Big news out of Tontitown, Arkansas today, as the Duggar family has revealed that their ever-growing clan is expanding once again!
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell are expecting!
Confirming recent speculation, the newlyweds of several months announced today that they're expecting their first child.
The couple shared the news with their fans earlier this morning via a statement to celebrity news magazine Us Weekly.
Joe and Kendra told the publication:
“During this season that we are celebrating the birth of Christ, we are so excited to share with you that we are expecting the gift of a child ourselves!”
“Wow, it’s so exciting!!! We’ve both always loved children and seen them as a real blessing from God."
"It’s so surreal to think of being parents and having our own little one. We cannot wait to see this new baby!”
In the grand Duggar tradition, Joseph, 22, and Kendra, 19, have wasted little time in starting a family of their own.
After meeting in church when they were both just kids, Joseph and Kendra got married in September of this year.
They moved fast; Joe proposed to Kendra in front of a massive crowd at his sister Joy-Anna's wedding back in May.
Just five months later, they tied the knot.
The couple's nuptials at First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, were officiated by Kendra's pastor father.
There's no word yet on Kendra's due date, but it's believed she's roughly three months along at this point in time.
Typically, women in the Duggar family wait until the completion of their first trimester before announcing their pregnancies.
It seems Kendra has followed suit.
Her pregnancy will likely be featured on the upcoming season of Counting On, assuming TLC doesn't cancel the Duggars.
For now, fans of the popular TV series have been eagerly congratulating Joe and Kendra on their news via social media.
"Another Duggar baby is on the way!" tweeted one ecstatic fan, presumably referring to Joe and not his sister Joy-Anna.
(It can be hard to keep track these days ... there's also a lot of chatter that Jinger and/or Jill Duggar may be pregnant now.)
"Joe and Kendra are expecting just three months after tying the knot!" exclaimed another excited member of Duggar Nation.
Yes, several of the family's followers have commented on the speed with which Joe and Kendra conceived. And it was fast.
But it doesn't appear that there are any "shotgun wedding" rumors, as there were when Joy-Anna Duggar announced her pregnancy.
In any case, our sincere congrats go out to Kendra and Joe on their forthcoming bundle of joy set to arrive in 2018.
Something tells us it will be the first of many.