. They don't look anything alike. People are arguing over which baby is Gideon because Gideon looks small and slender compared to chunky monkey Duke. As a ten-pounder at birth, people expected him to be larger or at least as large as a similarly aged baby. Duke also looks like he could be a Duggar baby (similar to Henry) leading to further confusion.

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