The popular family of 19 Kids & Counting have just announced there’s a new member on the way: Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob, is expecting his third baby with wife Anna.
People reports that Anna suspected she was pregnant during the family’s recent trip to Asia (the journey will be seen on TLC starting tomorrow), but an initial test was negative. “I thought for sure I was pregnant and I was a little disappointed,” she says. “But two weeks later, I found out I was pregnant.”
The couple are parents to daughter Mackynzie, four, and son Michael, going on two. They’re not saying yet whether they’re going to carry on the Duggar tradition of giving children the same first initial, but Josh says “we’re pretty certain we’ve got it down to two” choices.
Many couples in their situation would consider their family complete at this point, especially at such a young age (Anna is 24; Josh is 25). But as followers of the show know, the Duggars belong to a Christian movement that believes the Lord is the only one who should determine how many children a mother should have. So while Anna may not break her mother-in-law’s record, she won’t be actively trying to keep that from happening, either. Even dad Jim Bob calls his son’s family size “a great start.”
And yes, there’s still a chance that 46-year-old Michelle may have yet another child, which would make her a mother of 20 living children as well as a grandmother of three. (She miscarried a baby girl in late 2011 – a heartache the Duggars courageously decided to share on their show.)
Josh and Anna’s baby is due early this summer, and it will be a family affair in every sense of the word. Josh’s sister Jill is a student midwife who will help deliver her new niece or nephew!
19 Kids & Counting: Duggars Do Asia, a three -part special, premieres Tuesday at 9 PM EST on TLC.
[Photo: via TLC]
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