Friday, August 14, 2020

Baby Through the Window

Bella Duggar
 Bella Milagro Duggar

"Bella is beautiful like her mama. So delightful, such a beautiful little baby."

-Jim Bob Duggar

To protect newborn Bella Duggar from germs, Lauren and Josiah decide to introduce their little girl to Josiah's siblings in a less conventional way. Jim Bob and Michelle bring the kids over, and they are able to peek at Bella through the nursery window (video link below).

Video: Bella's First Days

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Photo courtesy TLC

80 comments:

  1. That’s a really good call. I always cringe when they pass the newborn around to basically every member of the family on the show. Especially when the little kids pass the baby around. Kids can be carriers of so many germs.

    Where I’m it’s become a pretty common thing to not let anyone see your newborn in their first couple of months of life unless they have the whooping cough vaccine, since a newborn died because her grandpa gave it to her some years ago.

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  2. That was fun to watch. She's a beautiful little baby.

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  3. Ha,you fooled me there,when I saw the photo I thought Joy Anna's baby girl was born,so anxious to see her photo,they will also have to show Joy's baby through the window as there is a worse virus now added to the influenza virus risk.

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  4. Time 5:03PM Fri 8/14/20
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    Long time Bella is so cute.

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    1. Candi 10.04. This sounds very similar to me. I had a scratch on my leg that developed into cellulitis & it was very painful. I do hope your antibiotics work quickly & you don’t go through what I did. Take care of yourself Candi & please let us all know how you get on.

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  5. Josiah and Lauren actually exercised some common sense here. Sorry the others never did.

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  6. Bella is a beautiful baby & looks so like Josiah as she is getting older. I haven’t posted for a while on the blog having been in hospital for a month with severe sepsis, which almost cost me my life. After weeks of constant drips giving me the vital antibiotics to save my life I finally came round & thought I would be back to normal in no time. However, when I first tried to stand up I realised my legs had no strength & I was exhausted. I ended up having to use a hoist for 2 weeks until I could just about stand from my bed. I still can’t walk though & I would ask the blog readers to pray for me & ask god to give me the strength to keep persevering with trying to walk. My life has changed so drastically in the space of a month but I’m just happy to still be alive & the fact my son (who is a doctor & lives a few hundred miles away), recognised when I was confused on the phone to him & he asked me some questions I couldn’t answer, like what month it was, that I had life threatening sepsis & got me an ambulance. I would not wish this condition on anyone & hope all the blog readers keep fit & well & safe from Covid as well as the other awful conditions people in ICU are also suffering from.

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    1. Fuzzyferet, it is so good to hear from you. I have missed your comments and am SO sorry to hear about your sepsis. That sounds terrifying. I will be praying for you, as I'm sure other readers will be as well. Hang in there! Do the doctors know what caused it?

      Ellie

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    2. Did you have Covid first? I remember you said your eye was infected, long ago, but I don't remember if you said you had been exposed to Covid.

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    3. Glad your son caught it in time. I"ll say a prayer in Jesus' name for your complete healing.

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    4. I'm sorry you were so ill. I was hospitalized for 3 months six years ago and I still remember the LONG road to recovery after I was finally allowed to go home. The IV antibiotics saved my life, but I didn't return to good health for about a year. All the best to you.

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    5. Thank you Lily & Ellie for your kind words, I have missed reading the blog & all the lovely people who comment. The doctors think my sepsis was caused by a combination of a urinary tract infection & a scratch on my leg that became infected. It’s so difficult going from being an active vibrant woman to being bed bound & unable to walk, however I take strength in god & the fact I’m making slow progress & any prayers you or the blog readers can spare for me at this difficult time I will be very grateful for.

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    6. Sorry to hear you've been having such a rough time! Praying for you.

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    7. Yes, I will be praying for your recovery too. I always enjoy reading your comments & viewpoint.

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    8. I was also missing your comments and am sorry to hear of your illness. Sending best wishes for continued recovery from Sydney.

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    9. Praying for your healing and strength, thank the Lord you're alive,life can throw so many tribulations and we have to find strength we didn't know we had,praying for you,sweetheart.

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    10. I wondered where you were. Glad you're better.

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    11. Anon 2.26. No I didn’t have covid first just basic conjunctivitis. I had 3 Covid tests in hospital as patients are checked regularly for the virus but all mine were clear & I had the test to see if I had any Covid antibodies (this detects if you have had the virus in the past) & that was also clear.

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    12. Thank you to all the blog readers who are keeping me in their prayers. I am so grateful to god that I am still here to keep fighting on. Again thank you, I’m touched by people’s kind words & prayers.

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    13. This is interesting this happened to you fuzzyferet because as I read this, I’m housebound with a infection (cellulitis) going on in my leg too. I get it about every 2 years and I do have to get on antibiotics to work with it. This time I let it go to long before getting help (thinking I could put topical ointments on it) and it got to be a mean one. My leg and foot swelled double and was fiery red, black and blue. I have worried about sepsis since this will go into that untreated. So currently I’m waiting for the antibiotic to kick in. I think I remember something scraping my leg also. One other time, I scraped my ankle on a dirty dry rootball I had sitting on our porch and boy, it flared up in a mighty episode of cellulitis. I just have sensitive skin I guess!

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    14. It's good you didn't have Covid. The lasting effects of that are turning out to be devastating.

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    15. Fuzzyferet hope you continue to recover fully. God bless

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  7. I think Josiah & Lauren's daughter Bella looks like a mixture of her parents. I was glad to see her birth. Also glad to hear the announcement that they were expecting a little bundle of joy & seeing the gender reveal party when they were finding out a little girl. I know they both are doing a great job with her. Hopefully everyone is filming for the next season of counting on. Natasha b

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  8. That is a smart move for Bella's safety! Newborns shouldn't be exposed to so many people and so many germs. I've always thought that was a reckless Duggar tradition.

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    1. Do newborns have a level of protective immunity from the mother? That was my understanding.

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    2. It's interesting that the different Duggar kids have different rules for seeing their infants. Bella was born on Nov 8. Addison, Joe and Kendra's daughter was born only a few days earlier on Nov 2. Bella was shown through a window, but Addison was being carried right there among the crowd. Joe even held her up for Si and Lauren to see her from the outside of the window. Nobody had heard of the coronavirus yet. They were more worried about flu. But kind of a spooky preview.

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    3. Anon 7.20. Newborns do carry immunity from their mother & gain even more if the mother breastfeeds. I do agree about not passing an infant around though as even with some immunity from their mother a very young baby can still pick up infections & if you are allowing people to hold your newborn then it goes without saying that you get the people who are going to hold the baby to wash their hands thoroughly & sanitise them.

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    4. Anon 7.20. Newborns do carry immunity from their mother & gain even more if the mother breastfeeds. I do agree about not passing an infant around though as even with some immunity from their mother a very young baby can still pick up infections & if you are allowing people to hold your newborn then it goes without saying that you get the people who are going to hold the baby to wash their hands thoroughly & sanitise them.

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    5. Fuzzyferet, thanks for your answer. I didn't have a problem with people holding my baby as long as they washed their hands first, although my sister-in-law was offended that I said that. This was years ago.

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    6. Babies have a pretty strong immune system but so long as people wash hands before holding them it helps:)

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  9. Funny how they did social distancing then but don't do it now.

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    1. Yeah, too bad all the protestors packed into the streets got Covid from lack of social distancing... NOT. Thank God for an immune system, which is in fine working order for most of us.

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    2. a shame all those peaceful protesters along with the rioters and looters didn’t practice social distancing either.... it’s ok for them to be non social distancing but not ok to hold church services in some places

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    3. Whoever you are, stop trying to equate protesting with the virus. You do this any time you can slide that comment in. They are two completely different matters that happened to be at the same time. I don't know what you have against civil rights.

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    4. 2:47...Our extended family has lost two members who had normal immune systems and no underlying health concerns. Pathetically, you are in denial.

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    5. @3:51 When your church decides to hold its services outside in the open air while everyone is walking around getting cardio exercise, THEN we can talk. Otherwise, your indoor, sedentary, packed shoulder-to-shoulder, no-mask, singing congregation is violating state emergency orders.

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    6. 4:17 -- The point is that social distancing is enforced for the rest of us but not for protestors. You haven't noticed that? Churches in California are under legal fire for opening, while jam-packed protests in California have been allowed and even encouraged. If you don't see something wrong with that, I can't help you.

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    7. You can be for civil rights and still see the double standard.

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    8. 4:26 -- Really very sorry to hear about your family members, my sincere condolences. But the fact remains that the mortality rate is very low if you don't have other issues. Most people who test positive have mild to moderate discomfort and don't need to be hospitalized. Chicago spent $66 million on a hospital that treated just 38 patients. Look it up. Those are just the statistics and facts.

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    9. Nobody marched into those packed churches, fired tear gas, and arrested anyone. People got arrested at the protests, whether they should have been or not.

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    10. @2:47 and 3:51 Keep speaking the truth!

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    11. This is so sad. Those of you making snide remarks about the protestors obviously don't care about what they were protesting. We all have to set aside our personal wishes in order to get this pandemic under control in our country. This week I have seen employees both at a store and inside of a hospital not wearing masks while talking two feet away from others. I wanted to cry because I am being so careful and others couldn't care less. I am not afraid of dying, it's not that. I don't want to live the rest of my life with complications from this disease, or be responsible for passing it on to others because I was careless. You can worship God anywhere and if your faith is so weak that it won't survive a time away from church you might want to think about why that is-- and also think about what it means to love your neighbor.

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    12. 1:33 AM -- I'm pretty sure no tear gas was fired unless there were criminal activities going on. Did you even see the real time footage of looting and vandalism, not to mention assault and battery? Church is a Constitutional right. Read your first amendment.

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    13. 6:18- Since when is the freedom to worship meant to be only inside a church building? Most churches I know have provided online or outdoor services with social distancing. No one is taking your constitutional rights away. Regarding the protests, it's incredibly sad that criminal elements, from both right and left wing anarchists, infiltrated what were peaceful demonstrations. That took away from the focus that racism is alive and well in this country.

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    14. yep.. it's ok to burn, loot, murder and tear down statues in GROUPS but not church... smh

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    15. Tear gas was absolutely used on peaceful protests. The most famous (and live on camera) instance was the Trump photo op at the church near the White House. His people cleared the way for him to walk through, unannounced, with tear gas. If you don’t know that or choose to not believe it, you are willfully ignorant.

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  10. It seems that someone (TLC maybe?) must have been in the house to film Josiah and Lauren though?

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    1. That's what I was thinking. What's the point of visiting through a window if you have a film crew in the house and other visitors had just left?

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  11. Smart choice, Josiah and Lauren!!! <3

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  12. Is it an American custom to tie paper money on babies’ heads? I do know that in many countries money is given in an envelope to the parents.

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    1. No, it's not.

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    2. 7:02: I understand the question. In the picture, it does looks like paper money is tied to Bella’s head.

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    3. 7:02: It is a bow on Bella's head, not money, lol

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    4. lol that's new to me!

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  13. wait they couldn’t go in to see the baby but the other baby is outside with everyone?? ­čśé where is the logic

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    1. 10:58 I saw that, too. I think this might have been Lauren and Josiah's idea as parents. Joe carried Addison, just a few days older among the crowd. When Grace, John and Abbie's daughter, was shown to the family, they all crowded into their trailer.

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  14. look if your baby is not exposed to germs that baby will have a weak immune system trust me I know from many experiences and dont wake your baby every two hours let that baby wake you when he or she is hungary

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    1. Lucy what is hungary?? I'm sorry, but I'm not familiar with that term.

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    2. Why in the world would anybody wake a sleeping baby every 2 hours?

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    3. most babies wake up every 2 hrs by themselves when they're hungry

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  15. Anytime I had kids, I never took the baby out in crowds, but my family came to the hospital to see our newborn, then when we got home a few of our neighbors would drop in for a quick visit to wish us well. To see these nasty comments from people here about the Duggars coming to visit Bella is really petty. This virus has sure brought out the uppity bossy people who have to judge everyone by their own standards.

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    1. That's a terrible way to talk about people who are trying to protect themselves and others in a pandemic or to protect a newborn. I see it the other way, too many people who don't care enough to think about protecting others, only thinking about themselves.

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    2. The pandemic has sure brought out the worst in people- including those who belittle anyone who takes it seriously.

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    3. this plandemic has brought out the worst in people.. wait til after elections when it magically disappears.. bet money on that

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    4. well if people want to hide out in fear good for them. The masks should be a choice.. if you want to protect yourself wear it..but don't judge others. Some people LITERALLY cannot wear them. Would you all shun that person?? I feel like we're back in Salem witch trial times..

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    5. Anonymous 08:52: The mask is not there to protect you. If you don't wear a specific medical type of mask that is. You wear the mask to protect the others around you from the possibility that you might be an asymptotic carrer. Just as you don't sneeze or cough others in the face. As you wash your hands when you enter a house and and and.
      Wearing a mask means you want to protect others (old people, people with a weak immunesystem , people with underlying conditions that also might have not even been discovered by them yet, basically everyone). It is a sign of loving others. Making a sacrifice so save lifes.

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  16. I thought that Lauren, and Josiah, made a smart move, when they had, the rest of the Duggars, meet Bella, through the window.

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  17. A very smart move for parents to do with a newborn!!!!!!! There are some people who go overboard with the sheltering though and don't take the baby out of the house for over a year. That doesn't seem like a good idea to me but some do it.

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    1. I think that sheltering them their first years does to the child more harm than good in a long run.

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    2. i agree. The best way to build immunity ;)

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  18. I applaud them for not exposing their child to germs. I would love to know why Joe and Kendra didn't do the same.

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    1. really?? Building immunity is important! I hope you let your kids play in dirt every once in awhile..

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    2. I agree to a point..but babies build immunity through germs. Unless there are underlying health issues then babies should be out.. not locked up

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    3. And there are many many germs everywhere. Yes, babies don't need to be locked away. But I am pretty sure Bella will be able to play on the ground, outside, meet her relatives and what not. Just because it didn't happen 24h after birth doesn't mean she cannot build up her immune system. id she would have met them weeks or motnhs later it would still have been fine.

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  19. My first thought was that it was during Covid so that noone could visit the baby. Then I realized the baby was born last November. I find it strange. Jessa had all her family come but asked them to wash hands. Is Bella has some hidden disease that they are not talking about?

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    1. I think that after suffering a miscarriage, Lauren, & Josiah, wanted to be extra careful, with the amount of people, who came into contact with Bella, during the fall flu season.

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    2. Most people realize that you’re not supposed to have a young baby exposed to a bunch of people. Especially the first few months of their life

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  20. Lauren is a germ-a-phobe. That's all there is to it.

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