Friday, April 26, 2019

Duggar Family of 8


Josh and Anna Duggar have big news. Anna is pregnant, which means they will soon be adding Baby #6 to their family! Their new addition is due in November. All the "M Duggars" are approximately two years apart, and this child will fit right into the pattern. Currently, three Duggar ladies (Jessa, Kendra, and Anna) are expecting, bringing the year-end grand-Duggar total to at least 15.

Mackynzie Renee Duggar, October 2009
1 year, 8 months 
Michael James Duggar, June 2011
2 years
Marcus Anthony Duggar, June 2013
2 years, 1 month
Meredith Grace Duggar, July 2015
2 years, 2 months
Mason Garrett Duggar, September 2017
2 years, 2 months
Baby "M" #6, November 2019

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Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

314 comments:

  1. Congratulations, I've been waiting for this 2019 announcement, lol!!!!! Perfect pattern 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019, wow!!!! Congrats on #6.

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    1. It's November, so she's likely to miss 2021.

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    2. Did anybody else realize that by the end of the year JB and Michelle might very well have as many grandchildren as they have children? Given that Kendra and Anna aren't pregnant with twins, they will have the 14th and the 15th grandduggars.
      By the end of the year Jill, Joy, Lauren and Abbie might as well have babies. This would get the count to 19 without any twins!

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    3. I see this pattern repeating for the next 10 years.

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    4. Jessa is pregnant with her 3 child and so that makes 16 grandchildren

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    5. Jessa is pregnant with her 3rd child and so that will be 16 grandchildren

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    6. 15th grandchild is correct, not 16. Josh has 5, Jill has 2, Jessa has 2, Jinger has 1, Joy has 1, Joe has 1 = 12 PLUS 3 new grandbabies due this year (Anna, Jessa, Kendra) = 15 (as Ellie said above) plus any new announcements to come.

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  2. Who didn't see that one coming?

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  3. I predict the next entrant in the Duggar Baby Derby will be Joy and/or Abbie.

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    1. What about jinger

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    2. What about jinger

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    3. And just after them Lauren and Jill!

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  4. Congratulations,I did notice last time we saw this photo posted that she looked pregnant but I thought nothing of it because even at John David's wedding I thought she was pregnant but then I realized it was baby fat when the months passed, oh well its normal, Anna doesn't have time to hit the jym with a family to look after, same with me, people probably think I'm pregnant but don't say anything in case it's just belly fat which in fact it is, and people realize that when the months pass and the belly doesn't grow,lol.

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  5. Congratulations 2 your family 👶

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  6. On my six kids. That is a lot of kids to support and take care of. Just hard to believe that Anna would keep having kids with Josh after what he did. But since they don't believe in birth control that is what happens. I feel sorry for the kids. Hard to believe that Anna can ever trust him.

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    1. It’s called forgiveness, we know now why you’re so bitter, you don’t have it. Sad sad. I hope you find Jesus someday. You would be a great positive person

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    2. Hard to believe God forgives us no matter what we did in our past isn't 6:10?

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    3. You can't be sure you're forgiven by God until you meet him face to face and learn your fate. Until then, it's only hopeful thinking and you'd better behave yourself. The people around you here can choose to forgive you or not. Some choose not to.

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    4. 12:41 and 10:28- Forgiveness does not require that you trust the individual. They are two entirely separate things.

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    5. 12:41 and 6:10...12:41 said nothing about forgiveness. She said “trust”. Big difference.

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    6. Anonymous apri l 27at12:41p.m.
      You don't know me so how can you say I am so bitter. The issue is trust. You can forgive but takes awhile to have trust. After what Josh did why would Anna keep having more children with him? But since they don't believe in divorce and birth control she has no other options.

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  7. People were right that they said she was pregnant. They also might be right about her having many kids. I don't if she will have 19 kids but maybe she will have around 12 or more.

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    1. At two year intervals she's good for 5 more kids. Maybe 6 more, but that would stretching it.

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    2. I think Josh and Anna will have about 10.

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    3. With math and biology she can have 19 or maybe more. I don't know how Josh will be able to support them though.

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  8. I feel sorry for these Duggar wives and Duggar daughters to constantly have babies. There is more to a woman life than being a baby machine. This idea that God is one decided how many babies you have is ridiculous. Sorry God doesn't support the children or take care of them. I'm this day in age most couples have two or may be three children at the most.

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    1. You may think that there is more to a woman than having children,but did you ever think that we are all individuals with different passions and goals,I've never been interested in going out to work since I married,because taking care of my husband and children is my passion,before I married I worked for necessity but didnt like it,my co workers totally ignored me because I was shy but my family appreciates me so why would I look for satisfaction elsewhere,I'm sure the Duggar daughters and daughter in laws love children and their families make them happy and thats what they want to dedicate their lives to,just like Michelle,and if Abbie does'nt want to have a large family and go back to nursing after having one or two I'm sure that will be just fine by the Duggar parents.

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    2. They don't know anything else, because it's expected of them. When you grow up in this patriarchal culture where men are in charge and wives stay home and have lots of babies, you aren't open to other options.

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    3. I'm pretty sure these women actually love children, so it's not such an awful thing to have babies.

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    4. And who takes care of them in old age? Also, who replenishes the social security system that will be bankrupt in a few years? I say more power to them. Go Josh and Anna, and the rest of the Duggar young women.

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    5. God supplies all our needs.

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    6. you feel sorry for them but I envy them. As long as you can support the children then it would be a wonderful life. Society and media tell young women to value career over family and to value small families. Most of us believe this and by the time we realize there is another way that that would have been more fulfilling it is too late. Studies say young women are less happier than they were in the past. Maybe if young women stopped believing the lies media and extreme feminists tell then they would be happier. It should be the women's choice but I am glad the Duggar's are here to show another way. Young women may not end up having 19 kids but may just end up realizing how great it would be to stay home with their kids or to have a couple more.

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    7. None of the Duggars struggle to support their children, so your point is irrelevant.

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    8. God does support and take care of them in a way. For those of his children who are following His will, he will always provide in one way or another.

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    9. I’m sure they don’t want your pity , they are grown consenting adults and can have as many as they want !

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    10. What if they choose to have babies it is their choice...right?

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    11. 5:24- Being a SAHM is a temporary job. What will you do when all the kids are grown up and on their own?

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    12. If the show goes off the air which it will at some point how will they afford so many children? How do you know that none of the Duggars struggle to support all their children? You don't. Right now other than Josh and Anna the others don't have many children yet.

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  9. Now it's time for Jill to make an announcement. Her, Jessa, and Anna have been pregnant together for their other pregnancies.

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    1. There were obvious issues with Samuel's birth (the Duggar family pictures with Samuel having oxygen tubing, etc.-that none of them were publicly addressing). Perhaps she's been advised against another pregnancy by medical professionals or something medical along those lines. I totally get that the Duggars have made a fortune off of their fertility, inviting and courting speculation. However, it can extremely, unbelievably emotionally damaging and traumatic to someone wanting children and may not be able to have them. Can we maybe just Jill a pass in this area? I'm sure she & Derek will let fans know if anything changes in that area.

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    2. Jill is too busy w move to new house 🤦🏻‍♀️

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  10. This is great news! So exciting! Hope everything goes well for them and their family.

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  11. I knew that! They do have about 2 years between kids, so the #6 was kind of expected soon! Last time, with Mason, they announced about half a year before his birth. So Anna is probably about 3 months, and the baby probably is due in October. Would be cool if they shared a birthday with Mackynzie who will turn 10 in October.

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  12. Wow! Three baby announcements in April! And April is not over yet! Three grandDuggars this year plus Amy's baby. I would expect Abbie for sure announce too, and Joy as well. Not sure about Jill, but now they built a new house and can start making babies.

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    1. Don't forget about Lauren. I would love for her to be next after what she has been through.

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  13. I hope Lauren will be next to announce a pregnancy. She probably feels so sad now when 3 of her sisters in law and cousin Amy are expecting. I seriously wish Lauren was pregnant too!

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    1. Lauren's having to walk a pretty hard road right now. Can we maybe be praying for her? Times like this, I really wish the Duggars had never started this # of Kids and Counting family contest.

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    2. She wore a maternity dress for Easter.

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    3. They might be getting close to trying. I had a miscarriage last June and it took until December for my body to fully recover and regulate to even be able to try again. On the positive side I got pregnant two months later in February and am now 13 weeks along so very much praying that Lauren will have a similar experience soon!

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  14. Congratulations Josh and Anna, I'm very glad for BABY #6. I have a couple NAMES for you for the girls Makayah Faith and the boys Matthew Robert. I'm glad to finely hear the announcement. Hopefully the gender reveal party and especially the birth BUT all 8 of you guys efficiently back on T V on counting on and on future seasons to come. Natasha B

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    1. Matthew Robert seems like a great name that fits with what they have started. I was thinking also of Melissa for girl. I think a girl would be nice and it would even the kids to 3 of each for them. Also, there have been so many boy grandchildren that another girl would be nice.

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    2. I like those names you picked Natasha. I thought of a couple names too. Megan Nicole or Marie Nicole and for a boy, Micah John.

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    3. I would have to get used to the name Makaya but I like the name Matthew. It's funny how you can get used to the strangest names though. I couldn't stand the name Spurgeon but it's grown on me. To be clear, I am not sayin Makaya is strange. :) Just not used to it.

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    4. Makiya (or however they spelled it) is Jordyn's middle name so I highly doubt they'll go with that.

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    5. I like the names Miriam for a girl and Maxwell for a boy :-)

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  15. A baby every two years or so. Just like clockwork.

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    1. I know. It's amazing. When do they have time to work out the problems in their marriage? Just keep having babies and keep busy, I guess.

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  16. Many "fans" were waiting for this news. . . . guessing it would be around April in order for baby #6 to arrive in 2019.
    All good wishes for a healthy baby.

    Same good wishes for Jessa and Kendra.

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    1. There's still plenty of 2019 left,there could be a few more announcements,there's May,June,July and even August if they announce late to give birth this year,I'm guessing at least Lauren and Abby will announce and if more rhis could be a record year for births in the family,that would be fun and would keep counting interesting.

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  17. Congratulations! Very happy for them. Wish them all the best :)

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  18. It's always nice to see these updates and not have to deal with the negativism. Congrats to Josh and Anna!

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    1. Unfortunately there are quite a few negative comments,some people just don't want to stop troling even when there's no need,I don't understand why they can't just be happy for the family at such a joyous time.

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  19. Congratulations! Children are such a blessing!

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  20. You left someone out. Jim Bob said this is number 16.

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    1. If that's tre, then someone is pregnant that hasn't made a public announcement.

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    2. Ohhhh I hope it's lauren. I'm guessing she'll wait a little longer before announcing

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    3. That may have been the result, of the writer of the US Magazine Article, typing a six, instead of a five.

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    4. Likely JimBob is referring to total grand babies, as cousin Amy expecting would make a total of 16

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    5. Are you sure he did'nt say grandma Mary's sixteenth great grandchild?

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    6. I saw that too! Wondering who is having #15 and hasn't announced yet!

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    7. Maybe they are acknowledging the one that was lost to Lauren and Josiah?? Seeing as they believe a baby is a life the second conception occurs.

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    8. 2:23 & 6:02 The Duggar family official website announcement said Anna was pregnant with their (Jim Bob and Michelle) 16th grandchild. It wasn't the news article and no mention of Grandma Mary Duggar.

      5:16 Amy is their niece. Her baby isn't their grandchild.

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  21. I LOVE U ANNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. LOL, Maybe the show should be called "15 GrandDuggars and Counting"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. That's a great title. I like it. The name I thought of was 19 Kids and Counting Grandkids. lol Natasha B.

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  23. Congrats! I have six children almost the ages of Anna's children. Six children is great. Great blessings from God.

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  24. i am so excited for josh & anna! anna is such an awesome mother. hope they will be featured on the show, if not, will look forward to seeing more info here

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  25. Congrats! For m names for a girl: Megan, Morgan,or Mia. MaKenna or MaKayla are super cute!
    For boys: Max, Matthew, or Mitchell

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  26. Duggar and Bates FanApril 26, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    So excited for Anna. Kids are such a blessing from the lord. I think baby Duggar will be a boy and will come around October 7 to the 22 (Week 2 and 3). Name suggestions, if girl Melanie and if boy Maxwell. I pry that Anna will have a smooth pregnancy and delivery.

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    1. Duggar and Bates FanApril 27, 2019 at 1:34 PM

      I wonder if Joy is #16 and Jim Bob and Michelle accidentally said #16 forgetting that Joy has not announced yet. In the haircutting photo she looked pregnant (to me at least), since the dress photo (a month ago) by the horse when people said she looked pregnant her belly wasn’t seen till the hair photo. In between in the zoo photos only Gideon was seen odd since usually (for me at least) you have at least one family photo of a zoo day. One more piece of evidence is that she said she would like to be pregnant in 2019 on the season finale. Now Jim Bob and Michelle could have been talking about Amy too even thou her baby wouldn’t be their grandchild. Jim Bob and Michelle just wanted to add Amy to the list.

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    2. Her due date is in November.

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    3. It is her 6th so no problems with delivery

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    4. 11:40, number of children has nothing to do with the delivery of subsequent babies. Every labor and delivery is different, and something could go wrong with any delivery.

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  27. So exciting for Joshua and Anna!! Hoping that they have another boy because that would fall into the pattern of the kiddos. [Girl-Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy]

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  28. Wow!.Another one announced so early in the year. Is there something in the water there or what? LOL!!!!!!!!

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  29. Congratulations!!So exciting!☺️♥️💕

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  30. Congratulations and blessings!

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  31. So joy must be due around the same time? I hope Lauren is doing ok considering her sisters in laws seem to be getting pregnant pretty quick. I know how hard it is keep
    Waiting for a turn at motherhood. Also hope Jill is doing ok and hope she is content with what the lord has blessed her with regarding children. God will not give us what we can not bare.

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    1. Austin and Joy, have yet to officially confirm a pregnancy. However, if they are following the recommended advice, of waiting between 18 months, and 2 years, following the date of a c-section, to start trying for another child, they won't even be trying for a second child yet.

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    2. Joy? Kendra was the one who said she was pregnant.

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    3. Joy has not announced a pregnancy. Are you the same poster that was congratulating her on an earlier post? If you do indeed know that she is pregnant, you should be keeping it to yourself, as it is not your right to announce it! They will announce it when they are ready!

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    4. Joy is not pregnant!!

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    5. Joy hasn't announced a pregnancy.

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    6. You mean Kendra; Joy hasn’t announced anything

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  32. I try to be happy for Anna but it’s hard knowing what I know now about josh. Hope the baby is a healthy boy!

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    1. I feel the same way. I personally think they should have stopped after Marcus.

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    2. I'm sure Anna wouldn't trade Meredith and Mason for all the naysayer's opinions in the world.

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  33. Sending prayers for an uneventful pregnancy and a fast L&D! It would be a blessing if the baby were a healthy boy but as long as he is healthy that is what matters

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  34. Just as I expected. Such great news!

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  35. Happy for them! I don't think the pregnancy announcements are finished yet I'm really hoping Josiah and Lauren have one soon

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    1. Even if Lauren becomes pregnant, I don't think she'll announce it until she's well into the 2nd trimester.

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    2. I think they'd actually announce even earlier. Experiencing loss can make you more aware of celebrating what you have while you have it and building that support network to help you through the extra worries and potential issues.

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    1. Yes. And everyone who said she "looked pregnant" in this photo was right.

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  37. Children are a blessing, so congrats! How do they afford all these kids?

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    1. They don’t pay for daycare or probably pricey lessons ( i’ve spent a small fortune on violin & piano lessons and sports equipment!) If there’s no expectation for college educations, maybe they don’t spend much money on their children

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    2. I'm sure if they could'nt afford them they would have accepted the situation and started using birth control, they would'nt want their kids going hungry or become a financial burden to J and M,and for all we know he could have goyyen his compensation money already,they would'nt tell us when they ,why would they,its their life.

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    3. yes I agree with all.

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    4. Children are like rain. In moderation it's good, too many and it's a flood that wipes you out. I think Josh and Anna are fast approaching "flood stage" with children.

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    5. Anonymous @8:03. That's a ridiculous statement. How many children do you have? We have 13, and is is wonderful! People don't seem to understand that parents have enough love and attention to go around to all their children, and if you raise them right, things can go as smoothly as they can with only a few children.

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  38. Liked the "at least 15" part. Gives a bit of hope Lauren will join. Hard to imagine how more and more painfut the situation is on her.

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    1. Let's hope Lauren does get pregnant and has a baby. Otherwise she's going to feel awful. I think Abbie and Joy will be next to announce pregnancies.

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    2. Amen! Really praying Lauren will have a happy announcement soon! And definitely ‘heard’ the ‘at least 15’ as well !! 😊

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  39. Love this. Congrats to Josh, Anna and children.

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  40. Another “M”. Hmm, maybe Matthew, Mitchell or Maxwell for a boy and Mallory, Madeline or Millie for a girl? Congrats best wishes.

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    1. Max and Madison are actually the most common M mames for babies at the moment,but your suggestions are nice too if they don't want names that lot's of other children have,a lit of people use old fashioned names so they will be more unique and sometimes they thart a trend,who woyld have thought Archie and Molly would have made a comeback well they have in the UK I don't know about the US.

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    2. I've always loved the name Madeleine! ❤

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  41. This is not great news at all very sad I still feel Josh should seek professional REAL help I as many worry about his family regularly selling junky cars is not gonna cut the mustard you need to clean your soul Josh

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    1. We don't know the condition of his soul (which has nothing to do with selling cars).

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    2. Have you been keeping tabs on whether or not Josh has gotten professional help? Since they are not on the show anymore you don't know what's going on and frankly it isn't any of your business!

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    3. how do you know he hasnt?? please dont be so judgemental when we have no idea what goes on besides what they share with us. the fact that the duggars, and most importantly anna, have moved past this should be reason enough not to constantly bash him every time josh's name is mentioned!! and knowing only what they've released about his 'help', why is your opinion right and the duggars wrong?
      i wish i made as much money as josh does selling his 'junky cars' because then i wouldnt be below the poverty level where most of us are right now. and btw, my kids all turned out just fine bring raised poor. they work hard for what they want and appreciate it more when the have it

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    4. I’m sure if Anna thought her children were in danger she would make the right choice. The Duggar’s have forgiven him soooo.....get over it.

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    5. 8:20- Forgiveness does not automatically mean trust is restored. It has to be earned back over a long period of time.

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  42. Wow! Big shoes to fill following Mom and dads trend with the name. To add keeping them within 2 years of each other! That's admirable. They will be be able to be very close always.

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  43. No one is surprised.

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  44. One report says this will be the 16th child. Someone else is pregnant or twin?

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    1. Who knows? It's hard to keep track as they have babies so often.

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    2. Maybe they made the mistake of including Amy's child in the count. But she will not be JimBob and Michelle's grandchild.

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    3. Jessa and Kendra are expecting 🙂

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    4. Yes, 16th grand child as cousin Amy is also pregnant.

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    5. 6 for Josh plus 2 for Jill plus 3 for Jessa, 2 for Joe, 1 for jinger, 1 for joy and the miscarriage maybe for josiah

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  45. Over population

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    1. Please, I fell for this ridiculous argument when I was young. I regret falling for this and believing that I should not have more kids than two so I wouldn't add to population. I actually believed that because of the inaccurate and harmful lies I was told in college. If you are young, please look into both sides of the overpopulation argument before it's too late to change your mind! This is a big world and due to knowledge and ability of humans to invent and adapt we will and earth will be just find if you have kids. Just look at the increase of productivity in farming in the last 50 years or so. No overpopulation problem.

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    2. There is no such thing as over population.

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    3. 11:13- It stands to reason that the earth’s resources would be rapidly depleted if everybody decided to have mega-sized families like the Duggars ( and use paper plates!). I’m a firm believer in moderation in everything, including the number of children you bring into the world. If you want a huge family, foster or adopt the kids in need of a good home.

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    4. Anon 11;13. There are FAR too many people on the planet NOW. We are rapidly making it uninhabitable as we try to make ourselves comfortable. That's reality. We may be able to grow more food but the long term effects are coming home to roost with ever rising sweater and pollution. Having more and more children like the Duggars do is not helping matters.

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    5. Considering that South Korea is currently enrolling illiterate grandmothers in it's kindergarten program due to a decline in its population I think we will be okay - now we need to get better at distribution of resources and helping each other as a whole, but if we could figure that out I think we are fine.

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  46. At this rate Anna could have at least 4 more children before she is 38.

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  47. I am going to guess Anna will have a boy, in order to follow her other pattern of girl, boy, boy, girl, boy ? Just a guess,

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    1. good catch! i didnt even think about that. i was hoping they'd have a girl so they'd have 3 & 3

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  48. Wow 6 children, I have a couple of friends that have 6 children each & I take my hat off to them as neither have family living in the same city. Good luck to Anna for a healthy pregnancy & delivery. Yet again my thoughts go to Lauren & Josiah too & I keep them in my prayers as all these babies cannot be easy for them to deal with.

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    1. It is a choice of God. He has a reason fore 6 or no childeren

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    2. 11:51- Are unwanted pregnancies and neglected children also God’s choice?

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  49. Congrats on your new addition

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  50. I find it extremely telling of the oldest Duggar son’s character that he is fully comfortable being featured in family photos and videos posted publicly online (such as this one), yet had his parents, sisters, and wife do the talking for him in the wake of his dual scandals that broke a couple years back. If he is so comfortable on camera making public announcements about his family, where is the public admission of all he’s done and apology to his family and all those he hurt? Very telling that he only wants the positive spotlight.

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    1. Anon 10:49 He probably feels like since all the details of his indiscretions were already released to the public, that the public would never forgive or get past what he did so he chose to seek forgiveness from God and his wife and family. The public can be merciless and if you have read what people say about him all over the web then you would see why he feels it's futile to even speak about it in public. There are some men who have done what Josh did and have walked away from their families and kept doing them things, but Josh didn't do that and is with his wife and children and that's the right thing to do. They seem like they are doing good.

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    2. Do you really think he's going to do that at this point? I think that ship has sailed.

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    3. Actually it has been more than a couple of years so stop bringing it up.

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    4. I just don't see the point in a public statement because nothing he would say would make most people happy. They would pick apart his statement and say he was trying to get back in the spotlight and complain about that. He should continue to lay low and work on being a good husband and father.

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    5. where've you been? josh already publicly apologized a long time ago! why shouldn't his family post about him? tlc took josh off (and the show) for the 'public'. i think it should be ok for his family to move on

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    6. Let it go. He has to answer to the people he hurt with his activities, not the general public.

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    7. I agree with Anon 10:49.

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    8. He is not the first, nor will he be the last person in the history of the world to make a mistake. I seriously suggest people spend more time focusing on being better people and helping those around them than on throwing stones. Your attitude says FAR more about you than it does about Josh and his family.

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  51. Congratulations Anna!! I am so happy for you and your family!!

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  52. Anna is a strong woman, not all could do what she is doing, I pray for her and her innocent children. We all follow our own path in life, all the best Anna.

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  53. So happy for them! I was hoping that they would have another "odd"year baby! Number seven will probably start the new pattern of "even" year babies and be born in February 2022. I hope we get a few more Duggar pregnancy announcements in the next few months...Abbie, Lauren, Jill, Joy. I think Jinger is likely to wait longer between babies, so I look for an announcement from her about the time that Felicity turns two. Maybe by then, Jana will also be married and expecting! Oh, and Jer and Jed could be getting married within the next year and starting families!

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    1. Although, pregnancy is always a joy; hearing about other parts of their lives would be as interesting!

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    2. I don't think Jill is in the baby making mode. Derrick is still in school. Abbie, Lauren are likely to announce pregnancies soon.

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    3. Well, your hopes and dreams for a relentlessly growing family will likely come to pass as it's apparent the Duggars do not use birth control.

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  54. I love the 2 year gap...I had 2 bio boys, turning 23 and 21 this fall, then we decided not to have more bio kids and years later chose to adopt, in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019, and are considering one more which we put it around 2021 if we go for it. 2 year gaps are just perfect, congrats Josh and Anna!!!!

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    1. While two year gaps may be perfect for you, it’s not for everyone. Having a big family is also not for everyone. You deserve credit for adopting!

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  55. Im.guessing boy. Girl biy boy girl boy ne t ine has to be a boy right?

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  56. Congratulations Anna and Josh. Eileen

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  57. Congratulations Anna,Josh,Mackynezie,Michael.Marcus,Meredith and Mason on the new family member coming in the Fall.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

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  58. Wonder if they will pick Mary or Michelle, after grandmothers. And for a boy, maybe Mark or Martin.
    Kom

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  59. Aww so exciting!!!! Congrats!!!

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  60. I wish the US would limit the number of kids anyone could have.

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    1. While your statement is a bit contentious as no one should be told how many children they can or can’t have, I posted a previous comment about how 6 children cannot be easy to take care of & a poster replied it’s up to god. Well most people I know in life (including clergy friends), do use methods to space children as having one very quickly after another not only puts the mother’s health at risk but can mean the child or children they already have don’t get their best care & attention. I had a baby itch when my son was only 5 months old as I loved those first months with a tiny baby & my son grew so fast he seemed like a one year old at 5 months. However I didn’t have another baby until he was 25 months & even then looking back, it was such a shock to him having to share his mummy with his baby sister. When I wrote my thesis a few years ago I did it on the changes to family size since the early 1900s, & the impact large families had on maternal health. Many women died in childbirth because of a ruptured uterus due to many short spaced multiple pregnancies & this is what used to happen in the days before birth control. I’m glad that most people space their families as the world is overpopulated as it is. I know here in the UK many people believe families that live off benefits from the government should only be allowed 2 children at most as working people are paying taxes to keep families where no one works & it’s a huge problem that angers many people in the UK. I’m sure many working people here would totally agree with your statement.

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    2. What difference does it make to you how many children other families have?

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    3. That's called communism. The government isn't supposed to have control over things like that.

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    4. I would never wish such an oppressive, intrusive policy on our country.

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    5. It's no one's business how many kids anyone has. As long as the parents can take care of their children is all that matters. Just because we don't know what the men do for a living doesn't mean don't have jobs. The government needs to stay out of women's productive systems. And let us do what we want

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  61. I hope that they have a girl and that they name her Megan!

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  62. Congratulations Josh and Anna!!

    I'm shocked though about some comments I read here.. About size of a family etc, about Josh.. But who are we to judge, mostly without being close and knowing the details? I wish them all the best and God's blessings, live your life with Him, it will be the best life!

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    1. Unfortunately, I am not shocked. The internet seems to really bring out the nasty side of some people, or maybe it's just revealing what has been there for a long time. Maybe people used to be better at keeping their thoughts to themselves. I don't think a lot of people are being brought up to be kind and to control their thoughts and words. As our country strays further from the Bible you see it more and more, and Christians struggle with it too.

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  63. I ve always liked Anna so much. I wish her a happy pregnancy and easy delivery.

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  64. Congratulations hope everything goes well. My heart goes out to Lauren, I miscarried just before her with my second child. I know it hard to not break down when you are so happy for others. I hope she is already pregnant or content where she is in life. I’m currently expecting my first child, but on my third pregnancy. Miscarriage is the hardest thing I’ve gone through and my mind is always with her and Whitney Bates. Ladies we will parents again, just a little bit of faith.

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  65. Jessa is pregnant with her 3rd child and so that will make 16 grandchildren!!

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  66. What about jinger, she could be next.

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    1. I doubt it. She's busy moving to LA. Abbie and Joy are the most likely to be pregnant next.

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  67. Congratulations Josh and Anna on your baby news! Prayers for a easy pregnancy. God bless your family! Jane

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  68. Not at all a surprise. It's weird how two or three of them seem to be pregnant at the same time. Once three more of the offspring marry we can expect "perpetual pregnancy" as at least one of the couples will be pregnant every day of the year. lol

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    1. In 10 or 12 years after the kids are all married, they should convert the "big house" into a maternity clinic with Jill in charge.

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  69. Congratulations Anna and Josh! Some name ideas: For a boy: Marvin,Milton or Miles. For a girl: Myra, Mallory or Millicent.

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  70. The Duggar's are going to have so many descendants !

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  71. Just curious: why no "baby bump' update pictures on Jessa this time?
    Hope all is going along as "expected".

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    1. I think she's being sensitive to Lauren. Every post she does shows exactly where Lauren should have been. And I know that they see each other in real life and Lauren has been beyond gracious and supportive, but still, social media posts where you are actively displaying the healthy progression of your pregnancy are a little more in your face than when you happen to have a bump and you are going about your life. I think it would be really sweet of Ben and Jessa to do something in honor of Josiah and Lauren's baby when theirs is born. Not sure what would be good, but something to recognize the baby that is in heaven.

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  72. Congratulations Josh and Anna. What a blessing to be adding another beautiful child to your family!

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