Tuesday, October 5, Duggars In Stitches

Watch as the Duggars embark on a media tour with appearances on The Today Show and a photo shoot with People Magazine.  But when a young Duggar has to take an emergency trip to the doctor will the family be camera ready in time?

30 minutes

105 comments:

Judy said...

Seriously?

Anonymous said...

Well, this is obviously in response to the questioning here of never seeing them at the doctor's. ("We take good care of our blessings!")

hannah said...

It was Johannah. It amazing she seems to the only major injury the kids have. They lack such simple and basic safty rules.

mythoughtis said...

Only saw the preview... where Michelle says 'she rolled and rolled and rolled and'... just exactly where was this bike accident at... andy why were they letting a 4 year old ride on a hill? that is the only way she could have rolled and rolled and rolled. Safety never a concern for these folks

Cyn said...

Only saw the preview... where Michelle says 'she rolled and rolled and rolled and'... just exactly where was this bike accident at... andy why were they letting a 4 year old ride on a hill? that is the only way she could have rolled and rolled and rolled. Safety never a concern for these folks
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Their entire property is pretty much rolling hills... that's why they had to have so much top soil brought it to level the area around the house. (slip and slide any one?)

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Are they going to have a question and answer section in this new espisode? I thought I saw on the previews that Michelle was going to answer some questions.

I do not think this is the first time we seen them go to the doctors. They certainly take care of their own.

Sharla said...

I've rejected a fair number of comments about this episode already. It is NOT new news. This is the filming of the Today Show episode that we saw live back in the summer. There will be no Today Show announcement that we haven't already seen.

Anonymous said...

Only saw the preview... where Michelle says 'she rolled and rolled and rolled and'... just exactly where was this bike accident at... andy why were they letting a 4 year old ride on a hill? that is the only way she could have rolled and rolled and rolled. Safety never a concern for these folks
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Their entire property is pretty much rolling hills... that's why they had to have so much top soil brought it to level the area around the house. (slip and slide any one?)
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So there is a flat area around there house? That's where I'd let my four year old play.

CappuccinoLife said...

Unless the wound was drastically worse than it looks in the promos, that's probably not something I'd even take a kid to a doctor for, unless it got infected or something. Where do the stitches come in?? I don't see any gaping wounds, just that "rug burn" patch on her cheek. Maybe she bit the inside of her cheek while she was rolling or something? Split her lip? It doesn't look like a 'major injury' to me at all. :/

Must watch tonight and find out about what makes this such a gruesome and tragic injury.

Regardless, no, it is not the first time they've had one of their kids see a doctor.

Children who are allowed to play outside are going to get a few bumps and bruises. Some might get worse injuries, even when supervised. IMO the benefit of free play, and outdoor play is long-term and far outweighs the possibility of occasional upsets and ouchies.

Nancy said...

Yeesh, I saw the preview this morning and Michelle claims that Meredith asked "tough" questions. I saw the Today Show interview and she is delusional. It was softball city in the real world.

She's become so used to people heaping (rather undeserved) praise and awards on her, including the Today Show, that she doesn't seem to be able to handle any view that questions her worldview. Weird, since she and Jim Bob are so critical about what "normal" families do, say, They're also aware of the criticism, but given Michelle's remarks on the preview, seems to be surprised when directly confronted with the questions most of us want to know (ie. are you going to have more children?).

Michelle, that's NOT a tough question. You were asked and answered it in the People article to which Meredith refers during the Today Show. I just find her comment odd. Hopefully the show will give the comment more context, but knowing the intellectual level of the production crew, highly unlikely.

Melissa said...

Hey... my son was playing outside and broke his hand in two places right in FRONT OF ME!!! Accidents can and will happen when children play outside. I highly doubt that the four yr old was playing outside unattented. I need more info before I can make a judgement as to wheather or not it could have been prevented.

Anonymous said...

I'm supposed to think watching another's child get stitches is entertaining?

I'm guessing Mrs. Duggar finds most questions 'difficult'.

Kay said...

"But when a young Duggar has to take an emergency trip to the doctor will the family be camera ready in time?"

What an advertisement! Does TLC think that loyal Duggar-watchers are going to read this and say, "OH NOES! THE DUGGARS MIGHT NOT BE CAMERA READY! WHAT ARE THEY GONNA DO NOW?!?!?!?"

It's like they assume we all have the blank stare and wide-eyed perspective of Michelle. If all TLC can find to advertise the new episode is the MONUMENTAL occasion of a toddler going to the ER for normal toddler reasons, there's no telling just how boring this episode will be.

TLC, we know you're reading this, so listen! I'm not interested in another photo shoot and another Morning News interview-- I'm interested in the family. I'd honestly enjoy watching new "day in the life" episodes week after week, if it meant no more roadtrips and photo shoots.

But, I guess I'll watch again-- sadly, not for the family, but for the trainwreck this show has become. TLC will get my ratings, again, for a show that doesn't deserve it. My only hope is that others are stronger than me and can ignore the trainwreck...

Reality TV Junkie said...

TLC, we know you're reading this, so listen! I'm not interested in another photo shoot and another Morning News interview-- I'm interested in the family. I'd honestly enjoy watching new "day in the life" episodes week after week, if it meant no more roadtrips and photo shoots
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This is a day in the life. Injuries occur all the time, and this is definetly NOT a staged scene. Something real, yay!

jj said...

I am with Kay! I can't stand their endless, stupid trips! I would much rather watch them make laundry soap and give each other 80's perms, although they probably go to the salon nowadays.

Kay said...

Re: Reality TV Junkie

I didn't mean to assert that the child's accident was staged-- I was arguing against the use of the accident to advertise the show.

Yes, it's real-- so real, so normal, that I don't understand why it makes the advertisement. Certainly, I can see "oh no, Hanny fell, she needs a doctor" as part of the show, but to use that incident as the motivation for viewers to watch? Lame.

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IMO, TLC is sensationalizing the Duggar life just to get more episodes out there. They're not attempting a reality show, they're just using the family as a freak show to get ratings. I feel bad for the Duggars, being portrayed to the world like this. I feel bad for Johannah, whose innocent injury is being used to sell episodes.

IMO, they should go back to hour-long specials a couple times a year.

Anonymous said...

Because the main thing, whenever any child requires sutures, is that they have time to be made 'camera ready' again before it's time for the TLC crew to start filming 'reality'.

Since this whole show is supposed to be 'reality', how bogus that the Duggars need time after a child gets stitched up, to be made 'camera ready'. There is no 'camera ready' in REAL life.

"Reality"? Yeah, sure.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, hanny wanted to see Jackson right when she got back from the doctor. Those two are cute together.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Half way through the episode, and two strange things I saw:

-The dramatization of Johannah falling off the bike was a bit odd. I don't think anyone finds that to be entertaining, especially if it's about a small child.

-Michelle during Johannah's "surgery" was watching over her interested. I remember back to the time when Josie had a feeding tube put in, and she was crying and had to leave the room. What made Michelle okay with this? Was it the "strength" they had gained after Josie was born, or is it different for them?

Anonymous said...

Josh is such a jerk. Who takes a baby and a woman afraid of heights onto a ferris wheel?

Reality TV Junkie said...

Wow, a lot of things to comment on tonight!

Did anyone else feel that the ferris wheel scene was made into a bigger deal than it was? It couldn't have been that bad unless it was some sort of phobia of Anna's.

In the photo shoot for People Magazine, Josie was wearing fake pigtails, and they looked weird. I think it would have been much nicer if it was more of a natural look. I understand extensions on girls a bit older, but not on babies.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I'm really liking this episode tonight. Now I understand why they were saying "Will they be ready for the camera?" It was because they were doing a photoshoot, it wasn't for the show. This all makes sense now.

Anonymous said...

You know, something is just wrong in the world when a family needs a BUS to travel around in!

hannah said...

I have heard of deaths from ferris wheel accidents. I am suprised they let them go on with the baby. It just seemed like too risky.

Yea, I dont like how Josh teased her. A fear of heights is commen.

Nancy said...

I was really surprised that they allowed a baby on a ferris wheel.

Otherwise, Jessa's expression of apprehension and disgust at the fair was sad.

Felt sorry for Hannie, but Jim Bob admitted what many of us have suspected for a long time: the girls' "countenances" are their money makers.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want makeup being brushed onto my child's fresh wound like that. Especially the really heavy kind that's used for print photography.

Anonymous said...

"Michelle during Johannah's "surgery" was watching over her interested. I remember back to the time when Josie had a feeding tube put in, and she was crying and had to leave the room. What made Michelle okay with this? Was it the "strength" they had gained after Josie was born, or is it different for them?"

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Or maybe just a matter of different episode, different script.

Anonymous said...

"Because the main thing, whenever any child requires sutures, is that they have time to be made 'camera ready' again before it's time for the TLC crew to start filming 'reality'."

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Agreed. Makes no more sense that they had to be 'camera ready' for the big photo shoot. Do we seriously believe the Duggars would be getting this photo shoot in REAL LIFE were it not for their stint on TLC?

Like all 'reality' shows, 19 &... is NOT reality.

Deborah said...

I thought Anna on the Ferris Wheel would have been kind of funny... if they hadn't taken the baby along. I just don't see taking the risk. We've all held babies when they've kicked out and bounced themselves almost right out of our arms or off our laps. No matter how careful you are being.

Also... reinactement of bike accident was strange. :-/

First time I've watched in a long time. Discovered I don't really miss it that much. I still think a once or twice a year special for these TLC shows would do and be much more entertaining. Don't really care about watching a 45 year old man pack his suitcase.

Ellie said...

I'm finding a lot of things I dont like about this episode:

The fact that there are so many photo-shoots and interviews. If I wanted to see those, I'd go see where it was published.

The fact that Jim Bob said that if it was a boy, they'd just let the injury fester but that the girls are more important cause they're pretty. How is that loving or supportive?

The fact that they had to show Johannah getting her stitches. I dont like them focusing so much on medical procedures. That is something personal.

Anonymous said...

Johannah was so brave and WELL BEHAVED at the doctor.

Let's remind people that the show is filmed at least 2 months behind the time it airs. What is said on this blog this week will not have any effect on what happened 2 months ago.

Suzie said...

Hannie was shot up pretty good with painkillers, and they had her eyes covered, so I'm not surprised she did well. The kids are also taught to be stoic and not show emotions; Michelle said something to that effect tonight and it's been document elsewhere. There's basically no crying in Duggarball.

I have vertigo, so I sympathized with Anna; still steamed that the carnie permitted a baby to ride without restraint of some type. Josh was being a jerk when he made those quips about how he could rock the bucket and that they were 100' in the air. Nice when your wife obviously suffers from vertigo.

Not that I really expect Josh to know what that is.

Finally, a shot of Jason, the Forgotten Howler Monkey! I still wouldn't be able to tell him apart from the twins, but I think I can ID them from James down.

Glad People nixed that horrid pigtail-in-rose monstrosity they had on Josie's head and replaced it with a "regular" bow. That fake hair was just plain ole tacky. May as well get Hannie, Jenny (did we see her tonight?) and Jordyn some weave tracks while they're at it. :D

Mary said...

I also think that JimBob's comment about if it was a boy they would just let the injury go but girls need to be stitched up since they are pretty was ment as a joke. At least that is the way I took it when I saw it. I doubt that they would not take a boy to see the doctor if they needed stitches.

I did notice Michelle watching the doctor but JimBob looked very distressed by it all and was looking down.

Anonymous said...

It bothered me so much to see them putting makeup over Johannah's injury. For one thing, that was definitely not something I would consider a smart medical decision, regardless of whether or not the makeup was made of minerals. For another, getting beautified for a magazine cover is not and should not be a normal part of a 4 year old's life. The important thing should have been for her wound to get better. It's bad enough that it happened, but now they have to smear stuff all over it? Also, what does that teach your 4 year old? That the important thing is to look nice all the time rather than be healthy and that it's not okay to have an imperfection. She's 4. She should not have to worry about her appearance for a magazine cover.

Anonymous said...

Interviews and photo shoots. Is that what this supposedly modest family has devolved into? What about service to others and not caring about themselves so much? Any family that cares so much about being "camera ready" is clearly very self absorbed.

Really, Josh? said...

Josh was almost sadistic the way he kind of "made" Anna go on the ferris wheel, despite her pleading with him numerous times not to go. And then, she's scared to death and he is practically holding McKenzie up, instead of holding her tight!

In the first place, NO BABY should be going up in a ferris wheel, since there are no restraints and babies are unpredictable. That was just STUPID. But I was really dismayed to see Josh's attitude towards his wife. He really should have acknowledged her fear and said that they shouldn't go.

I think she went because Josh was going to take Mack anyway, and she had to make sure that her baby was watched carefully. If nothing else, I really do think Anna is a good mother, even if I think Josh is a true jerk.

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't think there was anything weird about Michelle looking at the doctor. I think it's natural for parents to want to make sure their child's surgeon's hands are stable and they are comfortable poking and sewing someone.

For how much I love this show, I have to agree with most on this blog that it's becoming kind of boring. I also do need to disagree with the extent to which the Duggars publicize themselves. I can't imagine being one of the older children having my picture taken for a magazine and not even knowing how it came out or what the article about me said.

As for Josh in this episode, what a jerk! Man, I did not like that at all!

CappuccinoLife said...

Well, I was wrong. It was worse than I was imagining, though I still don't get the plastic surgeon thing. Really? ah well.

Johanna did really well, considering. She actually did cry, and complain, and protest the stitches. She just didn't thrash and scream. I don't see that as particularly shocking or troubling.

The ferris wheel? Why?? And furthermore, why did the operater allow a baby on? Do they not have minimum age for that sort of thing?

Anonymous said...

Since when is Anna suddenly fearful of heights? They went parasailing on their honeymoon with no mention of such a fear. She laughed and seemed excited throughout the parasailing event. Apparently, another TLC attempt to tell a story rather than show reality.

Anonymous said...

I did not find Jim-Bob's comment regarding treating an injury to the face of Johanna out of line at all. Unfortunately - her (future) beuaty may be all she has to offer - especially if she is raised in such a sheltered environment. Boys ARE different and WILL get more 'scuffed up' than girlies. We see men with facial scars and think words like handsome and rugged - too bad people see women with facial scars and think what on earth happened there and why did nobody fix it?

Cassandra said...

I thought it was strange that Mack was on the Ferris Wheel. I have a 14 month old and wouldn't risk taking him on...kids are unpredictable and can wriggle easily.

Also thought that the monstrosity in Josie's hair was SO weird. Fake flowers and huge bows are crazy enough, but fake pigtails...seriously!?

And the ONGOING talk about how early the Today show arrives, and how horribly hard it is to get up before 7:00am. Didn't Jim-Bob and Michelle at one time have jobs outside of their home? Didn't they have to get up at the time that the rest of the world gets moving and to work? I guess 20+ years of waking at 10:00am has taken a toll on them!?

jj said...

"-Michelle during Johannah's "surgery" was watching over her interested. I remember back to the time when Josie had a feeding tube put in, and she was crying and had to leave the room. What made Michelle okay with this? Was it the "strength" they had gained after Josie was born, or is it different for them?"

I had a preemie and I will tell you that any procedure done on a baby, ESPECIALLY a preemie is almost unbearable to watch for the parent. I wouldn't have a problem holding my toddler's hand and watching her get stitches but there is no way I could have witnessed them placing her feeding tube.

Anonymous said...

Anna’s afraid of heights – overly dramatic but surely real (but taking the baby was odd).

I don’t mind the tasteful way they showed stitches – my younger son watched and concluded that “Doctors make you better”, which is better than being afraid.

BUT – WHAT’S WITH PUTTING MAKEUP ON A HEALING WOUND??????? CAN YOU SAY I-N-F-E-C-T-I-I-O-N????? Shoot her sideways or use photoshop. Who cares if her boo-boo shows on a pic?!!!

Anonymous said...

No, Josh! Put the funnel cake down.

Anonymous said...

Amazing how different our perceptions can be. I saw Jim Bob and Michelle as very caring when they took Hannie in to see a plastic surgeon. As for the comment about a boy needing stitches I also thought that was a joke - after all there was that little box stating that over the past twenty years or so the Duggars have required some 300 stitches! They may not have taken a boy to a plastic surgeon because boys tend to be more proud of scars and girls to be horrified.

I felt sorry for Anna but I didn't get the impression she suffers from vertigo, just fear of heights. Personally, I enjoy a ferris wheel or tilt-a whirl, but am absolutely terrified of roller coasters. Men tend to think it is funny to get their wives scared. I did think they should have left the baby with someone on the ground.

mythoughtis said...

My children have needed stitches on their face before, and I also wanted a plastic surgeon to do it. There are spots on their bodies that I wish a plastic surgeon had done rather than an ER doctor or GP, because I think the scarring would have been less. I see no shame in Michelle asking for a plastic surgeon for Hannah.

I also don't think they really meant they'd leave a boy unstitched, and I think Michelle would have put her foot down for a plastic surgeon for a facial injury on one of the boys also.

I didn't see the re-enactment of the injury... but that is just 'not reality'. we don't need to see fake scenes.

AmyKB said...

having the cameraman announce the episode was different.
Josh looked almost asleep when Meredith started interviewing.
It bothered me that JimBob said that because it was a girl, they wanted it fixed nicely... if it were a boy, they'd probably let it tear. 300 stitches over 19 kids... but I wonder how many of them have actually had them.
Those midway games are so expensive, I'm surprised that the Duggars did those! Especially since they couldn't have done too many rides... most fair rides are spin-oriented and they mentioned nobody got sick, so they must not have spent much time riding those! Joy didn't look too happy carrying a baby instead of playing with the boys, LoL.
I liked that Anna wore an Arkansas t-shirt. Very non-Duggar.

Anonymous said...

Anon said:
Let's remind people that the show is filmed at least 2 months behind the time it airs. What is said on this blog this week will not have any effect on what happened 2 months ago.
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Thank you! I have made this point myself in the past. People don't seem to realize that their comments have no bearing on what's shown since the show was filmed in advance.

Also I don't see what the big deal is about Josh, Anna, Baby Mackynzie and the ferris wheel? Anna is by no means mentally challenged. She knows what a ferris wheel is and what it does. Josh never forced her physically or dragged her or insisted that she ride the ferris wheel. She could have gotten off line. I found Anna's fear to be funny because I have the same fear yet I will also choose to ride amusement rides as well. And I always see babies being taken on the ferris wheel. Mackynzie didn't appear to be afraid (maybe Anna's screaming bothered her);she seemed fine. I used to take my daughter on ferris wheels when she was young. Most babies like them and have no understanding of fear on something like that. I can't understand how Josh is at fault her. Michelle's comment after was a little displaced when she talked about couples going through things.

MOM IN TEXAS

Anonymous said...

Well, ever since Michelle made her "...men get things done...woemn add beauty like flowers to the earth..." comment , I dropped any hopes to the Duggars have solid, values.

Michelle and Jimbob's vanity knows no bounds... those poor exploited blessings

Ally said...

Anon said:
BUT – WHAT’S WITH PUTTING MAKEUP ON A HEALING WOUND??????? CAN YOU SAY I-N-F-E-C-T-I-I-O-N????? Shoot her sideways or use photoshop. Who cares if her boo-boo shows on a pic?!!!
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Honestly, I use mineral makeup and put it over anything , be it something bleeding (once i put like neosporin on it) or in the process of healing. I didn't see too much of a problem with that, aside from them putting makeup on a four-year-old...

Anonymous said...

It annoys me how often they mention having trouble getting up early. There are so many people that get up at the crack of dawn or earlier. People just do it, because they have to. If it's that hard to get up early, then maybe they need to start going to bed earlier.

They're not doing the kids any favors by letting then stay up late and sleep in all the time.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I have thought of two posible reasons of why Anna was scared of the ferris wheel, but not parasailing.

-Mackynzie. She had no children during her honeymoon, so there was no fear for her young. Perhaps she was only scared for Mac.

-When they went parasailing, both were waering, life jackets, whereas in the ferris wheel there were no restraints.

Anonymous said...

I think that any of my family members would have trouble getting up at four AM for a Photo shoot and they are used to getting up to be at work at 7 or 8 AM!

I don't know what time the Duggars actually get up but I suspect it is more like 7 AM to be ready for breakfast, family worship and then school.

We have been told they start school at 8 although I suspect it might be more like 9.

Anonymous said...

As for the bike rolling down hill, Tonitown is getting into the range of the Ozarks, so you do have a lot of rolling hills. Our property in Northern Ar about 60 miles from them has those characteristics. My grandchildren in western Wi have been known to ride down a fairly steep hill and crash their bikes; kids do things like that. I don't think the actual fall was taped, thus the re-enactment.

Anonymous said...

Amy KB said:
......Joy didn't look too happy carrying a baby instead of playing with the boys, LoL.
I liked that Anna wore an Arkansas t-shirt. Very non-Duggar.
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Josh wore an Arkansas Razorback tee shirt as well to the carnival.
And I agree with you Joy looked very upset at the moment the camera showed her. It was made more obvious when she flashed the fake smile afterward. We are seeing a lot less of Joy Anna and Josiah this last season. I wonder why? I have noticed a change in Joy since they showed her birthday episode. She is shown a lot less active and behaving more dainty like. I wonder of she is going through a maturity phase or has Jim Bob and Michelle requested less of her on camera?

Celestie said...

Two things in this boring episode:
I thought Josh was very mean spirited in the way he handled Anna's fears. Men are suppose to protect their wives, not taunt them and scare them. My husband even commented on this. He usually doesn't watch the show, so doesn't know anything about them.

The other was after Johanna's accident, why did they wash her hair, put a bow in it and force feed her yogurt? Why didn't they just go to ER? I agree with the plastic surgeon. I too insist on it for all my kids, boys and girls. My eldest boy and youngest girl have spent lots of time in the ER. Sports and being active kids helps keep the ERs busy. Eldest daughter has never been, youngest son only once.

As far as the make up, they are all way too vain, as it is. What is wrong with showing Johanna with a fat lip, because that is exactly what she looked like at that particular time?

Suzie said...

The Duggars wear Arkansas stuff all the time. IIRC, Jim Bob was wearing Arkansas gear at some point in the show last night. I've also seen Jessa sporting a Gator shirt, which I'm sure she got when they went to Josh and Anna's wedding, which was near Gainseville.
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after all there was that little box stating that over the past twenty years or so the Duggars have required some 300 stitches!
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Those little pop-ups are notoriously incorrect, typically trending toward the side of hyperbole.

I've given Anna's parasailing vs. ferris wheel dilemma some thought and realized that when she went parasailing she was in the blush of, well....everything right about then, if you catch my drift. :)

Jim Bob's remark about who got what surgery was sexist and illustrates the double-standard that rules their lifestyle. I think most people have moved beyond it, especially since plastic surgery is now an accepted and open part of our society. Shallow? You bet. But at least it doesn't discriminate based on gender.

Sharla said...

I thought perhaps they were giving Johanna bits of popsicle to help get the swelling down.

Nancy said...

Is it just me or was anyone else bothered that someone in the Duggar household called the production team at their Arkansas apartment (Sean mentioned it during the Anna is pregnant episode) to hightail it on over to the Tinker Toy House to shoot Hannie's ordeal in the first place? If the cameras were already there shooting "a day in the life" I wouldn't have a beef with this.

Way to exploit your kids for cash, Jim Bob and "Mother of the Year" Michelle. Boo!

Anonymous said...

Count me as one who thought Josh was being a jerk towards Anna during the Ferris Wheel scenes... I really hope he was just putting on an act for the cameras and he really isn't that insensitive.

But, what irked me even more was the scene right after where Michelle made some comment about young married couples needing to work through such things, or something like that? I am SO tired of Ma and Pa Duggar commenting on the state of J&A's marriage. I get that they are on a show together and the producers are probably the ones asking Michelle these questions, but I just wish they would separate themselves. What happened to "leave and cleave". All we see J&A do is hang out with his family; there has to be something MORE!!

Anonymous said...

I'm the mom of two boys and would've had them taken care of regardless of their gender! Hope that was a lame attempt at humor. As far as the ferris wheel goes, my husband says that taking the baby on it was right up there with Michael Jackson and the balcony. Aren't there height requirements for these things? Had the baby lunged or bounced, it could've been bad. I love the Duggars dearly, but those two things bugged me. Will continue to watch though.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or was anyone else bothered that someone in the Duggar household called the production team at their Arkansas apartment (Sean mentioned it during the Anna is pregnant episode) to hightail it on o"ver to the Tinker Toy House to shoot Hannie's ordeal in the first place? If the cameras were already there shooting "a day in the life" I wouldn't have a beef with this.

Way to exploit your kids for cash, Jim Bob and "Mother of the Year" Michelle. Boo!

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This is right up there with the time Josh was being commended by the TLC team for his 'tv savvy' for calling the TLC crew to come film 'something big' and the something big was his engagement announcement.

And TLC then filming the proposal - OMG, that was THE MOST unromantic, uncomfortably stiff and staged moment on TV. Ever. I've been to business meetings that displayed more genuine emotion than that engagement fiasco.

Most people riled at K8G's statement that "our show is our life and our life is our show," yet this same statement is true of the Duggars - every situation, including a little one needing stitches (??!) - is exploited.

The Duggars and their show are just plain tacky.

Anonymous said...

"As far as the make up, they are all way too vain, as it is. What is wrong with showing Johanna with a fat lip, because that is exactly what she looked like at that particular time? "

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Exactly. This silly show is no more 'reality' than Hannah Montana.

Using a child's trip to the ER for an episode just shows how far the 'reality' genre will sink in an attempt to manufacture drama for ratings.

Anonymous said...

As someone mentioned earlier, the differences in perception are amazing. I'd like to add my two cents on a few segments of the episode:

1 - I think Josh really loves his wife and baby and is doing the best he knows how to do. He's learning his way and needs time to grow into his role as husband and father. I don't know too many folks who already had the role of spouse and parent perfected when they got married or had a kid. He was just "joshing" around (pun intended) with Anna on the ferris wheel. If she was that scared, she shouldn't have gotten on in the first place. I think she was just being overdramatic, although I'm sure she does have a real fear of heights. In any case, I think they are an adorable family and I hope they will continue to grow as individuals.

2 - I also don't understand how they got away w/ taking a baby on a ferris wheel or whatever that was. I have never seen that happen before.

3 - I felt Jim Bob was making a joke about not stitching up the boys. He was just being his usual corny self. To me, he seems to be a good dad.

~ Jasmine

Anonymous said...

"I don't know what time the Duggars actually get up but I suspect it is more like 7 AM to be ready for breakfast, family worship and then school.

We have been told they start school at 8 although I suspect it might be more like 9."


They have chronicled in their book, website, and numerous other interviews that the daily schedule is that they arise at 8 and begin school by 9. We've seen them do this on an episode or two that has a "day in the life" stuff on it. Whether or not they actually do this on a daily basis is of course not known, but that's their story and they're sticking to it.

Joanne, RN said...

I have been reading the comments and am surprised that noone has mentioned whether Hanny was wearing a bike helmet.... I would lay odds that she wasn't. A fall like that could have killed her if she landed on her head or if she connected with a rock. I know it is speculation but if she had been wearing one they probably would have mentioned it. She is lucky that all she wound up with was stitches and not in a coma with brain damage. Who let's kid play so wildly with no adult supervision? It scares me to death.

Sharla said...

19 Kids and Counting (9pm)
- 1.307 million viewers
- 0.9/1 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49

Anonymous said...

Joanne, I believe they said Jill was there when Hannie fell.

I was impressed with how cool the Duggars were after the accident. They didn't get all hysterical and rush Hannie to the e.r. and frighten the crap out of her. They stopped the bleeding, cleaned her up, and proceeded to the doctor. That probably helped her with staying calm. Good job Duggars for keeping your heads. Kate Gosselin would have had to be sedated if that happened to one of her kids.

Nancy said...

I was impressed with how cool the Duggars were after the accident. They didn't get all hysterical and rush Hannie to the e.r. and frighten the crap out of her. They stopped the bleeding, cleaned her up, and proceeded to the doctor. That probably helped her with staying calm.
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Of course they were cool. Someone had to call the production crew to come over and film the aftermath.

As for Jill "being there," I believe the truth is more like "Jill the only adult in the general vicinity." The show really implied it was Jackson yelling at her to hit the brakes. If Jill had witnessed this, they would have given her a talking head: "I tried to stop her, but she kept going..." something to that effect. She was definitely the one who got Hannie cleaned up and changed (complete with hair bow...what not a simple ponytail?). I guess that's when the "parents" were calling TLC. If I had respect for the couple, I would have lost it after analyzing what actually happened that day.

As far as Jim Bob making a joke about the boys not getting the same treatment, I'm afraid the proof is in the teeth. Jana and Jill both wore/are wearing braces. JD and Joseph, who have horribly crooked teeth? Nope. As has been said above, the girls' faces are their selling point to their future husbands. Let's face it, even Josh and Anna admitted they barely knew each other when they got married and used the honeymoon to "get to know each other" in more than the Biblical sense.

Anonymous said...

I am very surprised that a baby was allowed on the ferris wheel, but even more surprised that her parents would take her up in it! What are these two knuckleheads thinking?

Lola said...

It is odd that none of the boys have had braces. John David might need them but I never noticed Joseph having crooked teeth. Does Josiah have braces? Where I live girls AND boys get braces. My husband and son both had them. Boys need straight teeth too!

Anonymous said...

This show is disturbing on so many levels-

Fake hair on a micropreemie? It bordered on creepy.

Applying make-up to Johannah's open wound - you don't let some make-up artist do that to your child while you sit by,watch, comment and even giggle

Photoshopping Johannah's banged up face out of the family photos

Calling the production crew for immediate coverage of Johannah's accident. How cruel to let cameras follow your kid around for treatment of something traumatic

This is odd, very, very odd behavior. I really think the show is taking a desperate direction in order for the Duggars to look good and keep the gravy train rolling.

I can just picture twenty years down the road, the follow-up show called "What Ever Happened to the Duggars?"

Anonymous said...

I can just picture twenty years down the road, the follow-up show called "What Ever Happened to the Duggars?"
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haha! Yeah right.. Jim Bob would never let them fall that far from the media's eye.

Anonymous said...

Is it Josh and Anna's young age or lack of worldly experience that didn't tell them that taking a baby, unrestrained, on a ferris wheel, hundreds of feet off the ground, was just a bad idea?

Of course, I know other 21 year olds who actually have common sense, and would know that such a move wasn't wise.

Frankly, I would think it was a liability for the fair operators to allow a baby on that ride. There are height restrictions for a reason! Do you think those restrictions were waived because it was the Duggars and their "reality TV show"?

Anonymous said...

Joseph doesn't have crooked teeth. They are straight, but if you look closely you can see there are some spaces that could be closed up, that's all. In my opinion it isn't severe and it doesn't interfere with his looks, he is a handsome kid with a cute smile. John's teeth are pretty straight also, they are a little crowded and could be corrected, but again not severe.

It is possible that the boys just didn't WANT braces, I've known several boys who haven't wanted to bother with them. Some boys just don't care that much, where most girls care a lot more. Braces are painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient and for some kids they just aren't worth it to them. We don't know that the boys wanted them and that JimBob and Michelle just refused braces for their boys.

The family member who needs braces but never had them is Anna! She is naturally beautiful but her teeth detract a little. Every time she smiles I find myself wishing she could get her teeth straightened. Hope she can get that done someday.

Joy said...

I just wanted to note that the make-up lady did explain to Michelle that the make-up was mineral and would not hurt Johannah's "boo-boo" It's not as though the Duggars were insisting that make-up be applied, the People magazine people like they're pictures to look nice, a huge fat lip and bloody cheek isn't exactly photo worthy for a publication like People magazine.

I also wanted to mention the being camera ready was for the People magazine shoot, not for the TLC program so I'm not sure I understand some of the comments about the show not being reality because they were making Johanna camera ready.

We also don't know that the Duggar's called the TLC film crew, it could have just been the regular time that they come.

Allison said...

Was the production crew actually called to film the accident or is that just an assumption? I don't recall hearing anyone say that... I thought the crew was already over at the house because they were going to be shooting the People magazine cover and the two just happened on the same day... Or maybe I'm wrong? I just don't recall hearing that.

Anonymous said...

Contrary to what the woman who invented mineral makeup says, it's not "good" or healthy for your skin, especially broken skin. The dirt out in your yard is minerals too but you wouldn't brush it onto a cut.

justin's grandma said...

I agree about Anna needing braces. Her teeth are crooked and detract from her looks. Surely Josh can find money for Anna to get braces.

Anonymous said...

The thing that surprised me the most was how they had to make sure Johannah's hair was combed and had a bow in it before they took her to get her lip looked at. That seemed so unnecessary.

I thought it was not smart of the Josh and Anna to take the baby on a ferris wheel until I saw what kind it was. It wasn't a typical ferris wheel where you sit in it and bar closes across you. They were fully enclosed and while it is possible that the baby could have fallen it is very unlikely unless Josh was having her up and over the side. I was bothered more by the lack of respect that Josh had for Anna's fear of heights than them taking Mac on the ride.

Anonymous said...

jb said he would do the boys later in a earlier eppy.


braces are expensive and they dont have buy braces for one kid get the other free

Anonymous said...

The Duggars said early on that they took pride and spent money on making sure they all had nice teeth. Did they mean just the girls' teeth? Children don't decide if they get braces- parents do. The Duggars have total control of their kids lives, surely they can get the boys to go along with braces if they were offered to them. Let's see in the future if any Duggar boy gets braces. (Or stitches from a plastic surgeon!)

Celestie said...

If a child has a gapping wound, as this child did. There is no reason to wash her hair and attach a hideous bow, so she could go get it stitched up. Has nothing to do with being calm, it has everything with family vanity. The longer you leave a wound exposed, the more chance for infection.

janie said...

"The dirt out in your yard is minerals too but you wouldn't brush it onto a cut."
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That's true. But the reason why you wouldn't put dirt on a cut is because dirt and soil is full of microbes and bacteria.. mineral makeup is not. I personally don't think it's a big deal at all.

What's with the Big Bow? said...

The vanity of this family is amazing, after all their efforts to purport their modesty.

The bow on Johanna and the makeup were ridiculous. If my child needed stitches, I wouldn't have waited around for a film crew or to brush her hair (which with a facial injury could have been uncomfortable anyway; it was like when then kids had to wear jeans and clothes with the chicken pox).

We would have been off to the doc immediately.

Something is so off with this family, and actually, they are seeming more off, the longer they are on tv.

Anonymous said...

"Children don't decide if they get braces- parents do. The Duggars have total control of their kids lives, surely they can get the boys to go along with braces if they were offered to them."


Why would any parent of a child who needed minor cosmetic correction of their teeth force a child to get braces that didn't want them? If it was a serious case or interfered with normal eating or something, that would be another story, but the state of the older boys' teeth certainly doesn't warrant JimBob and Michelle "making" those boys get braces if they don't want them. I agree with the poster who said the boys probably just weren't interested in getting them.

I was just rewatching an early Duggar special the other day where Josh was filmed saying that he didn't feel his parents were too strict or controlling and that they let the kids experience things and make their own mistakes. Whether this is true or not I don't know, but I don't know that I would agree with the assertion that these parents "totally control these children's lives."

Anonymous said...

"There is no reason to wash her hair and attach a hideous bow, so she could go get it stitched up. Has nothing to do with being calm, it has everything with family vanity."

When we first saw Johannah, her hair was wet, indicating she had probably just had a shower. Michelle was also filmed at that time as saying that they thought she "might need stitches" and they were going to take her to a doctor and see. It looked to me like what happened is that Johannah had her accident, came in the house, Michelle saw her fat lip and bleeding face which I'm sure was dirty, and probably bathed her as a good first measure to get the wound clean and be able to assess if she needed stitches or other medical attention. This is what I would have done first also, and I am a nurse. This would also have the added benefit of calming the child down. Then they determined she probably needed stitches and made arrangements with a plastic surgeon. Then you would just naturally get the child ready to go, do their hair for a minute, get them dressed, and go. That's what looked like happened to me.

I don't think it was a case of Johannah coming in, Michelle immediately seeing she needs emergency care, but stopping everything to do her hair for "vanity." Her hair would have already been done with a bow for the day before the accident anyway, another indication they took it out to give her a shower. It just looked to me like they were keeping calm and assessing the situation while they decided what needed to be done, and in the meantime there was time to put her hair in a ponytail and stick in a bow.

I also didn't hear anything about them calling the production crew over to film the accident and event. I think they just happened to be there, unless I missed something.

Anonymous said...

I think Hannie's hair was wet because they had just been cleaning the cuts on her face. And the bow likely kept the hair away from the cuts, too.

Anonymous said...

Leaving a wound exposed doesn't make it prone to infection, leaving it dirty does though. After wounds are stitched they are usually left uncovered to heal, cleanliness is the big issue at that point. I imagine that Johannah had just taken a shower since her hair was wet, they were probably trying to clean her up after a fall in the dirt which undoubtedly left her face dirty. I don't think the bow in her hair matters one way or the other.

Nancy said...

Was the production crew actually called to film the accident or is that just an assumption? I don't recall hearing anyone say that... I thought the crew was already over at the house because they were going to be shooting the People magazine cover and the two just happened on the same day...
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It was the next day. Hannie was stitched up and her fat lip was twice the size it was right after the accident.

There is plenty of evidence that the crew is called over to the house (or Josh's) to document dramatic events. There is generally more than one camera crew around and they've taped enough Duggar hazard accidents that they would have caught Hannie's' accident, if they were around. That's what the re-enactment was for; they needed context.

No one said they just threw a bow on Hannie's head. Jill had her by the hand, bringing her back to the dining room table all cleaned up with wet hair. SHE was the one who took care of Hannie while Jim Bob called the crew and a same-day appointment with a plastic surgeon they'd never met. Jim Bob said it was a referral from the doctor(?) his sister works for, but TLC obviously pulled strings to get that done, rather than taking her to an ER, which is what would happen to us "normal families."

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a registered nurse who works in a clinic where kids come in for stitches all the time. It's been interesting to read the comments about Johanna's accident. I have to say I don't really understand the furor over the way her parents handled the situation though. There was no need for them to rush her to a doctor right after the accident for stitches, since you have about 24-48 hours after a wound occurs before tissue granulation begins, which is what leads to scarring, after which stitches are no longer helpful. The exception would be if there is heavy bleeding, which there wasn't with this little girl. The most important thing is that the wound gets cleaned right away, which it looks like the parents did. When I saw the little girl had wet hair, I thought "Oh good they gave her a bath." We see kids all the time who have dirt ground into their wounds because their parents were afraid to get it wet, and we just have to clean and flush it before we can do anything else. Which honestly, is more painful for the child and more expensive than if the parents just put the child in the shower or bath at home. Anyway I thought the Duggar parents handled the situation well, they've apparently done this before, I'm sure, with so many kids. And I don't understand the concern about the hair bow? I honestly have never paid any attention to whether or not a child who's come in for stitches has a bow in her hair. It doesn't make a difference as far as getting stitched up is concerned, unless the wound is in the scalp or something.

Also, we sometimes have parents who will request a plastic surgeon for a face wound. We just give them a referral and they are free to contact them. Anyone can get stitched up by a plastic surgeon if they so choose, as long as you are willing to pay the higher fees that they charge. Although I don't know if that would cost more than a trip to the ER or not, which is always expensive. I don't think the Duggars would have had to pull any special strings to be seen by a plastic surgeon. Anyway, interesting episode, I enjoyed watching it since I work with that kind fo thing.

Anonymous said...

All comments about the health risks of putting makeup on wounds aside- though I must say, I wouldn't let someone put any kind of makeup on my child's injury...

Why did they put ANY makeup on Johannah's cut if they were going to photoshop it anyway? One coat of powder isn't going to make the 'shopping any easier.

Cyn said...

Jim Bob said it was a referral from the doctor(?) his sister works for, but TLC obviously pulled strings to get that done, rather than taking her to an ER, which is what would happen to us "normal families."
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Having had to have stitches 6 times growing up, and having to get stitches on my children over 5 times I can comfortable say the following:

1) We always cleaned up before we went to the doctor and depending on where the wound was included a full head to toe shower, and the doctors never said a word.

2) Out of 11 sets of stitches we went to the ER ONE time and that was because the doctors office was closed. Why go to the ER over something as simple as stitches?

3) 2 of the 11 trips my mom called ahead and made sure a certain doctor was going to be there simply because that doc was the best at putting stitches in that didn't leave nasty scars... was he a plastic surgeon? I highly doubt it but I do remember waiting at home for over 2 hours till that one doc came in for his shift before we went.

4)I thought Hannie did VERY well with the needle and the stitches considering her age, and I would attribute that to the calmness of the parents.

5) On one occasion we were going to have school pictures taken the next day and me and my mother both packed concealer, liquid make-up, and powder over the wound and nothing happened. (we didn't have photo shop or mineral make-up)

Does this make my family normal I dunno, but it is why I personally don't see anything wrong with what the Duggars did with Hannie.

Ps... I also have other places that probably needed stitches but since they weren't on my face or my head we simply put butterfly bandages on them and went on with life, and so do my brothers.

No pain, no gain said...

I think they put Hannie out to do the stitches. Notice all we saw was the needle and then a big blue curtain.

I have done stitches with kids many time, including ones not on a face. Hurting children just aren't that silent and still. The needle part would have hurt like heck, and I can't believe a child would not cry with a large needle going in her face. It flies in the face of all common sense.

Of course, in Duggarland, we don't always see "reality", so who knows the order of events or what really happened.

But I think calling the film crew, cleaning Hannie all up with a hair bow, and then having her silent during the stitches really makes no sense.

And then makeup on top of fresh stitches?

I mean, we've all heard of "the show must go on", but there is a time when family is more important than the viewing public.

Anonymous said...

I agree with many posters who say they feel it was nothing wrong with the way the Duggars handled the accident. I am sure they cleaned Johannah up since I recall Michelle saying that Hannie had dirt in her hair and the bow could have been for comfort to help calm Johannah down. I too have a child who is prone to stitches (she is now 14 and still alive!) and she has been to the doctor several times for stitches only once did we go to an ER because she sliced her hand open with a scalpel. I can't find too much fault with how the Duggars handled the who accident.

Not a Fundie said...

Suzie said

"The kids are also taught to be stoic and not show emotions." Hannie cried after her accident and in the doctors office. And they didn't seem critical of it. In fact, that's the most attention I've ever seen her get. And from BOTH parents. lol. But anyway, I've seen Jim Bob cry, and someone on the show said how positive it wasn't afraid to cry in front of his children. I've also seen Jill, Jana, Jessa, and Jinger cry, and they weren't critizied.

With that said, I was SHOCKED to see makeup being applied to Jim Bob and the boys. I think it was justin who felt uncomfortable with "lipstick". I hope they are allowing makeup because they don't see anything wrong with it, and not disregarding their values to get on the cover of a magazine.

Anonymous said...

Celestie said...

If a child has a gapping wound, as this child did. There is no reason to wash her hair and attach a hideous bow, so she could go get it stitched up. Has nothing to do with being calm, it has everything with family vanity. The longer you leave a wound exposed, the more chance for infection.

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I didn't see a gaping wound.

Bubbles said...

I don't see why TLC would have had to pull strings to get the child in to see a plastic surgeon for stitches. I'm pretty sure a phone call to a primary care physician could get that referral taken care of fairly quickly. Plastic surgeons have "emergency" slots available just the same way family practitioners do. Facial injuries happen every day in sports and car accidents just to name a couple of things.

Anonymous said...

"If a child has a gapping wound, as this child did. There is no reason to wash her hair and attach a hideous bow, so she could go get it stitched up. Has nothing to do with being calm, it has everything with family vanity. The longer you leave a wound exposed, the more chance for infection."
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I didn't see a huge wound either. However, I have 2 RNs in the family, one of them being my grandma, who immediately made me take a bath after getting hurt when I was a child. I'm glad that they took the steps to clean Johannah up before taking her to a doctor.

Also, while others may think that it was a hideous bow, Johannah could have like that bow. Some little girls her age like to wear things that we adults might not. It's a personal preference for each child and parent.

And last but not least, I could see where you think it could be vanity. If that's the case and in my opinion I don't feel it is, it would be because we live in a vain world where people judge on looks.

Whether the Duggars like it or not, they have to make sure their kids look nice, because medical professionals look down on parents with dirty children. One of the sure fire ways to get accused of abuse or neglect is to bring a child into the office that's dirty. Even if the parent was concerned about getting the child into the ER or Doctor's office. It's a sad fact, but it's true, and being on TV the Duggars have to cope with that when they go out into the big bad world.

my three sons said...

Plastic surgeons do more than face lifts and boob jobs. We lived close to a Trauma Center when the kids were growing up and they had a plastic surgeon on call. There were no Urgent Care centers and most peds would send their patients to the ER/TU since they were set up for that and it wasn't like now where you sit and wait for hours. With three boys, we were regular "visitors". Back then people saw it as a fact of life and didn't judge you as unfit just because your child had an accident. As others have said, I thought the crew was already there and even if they weren't, the injury wasn't that serious and they didn't leave her all mussed up and dirty waiting for the crew to get there. She had been cleaned up by the time they started filming.

msrylee said...

As a parent of adult children, I always bathed or showered them if they were hurt, bleeding and in need of medical attention. If the situation would be life-threatening, of course I would have taken them immediately. The only times I didn't clean them up was when they had asthma attacks. Then the children needed urgent care, not a clean-up. I don't think the Duggars did anything wrong by bathing Johannah before her trip to the doctor. IMHO, her wound was not gaping, just needed sutures and some steri-strips.

Happy Thanksgiving to fellow Canadians!!

Anonymous said...

im sure johannah likes the bows. kids her age wanna pick out cloths. i think her buddy picks out her outfits. so we dont have a a strip with a a plako dot top and they let her pick out the small things.

Anonymous said...

I imagine that when Johanna had her accident, the first adult on scene found a little girl who was hysterical, dirty, and had blood smeared all over. Face/head wounds bleed a lot, but they were probably able to quickly ascertain that nothing needed a RUSH trip to the emergency room.

Getting her cleaned up in the shower/tub was probably the smartest decision they could have made. You don't want dirt sitting in those open wounds while they wait around in the ER for a few hours do you? By getting them cleaned up, they could figure out where all of the cuts were, the extent of the injuries, and make better decisions about whether or not professional care was needed.

I would imagine that the day to day life of the Duggars is not all that interesting, which is why we see them constantly going on trips and doing things outside their normal routine. They are probably under strict instructions from TLC to "call them if anything interesting happens." I think they give the Duggar family plenty of leeway in deciding what gets covered (you're not going to see them call the cameras when Joy Anna gets her first period!), but the Duggar parents and the producers probably saw Johanna's accident as a good opportunity to show what caring parents they are.

Anonymous said...

Mineral make-up or not, it is still full of bacteria and microbes, unless it was a fresh new brush and powder, which I doubt. I am a nurse and there is no way I would let someone put anythhing other than neosporin on my child's wound. That powder was probably crawling with staph and who knows what else from everyone else's face that it had been put on before. YUCK! Aside from that, I also would have tried to clean up my child before taking her in. The bleeding was under control. As for the ferris wheel issue I don't see a problem with taking the baby up there. It was fully enclosed and unless she has superhuman strength, she's not going to get out of Josh's arms and somehow climb over the edge to fall to her death!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that Johannah's tights were dirty when they were brushing her hair, before going to the doctor? I assume that's because they wanted to wash her face (at the very least) but it didn't look to me like they took the time to get her completely clean since she was still wearing dirty tights.