June 30 Oh Duggar Baby! It's a ....

Josh and Anna don't know if their first child will be a boy or girl --but the Today show does! Watch as Josh and Anna are kept in the dark until it's revealed live on national television, via a special cake from the Cake Boss.

30 minutes

80 comments:

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Since the Today show has been aired we all know it is a girl so that is nothing exciting to look forward too. However, I am excited to see the cake that is made from Cake Boss. Today Cake boss made some type of cone with pink filling for a woman who is about to have a girl.

Oh, I remember I did see the cake it was too on the Today show, and the inside of it revealed the sex of the child just like the cones on today show.

Anonymous said...

What crazy people wait to find out the sex of their child on NATIONAL television? Whatever happened to privacy and the sanctity of the marriage?

Josh is a publicity and money whore! He would sell his young, naive wife's privacy for financial gain. Sickening!

Jinger Rocks! said...

Isn't it kind of weird that Josh was sitting closer to Meredith on the Today show than Anna? If the Duggars value honoring women, then wouldn't he have put Anna closer to Meredith (the same concept of courtesy, opening a door for women, of men standing on the outside of a road walking down the street etc.). Then again, maybe the show arranged them that way, but Anna comes off looking like Lois Lane desperately clinging onto Superman as he zips around the skies, saving the world.

Cari said...

Silly that they're dragging out all this fake suspense since we've known the answer for weeks!

Cracker Jack said...

Please Duggars, go back to just being an occasional special! You just aren't interesting enough for us to visit with you weekly and it's alarming how you are jumping through TLC's hoops faster and faster. Remember Jon and Kate? Stop while you still can!

jonandkatewho? said...

Cracker Jack said...

Please Duggars, go back to just being an occasional special! You just aren't interesting enough for us to visit with you weekly and it's alarming how you are jumping through TLC's hoops faster and faster. Remember Jon and Kate? Stop while you still can!

6/30/2009 10:46 AM
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A BIG AMEN!

I really think this show is dead boring. Who cares about a new Duggar baby, in the grand scheme of things? Josh will be exploiting the kid from birth, along with his wife who seems to be under his total control.

Yuck.

Anonymous said...

Dr. visits, window treatments, and telling the fans what they already know. Hmmm. Is this not a SIGN that the producers have nothing left to drag out of the Duggar saga?

Josh, & now sweet Anna (poor doe-eyed child), need to get a real jobs and grow up. Unless you have a big litter (J&K+8 Octomom), one baby and a used car business in AK do not make for compelling TV.

Now, if one of the Duggar kids were to strikout on their own to follow their dream. Seeing them navigate the secular world (probably without JB&M's blessing, support, etc.) might be interesting. FREE JINGER !!

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that Josh won't start exploiting his little girl when she's born - he's already doing it.

Filming a show with J&A finding out the sex of the baby by filming part of Today is sure fascinating.

Josh is beyond overbearing and Anna needs to learn how to stand on her own 2 feet (literally).

Joanna said...

Ha ha Amy. I wouldn't put my little girl in that over floarl dress either! But I also wouldn't put her in that droopy top either!

Jill looked funny!

I've also found baby shoes at Wal-Mart for $2.00 or under. I honestly don't have a big love for shopping, but children's loves, especially baby clothes, and especially girl clothes. If I'm ever suspecting a baby (hopefully a girl), I'm really going to have to exercise self control.

Joanna said...

Michelle's getting thin!

Judy said...

I wonder why they've gone from wanting God to decide on the number of their children to saying they only want two or three? At their wedding, they vowed to let God decide! Less than a year later, in the midst of a pregnancy, they're only planning two or three children.

The Summarizer said...

Wow. Last week cute, fun, adorable . . . this week media-whoring at its best. or is that worst?

So it was Grandma Duggar's idea to do the Gender Cake? Hmm, wonder where she heard that idea. Perhaps from the same person who told the Today Show about the baby . . . right, Sean?

my gosh, Anna had to be told she was pregnant by her husband and had to be told the sex of her baby by a cake! (And way to wrangle in another show there, TLC.) But it's awful because at the beginning of the episode I was thinking that Anna seems to be starting to come into her own. and then she gave us that tired old Duggar proverb about "buy used, save the difference." (Which is good advice but I'm really sick of hearing it ad nauseum. And for that matter, wouldn't it have been more cost effective to wait until they knew the sex of the baby so they didn't have to waste money buying boy things? At least now maybe they can get baby Jordyn's hand-me-downs and save money that way.)

Was it me or did Josh seem slightly disappointed that he's going to have a daughter? I mean, he was right about the gender but he didn't seem all that, well, happy about it. I just hope to heaven that they DON'T name the baby Meredith; that is just going too far with the media-whoring.

The Summarizer said...

sorry, forgot one more thing: IS JOSH LEFT HANDED? He was cutting the cake with his left hand and did it pretty neatly too.

I've never tried cutting a cake with my non-dominant hand so I have no comparison but could that be why they stuck Josh between the two women -- so he could cut the cake with his dominant left hand? (Like there was ever any doubt HE would do the cutting! That question about "who wants to cut" was purely for show.)

Judy said...

Summarizer:

I *think* the store shots were done after they knew because she held up one bag and said it was full of dresses, and they focused more on girl clothes, My guess is that TLC decided it would go first in the sequence so wanted them to act like they were buying both.

PS: I'm sure TLC paid for the clothes anyway. Business expenses.

Shawna said...

Did anyone catch Meredith greeting Josh and Anna with a side kiss on the cheek? I'm sure it's just second nature to Meredith, but definitely not to Josh. There was definite hesitation. It was so awkward, I had to laugh.

I also wondered about how many kids they'd have. At the wedding, they made it clear that they would have as many as they could. Now they're making it sound like they aren't going to have that many. In Anna's words, "We're not going to set a record." How does she know? Believe me, I'm not complaining. I'm just wondering.

Harriet said...

It sounds to me like Anna has talked to her sister who isn't planning to have a dozen or more plus she is finding pregnancy to be something she can't imagine enduring sixteen or twenty times. All day morning sickness can do that to one.

pam said...

Josh- ugh, so domineering and over bearing. Anna should have cut that cake but Josh just took right over. Also he always answers first- Anna's responses are just a copy of his. He has to be in the spotlight- Anna is just a prop. He acts sort of annoyed and preoccupied at times, I'm thinking he may have a bit of a temper. I don't have high hopes for Anna or the marriage.

Anonymous said...

Shawna, re: # of kids

I thought what Anna had said was "We're not going for any records" meaning that they're not going to deliberately try to pump out as many kids as possible (but I could have misheard.)

whatever happened to the standard Duggar response of "We'll take as many as God will give us"? Pre-parenthood proving a little rough going?

2girls17 said...

I wonder if their culture places a priority on having a son first. Many cultures do, but I'm not sure what their particular brand of religion says about this (other than all babies are a gift, or whatever). I wonder if that was why poor little Anna was thinking it was a boy, and why His Majesty seemed ever so slightly diappointed when he found out the gender (even though he was right, as he was quick to point out). Maybe you get brownie points for having a son first,

BigSkyCountry29 said...

I really had no problem with this episode! It was cute. I don't understand why some people are commenting about what hand Josh used when cutting the cake and or where they were sitting on the Today Show. They are a nice family, much better than the Gosselins. And maybe that kind of scrutiny is what helped contribute to the Gosselins being as bad as they are?
I did think it was interesting that they pledged to have as many kids as God wanted for them and now they are saying 2 or 3.
Anna strikes me as a shy person and Josh as outgoing(ok he's a bit much sometimes). But I do think Anna is getting braver. She didn't look so terrified at the doctor's appointment on this show as compared to the first one. she seems a bit more confident.
Don't bash this family so much! The show may be boring sometimes but it is supposed to be their real life--is YOUR real life that exciting? Or do you want it to become TLC's highest rated episode where the mom and dad are fighting and getting divorced? I like the Duggars as they are, simple nice people. Don't be too hard on them :)

Anonymous said...

"Don't be so hard on them"?

The Duggars have put themselves out there on national television, compromising their privacy and integrity. MY family isn't recorded for the world to see, so it isn't open for discussion. But the Duggars, Gosselins, Little Couple, Roloffs, etc. have chosen the financial rewards provided by TLC over the privacy of their families. Of course we can comment on them, and be hard on them too, for rampant hypocrisy.

I also thought it was wasteful that Anna went shopping for baby clothes before knowing the sex of the baby (which they were going to find out shortly), and that Josh was overbearing on the Today show. I think Meredith and Anne could not believe anyone would allow a TV show to know such intimate news before the couple did. It is the lowest of lows, and shows that Josh is the worst kind of media whore.

Anonymous said...

PACKING !! Josh had the audacity to say, "I'm used to packing for a Duggar trip." or words to that effect. Liar! The girls ALWAYS pack and provision the wagon. A even asked J (sought permission?) if he could carry an extra pair of shoes in his carry on.

Anna is obviously organized and time conscious and J is not. J craves the center shot, cutting the cake (did it appear he had to think before serving Anna cake before himself?), reading his wife's thoughts, and answering for her. This borish behavior will ware very thin in the days to come (if not already).

Once post-natal chaos sets in, A will realizes she HAS two children and STOP right there. How many "buddies" did Josh have to care for? None or not for very long so the learning curve may be steep.

CappuccinoLife said...

Re: number of children....I think they were just trying to address people's assumptions that "taking what God gives us" means necessarily having 20 kids. I mean...one of the comments on this site was "they've created another breeding machine". And of course, Jim Bob and Michelle are frequently accused of manipulating fertility (early weaning, whatever) in order to get as many kids out of her body as possible.

I also think Josh is realizing that parenthood is a *big fat deal* when you're the parent. It's easy to romanticize a big family if that's what you want, but when you're actually facing it, your feet come back down to planet earth. That doesn't mean they won't still eschew birth control, but it does mean they probably realize it's going to take a whole heck of a lot more faith and hard work than his teenage mind could have concieved of.

I could honestly say I am content right now with the three children I have. I could remain content. But we are not doing anything to prevent further pregnancies and I would not be upset to have many more. :) 10 years ago I would have been *devastated* if someone told me I'd only have 3 children. I wanted 15. I still would love that many but as I've matured I've learned to count the blessings that I do have and not fret over life not going the way I'd planned it. In some cases "taking what God gives us" means accepting with joy fewer than we'd expected.

Mommy in PA said...

Joanna said...
Michelle's getting thin!

6/30/2009 8:34 PM


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Well, then we know she's obviously not on #19 yet :)

Mommy in PA said...

Judy said...
I wonder why they've gone from wanting God to decide on the number of their children to saying they only want two or three? At their wedding, they vowed to let God decide! Less than a year later, in the midst of a pregnancy, they're only planning two or three children.

6/30/2009 8:37 PM


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They never said that they are planning to have only 2 or 3. Just like JB & Michelle, they will happily take as many kids as God give them. They are just trying to point out that they are NOT JB&M (and it seems that so many people already expect them to mirror his parents), so they would be perfectly happy if they have only 2 or 3. But in reality, they will be happy with just a few kids or a large family. They are still letting God decide, they probably just want people to stop asking if they will INTENTIONALLY try to have as many as JB&M.

Anonymous said...

This "country bumpkin" attitude of not being aware of the outside world is getting tiresome.

Josh's feign surprise that TLC has *another* show that features a cake-maker was laughable. Does he really expect us to believe that we don't know of/watch the rest of TLC's line-up or the hundreds of other similiar shows around the dial? He may have been sheltered for the first years of his life, but ever since that original documentary he made at age 16, I believe it was, he's had a crash course in today's media culture & has to be a lot more savvy than he lets on.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that Anna called Michelle "Mrs. Duggar?" You would think she would be able to call her mother-in-law by her first name.

Tammy C said...

I felt bad that Anna's parents were left out.Only the Duggar parents were shown on TV.How rude to leave the other set of parents/gradnparents out of the picture.

Anonymous said...

Anna is so shy and sheltered - I can almost guarantee that when she was asked if she wanted to cut the cake on live national television - she said, no way - Josh you do it. Knowing her, she was probably nervous that she'd do it wrong - or knock the whole thing over. That is probably the main reason Josh sat directly next to Meredith as well - Anna doesn't want to answer the questions, she gets nervous and likes it when Josh takes charge and does it. Nothing wrong with that. I think they have a very loving relationship, as do Michelle and Jim Bob. I have lots and lots of issues with the Duggar's - but I absolutely adore their family and this show! I'm learning a lot from them.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the cost of raising children these days may have made the younger Duggar couple rethink how large a family they want! I also am glad that Josh Duggar is media savy though he can grate on your nerves at times. You have to have your eyes open, not shut with TLC!

Janecamino said...

I can't believe how quickly Josh is becoming Jon & Kate. He urks me to no end. They made a big deal about telling the duggars the gender, but what about her family? I think Anna is sweet, but I worry how she'll manage with a new baby being so young herself. Her family doesn't live close bye (I don't think) and it's not like her MIL can help out. I'm sure Josh is too manly to change diapers or take care of a baby. Then again, maybe one of her many SIL's will help her out.
Did anyone notice Anna's clothing change? On her way to the today show, she had a shorter black skirt. But then when they left, she had on an ankle lenght brown/tan skirt. Makes me think they did the taping later or they didn't want her to be taped with a shorter skirt. I also hope they don't broadcast the birth. Knowing Josh, he probally will, but the poor girl (Anna and the baby) need some privacy.

Judy said...

They never said that they are planning to have only 2 or 3. Just like JB & Michelle, they will happily take as many kids as God give them. They are just trying to point out that they are NOT JB&M (and it seems that so many people already expect them to mirror his parents), so they would be perfectly happy if they have only 2 or 3. But in reality, they will be happy with just a few kids or a large family. They are still letting God decide, they probably just want people to stop asking if they will INTENTIONALLY try to have as many as JB&M.


I've hard Josh say twice now, at least, that they want two or three and on last night's episode, he said having eighteen children is not for everyone. It seems like he's saying they're having second thoughts about their original wedding vows claiming to let God decide how many children and at what time. If they truly are "going to let God decide," they're not only going to have two or three, because two or three means they will be watching her cycles.

Anonymous said...

It couldn't possibly be true that those wedding vows were written by someone else and more or less forced upon them now could it? Many have wondered about how the kids would live their lives when they leave the nest. I think the first tiny sign of making his/her own decisions is appearing.

Mike Hock said...

I just find it hypocritical that a family that professes to believe that TV is evil is making money off of the medium and is announcing births on TV. That's analagous to a black person making money off of the Klan. It's just weird.

Anonymous said...

Who's picking up the tab on health costs? TLC, Big Daddy, who? Given that Josh can't make much off his wholesale car lot and Anna doesn't work, how are they paying for anything. I there views are on health reform or do they leave that up to God, too.

Judy said...

It is amazing how the lure of money gets people to do things they wouldn't otherwise do.

"Constance-1-M" said...

It's the Christian version of "Speidi": "Josanna"

He's overbearing & wants every second of his 15 minutes of fame.

She's too quiet and allowing him to direct her life, while quietly crying over his antics. When this poor girl flips her lid she's going to blow like a volcano.

msrylee said...

To all the Canadians reading this, "Happy Canada Day"!!

I think it was very obvious and rude that Anna's parents and family weren't included in the announcement. If a satellite feed was set up in TN for the Duggar clan, surely one could have been set up in FL for the Kellers. The Duggars are not the only grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. of the expected baby. Shame on TLC, and the Duggars for excluding the Kellers.

pam said...

Maybe the Kellers didnt want to be on TV. They seem to be more private than the Duggars. Hopefully they were consulted. If not, then shame on the Duggars.

swissmiss said...

I can't believe a young couple is willing to go on national TV to find out the sex of their child. Let's hope they don't film poor Anna giving birth.

Josh comes across as a selfish prig to me.

The Duggar family doesn't normally watch TV, so they probably don't watch Cake Boss, but Josh certainly should at least have heard about it.

Anna seems like a Stepford wife. I hope she will be ok. Her family is way off in Florida.

I used to like Amy, but I'm tired of her showing up all the time. I understand she is trying to promote a singing career.

chocolatebee said...

Not much I can say about this episode but I was a bit annoyed by Josh taking the lead when it came to cutting the cake for the big "reveal".He never even gave Anna the chance to say she would (not that I think she would have spoken up)and he definitely didn't offer her to cut the cake or even cut it with him.Josh can be so overbearing.Nothing annoyed me more than his attitude on the Today Show. Well, maybe the erratic behavior of Ann Curry, but surely Josh was an annoying.

I did find it sweet when Anna went shopping for the baby.Although I probably wouldn't have gone about it by buying gender specific items, it still made me smile as I remembered the excitement and giddiness I felt when shopping for my babies.Of course Cousin Amy's presence was not needed but I'm sure others will complain enough about her so I won't say more. But it was sweet for Michelle,Grandma, and Ann's sister to come along and help her pick out nice things.It looks as if she picked some cute girl clothes. I forgot about Anna quoting Jim Bob's infamous "buy used,save the difference" slogan.It made my flesh crawl and seemed like a bad pitch for a thrift store!

pam said...

I understand she is trying to promote a singing career.

Has she ever sung on the show? Wouldnt that be a better way to promote a singing career, instead of snarking about baby clothes? She's more annoying that Josh and J-B together.

Anonymous said...

For me, cousin Amy can walk out the door and keep on walking. She's that show off kid in class who wants 90% of the attention and can't stand it when someone else is in the limelight. It was Anna's day as the pregnant mom to be and Amy's horning in was just rude and not needed. I'd have rather seen Jana.

Midwest Mom said...

"Judy said...
I wonder why they've gone from wanting God to decide on the number of their children to saying they only want two or three? At their wedding, they vowed to let God decide! Less than a year later, in the midst of a pregnancy, they're only planning two or three children."
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Hmmm....seems to me that Mr. Josh has met Mr. Reality.

Kids cost MONEY !!

Just like law school....which Josh has evidently thrown out the window.

Joanna said...

It has never even been hitted at on the show that Amy is a singer. I didn't even know it until someone said it on Discovery Health's discussion board. Amy's version of "Amazing Grace" was played during "Duggars say Goodbye" to Grandpa, but they didn't say it was her singing it. It seems to me that unless people look Amy up on the internet, the general viewer of the show dosen't know that Amy is a singer.

maria said...

Isn't Josh only 21? He is starting to look like an overweight, middle-aged man to me. Just my opinion.

I agree with the person who said cousin Amy can walk out the door and just keep walking. I'm sick of her and her childish behavior.

Emiku said...

Amy is sweet, but she got kind of irritating in this episode. The way she comes off in the show is as if she's playing a character who is supposed to be the total opposite of the other Duggars, almost like she's a "bad girl" or something.

In reality I think she is just your average girl. She's not some troublemaker or "bad girl", she just doesn't follow a strict dress code & she will actually date a guy before marrying him.

I don't really like the way Josh is all about making sure the cameras are around when anything "big" happens. Like how he had to call up the crew when Anna was taking the pregnancy test, & his wanting to be on national television when finding out the baby's gender. Maybe in his mind he sees it as something interesting/exciting to get on film for the show. I know if I were having my boring life filmed I'd probably be trying to think of something interesting to show other than me cooking dinner or watching TV. lol But I really hope if there is something that Anna doesn't want filmed, she will actually speak up and say so. I think it would be hard for her to do so, feeling that the man is the head of the house & family, but hopefully she knows that she can respectfully disagree with her husband & she does have say in whatever happens when it specifically involves her & her child.

Maegan said...

When my husband and I were dating...we wanted like 6 kids. We thought it would be AWESOME. Then I had ONE...and I decided I didn't want to do it 6 times. Hubby says I "can't" back out now...lol. Like he has a choice!!! We have two now...are considering 3...but I know I would not go to 6. Once things actually start happening...it's easy to change your mind. ;)

Oh...and I have been married for 6 years...and my husband still refers to my parents as Ms. Suzie & Mr. Joe...He *might* have called my dad by just his first name a few times, cuz they worked together for a while...but he still uses the Ms. in front my my mom's first name. He never called them by their last names...it just wasn't necessary when they were introduced, b/c he met them as an adult. So...I don't think it's that weird that A calls her MIL Mrs. Duggar. It's probably just habit.

tha squirrel watcha said...

I think Amy is great. She is there to spice up an otherwise boring show, but she is obviously close to her family, hence why she is there. I can't stand the condescending behavior of the family towards her. THAT is getting old. It's sad because it makes me think that their tolerance of people that are different than them may be faked for the show. Let's see the outside friends of the girls, especially the older girls. Let's see some real daily life, rather than fake, regurgitated ideas from other shows. (I hope they read this!)

Josh is just a baby. He probably has to work more than he ever did and has no idea how he will run his family. He probably has to get up early for the first time, too. I don't think Anna is timid at all, she just doesn't like to speak in front of groups.I believe SHE wears the pants. Let's see some more of that!!!

berrybunch said...

I know this is superficial, but I just wanted to say that Anna's hair looked really pretty at times in this episode. Soft and wavy, then in the interview segment it was back to the ugly, scrunchy permed look with the slicked-down bangs.

Jessica said...

--Did anyone else notice that Anna called Michelle "Mrs. Duggar?" You would think she would be able to call her mother-in-law by her first name.--

Wow. I'm not even conservative and I don't call my mother-in-law by her first name! I don't even know anyone who does. I think "Mrs. Duggar" is entirely appropriate.

KB said...

Josh and Anna have previously stated in front of the family, like when they announced they were expecting that they would be happy with only two or three and they have said it even before that, but they throw in at the end that they will be happy with whatever God gives them. I took that as if we are blessed with one, great if we get more than the two or three we want, that's ok too. I don't think or at least feel like they have, Anna inparticular, expressed an overwhelming desire to have the incredible number of children that Josh's parents have had.

They originally said they were happy with whatever, but they had an idea of number of children they actually desired and expressed that, but through being able to actually spend time alone and discuss these things in private without a sibling listening in as a chaperone they were able to get a bit more on the same page it seems and decide that for themselves a smaller family was best for them.

I think and wonder if setting a number for themselves like that prior to the wedding would have raised issues within the families about that, that they may not be leaving it all up to god and how would they intend to control the number of children. At least as married independent adults Anna and Josh can make those decisions free of their parents.

msrylee said...

Pam, I hope the Kellers were asked to participate in the announcement. It is quite possible that they declined, as they seem to want to maintain their privacy. Thanks for reminding me of this.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was weird that Anna calls Michelle "Mrs. Duggar", but it is totally within her character, especially since she is so very young.

I first met my MIL when I was in my thirties, so of course I called her by her first name. We are both adults after all. It never even occured to me to call her anything other than her first name.

But I can see Anna, who is only 20 years old, thinking that the only appropriate thing to call her MIL is "Mrs. Duggar". She has been extremely sheltered her whole life and I don't think it has occurred to Anna yet that she is an adult too. Maybe having that baby will make her realize that she is a grown up.

momof5 said...

Judy said...

I wonder why they've gone from wanting God to decide on the number of their children to saying they only want two or three? At their wedding, they vowed to let God decide! Less than a year later, in the midst of a pregnancy, they're only planning two or three children.

6/30/2009 8:37 PM
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Because JimBob & Michelle weren't around. Notice Josh said that off the Today show camera & probably didn't think he was being filmed.

Poor Josh he went from having high aspirations to a used car salesman. Everytime I see him at work it breaks my heart. & PLEASE Anna buy something new for your 1st baby. Second hand is fine but it's your 1st baby!

Beedageeda said...

Anonymous said...

"Did anyone else notice that Anna called Michelle "Mrs. Duggar?" You would think she would be able to call her mother-in-law by her first name."

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Worse!! "MISS Duggar." That's a mistake corrected of second graders. It's just laughable and uncomfortable to hear out of a 20-year-old, aside from the fact that she's her mother-in-law.

Anonymous said...

berrybunch said:
I know this is superficial, but I just wanted to say that Anna's hair looked really pretty at times in this episode. Soft and wavy, then in the interview segment it was back to the ugly, scrunchy permed look with the slicked-down bangs

You're not superficial because I noticed this too. I noticed that Anna's hair seemed different and I also noticed that at one point, I think it was on the way to the show, Anna had on a slightly above the knee length black skirt. But it seemed like once they were on the Today Show set she changed her clothes(well at least her skirt) and her hair was back to being weird.I guess they wanted to make sure her look was like it normally is? I dont know but I think Anna has potential to be a very beautiful girl

momof5 said...

Doesn't really belong on this thread but I just read on A & J's website that Anna has a BA in Christian Education.

imaamy said...

Maybe if they believe in baby showers she will get new things then. With all the money TLC will be paying Josh, hopefully at least the crib and such will be new. I guess they can always borrow headbands and bows from Jordyn!

Emiku said...

About Anna calling Michelle "Mrs. Duggar" (Josh also calls her parents Mr. & Mrs. Keller), I think this is just a culture thing. I know a lot of people from the south, especially conservatives, who always refer to people older than them as Mr., Mrs., ma'am, sir, etc. It's just a way of being polite. I even known a man who calls his own wife "Mrs. Higgins" when he's talking about her to other people. lol

Anonymous said...

They have a registry on babiesrus.com so they'll get some new things. Judy

Tetotomom said...

It is just common courtesy to call your in laws Mr or Mrs. unless you're given permission by them to call them something else.
I don't appreciate being called by my given name by inlaws who are not even half my age. I didn't raise my kids to call older people by their given name. Maybe it is Southern culture but it's also showing respect .

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with showing respect to your inlaws? Its not just cultural, more conservative, but still a nice gesture of respect and affection. Perhaps in private the inlaws are called by other names... so dont forget good manners never go out of style!!!

Anonymous said...

Having watched this season more than I have watched past seasons, I am really starting to notice just how immature Josh & Anna are. I had my first child at 24 and now looking back I am sure I was an immature mother. He really needs to get a proper education. I cannot stand listening to him speak! He sounds like such a dope!

MrsP said...

It annoys me how Anna "hangs on" and "latches" to Josh's arm and is always putting her head on his shoulder. I want to say to her "for goodness sake...leave the man alone...give him some room to breath."
I have a hunch that Josh can be controlling...

Anna Lou said...

I used to look forward to the Duggars occasional update.

Now I don't even know what night or time they are on. Too much exposure. They have lost their charm.

Anonymous said...

Anna is pathetically naive and immature. All of the Duggar girls are as well, but that is Jim Bob and Michelle's goal: to keep the girls in the cult from experiencing anything remotely normal and age-appropriate (from friendships to education), and also to remain submissive to men. It's 2009, and these girls are still in the dark ages. Their lives are worse than women in the 50's, who at least could get out and meet with friends in the neighborhood! The Duggar girls (and probably the Bates and Kellers) are not allowed to have any experiences except cleaning, cooking and raising their mother's children.

Anna has also turned over all decision making to her husband, including decisions about her own body. I couldn't believe that JOSH answered the question about morning sickness on the Today show. Like HE was experiencing it, not Anna?

Shame on these families, for giving their daughters so few tools to live a normal life!!

clanof9 said...

Yes, Josh can be overbearing at times. I think he's harmless, though, I think he just likes to hear himself talk. The camera is new to Anna and I think she wants him to take over at this point. I'd like to think that if in the future it gets on Anna's nerves, she can tell him and he'll adjust with considersation to her desires. Now if he lets them film the birth of the baby, I'll think differently of him...

Does anyone think it's a little strange that Jana and John-David are 19 years of age and are still living at home? John-David mentioned that he wants to start a towing business, and I know he works with Josh in the car business, but still... And Jana is just continuing on as big sister and helping around the house, as far as I can tell.

By their age, most productive young adults have left home and are living with roommates, pursuing work and/or college. Some kids continue living at home while they work or take classes, but I haven't seen any evidence that Jana is doing that. Is she hoping to wait until she gets married before leaving home? I wonder what the Duggars' philosophy is on their kids leaving for college after high school? Does it bother them to have their grown children still hanging around at home? I believe Josh lived at home until his marriage. I know they appreciate the help from the older kids, but I know they love their older kids too and would want them to have a life of their own.

Anyone else think it's odd? I absolutely love the Duggars and they have raised phenomenal children with good values, but I do think it's strange the grown children aren't leaving home or pursuing higher education.

Paige said...

To clanof9: the kids stay on the compound until they get married off. If JB let somebody leave, he'd be relinquishing control!

On the home schooling episode I remember him saying something about how he'd support whatever career his kids wanted to pursue, but I guess that excludes any career that requires higher education.

Wait, I take that back. He'd probably let them go to college online, but that still excludes a lot of subjects.

clanof9 said...

Do you really think JB is controlling? I don't get that from him at all. I had a controlling father and it didn't look like JimBob Duggar.

I do think that maybe because of their lifestyle that the grown kids are afraid and undertain about how to leave home and live on their own. Don't know but it seems like that could be the case.

I hope that Josh returns to his earlier ambitions to go to law school. The longer he waits the harder it will be later, with more children. Running that used car lot looks depressing.

Not a Duggar Fan said...

I have been thinking about recent comments about Josh getting pudgy and looking middle-aged at 21 and I started thinking....do the Duggar kids exercise? Yes, I realize the young ones ride bikes and skate, but I can't think if I have ever seen the older ones working out. Just curious, if anyone remembers. Josh is going to find out quickly that Tater Tot Casserole and Ice Cream Sandwich Cake stay on the waistline the older you get.

I, too, have felt like Josh could have a short fuse. I think this is something that he could have inherited from Jim Bob; I think JB might have a bit of a temper also. Both father and son were raised to think that the sun rose and set by their needs and opinions.

clanof9 said...

Are you kidding me? JimBob Duggar with a temper and Josh with a short fuse? I have seen every episode and special the Duggars have been in and I would bet every dollar in my savings account that that is not even remotely the case. JimBob is so loving and considerate of his wife, and patiently and lovingly disciplines his children - you can't fake that. (Kate Gosselin hasn't been able to.) Michelle even admitted to changing the house plans several times while JB was building the house with his own hands, and having to redo everything as a consequence. Many husbands would lose it over that, but JB appeared to handle it in stride.

My husband and I have a large family and the biggest challenge is trying to deal with with frustrations and discipline with consistent firmness, love and kindness. I think JB&M are stellar role models of that. Here is a man who loves and serves his wife and family. This is also apparent in their book they wrote, he respects and adores Michelle and each of their children. I think some people's depiction of him with a short temper, demanding submission to his opinions and desires is ridiculous and inaccurate.

Josh has had his father's wonderful example throughout his life and so will likely treat his wife and children the same. I have noticed that he has been ever solicitous and conscious of Anna's well-being and comfort throughout this pregnancy. This is not typical of all husbands.

I have nothing but the highest opinion of JB, and Josh as well, when it comes to their treatment of their families.

maria said...

Wow. I'm not even conservative and I don't call my mother-in-law by her first name! I don't even know anyone who does. I think "Mrs. Duggar" is entirely appropriate.

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I have always called my mother-in-law Diane, since the day I met her, which was 18 years ago. I was never comfortable enough to call her 'mom', but it felt weird even thinking about calling her Ms. Smith.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Here is a neat quiz about the Duggars. I got 90 percent:

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz2715831f17d90.html

Here is Amy's web site. She claims she has instant likeability as I am sure some of you agree with.

http://amyduggar.com/

Momof2inMD said...

Was it me or did Josh seem slightly disappointed that he's going to have a daughter? I mean, he was right about the gender but he didn't seem all that, well, happy about it. I just hope to heaven that they DON'T name the baby Meredith; that is just going too far with the media-whoring.
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I saw that too and I agree, he looked a bit disappointed. He didn't get excited at all. I was surprised, since it is his first baby.
Did you all see how he wuffed down the cake?

Anonymous said...

Josh is just downright portly!!! I hardly recognized him!

maria said...

Momof2inMD said...

Did you all see how he wuffed down the cake?

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Of course we did! And now we know why he is already so darn fat! For a kid so young, I can't believe how large his waist is already. I was really shocked because this was the first episode where I really noticed that he was truly out of shape, especially for being so young.

Ava said...

Why the heck do they even have Amy on there at all? Why does she get her own interview on episodes? She really annoys me and I have no idea why they keep her on the show as she does not live in the house. So why is she on there all the time/

Sisi said...

The editing on this episode was weird. At some point Anna changed her skirt from a just below the knee black one to a longer tan one. Perhaps it was for additional shots on a subsequent day and they thought that her wearing the same top would fool us into not noticing that or something.
Do the editing staff at TLC think we're not going to notice that as the shot's angle changes we won't see that half the outfit is different??? Its weird and shows a real level of laziness on teh part of the staff putting this show together.

Also, this was her first trip to NYC. Did they get to do any New York touristy things? A sandwhcih at Carnegie Deli or a trip to the theater? It would seem like they could have milked something of interest on this program showing their tour around the city.

Joanna said...

We have got a name! Drum roll please...........



"Mackynzie Renèe Duggar"


Josh and Anna just annouced it on their website. I LOVE Mackynzie! It's one of my all time favorite names. Sorry Meredith.