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!

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I am so pleased, baby Josie is home. Preemie babies, do catch up. I'm very sure the Dugger family, will do everything possible, they can do, for their sweet little bundle. The family have their faith in God, to help them through.

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I admire the fact that the Duggars are debt-free, but regardless of this fact, I wouldn't want to pay Josie's medical bills. I hope the family has decent medical insurance, but the important thing is that their latest family member can grow up healthy. If this baby was sent to them as a test of their strength and faith, it's a test they passed with flying colors. I wish them all the best.

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I am glad the baby is home and all of know she will be loved. Only wish all other babies could feel some of this love and not the pain they will feel. Who cares who pays. God helps those who help themself and the Duggars are not asking for anyone to pay something for them. Look in your state and see how many children you are supporting for early birth due to A&D issues and know this was not the case.

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Who cares how much it costs and who is paying for it as long as the child and mother are healthy. The Duggars are not freeloaders, they pay for themselves and take care of their bills, without total government assitance.

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I am very happy to hear that the family is back together. My big question is How far behind is Josie. I believe she is 7 months and unable to hold her head up without help. I hope if thats true her not being able to hold her head up they have an occupational therapist and physical therapist helping Josie and teaching all of the ones who will become Josie's teachers how to work with her.
I work in special education. So yes, I do know what Im talking about.

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What an answer to prayer. I am so happy that you have her home and your family is back together. I hope you will continue the show. It is such a blessing to see how your family truly lives their lives for Christ. I can't wait to see that double chin.

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It is ridiculous for any couple to have 19 children and all of you know it! They are nothing but a total drain on society.

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OH AND ONE MORE THING. WHO CARES ABOUT THERE FINANCIAL SITUATION. ITS NOBODYS BUISNESS!!!!! IF THEY GET HELP OUT THERE FOR JOSIE'S MEDICAL BILLS, PRAISE GOD THAT PEOPLE WANT TO HELP. IF MY DAUGHTER WAS SICK I COULDNT PAY I WOULD NEED HELP. ONE CHILD OR 19 CHILDREN WE ALL NEED A LITTLE HELP AT TIMES. SO WEITHER THEY CAN AFFORD IT OR NOT ITS NOT OUR BUISNESS!!!!!! I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE TO FLY OUT THERE AND MEET THEM. MY DAUGHTER AND MYSELF. SHES WILL BE 3 ON FRIDAY. I THINK IT WOULD BE AN AMAZING LEARNING EXPERINECE FOR THE BOTH OF US!!

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I absolutly LOVE,ADMIRE,AND RESPECT THE DUGGARS. a family full of love,trust,faith and commitment!!! we all could learn from them. I was a single mom struggeling everyday untill I met my husband now. I had faith! I listened to michelle and JIM BOB's words and it kept me going. on hard days when my 2yr old was driving me crazy I would say "how would michelle handle it?" Her calm over all presence is amazing. Her soft voice,soft touch, loving words, and comforting hugs to her children kept me at peace. CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD! Even when people disagree with THERE CHOICE of how many they have its not there place GOD'S THE ULTIMATE JUDGE AND HE DOESNT JUDGE. there home is full of love and faith and thats what god has intends for his children. WELCOME HOME LITTLE PRECIOUS JOSIE BROOKLYN!!!!

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JC for your case YOUR THE NUT JOB....... i bet you are in debt up to your neck.....but im not going to talk about u that is not what this post is for.... the duggars are wonderful people....who live debt free with 19 kids... my thoughts and prayers are all for you.... with much love Laura