Monday night on an emotional Counting On Season 6 Episode 4, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth brought new life into the world.
You could say it was a bundle of … Joy.
Like her sisters, Joy originally planned a home birth, but labored for 20 hours (!) before her midwife recommended she go to the hospital.
On February 23, Joy underwent an emergency C-section and gave birth to baby Gideon Martyn Forsyth. She and the baby are healthy!
There were moments in which family members were concerned and anxious, however, as the delivery did not go as smoothly as hoped.
At one point, a worn-out Joy was seen being wheeled into surgery, telling the cameras, “Love you guys. Thank you for your prayers.”
We’re just glad she’s alright.
Joy explained earlier in the episode that she wanted to try to give birth at home, because it’s where she feels most … well, at home.
“I decided to have a home birth just ’cause I’d know that it’s more comfortable being at home,” she said. “I really wanted to just try it.”
Before that, we saw Austin and Joy reveal their pregnancy to their family, along with their decision not to learn the sex of their baby.
Austin did want to know, but Joy did not.
Ultimately, she won out. In any event, “today we have some big news to share with both of our families,” Austin told producers.
“We’ve gotta hit hard and fast so that way word doesn’t spread,” Austin said, and it’s true, the celebrity gossip media can be relentless.
They decided to tell their loved ones in small groups.
“Normally family members call a family meeting and tell everyone all at once, but I wanted to make it more special,” Joy said.
The expectant parents first told Austin’s mother and father, then hers; Michelle Duggar was understandably over the moon.
“Very exciting news,” she said. “Joy and Austin are expecting our 10th grandbaby! You brought us to double digits, guys!”
Quite the feat by any measure.
While Joy labored, literally, to get the job done, she eventually welcomed a HUGE baby boy and announced his arrival on Instagram:
“We are so blessed by the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth! He was born on 02/23/18 @ 3:39pm, weighing 10lbs. 3oz.”
Yes … 10 pounds. Goodness.
Joy and Austin Forsyth, as fans likely know by now, tied the knot last May, almost exactly nine months before Gideon’s birth.
They don’t waste any time, do they?