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Duggar Family Members: Who Will Actually Break Free?

The notion of Duggar family members “breaking free” has been a topic of discussion for quite some time inside fan circles.

But will it actually happen, and who will be the one to do it? Moreover, what does it even mean to break free in their case?

Below, THG staff writers break down who they believe is most likely to escape the cultural shackles of the famous TLC family.

Some of our selections and reasons behind them may surprise you … or in the case of one recently-married Duggar, probably not.

JILL DILLARD by Emily Trainham

When you think about which Duggar might be most likely to break free from the chains of that oppressive, creepy, molester-friendly family, Jill may not be the first person that comes to mind.

But if you just think about it for a minute, it’ll all come together.

For one, Jill’s been rebelling quite a bit against Duggar tradition lately. Like, the girl wore shorts this summer. Ones cut above the knee, even.

She’s also been photographed in an actual swimsuit instead of the traditional Duggar swimsack. She’s practically a stripper now by Jim Bob’s standards.

For two – and this is the real reason we see Jill breaking free – have you been keeping up with the shenanigans of Derick Dillard?

The way he’s going, we imagine he’ll be officially starting his own cult soon, and she’ll be too busy mindlessly supporting her husband and insisting everything is fine to remain an active member of the family. 

This transition has already started, really, since Derick got himself and Jill fired from Counting On.

Since then, they’ve appeared to spend less and less time with the rest of the Duggars, for obvious reasons.

As such, it’s easy to imagine that soon they’ll cut ties completely.

After all, bashing transgender people, begging fans for money, and gallivanting around impoverished countries in an attempt to look like decent people doesn’t leave much time for extended family!

So will Jill leave the rest of the Duggars in some inspiring, badass way?

Nah. But trust, she’s on her way out.

JOSIAH DUGGAR by Tyler Johnson

When a young man gets married, folks often talk about him “settling down.”

But when Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson earlier this month, it may have been the beginning of his effort to break free from the constraints that have held him down so long.

For years, Josiah has been regarded as one of the most rebellious members of the Duggar clan.

As long as he was living under Jim Bob and Michelle’s roof, however, there were limits on how much he could flout their belief system.

But for the Duggars, getting married is second only to cranking out kids in terms of milestones that mark one’s passage into adulthood.

Certain freedoms are afforded to those who have carried have taken steps toward their God-given duty to sire a small army.

That’s why Jinger Duggar is allowed to wear pants and move to a different state, while her older sister Jana is forced to do her gardening in a floor-length denim skirt.

For the most part, acts of rebellion by married Duggars have been exceedingly mild.

But those who know Josiah best say he can’t wait to prove to the world that he’s his own man.

Our own Duggar insider has called Josiah “the most likely to break out” and defy his overbearing father.

My guess is that now that Josiah has found himself a wife, it won’t be long before he begins to assert his independence.

He’ll probably start with something rather subtle, a small tattoo of his favorite Bible verse, but even that will be enough to give Jim Bob conniptions. And I’m sure it will all be incredibly fun to watch. 

JINGER VUOLO by Free Britney 

Sometimes, the most obvious answer isn’t the best. Sometimes conventional wisdom needs to be challenged and paradigms reexamined.

Not here. It’s always been Jinger and always will be.

Card-carrying members of Duggar Nation have known this for years. She’s been the family rebel since the concept was a mere pipe dream.

Sensing her independent streak, fans started an online movement, Free Jinger. (Our only regret is that there is no sister site Free Jana.)

Jinger hasn’t and will probably never throw two middle fingers in Jim Bob’s face or flaunt her freedom in ways that will disrespect him. 

But make no mistake, she is her own woman. By design or serendipity, she has taken heed – with an assist from her husband, Jeremy.

Let Jinger Be Jinger. That might as well be Jeremy’s mantra, as he’s helped her push back against Duggar norms from the day they met.

Vuolo is former pro soccer player from the Northeast, and a pastor with less stringent lifestyle views (and a Calvinist, to Jim Bob’s dismay).

Our point? The proof is in the pudding, honestly.

Since marrying him, Jinger Duggar moved out of state, waited over a year to get pregnant, and started wearing whatever she wants.

Enough said.

JASON DUGGAR by Simon Delott

If you’re only a casual Duggars fan, you might be shuffling through the different Duggar offspring in your mind, trying to remember which one is Jason.

Jason, folks, only turned 18 in April. He is not yet married.

As of early 2017, he co-owns a house with his father (though he is of course not allowed to live there, as an adult living independently might make independent choices).

He also wants to be a videographer. This is why I’m just optimistic enough to say that Jason has a shot at breaking free. 

If he’s serious about this calling, the Duggars might actually let him receive a real education in the matter.

Even if they don’t send him off to college (where he might encounter different people and new ideas, the horror!), there is reason for hope.

Just the process of learning videography in any setting aside from a tech room at a megachurch could broaden his horizons.

If he’s really passionate about this, then once he’s married, he and his obedient, Jim Bob-approved Handmaid’s Tale reenactor of a wife could move anywhere to pursue his career. 

And even if Jason focuses exclusively on Christian organizations and Christian video projects, he could still realize that there’s more to the world than the ideological prison in which Jim Bob and Michelle kept him for the first two decades of his life.

Be free, Jason. Be free.

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Jinger Duggar Shows Off Baby Bump, Offers Final Pregnancy Update

Despite rumors that Jinger Duggar has secretly given birth, it appears that the beloved reality star is very much still pregnant.

The mom-to-be offered up some photographic of her current condition on Instagram last night:

“Almost there! Vuolo #38weeks4days,” she captioned the image.

Obviously, Jinger was able to say it all with just a few words in this case.

But she was feeling much more expressive in a recent interview with TLC.

“I get scared thinking about birth and labor,” she told her home network.

Yes, over the years, Jinger has earned her reputation as the most candid and forthcoming Duggar, and she’s cemented her claim to that title in the final weeks of her pregnancy.

When Us Weekly caught up with Jinger recently, the 24-year-old revealed that carrying a baby had taken a serious toll on her energy levels:

“I do think probably what surprised me most [about pregnancy] is just being so tired all the time,” she revealed.

“They’ve said, ‘Just take a nap, don’t feel bad when you need to lay down in the middle of the day.’”

She added:

“Especially when I was in all the morning sickness, I talked to them a lot about what they did, how they got through their morning sickness and I think that was some of the best advice — just resting, taking it easy.”

Jinger is regarded as a bit of a rebel in the Duggar clan, so it’s appropriate that her pregnancy hasn’t conformed to her family’s customs.

For starters, Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, broke with convention by waiting almost a year after their wedding to get pregnant.

On top of that, Jinger will soon become the first of her sisters to give birth outside of the family’s home state of Arkansas.

She and Vuolo moved to Laredo, Texas shortly after getting hitched.

In recent weeks, it’s been rumored that Jinger and Jeremy will move to Los Angeles after the baby is born so that he can pursue a divinity school degree.

Needless to say, Jinger’s pumpkin will be living a much more worldly life than his or her cousins.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most fertile family.

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Jinger Duggar on Giving Birth: I’m Terrified, Y’all!

Not long after the world learned that Jinger Duggar is pregnant, the beloved reality star revealed her due date to be sometime in early July.

Now, we suppose different folks have different definitions, but for most people, that would mean any date between July 1 and July 15.

What we’re saying is, if it’s not already passed, Jinger’s due date is very, very close.

And it seems that even though birthing and child-rearing have pretty much been parts of her day-to-day life since childhood, Jinger is currently experiencing the heady mix of emotions that every first time goes through in the final stages of pregnancy.

Speaking with TLC recently, Jinger revealed that she’s more than a little frightened by the prospect of giving birth.

“I get scared thinking about birth and labor,” she told her home network.

Her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, didn’t offer much in the way of help, admitting that he’s flat-out clueless about the entire process:

“I don’t know much about birth,” he said.

Like we said, Jinger must know a thing or two about birth, what with having 13 younger siblings and 10 nieces and nephews.

But in many ways, she and Jeremy are in uncharted territory.

From the very start, they established that their marriage would be different from those of Jinger’s sisters.

The most obvious act of rebellion, of course, was Jinger’s decision to begin wearing pants instead of floor-length dresses (with her husband’s permission of course).

But the couple also set themselves apart in more subtle ways.

Jinger waited a full year after her wedding to get pregnant.

Obviously, there’s nothing unusual about that in most cases, but Duggar women typically get pregnant on their honeymoons.

And soon, Jinger will become the first Duggar woman of her generation to give birth outside of the great state of Arkansas.

Again, that may not seem like a big deal, but the Duggars are second only to the Waltons as Arkansas’ most famous family, and their ties to their hometown are very strong.

Anyway, it’s refreshing to see Jinger being so candid about her trepidation — we suppose that’s just one more way in which she’s breaking the mold.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up on the show that made her family famous before the season premiere later this summer.

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Josh and Anna Duggar: Proof That Their Marriage Is a Sham?

Last week, Josh and Anna Duggar celebrated an anniversary.

The usually private couple to Instagram to share their special occasion with fans:

“Josh and I celebrated our 10-year engagement anniversary,” Anna captioned the pic above.

“The past 10 years have been a wonderful adventure.”

Yes, these two were so eager to celebrate a decade together that they jumped the gun and marked the occasion of their engagement, not their wedding.

Clearly, they’re still head over heels for one another, right.

Well, not so fast, says body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass.

Dr. Glass says Anna’s stance and facial expression convey that she’s uncomfortable being so close to Josh and is forcing herself to look happy for the camera’s benefit.

“She has a tight smile,” Dr. Glass says.

“Her eyes are not smiling. She’s gritting her teeth. It’s very contrived.”

Dr. Glass even goes so far as to claim that one can reach a definitive conclusion regarding Anna’s feelings toward Josh based on the photo:

“Anyone with eyes can see there’s no love there,” she says.

Glass also analyzed the video below, in which several members of the Duggar clan congratulate Jinger Duggar on her pregnancy:

Once again, Dr. Glass, says, Anna’s posture and movements are evidence that she’s uncomfortable being so close to her husband.

“It’s rehearsed,” she says.

“This is what she’s told to do. He has his hands on her to guide her to do it right.”

Glass adds:

“He has both hands on her shoulders, like a control thing.”

According to Dr. Glass, the video essentially serves as evidence that Josh and Anna’s wedding is a sham:

“She’s uncomfortable. She’s rocking back and forth. It’s so phony and contrived.”

As longtime followers of the Duggar clan know, Anna has good reason to feel uncomfortable.

Many fans expected Anna to leave her husband after the Josh Duggar sex scandals went public back in 2015.

She stood by her husband’s sign amidst claims of pedophilia and incestuous behavior, but she was soon punished for her loyalty when it was revealed that Josh had used the Ashley Madison website in order to find a partner with which to cheat on Anna.

Divorce is strictly forbidden in the Duggars’ world, which likely explains why Anna has chosen not to end her marriage.

But that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Joy-Anna Duggar Faces “Greatest Fear” in This Scary Video

The countdown to a new season of Counting On is… well… on.

When this TLC favorite returns with new episodes on July 30, fans will go behind the scenes of Joy-Anna Duggar’s first-ever birth.

If you’ll recall, she and husband Austin Forsyth welcomed a very large boy named Gideon into their world in February, just about 39 weeks after they got married.

It was a blessed occasion for the newlyweds, of course, who announced the addition to their immediate family as follows:

“We are blessed beyond measure with the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth.

“Looking at our child for the first time was such an incredible moment! God is so good, and we are both so thankful.”

But while this event took place months ago, viewers Counting On will have a chance to relive it in a few weeks.

Indeed, Joy-Anna’s frightening labor and birthing experience will be featured on the first new episode of this summer.

“As we get closer to the birth I think there’s a lot of emotions, somewhat nervous. A little scared,” Joy-Anna says a sneak peak obtained and published by People Magazine.

As is the case for all Duggar women, Joy-Anna had originally planned home birth.

However, after being in labor for more than 20 hours, her midwife determined the baby was breech. Hence, the need for an emergency C-Section.

That’s a serious surgery.

“Seeing my wife in pain, that was probably about the hardest,” Forsyth says in this clip.

“Having a C section is my greatest fear,” Joy-Anna says simply.

Thankfully, Gideon is a happy and healthy little boy.

Duggar has since shared a photo of the child, ignoring all the scandalous chatter over whether she and Austin had a shotgun marriage because she got pregnant while engaged.

As for what else fans can expect from new installments of Counting On?

– A look at Josiah Duggar’s courtship with Lauren Swanson.

– Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell’s honeymoon and subsequent pregnancy announcement.

– Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo’s exciting reveal that she’s expecting her first child with husband Jeremy Vuolo.

“There’s never a dull moment in our family,” Jessa Seewald has said.

And this is true.

Love the Duggars or find their lifestyle appalling, this is definitely true.

Prepare to actually see the moment this summer when Josiah proposed to his now-wife as well, with Josiah and Lauren Swanson having only just gotten married.

“This is definitely the time and she is definitely the one. I’m just hoping I can say everything right,” he says above, before the trailer teases the exact moment when he gets down on one knee.

Counting On returns July 30 on TLC.

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Anna Duggar Gushes Over Josh, Makes Internet Barf

Poor, Anna Duggar.

Correction: poor, poor, POOR Anna Duggar.

The mother of five remains married to her husband despite Josh Duggar having been involved in two of the more disgusting scandals we can recall.

We can't imagine she has any kind of support system around her — and we can imagine that her in-laws have all laid on extreme guilt trips about her leaving her gross husband and trying to start over without his terrible influence.

This is relevant once again because Anna made a surprising return to Instagram in early July of 2018, actually writing nice things about Josh in honor of a milestone for the couple.

Get out that barf bag and scroll down to find out what she said…

1. Yes, Anna Duggar is on Instagram

Josh duggar and a kid
But she rarely posts messages or photos. The last time she shared a picture of Josh Duggar was on March 1, 2017. It was the picture above and she wrote as a caption: “Happy Birthday Josh! I’m so thankful for the 30 years of life God has given you – I love you!”

2. The Last Time Anna Posted Anything at All?

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You need to go back to May 1, 2018. She asked if anyone would be watching the film “Love Arrows” and included with this question the quote above.

3. So, Why Did She Return on July 5?

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Because “June was an exciting month for our family,” Anna wrote as a caption to multiple photos, explaining why as follows: “Marcus, Michael and I are are officially a year older + Josh and I celebrated our 10 year engagement anniversary!” It was this last statement that got the attention of fans, especially when you consider how she followed it up.

4. She Followed It Up with This Photo

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And also with this conclusion to her caption: “The past 10 years have been a wonderful adventure. So thankful for God’s redeeming grace and His blessings to us along the way, especially our 5 M’s!”

5. A Wonderful Adventure, Huh?

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That’s one way to look at it. Fans had a mixture of responses to this description, from those who thought Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have pressured Anna to remain married… to those who thought it was no one’s business… to those who believe Josh had been redeemed.

6. Wait… Redeemed for What?!?

Anna and josh duggar
In case you aren’t aware, let us refresh your memory here: Josh admitted in May of 2015 that he molested two of his sisters and five girls overall. It was also revealed that his parents were aware of these actions, yet did not go to the authorities.

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Jinger Duggar SLAMMED By Fans For Endangering Unborn Child!

While we don’t know her exact due date, we do know that Jinger Duggar will soon give birth to her first child.

Early in her pregnancy, Jinger revealed that she was expecting to deliver in early July. 

So now that Independence Day has come and gone, it comes as no surprise that fans are intently watching her social media pages for indications that Jinger has gone into labor.

Despite rumors to the contrary, it seems that Jinger is still pregnant.

Which is why some fans are upset to see that her hair color has changed slightly.

As you may know, there’s some debate as to whether or not it’s safe for pregnant women to color their hair.

It seems to be one of those arguments in which junk science and urban legends reign supreme, which is why many of Jinger’s Instagram followers saw fit to lecture her in the comments section of her latest Instagram photo.

“How can you safely dye hair while pregnant?” wrote one person.

“I guess I’ve always heard the dangers of the chemicals are an absolute no during pregnancy,” another remarked.

Some fans took a subtler route, confessing to ignorance on the matter, then promptly throwing shade:

“Love your hair Jinger! I wasn’t allowed to color mine when I was pregnant,” remarked one such follower.

“I was told it could harm the baby. Things must have changed since then.”

Others defended Jinger and pointed out that there’s no evidence that mothers can harm fetuses by coloring their hair.

“I’m a licensed cosmetologist and coloring is fine,” countered one person. 

“We do recommend holding off the bleach till done with pregnancy, but it’s really to each his own!”

Another wrote, “The colored parts in her hair don’t reach to the roots, so I’m pretty sure there’s no problem with it.”

Generally, when you’re looking for authoritative answers on a medical question, it’s best to look somewhere other than the comments on an Instagram post, and according to the American Pregnancy Association’s website, it’s perfectly safe for expectant moms to dye their hair:

“Although fairly limited, most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy,” the site reads.

“In addition, only small amounts of hair dye may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus. As such, this small amount is not considered harmful to the fetus.”

So we guess Jinger is in the clear on this one.

But don’t expect her to take to IG and defend herself against the haters.

For one thing, that would go against Duggar protocol.

Aside from the family firebrand Derick Dillard, no one in the extended Duggar clan engages with online trolls.

And now that Derick has been fired by TLC, you can bet that Jim Bob is more adamant than other about maintaining a wholesome image on. social media.

On top of all that, Jinger has more serious concerns on her mind these days.

She’s reportedly in nesting mode these days, and she’ll soon be the first Duggar woman of her generation to welcome a child outside the state of Arkansas.

It’s a lot of pressure — and we say if Jinger wants to treat herself to some highlights, we should all just ease off and let the woman live!

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Spill ALL Their Wedding Details

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson shocked the world to close out June.

After getting engaged in January, and then announcing a summer wedding date, and then pushing back that wedding date by six months…

… the reality stars went ahead and got married on Saturday at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

The vows-exchange came as a surprise to even the most ardent Duggar Family, considering Duggar and Swanson had not said very much in public of late about their plans to wed.

Could that be because Swanson is pregnant and this was a shotgun marriage?!?

Perhaps, but that's obviously not a topic the newlyweds touched on in their first joint interview since becoming husband and wife.

“What a joy it is to be husband and wife,” the 18-year old and 21-year old told People Magazine very soon after getting married, adding:

“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect!”

Now, in the video above, Lauren and Josiah talk in even more detail about their big and blessed day.

“From walking down the aisle, to looking in his eyes and saying the vows was probably one of my favorite moments,” Lauren says in the above.

This video was filmed so shortly after the wedding that Lauren was still in her gown and Josiah was still in his tuxedo.

“What we’re looking forward to…is really spending time with each other as a couple, and really slowing down,” Josiah says in this same footage, adding:

“For me, I made a priority years ago, for my first year of marriage especially, to just slow down on as much work stuff as I can and really focus on our relationship with each other.”

Sounds like a life lesson everyone could and should heed.

Lauren wore a white cap sleeved bridal gown for the ceremony, which was actually officiated by her father.

Heart-shaped strawberry shortcake was served to the guests; while, the night before the wedding, the couple’s families had a "summer-style indoor cookout rehearsal dinner with burgers, hot dogs and sides on the menu," accoriding to People.

In the TLC-sponsored video featured here, Josiah teases that the “journey" to his and Lauren’s wedding day will be a major focus of the upcoming new season of Counting On.

This new season premieres on July 30.

Check out the romantic interview above now!

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The Duggar Family: A Timeline of Endless Weddings

The Duggar family is constantly celebrating a new engagement and then, a short time after, a new wedding and marriage.

And then children. The endless, endless stream of Duggar children.

Part of that is ideology — the Duggars are diehard fundamentalists who believe in strictly controlling their children, even as adults.

That means strict chastity and closely monitored courtships, which help motivate their kids to walk down the aisle without pausing to ask themselves what they want out of life.

But this endless series of back-to-back weddings help to keep the Duggars relevant — or close enough.

Let's take a look at how many of these Duggar kids have already been married off. Who's next?

1. First we have to start with … him

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Josh Duggar proposed to Anna on her birthday in 2008. They apparently followed all of the courtship rules, not even kissing until their wedding date.

2. Josh and Anna married, really testing the for-better-or-for-worse vow

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Josh and Anna got married on September 26, 2008. And, even after it became global knowledge that Josh had molested 5 young girls, including 4 of his young sisters, they remained married. Even after everyone learned that he had cheated on Anna, they remained married. She is a prisoner of the culture in which she was raised.

3. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard

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Jill and Derick got engaged back in April of 2014.

4. Jill and Derick’s Wedding

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Jill and Derick got married on June 21 of 2014. That’s, what? A two-and-a-half month engagement?

5. Next up are Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald

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Jessa and Ben (seen here AFTER their marriage — what do you take her for, some sort of scarlet woman?) got engaged on August 4 of 2014. though they had been courting for longer than Jill and Derick.

6. Jessa and Ben got married

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Jessa and Ben’s wedding was on November 1, 2014. And Jessa still hasn’t quieted down about it.

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Joseph Duggar & Kendra Caldwell Finally Answer Questions About Difficult Delivery of First Baby

It’s been less than one month since Kendra Caldwell welcomed her first child, but as is customary in the Duggar clan, she’s already been extremely forthcoming about all the joys and challenges of new motherhood.

While most reality stars prefer to keep things under wraps until such time as they can cash in on a TV special about the delivery, Kendra and husband Joseph Duggar have already shared most of the important facts about their new addition.

We know that Kendra and Joseph’s baby boy is named Garrett, and the young newlyweds were clearly eager to share photos of their bundle of joy.

But while they’ve been happy to keep fans up to date on Garrett’s development, Kendra and Joseph have chosen to keep certain details about his birth under wraps.

Until now.

TLC announced this week that Joe, Kendra and baby Garrett will star in their own half-hour special that’s set to air on Friday, July 6.

While Counting On won’t officially return until later this summer, it seems the Duggars didn’t want to wait that long to address questions about Kendra’s allegedly difficult delivery.

Within hours of when little Garrett entered the world, it was rumored that Kendra had given birth in a hospital.

This was an unexpected development, as Duggar women generally give birth at home, and Kendra had already announced her intention to do exactly that.

Rumors about unexpected complications began to make their way across the social media landscape, and Kendra and Joseph were understandably reluctant to talk about exactly what went down in the delivery room.

Now, it seems they’ve decided to let footage of the delivery speak for itself.

And TLC has already answered some pressing fan questions in a press release about the special.

“In the first glimpse, Joseph and Kendra Duggar are ready to welcome their baby. With 10 days to go until her due date, Kendra goes into labor and heads to the hospital,” the description reads. 

“Only a few hours later, she gives birth to their baby boy, Garrett David Duggar.”

So it seems that Kendra was hoping to give birth at home but called an audible when she started having contractions well ahead of schedule.

It’s not the first time a Duggar woman has made such a last minute change in plans, as both Jill and Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth in hospitals after experiencing unforeseen complications.

The important thing is, Kendra and Garrett are both happy and healthy — and ready for the spotlight.

Watch Counting On online top get caught up in time for another season of fundamentalist shenanigans.

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