The Duggar family grew even bigger over the weekend when Duggar son Joseph and wife Kendra welcomed their first child.
Joseph and Kendra were married on September 8, 2017 after courting for just about five months. In typical Duggar fashion, the newlyweds soon announced they were expecting their first child in a post on the Duggar family website in December, before posting in February that they would be expecting a son. Kendra posted a photo of their gender reveal featuring a picture of herself and Joseph standing in front of a cloud of blue dust and wrote about how excited she was to be welcoming a boy.
“We’re having a son! I’m especially excited to develop a mother son relationship with my little man. We’re so excited to step into this new stage in life. Pray for us for a safe delivery and healthy baby,” she wrote.
The couple became first time parents on June 8 when they welcomed son Garrett David Duggar, who weighed in at 7lbs, 80zs. The couple commented on the birth of their son through the family website writing, "No matter how many times we’ve experienced the joy of babies born in our families, there’s nothing comparable to the joy in our hearts today! Children truly are a gift from God. We are so thankful for his safe arrival and this new journey as parents."
"We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest grandbaby, Garrett David Duggar," Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote on the site. "Kendra and the baby are healthy and happy! Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes!"
It's been just over a year since 23 year old Joseph asked now 19 year old Kendra for her hand in marriage at sister Joy-Anna's wedding to Austin Forsyth last May, and now both couples are parents. The Duggars are as famous for their views on dating, marriage and their refusal to use birth control as they are for their large families.
Garrett is the 11th grandchild for Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, who have 19 children of their own. Disgraced son Josh Duggar shares five children, two daughters and three sons with wife Anna. Daughters Jill and Jessa both have two sons each, and Joy-Anna and husband Austin welcomed their first son, Gideon, in February.
Sister Jinger will be the next to add to the Duggar family tree when she and husband Jeremy Vuolo welcome their first child, a daughter, in just a few weeks. Many have applauded Jinger and Jeremy for waiting a year after their were married before getting pregnant, with many speculating the couple shunned the Duggar family strict rules about birth control.
Fans of the Duggar family will be able to catch up on all the new additions when Counting On premieres on Monday July 30th at 9|8c.
Congratulations to the happy family.