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?


That family disgusts me! They have so many children that the older children had to raise the younger ones! (see above) They never had new shoes which is totally disgusting and the girls have to do ALL Of the house work! If you can't take care of your OWN children do not have them! Josh Duggar seems like an over bearing control freak to that little church mouse he's married to! Poor thing!


Congrats to the happy parents




well im happy for them. they take good care of there kids and they all behave really well. i dont see a problem. octo mom is a diffrent story. but the baby is soooo cute


aa so preciouse that is so frigggin cute!


Congrats to Josh and Anna! Too bad jon gosselin won't take a page from the Duggars parenting book!!


I just don't agree with these people. Its not possible to devote enough time and attention to so many children. Older kids are having to raise the younger kids and the middle ones just get lost in the mix. Sure, they're kind hearted and well intended, but for crying out loud, take some Ortho Evra.


Congrats to the parents, and I can't believe that her grandparents have 19 kids!


Congrats to the happy parents!

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