Josie Duggar Comes Home to the Family

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After a harrowing six months in the NICU, Josie Brooklyn Duggar is home.

The 19th child if Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar returned to their busy house last week after being born prematurely and fighting for her life ever since.

"It is good to be home," says a laughing Michelle, who set up shop in Little Rock, Ark. "It is surreal to be here. It was such a long time we were away."

Though the baby was released from Arkansas Children's Hospital in the state's capital June 3, her homecoming was delayed because of her siblings.

Specifically, the 12 of the Duggar children that contracted the chicken pox and had to be separated from her. That's some contagious stuff right there.

Josie Duggar thus spent three more weeks with her mother in a rental house near the hospital until the other children recovered back home with dad.

The Duggars are one big, happy and complete family again.

Finally, on June 25, mother and child made the over 200-mile road trip from Little Rock to Tontitown, Ark., where the family lives (somehow debt free).

They were met by streamers, hand-made "Welcome Home" banners and 17 of Josie's siblings (oldest son Josh lives on his own with his wife and baby).

The last time Michelle was at the Duggar family's home, they were decorating for the holidays and looking forward to Josie's expected birth in the spring.

But Michelle's preeclampsia caused an emergency C-section and a dangerous entry into the world for Josie, who was born December 10 at just one pound.

The family, whose lives are chronicled on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, is now settling into a routine with Josie, now a "chunky" 9 lbs., 1 oz.

"She has a double chin now," she says. "It is so precious."

Welcome home, Josie!


Hi Michelle And Bob. I just love watching your show and seeing what a good job you have done with you children.I do hope for your health sake michelle you dont have any more children as your family need you and love you so much (like myself),I have read both your books and enjoyed then very much and i am always on the conputer catching up on the latest news. love you all and god bless X


1900- 1.6 Billion People;
2010- 6.8 Billion People;
110 years- 5.2 Billion People;
Solution to problems- Stop Creating Babies;
Here are a few names for the Duggars to use for their next child.
1. Poverty Duggar
2. Starvation Duggar
3. Global Warming Duggar
4. Ozone Hole Duggar
5. Pollution Duggar
6. Pain Duggar
7. Misery Duggar
8. Drugs Duggar
9. Crime Duggar
10. Wars Duggar


I am Shocked and sad for those of you that think it is ok to call this family names, if you do not like the way that they are living their lives then do yourself and the rest of a favor and dont watch their show dont look for information about them and please dont bring god into it, you have no clue how god feels about this matter. I, myself would never have that many children but that doesnt give me or you the right judge them.


i think the duggars are absolutely disgusting! there is no reason to have that many children! they are obviously crazy! they both are mental cases if they think popping out another child brings them closer to “god�. and maybe if the parents could actually be responsible parents and take care of THEIR children, not the siblings being parents. in these economical times one or two kids is enough to handle. i hope the older kids use birth control and choose not to follow their parents footsteps. this is a disgrace. they wonder why their last child was premature???? maybe that was a “sign� from god!!!!!!


I was born a premie about 6 weeks early and the doctors told my parents not to have any more ( i am one of three) b/c my mom developed toxima and they had to take me by c-section cause I went in to distress. the dr's felt my mom or the baby could die if she had another one. So i hope she doesn't have anymore for her health any way


I happen to love Michelle's voice. It is so calming. Michelle once said she did use birth control before her first baby was born, but that baby passed away. She no longer used the pills. Bob gave an interview and said Michelle was not brought up the way they raise their children, but she changed when they met one another. What matters is that their little Josie is home and will be loved by an entire family. Michelle is still really young at about 42 or 43, but I pray she doesn't have anymore or adopt, because of her health.


they owned a car lot and also own and rent out commercial property. They own their home outright because they built it almost entirely themsleves (literally...the dad and older sons did the work) and it took them something like 3 years to build.


to Wilner...
If you work in special education then you know that they adjust her age for her prematurity until her 2nd birthday. Also, early Intervention, which she qualifies for based on her birth weight and prematurity, will evaluate her and provide her PT, OT, and speech when and if it necessary.


Welcome Home Josie! Our prayers have been answered!!!Congratulations and All The Best to all.


Well I guess TLC "giveth and the medical bills taketh" now thats how god works! I do wonder if the older girls ever get out , on the show no one ever has a date, or do the things most teenage girls do, and most of all how does michelle explain responsible sex to them?? As Jim Bob or Michelle do not practice responsible sex . When is enough kids enough? Maybe with Josie's issues she will not try to out do her son and daughter in law if they have more , Michelle has to be close to being just to old!

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