Duggar Baby #19 Hanging in There

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Michelle Duggar says she is cherishing every moment with her premature 19th child, Josie Brooklyn, who remains hospitalized at the University of Arkansas.

"Josie is doing as well as can be expected for a baby her age. We're taking each hour as it comes," says Michelle, who has been released from the hospital.

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The family, who welcomed their 19th baby a week ago today, "feels blessed that God has given us to her and are cherishing every moment with her."

Josie was born on Dec. 10 weighing 1 lb., 6 oz. Michelle, who had been in the hospital recovering from a gallstone, was taken for an emergency C-section.

Her husband Jim Bob Duggar remained by her side.

The Duggar family (minus the littlest new addition).

Doctors said that the baby was born prematurely because Michelle suffered from preeclampsia, a rare condition in pregnancy that causes high blood pressure.

Jim Bob says the family is "very grateful" for the support, love and prayers they have received from around the country, and that they're staying strong.

"Our children's spiritual maturity is going to deepen so much through this, in a way that couldn't happen any other way," says the TLC reality TV star.

"This is difficult, but I know we are leaving it in God's hands."

Our thoughts are with little Josie as well!


dear duggar family,
i hope ur baby comes home soon and please say hi to joy anna for me. i love you all. and good luck to josh and anna with their new baby.hav fun!


Dear Dugger Family, My family will certainly keep Josie and your family in our prayers. I totally believe that Josie is a wonderful gift from God and as a member of your family, each of you will cherish and enjoy her always. I know I will remember her each December 10 because she shares this birthday with my Mom. My Momma is in Heaven now and I know she is certainly watching over your little bundle of joy. I can't wait to see this special child in your arms when you bring her home. We send our love and wishes for good health and daily growth to Miss Josie and special hugs for your family. Always believe in God's plan, he has a special purpose in this life for your daughter.


I wish you the best!


I'm Alice Perez of Wichita Ks. I'm praying 4 the baby & hoping she will come home soon


I have been praying for Josie and your whold family. I imagine the day in several years when Josie is playing in the family string ensemble. I hope that your Christmas will be wonderfully blessed!

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