Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Welcome 1st Grandduggar!

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Tragically, there are countless babies born every day to absentee or unfit parents, and without the proper support system in place to ensure a happy childhood.

Mackynzie Renee Duggar would not be one of those babies.

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She's not only the first grandchild of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC's 18 Kids and Counting fame, but she already has 17 aunts and uncles!

Oh, and she'll be older than her newest aunt or uncle who's on the way, as Jim Bob and Michelle are expecting their 19th child in spring of 2010.

Mackynzie was born at the home of her parents, Joshua (the Duggars' oldest) and his wife Anna, who, according to a friend, "are both so happy."

Josh has been front and center in his wife's first pregnancy – telling her the news that she was pregnant after she was too nervous to look at her own pregnancy test, and reading and singing to his daughter even before she was born.

"I ask Anna what she needs," Josh said.

"I talk to the baby and we involve her in our conversations. When Anna and I are talking to each other, we'll say, 'So, how do you like that, Mackynzie?'"

Although Mackynzie is his first child, Josh knows all about raising babies.

He helped out with younger siblings Jana and John-David, 19; Jill, 18; Jessa, 16; Jinger, 15; Joseph, 14; Josiah, 13; Joy-Anna, 11; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 10; Jason, 9; James, 8; Justin, 6; Jackson, 5; Johanna, 3; Jennifer, 2 and Jordyn-Grace, 1.

The newest Duggar's name came, you may have noticed, is a departure from the family tradition of starting them all with J. But the couple is not necessarily committing at this time to "M" being the letter to begin all their children's names.

Mackynzie Duggar's birth will be featured on TLC's 18 Kids and Counting special, cleverly titled First Grandduggar, airing Tuesday, October 13 at 9 p.m.

Talk about a refreshing break from Jon Gosselin news, right?


The Duggar family is wonderful. The children all seem to be cared for and raised with Love.
All seem to be learning respect for one another and yet retain a sense of spontaneous fun that just seems to bubble over at times (for example, two of the little boys jumping on bubble wrap).
I wish the world could be filled with children as loved as the Duggar children.


God is a good God.and i love the show. your 25 wedding was beautiful. Michelle keep having those beautiful babies, you are a very Blessed family. I will be Praying for all of you. Marie from Georgia.


Congrats, now hopefully they don't follow in their parents footsteps. Having 19 children is selfish and absurd, how could you possibly be able to devote your attention to all of them and by getting the older ones to help out is depriving them of their childhood.


Congratulations, another so cute baby was born. For sure they'll be a good parents to their beloved baby. More blessings to come:)


Mackynzie? Mackynzie? seriously? why do parents feel the need to put a random y in an already over used and annoying name


i think it is awesome how there kids are raised there is nothing wrong with it they all are, very well cared for they are a wonderful family they are the same in there home when they meet people they dont put on a front they are real people and are very very kind and blessed family dont put people down enless you know them from meeting them in person i have and im from arkansas


Hold on... I thought the oldest daughter was pregnant last year? how can this be there first grandchild? what did I miss


Wow, it's crazy how much children they have! But as long as they're well taken care of this family's good to me.


I cannot believe how many babies!! man oh man!


Congratulations!!! She is a beautiful baby!! It is obvious that she has a wonderful, loving family who will surround her with lots of care and love. (Ignore the other people's negative comments, your baby is a doll!!)

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