Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have shared an update about the latter’s pregnancy with their millions of fans.
Oh, yes, folks, it really is true:
These reality stars announced on Monday that they’re expecting their first child, a blessed piece of news for any couple — but one made all the more special by the tragedy these two suffered just a few months ago.
She and Josiah talked openly about this loss back in February, and they reflected upon it just a couple days ago when making their huge baby announcement as well.
"God’s faithfulness to us in our most difficult moments has sustained us and brought us such love and comfort," Josiah and Lauren said in a joint statement on the Duggar family website, adding:
"We cannot begin to tell you how much we are looking forward to holding this baby in our arms this fall.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above and we are looking forward to this new season of parenting together!"
We really are so very excited for these TLC personalities.
And we’re grateful to them for now telling us even more Lauren’s pregnancy, how they learned she was expecting and what they plan to do about naming their impending child.
“Recently, we walked through losing a little one through miscarriage, but we’re excited to have another little one on the way now,” Josiah says in a new video filmed by TLCm, stating alongside his wife:
“We’re just extremely grateful for this baby and just going through a lot really shows us how good God is and that miracles do happen."
The 22-year old explained that he and Lauren learned that a tiny human was on the way very early one day, around 4 a.m.
“I went to the store and got a test, because I thought for sure she was probably expecting and sure enough she was,” the dad-to-be shared, while Lauren chimed in to add:
"We we’re both overjoyed and just crying because we’re just so thankful for another sweet blessing."
It’s unclear when Lauren is due, or if the twosome plans to learn of the baby’s gender before he or she is born, but Josiah and Lauren have agreed on who will decide on the baby’s name.
And it will be dependent upon the gender apparently.
Josiah said he will get to choose the moniker if they welcome a son… and if they have a little girl, then Lauren will get the honors.
“I think it’s probably going to be a girl, but I get to pick a boy name,” Josiah said, while his wife sweetly added:
“I really don’t know. I just want a healthy baby, so I’ll just say a boy!”
Josiah concluded in this filmed interview that he wants their child to grow up to be just like Lauren, so he or she can have her looks and spunk.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, meanwhile, referenced all the many women in their family who are expecting right now in congratulating Josiah and Lauren as follows:
We are so thrilled for Lauren & Josiah expecting! It was very difficult losing their first child in a miscarriage, but now God has blessed them with another child on the way.
This year we are going from 12 to 17 grandkids, soon they are going to outnumber our own kids, we are so grateful for each one of them.