As Danielle reported earlier this year, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are weeks away from becoming grandparents for the second time.
Joshua and Anna welcomed the Duggars’ first grandchild, Mackynzie Renee Duggar, in October 2009, just a few months before Josie Brooklyn Duggar, the 19th child of Michelle and Jim Bob’s was born. That makes Josie, who is younger, Mackynzie’s aunt. You follow?
While Josh and Anna await the arrival of their new baby, the rest of the Duggars are making the media rounds, promoting a new season of 19 Kids and Counting and Jim Bob and Michelle’s new book “A Love That Multiplies”. In the book they recount the terrifying moments they rushed Michelle to the hospital for what they thought were kidney stones but turned out to be labor with Josie more than three months early:
But the back pain seemed to increase steadily, coming in waves; whenever it intensified, I slipped away to our bedroom to curl up on the bed. Then I tried lying back on my recliner, seeking a position that would ease my misery. Meanwhile, Jim Bob and the older children covered for me, leading the family through its daily schedule and helping the film crew with whatever it needed.
By that evening the pain exceeded what I was able to bear. After Jim Bob talked to the doctor on the phone and explained my symptoms, she recommended we come to Mercy Hospital in Rogers. We quickly headed out.
I could never have imagined that it would be nearly two weeks before I would see our family again — or that seven months would pass before I was home again.
Josie was just 25 weeks along when she was born. She weighed just over a pound and was considered a micro-premie. Josie spent months in the hospital after her birth but, at 2-years-old, is doing very well.
“Looking at Josie today, you would never know that she weighed 22 ounces at birth,” Michelle told Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. “She is a miracle baby and we are so grateful to have her. Just the fact that she’s here is something to be grateful about.”
You can read more from “A Love That Multiplies” and see little Josie and the rest of the Duggar family on the Today show by clicking here and you can catch the Duggars in a brand new season of 19 Kids And Counting, starting tonight on TLC.