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Anna Duggar Opens Up About Fifth Child, “Long Labor”

Earlier this month, Anna Duggar welcomed her fifth child with her husband, disgraced former reality star Josh Duggar.

The news received a mixed reaction, as the appalling revelation that Josh molested five young girls and evaded punishment remains fresh in the minds of many former fans.

On social media, Josh has been slammed by fans for continuing to have children despite his history of abusive behavior.

As a result, the embattled 29-year-old has continued to keep a low profile in the weeks since his fifth child entered the world.

But that doesn’t mean his entire family is laying low.

To the surprise of many, Anna Duggar issued a statement to Us Weekly today.

In her brief missive to the tabloid, Anna says that despite an unexpectedly long labor, the birth went smoothly, and mother and son are currently resting comfortably at home.

“It was a long labor, but complication free and I feel really great,” Anna says.

“It’s a blessing to have so much help from our moms and family members. Our other little ones adore Mason and want to hold him all the time!”

It’s the first public statement from the Duggars since reps announced the birth back on September 12:

“We are so thankful and happy to announce the arrival of our new son, Mason Garrett Duggar. Both he and Anna are doing well,” read their statement at the time.

“He arrived today without complication and we already adore him. The entire family is ecstatic over the arrival of another beautiful blessing.”

The social media announcement continued:

“We want to thank everyone for your prayers, kind words and well wishes. We appreciate it much more than we could ever express. We pray God blesses each of you with an abundance of the kindness you’ve shown us.”

There’s been talk of Josh Duggar returning to television in the wake of his son’s birth, but considering the way the news was received by fans, that seems unlikely.

It’s clear that the Duggars would like to rehabilitate Josh’s battered public image, but they’re smart enough to no do so at the expense of their massively lucrative media empire.

For now, they’ll have to be content to let Anna do the talking for him. 

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

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Little People, Big World Fans Think Audrey Roloff Has Gone into Labor!

Audrey Roloff’s due date has come and gone, though that’s not uncommon for pregnancies.

Some fans of Little People, Big World and of the Roloff family in general, however, believe that Audrey Roloff went into labor yesterday.

And not just because yesterday was Labor Day, although that is a super cute coincidence. …

Audrey Roloff has been diligent about keeping the world updated through social media on her pregnancy.

She and her husband, Jeremy are excited about the upcoming birth of their child and they want to share this with the world.

We’re excited for them.

And we’re also excited because Audrey and Jeremy Roloff both have such great hair that we feel like their child, wielding the genetics of both parents, is destined to be a hair model.

Or possibly just Rapunzel.

Audrey and Jeremy haven’t revealed the name that they’ve picked out, or even a hint.

We suspect that the name that they’ve chosen will be something in keeping with their religious beliefs rather than a name from a popular fairy tale.

Now, on Friday, Audrey Roloff shared that photo of her in that black outfit, looking almost too pregnant to function.

Her caption reminded the world of exactly how far along she was:

“Yesterday was my due date! I can’t believe I’ve been carrying this bump of love for 9 months! Baby girl we are so eager to meet you!”

Yes, we should imagine so.

Even as unimaginably agonizing as childbirth can be, Audrey has to be looking forward to it.

To be done with her pregnancy but mostly so that she can meet her precious baby.

Right now, fans wonder if Audrey might have gone into labor yesterday.

Again, yes it was Labor Day, but that’s not what that means.

Audrey has been radio silent on Instagram since Sunday. 

She hasn’t delivered any new updates on Twitter, either — just sharing a blog post about Jesus and proselytizing that has nothing to do with her pregnancy.

(Also, tweets can be and often are scheduled in advance, especially when they’re tied to a potential revenue source like a blog)

And then we have Jeremy Roloff’s interesting boat analogy that he posted on Instagram:

“Well ladies and gentlemen, we are officially past the due date! We’ve been sailing full steam ahead, working hard to get the ship ready for land.”

That is not the end of the boat analogy.

“And now it feels as if we have sailed into the fog and the water is calm, the air is still, long and wide ripples stretch out from the ship as it slows it’s pace. Not a sound except the occasional creek of the bow … everyone onboard waiting to strike land!”

We’ve read enough fantasy adventures about pirates to follow that, more or less. It’s a weird analogy.

But “long and wide ripples” makes us think of contractions, which you’re supposed to time when they start.

Has she gone into labor?

The only clue that would make us say that no, Audrey hasn’t gone into labor, is that Matt Roloff — excited to meet his second grandchild — has been posting on social media.

And not about obvious pregnancy news or labor news or childbirth news.

It seems unlikely that Audrey and Jeremy would go to the hospital without telling Jeremy’s father.

It seems equally unlikely that proud grandpa Matt Roloff would totally keep cool and post on social media like always while his second grandchild is being born.

So let’s do our best to not jump the gun. Audrey will tell us when she tells us.

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Audrey Roloff: Is She in Labor? When is She Due?

Little People, Big World stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are so close to becoming parents …but it looks like they’re still waiting. For now.

Audrey, 26, and Jeremy, 27, are expecting their baby girl any day now and have been getting all the essential things in place beforehand.

This week, Audrey made “padcicles” for post-labor. Jeremy got the baby monitors up and running. Their new home and nursery are set up.

All that’s left to do now is wait … and not for much longer.

Jeremy and Audrey went radio silent on social media in the second half of this week, leading many fans to believe Audrey might be in labor.

Jeremy’s mom, Amy, hasn’t been on social media either, and Audrey’s due date is August 31 – today. So is #BabyRoloff on her way?

Honestly, we’re not sure. It’s pretty safe bet that she’ll arrive within the next few days, but there’s no immediate sign that labor has begun.

As for the little one’s name, Aubrey and Jeremy haven’t revealed the name they have chosen, nor have they even offered many hints.

She’s kept fans abreast of her pregnancy pretty much every step of the way, even when it meant receiving criticism from her followers.

Audrey has openly mused about the challenge of having a baby with running a business, wondering how other moms achieve a balance.

She’s posted numerous updates on getting her home ready and packing her bag for the hospital as the due date drew closer and closer.

Still, the beloved reality star has rubbed some fans the wrong way with a number of pictures she posted over the past several weeks.

How so?

First, some accused her of stealing the spotlight from Molly Roloff with all of her updates from her sister-in-law’s wedding to Joel Silvius.

Then there’s the matter of her baby bump shots. As her belly grows, Audrey’s love for showcasing it on Instagram has blossomed as well.

Some fans aren’t pleased at all, slamming what they see as “disgraceful” Audrey Roloff photos, though we think that’s a huge stretch.

Part of the criticism stems from the fact that Roloff’s emphasis on religion and how such revealing images may conflict with her values.

All nonsense.

People look too hard for things to hate, and just because she’s a public figure, feel they can unload on her in remarkably critical terms.

It certainly hasn’t slowed her down or led her to censor herself up to this point, and we don’t expect her to change after the baby is born.

She’s outspoken. Deal with it.

No one’s forcing you to follow her online or gaze upon her (beautiful) baby bump. So let’s all just live, let live and wish Audrey the best!

There’s a baby on the way!

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Woman Snaps World’s Greatest Selfie While Sister is in Labor

As previously documented, Kim Kardashian has often tried to break the Internet with her influx of selfies.

But Kat Armendariz has nearly succeeded where Kardashian failed… and she didn’t need to show off a single private part in order to do so!

SELFIE! While my sister is about to shove a baby out her vag! wrote Kat as a caption to this amazing selfie.

The 27-year old has gone incredibly viral as the result of a photo she snapped of herself and her sister around 3 a.m. on June 29.

But this wasn’t any ordinary photo of two sisters; it was a photo of Kat standing up in a hospital room and smiling… while 20-year old Kimberly screamed and grimaced in pain just a few feet away.

How come? Because she was deep in the throes of labor!

“My sister and I have a great relationship,” Kat wrote on Facebook of the image, adding:

“When I had my first daughter, Madison, I always recalled hearing her say ‘I’m never having kids, nope, never.’ well… 8 years later she had her moment!

“How could I miss the opportunity to capture this selfie and the humor that we constantly share, right?”

Kat has five kids of her own, so she has literally felt the pain of her sibling in this moment.

She obviously knew things would turn out okay in the end (well, more than okay… there would be a beautiful baby!) and figured such a selfie would be a humorous token to remember the occasion by.

And she’s been proven correct.

“I told her, ‘I am going to take this selfie and you can thank me later,'” Kat explained to Inside Edition. “I warned her that I wanted to take a selfie while she was in pain because I did my time already.”

Added the viral sensation:

“I wanted to capture that moment from the bottom of my heart. It was out of love. I am her sister and a pain in the butt.”

Kimberly had been in labor for 15 hours at Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso at the time this picture was taken.

She alter gave birth to her first child, a healthy baby boy named Zayden.

The picture and the story of these sisters have been shared on Inside Edition, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The Today Show and Yahoo Celebrities, among other websites, programs and outlets.

The image has also been been viewed over 544,000 times on imgur.

They were interviewed by a local Fox affiliate (below) as part of their 15 Minutes of Fame, while Kat’s photography business has seen a nice boom over the past few days.

sisters on fox

Kat says she’s received “a lot of backlash” for the snapshot from trolls online saying they would have never do such a thing to their sister.

BUT…

“That is the relationship we have,” Kimberly herself says. “I was cool with it. I think it was funny!”

Same here.

amother angle

“I am her sister. I did my duty,” Kat concludes to Inside Edition.

Amen, Kat! All siblings should share this sort of enjoyable bond, shouldn’t they?!?

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Jill Duggar: Has She Gone Into Labor?!

In some ways, the Duggar family is a lot like the universe.

It’s always expanding and sometimes the whole thing seems hopelessly confusing.

Fortunately, we’re here to help you keep track of every rumor concerning the many proposals, pregnancies, and births in the Duggar clan, and today we’ve got a doozy.

The family’s biggest fans watch their social media pages with the same fervor with which the British tabloid press scrutinizes the Royals.

As a result, they’re often able to accurately predict big news before it’s officially announced to the public.

Of course, sometimes they simply jump to conclusions and end up being wildly off-base.

Their latest speculation seems like it has a good chance of being rooted in truth, as it jibes with what we already know about Jill Duggar and her second pregnancy.

Though Jill’s exact due date remains a mystery, we know that she’s expecting to deliver sometime in July.

Now, fans are taking the photo above as an indication that Samuel Scott Dillard (Jill revealed the name last month.) is already on his way.

Of course, it’s less the picture of Jill’s first son, Israel, and more the caption that accompanied it that has fans on pins and needles.

“Israel is so ready for his baby brother!” reads the caption, which fans believe was penned by Duggar matriarch, Michelle.

Tellingly, the admin of the family’s official Facebook page (which again, is probably Michelle) has been avoiding questions about when Jill is expected to give birth.

Many fans who watch the page closely are taking that as a sign that she’s currently in labor.

There are even some who believe Jill secretly already gave birth and is holding off on making the announcement for reasons that remain unclear.

The last official word from the Dillards on the matter comes from Derick, who tweeted on the Fourth of July:

“If Samuel comes tonight, we’re going to have to call him Uncle Sam!”

Obviously, that sparked a round of wild speculation from the family’s fans.

Like we said, it doesn’t take much to set them off.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and publish updates as more information becomes available.

Watch Counting On online in the meantime to get your fix of all things Duggar.

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Matt Roloff Goes Into Labor, Puts Son to the Test

The following clip is very sweet.

And also a tad bit disturbing.

From tonight's installment of Little People, Big World, it features Matt Roloff making sure his son is prepared to welcome his first child into the world.

Prior to actually arriving at the hospital and comforting wife Tori through the steps of child birth, Matt aims to teach Zach a few lessons about what comes prior to this final step.

That is, the drive to the hospital.

Does Zach have a quick and safe route in mind?

Is he aware of the chaos that will surround their drive?

Will he work with Tori or against her as they head on over to the biggest moment of their lives? (Spoiler Alert: There's only one right answer to this question.)

Oh, does Zach realize he may need to call 911 if the baby starts to come out DURING the drive?

This is where Zach gets understandably worried.

But Matt urges his child to remain calm throughout. The circumstances will require it. Tori will need it from him.

Did we mention that Matt even pretend that his water breaks in order to drive home the urgency of the drill he's putting his son through?

Yeah. This happens, prompting the following reaction from Zach:

Zach and Tori welcomed a son named Jackson into the world on May 12.

He's a happy, healthy and adorable little person… who really will grow up to be a little person. He was born with the gene for dwarfism.

But Zach and Tori have said all the right things about their child and we have no doubt he'll grow up in a loving, helpful and stable household.

You can use our link to watch Little People, Big World online and you can check out the following sneak peek to prepare for an episode that will also focus on Zach's health problems in the days leading up to his son's birth.

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