How the Duggars are Coping With Jubilee’s Death

Even grief is exceptional in the Duggar family, as there are so many children to console. Michelle Duggar, who miscarried her 20th child this week, says she is comforting the little ones – and being comforted herself by her older kids and her husband.

It’s not just the younger kids who need solace. Jill, 20, who is studying to be a midwife and had been charting the baby’s growth and heartbeat, has had a particularly hard time.

“She was crying and weeping last night,” Michelle said Wednesday at a service for Jubilee. “I hugged her and said, ‘I am holding on, and I am going to let the tears go. We can pray, cry and grieve together in the weeks and days we walk through this.’ ”

But Michelle has been able to lean on her children, too. “My older girls have been precious to make Momma take care of Momma right now, and Jim Bob has been busy taking care of everything,” she says.

Michelle adds that despite their loss, the family plans to celebrate all their December birthdays – Josie turned 2 on Dec. 10, Jordyn turns 3 on Dec. 18, Jinger turns 18 on Dec. 21, and the twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah turn 13 on Dec. 30.




The Duggars About to Have 20th Child

The Duggars are going to have their 20th child on April 2012! Michelle Duggar, who is now 45 years old, is already three-and-a-half months along and is very excited to give birth this spring.

The 19 Kids and Counting stars Michelle and Jim Bob, along with their 19 kids, are preparing to welcome the newest member of the family.

“We are so excited,” Michelle told People. “I feel good. I am past the sickness stage now.”

Their most recent child, Josie, was born on December 10, 2009 — premature at just 25 weeks. The couple is happy to report that the child is now in good condition.

“It is a miracle. Josie is the most energetic, busy little almost-2-year-old,” Michelle told the magazine. “She is short, and yet she can keep up with the big girls and she thinks she is just as big as they are. We are amazed at what she can do.”

The proud dad is also happy that his lovely wife is always improving with time. During her previous pregnancy, Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia and is now under the care of a high-risk pregnancy physician. Aside from having a healthy diet with a lot of protein and vegetables, she is also cutting out caffeine and is getting an ample amount of rest.

“Michelle is probably in better health now than she was 10 years ago,” the 46-year-old father of 19 said. “She has been getting on an elliptical for about an hour a day and is very careful of what she eats.”

“We are just going to do the best we can,” explained the champion mother. “I am taking a nap every day, and we are just taking good care.”

“If we had lived by fear after Michelle had preeclampsia after her second delivery, we would have missed out on all our wonderful blessings,” Jim Bob added. “So many of her pregnancies have gone extremely well.”

After giving birth to 19 wonderful children via normal delivery, Michelle will be scheduled for a C-section for the first time for her latest pregnancy. She told the mag that since this will be her first C-section, she thinks it will be a different experience for her.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are parents to their 19 children who all have names beginning with the letter “J”: Joshua, 23 (who is married to Anna, 23, and has two kids, Mackynzie, 2 and Michael, 4 months); twins Jana and John-David, 21; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 17; Joseph, 16; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 12; Jason, 11; James, 10; Justin, 8; Jackson, 7; Johanna, 6; Jordyn, 3; and Josie, 1.

At the beginning of their married life, the couple practiced birth control and waited 3 years before their eldest child was born. After giving birth, they resumed using birth control despite precautions. Michelle got pregnant again but miscarried and they believed it was caused by the contraceptive. Thereafter, the couple ditched birth control and “decided to allow God to determine the number of children” they would have. From then on, Michelle gave birth every year and a half, on the average.

The Duggars are conservative Christians who follow their fundamentalist biblical beliefs strictly. They raise their kids using a buddy system, wherein an older sibling is assigned to a younger sibling and assist in their primary care. They live debt-free and derive their income from the rental proceeds of commercial properties that they own.

The Duggar family is featured in 19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting), an American reality television show that airs on TLC which began on September 29, 2008. The family presently lives in Tontitown, Arkansas.