Sunday, November 14, GrandDuggar First Birthday, 8 PM

The First GrandDuggar, Mackynzie is turning one! Watch as she celebrates with her parents, grandparents, and 18 aunts and uncles with a Duggar-sized party. And the family has another reason to celebrate when some surprising news is shared.

60 minutes


Today Show Announcement

Many people are showing this special airing on Discovery Health tonight at 9 and 11.  It's showing on my cable guide and I set it to record at 11.

119 comments:

Hannah said...

Isnt it more then 18. Annna ahs 7 siblibgs.

Anonymous said...

Are they planning to go on the Today show every time a Duggar gets pregnant? Do all of the kids have to get up, dress up, gather round and sit still to share in the announcement? Who talks about losing babies, miscarriages, pregnancies in with young children sitting there? Jackson (I think it was) was sitting there trying to be such as good kid on the front row of the Today show announcement, but his life should be about being a little boy. How about asking him about a toy, or a hobby, or a subject that he (or Justin or Jason or JoyAnna) is interested in? Why does everything have to revolve around Michelle (and now Anna's) constant desire to talk about pregnancies. I know they get a high announcing and getting attention for their addiction (after all, it makes the front pages of CNN, FoxNews, etc.,) but have some thought for the lives of the blessings that you already have.

Anonymous said...

Did they do the Today Show for this? I'm surprised the news is making this a big deal since it's only Josh and Anna's second child, not their 19th.

Anonymous said...

Yes,it was on Today.They probably need the exposure to get the ratings for the show,it seems.

CappuccinoLife said...

"Surprising" news? I can't think of anything less surprising than Josh and Anna expecting another baby. Their second, no less. And 18 months after their first. That's hardly shocking, even for people who are fine with birth control.

Anonymous said...

The Today show announcement about Anna's pregnancy reveals what we already know: it's all about the money. There is nothing extraordinary in a second pregnancy, even one that follows a miscarriage. Millions and millions of women have two children and or have suffered miscarriages. I understand the Today announcements concerning Jim Bob and Michelle, but why is it "news" that their children are having children? Basically, we now know that Ann and Josh had sex and she's pregnant. Why is this a big deal?

Reality TV Junkie said...

Mackynzie is a really adorable little baby. I hope she has (had) a happy birthday! I think it's great that she got to have one whole year to herself, no siblings. About Anna's new baby, I'm sensing another girl.

Allison said...

They are just doing it to make sure they don't lose ratings, and therefore money. At the end of the segment, Meredith says that the GrandDuggar First Birthday airs on Sunday on TLC and I was like "Huh." They scheduled it like that so that they would get more ratings for the show. The higher the ratings, the more money they can get from advertisers, and the greater chance that they don't cancel the show. It's not just money for the Duggars, TLC has to make sure they don't lose money on production.

Judy said...

Pregnancy is the Duggar "brand." They want everyone to know when they've lived up to the "brand." Their ratings will probably go up for a few weeks and then again when the baby is born.

Anonymous said...

The Duggars aren't paid based on ratings except maybe a bonus for exceptionally good ones. TLC, however, wants to ring all they can out of the family.

Anonymous said...

I hope they talk about her misscarrige on the show. but TLC prob will.

I wonder how far along she was.

Anonymous said...

Its not showing it. It is showing some oter show.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I made a mistake in my last post. I hope they DONT.

Anonymous said...

The party looks a bit much for a one yr old.How much of a party does a baby that age need?

Allison said...

In a video I saw of Anna and Josh (I'm not sure where it was... ParentDish maybe?), she said that she found out she was pregnant and then 2 days later, she started miscarrying. I think it's something they are going to show on the special because I believe at the end a promo for the special. So yeah, I think it happened pretty early, which maybe is why at 10 weeks, she's OK talking about it now. Not sure. Still seems early to me. I know a lot of people don't say anything until after the 1st trimester.

Anonymous said...

here she is talking about it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfatiC5JyAw

Anonymous said...

My cable guide showed the special airing tonight as well, but it was wrong. Hoarders was on instead.

As far as the Today Show appearance is concerned, while I'm sure Josh and Anna are thrilled, a young couple having their second child is hardly newsworthy, even if their last name is Duggar. And the whole "look, we had to get up early and be on the Today Show" drill, with everyone standing around, fake smiles plastered on their faces, and the little ones obviously bored and fidgety, is getting very old. Even Meredith Viera seems to be over it. She was quite snarky.

Peace said...

I don't think they make much money for doing The Today Show. They make like scale pay. $300 I think. I wonder if that is per person. If they pay all the Duggars then that could be a lot.

The Today Show makes the decision to put them on or not, not the Duggars but I'm sure the Duggars wouldn't turn them down. I guess the Today Shows ratings go up when they appear that's why they keep asking them back or maybe Meredith is just still trying to convince Josh and Anna to use her name for their baby.

Anna does talk about her miscarriage on the special. I saw a video where she and Josh are visiting women prisoners in jail and Anna tells them about the miscarriage.

Cyn said...

Anonymous said...

The party looks a bit much for a one yr old.How much of a party does a baby that age need?
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Though I thoroughly agree babies that young do NOT need huge birthday parties, I seriously doubt the Duggars are throwing a dog and pony show. (including the pony rides, Magicians, clowns, etc)

They have probably invited the church family, friends of the family, and then the Duggars themselves would make for a very large looking party.

Kay said...

"The Duggars aren't paid based on ratings except maybe a bonus for exceptionally good ones."

They may not be paid based on ratings, but good ratings ensure another season.

Anonymous said...

The party may seem a little elaborate but don't forget, it wasn't just for Mackynzie. It was also for Johannah's 5th birthday.

Why the poor child had to share her birthday with her one-year-old niece, and then be further overshadowed by the big announcement is beyond me, but I guess it's the same reason that Jeremiah got an early birthday gift in August (when the episode was filmed) when his birthday is at the end of December. It's all about the show.

Anonymous said...

Anna probably secretly wishes for a few girls first, since they will (like the Duggar girls) do the lion's share of the work in their Quiverful family. If McKynzie has a sister now, those two will be close and will share a lot of the housework and childcare when Anna is nursing number 12, 13 or 20.

Suzie said...

I find it interesting that TLC is using this VSE as a lead-in for Sarah Palin's new show. I'm sure there are plenty of Tea Party types who will stay tuned, but let's face it, there is a large group of viewers who watch these people because they are so alien. Those same people likely couldn't be paid to watch the adventures of Sarah Palin.

I wonder if Anna has those tests that can detect pregnancy before the missed period and her miscarriage could have been mistaken as a regular cycle. I only ask because she mentioned that a lot of miscarriages happen that way on the Today Show.

I'm still flabbergasted that she's going to announce the pregnancy at the birthday party when she was just four weeks along, especially if she miscarried at that point. I guess we'll see if she addresses the miscarriage; I can't see an hour show solely consisting of a birthday party for 1 and 5 year olds (don't forget, this was a joint party for Johannah as well).

Anonymous said...

Re: Though I thoroughly agree babies that young do NOT need huge birthday parties, I seriously doubt the Duggars are throwing a dog and pony show. (including the pony rides, Magicians, clowns, etc)

They have probably invited the church family, friends of the family, and then the Duggars themselves would make for a very large looking party.
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I meant the bouncy houses and costumes and all..but I didn't know it was for Johannah,too.Seems to take some of the specialness away from it for both girls,but I agree that it seems to be done for the show.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Josh and Anna must have a lot of confidence that this pregnancy will work out, to be announcing it on the Today show when she is only 8 weeks along and recently had a miscarriage. I hope they realize that pregnancy loss can and does happen at any time, not just very early on. However, they sure did seem to time this pregnancy perfectly with their daughter’s first birthday and next year’s Father’s Day; after all, it makes for good tv.

I am getting very tired of the “we leave it up to God” statement. If you are purposefully having unprotected sex near ovulation, then you are actively trying to get pregnant, simple as that. From the past few episodes, it really seemed like Anna was enjoying that one-on-one time with Mackynzie, but I guess the pressure to continuously reproduce is more important, even if it may not be what is best for their family. I just hope that all their kids get the love and attention they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice the major bling Michele was sporting in that diamond bracelet? .. woowie (for a Duggar)

bored2tears said...

This show has become nothing more than a show within a show. Cameras recording other cameras, cameras recording photo shoots, this is so boring. Another Today show... blah blah blah

Anonymous said...

America has young soldiers at risk in two countries, a lot of people are suffering economically, and the Today Show consider that two young, healthy people expecting their second child is news! I really don't know what is so special about their reproducing. I would hazard a guess that at least 97% of the people what are in a ceertain aage bracket are capable of the same thing.

One thing that is bothersome to me is that some misguided people will look at the Duggars and think that it will be very easy to provide for so many children. I also think that Michelle should be ashamed of herself for not even spending a little time with her young son to get his birthday gift. It is bad enough that the older girls have to do everything else. She is certainly there when there is an award being received. It is such a shame for the older girls. They support Michelle telling everyone how to be a good mother. Those girls have all the responsibilities but they don't have the shared experience of having a child of their own. Their mother and father procreate and they take on the rest of the duties. What a mixed up family. I think they will probably resent not having a normal life, if they don't already.

anna fan said...

I hope Anna has a healthy baby. I dont care for Josh. He always seems to want to be center of attention.

I think Anna is a great mom and I do hope that she doesnt have 19. I dont want Mack and her soon to be sibling raising the others. Its just not right.

Also, Josh and Anna wouldnt have a lot of money if wasnt for TLC. I dont think his car dealships do well If they always show them on the the shows.

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at the comment regarding the "Leave it up to God" mantra that the Duggars repeat ad nauseum.

You're exactly right: pregnancy isn't rocket science. If you're having unprotected sex on a regular basis, it's a good chance you'll end up pregnant, so I don't understand why the Duggars act like it's some super special, rare occurrence.

As far as Anna, I think she should have waited and spent more time enjoying her first child before being saddled with a second. I didn't watch the Today show clip, but the routine is getting tiresome. I don't see why there was this big need to round up everyone just to announce Anna's pregnancy. It's getting ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

"One thing that is bothersome to me is that some misguided people will look at the Duggars and think that it will be very easy to provide for so many children."

I agree, I think that they should have a budget type episode every season like the one they did in 17 kids and counting, so that they can show what someone would have to make to raise 18 kids, excluding Josh because he's on his own. I hope TLC reads this and really takes it to heart.

I know they put it in their book, and hopefully their 2nd book will have an updated budget.

Anonymous said...

I am getting very tired of the “we leave it up to God” statement. If you are purposefully having unprotected sex near ovulation, then you are actively trying to get pregnant, simple as that.

If people in the media would not insist on asking the question "how would you feel about another pregnancy, the Duggars would quit giving that answer. How else could they answer. That is what the believe. As far as actively trying to get pregnant by having sex near ovulation, that is pure speculation. The fertility chart on the refrigerator was the product of someone's overactive imagination and no one has ever been able to prove it's existence. Therefore, in my mind it doesn't exist.

Quote "I also think that Michelle should be ashamed of herself for not even spending a little time with her young son to get his birthday gift. It is bad enough that the older girls have to do everything else. She is certainly there when there is an award being received. It is such a shame for the older girls. They support Michelle telling everyone how to be a good mother. Those girls have all the responsibilities but they don't have the shared experience of having a child of their own." end Quote ...

Maybe Michelle would have liked to have been there to help pick out the chess set, but she does have multiple responsibilities. Jinger appears to be the designated shopper and enjoys doing it. Jeremiah probably didn't really care and it's not like it was his birthday. On the actual birthday we will probably see her spending time with both boys.

My thought about the girls and the raising of the children is that Michelle sees them as "parents in training". We all do this when we buy little girls baby dolls,etc. These girls just have a lot more of an opportunity to practice. I think that Michelle and Jim Bob retain their parental role in that they guide the "buddies", are their 24 hours a day, lend comfort and assistance to all the children when the need arises and certainly provide the financial support

Anonymous said...

The older Duggar children have all been given "jobs" with the family which seems appropriate when we consider that they have reached adulthood and still live at home.

John David at 20 is out working in the workforce but is "training" his brothers Joseph and Josiah to take over his job of lawn care and maintainence of the family properties. He must have received this training (teaching) from his own father and perhaps some from Grandpa.

Jana at 20 appears to have a combined job of doing much of the cooking but also managing public relations, organizing trips, possibly some household management and office work.

Jill at 19 appears to be now doing most of the cooking and much of the "Nanny" role with the little ones.

Jessa at 18 has taken on the position of a teacher's aide. It was stated that she assists her mother and father in their teaching of the younger ones, not that she does all the teaching.

Jinger at ? 17 is not only the family shopper but has inherited the laundry jurisdiction with Grandma's help.

To me this all makes perfect sense when you consider the ages of the children and the training/teaching they have received.

I use the word training"deliberately in the same way it was used for "nurses training" in my younger when I trained as a nurse. The more intellectual parts of the RN's role are taught but the hands on part is not only taught but they are trained in the role just as children are trained/taught to be good citizens, Christians, homemakers, breadwinners, fathers and mothers.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Anna has those tests that can detect pregnancy before the missed period and her miscarriage could have been mistaken as a regular cycle. I only ask because she mentioned that a lot of miscarriages happen that way on the Today Show.
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It's called a chemical pregnancy when a test comes back positive and then period starts a few days later. Conception happened, but implantation did not. I had one, as have many other women, and stating that it's not a real pregnancy is painful. While it was early, it's still very upsetting to someone trying and even worse when so many people dismiss it at nothing.

msrylee said...

As this is Anna's third pregnancy in the two years they've been married, they probably are right on schedule regarding producing Duggar grandbabies. Having unprotected sex during ovulation will eventually result in a pregnancy, for most women, as one of you mentioned in a previous post.

As long as Michelle's bracelet was purchased used and they saved the difference, the Duggars followed their beliefs. Perhaps it was to celebrate the Mother of the Year award(s) Michelle received. I expect TLC will explain this in a future episode.

Reality TV Junkie said...

If anyone misses the episode for Sunday, there will be a repeat for it on Tuesday at 8:00 PM, on TLC.

Cyn said...

I dont think his car dealships do well If they always show them on the the shows.
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Is this another one of those danged if you do danged if you don't?

When they show Josh and Anna going on the trips people complain he's not running his business. When they show Josh working at his car lot it's just for the publicity. If they show him at home with Anna complaints rain down. (mostly justified)

I guess TLC could just stop showing Josh and Anna but then I'm betting rumors would abound about that as well.

CappuccinoLife said...

I am getting very tired of the “we leave it up to God” statement. If you are purposefully having unprotected sex near ovulation, then you are actively trying to get pregnant, simple as that.
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For some of us, it's not nearly that simple. No medical reason. It just doesn't happen. Families come in all sizes, even those that do not use any sort of conception control.

The Duggars are on the larger extreme even among those who agree with their objections to birth control. Besides, for them there is no reason they shouldn't use that phrase. It fits perfectly with their beliefs that God is an active participant in the creation of every human being at the moment of conception. They're not asking anyone to agree with them, but there's nothing odd about the phrase given what they believe.

CappuccinoLife said...

Right now Josh and Anna are not actually outside the norm of other young couples at this point. It's neither newsworthy, nor oppressive, nor something worth condemning.

Many young couples have 2-3 children in a rather short amount of time. I see plenty of young moms with an 18-24 month old and a newborn around here, and they are not Duggar-like in any regard. The big difference is (or will be) if Josh and Anna do not say "We are so DONE!!" once their second or third child is born.

Anonymous said...

I wish the very best for Josh and Anna and this pregnancy. One of them did say that they knew it was early in the pregnancy to make such an announcement and that they had reservations about doing so after the miscarriage. But ultimately they decided to celebrate the news regardless. I can't imagine what it must be like for Anna to have everyone always asking her if she's expecting. I can't imagine what it must have been like after the miscarriage to deal with the constant speculation.

Anonymous said...

Re: I am getting very tired of the “we leave it up to God” statement. If you are purposefully having unprotected sex near ovulation, then you are actively trying to get pregnant, simple as that.

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That's just it.Bingo.

Anonymous said...

I'm not crazy about eveything the Duggars do,but the viewers do like Jinger,and I suspect that the trip for the chess set was just a way to include her in the show.We seem to be seeing more of her and Anna..as the viewers like them,and less of cousin Amy,who tends to be annoying,imo.

Anonymous said...

I feel like if people didn't ask the Duggars if they planned on having more children, then they wouldn't constantly say that they are leaving it up to God.

It seems like people keep asking and expect the Duggars to give them a different answer than the old we're leaving it up to God, like it's a surprise that they say that every time.

However, I think if they said they weren't having children anymore then it would be a darned if they do darned if they don't sort of thing, because then there would be articles on how hypocritical the Duggars are for not leaving it up to God the entire time Michelle could get pregnant.

I agree that people may never truly understand and Michelle was quoted saying that they know that people don't understand and that she doesn't expect anyone to. Which is a good way to look at it.

Hannah said...

OMG!! Josh and Anna running to eachother in th water. gag

Why do they keep saying 19 when they do the counts. Anna siblings count too.


Did I see Suzanne in shorts?


Macks diaper didnt look like cloth. I am shocked they showed that shot on tv.

lovedit said...

Anyone CatCh Annas sister wear board shorts as Swimwear

and josh Not wearing hte modesty wear

Anonymous said...

Annass outfit was cute. I just think it makes her look farther long then she is.

So, she does drive. Thanks TLC!!

I hated Joshs comment about Macks being a Drama Queen. She fell. Of course, shes going to cry.

Allison said...

I was surprised to see Josh in board shorts as well, considering we had seen the younger kids in diving suits last week. Also, since Susanna was wearing shorts as well, it makes me think that Anna and her siblings have more choice over what they want to wear and how they follow their parents guidelines than we might think. I know Priscilla has been seen wearing more conservative clothes, while Susanna seems more "liberal." It makes me think they really are thinking about what makes them comfortable.

Also I don't think that was Mackynzie's diaper we saw. I think that was some sort of onesie that we saw. It didn't look like a diaper to me but I couldn't really tell.

Anonymous said...

"The older Duggar children have all been given "jobs" with the family which seems appropriate when we consider that they have reached adulthood and still live at home. "

of the 5 children you listed only 3 of them are adults in any of the episodes. The older girls have all had their jobs since before any of them were 18.

Jessa just turned 18, and was 17 in every episode we've seen.

Jinger is 16 not 17.

I wouldn't say that these kids have deserved adult responsibilities all these years.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this episode. I am not sure exactly what I was expected but it was enjoyable. I could have done without the first birthday recaps though. At first I thought they are showing Josh's first birthday, which made sense and then I thought maybe Anna's parents would share about her first birthday but they didn't. I thought it was ill placed to talk about the other Duggars' first birthday especially since they didn't show all the Duggars. Poor Jill was completely skipped over amongst the older children. This really shouldn't have been about them at all.

Things that I got my attention that I am sure others saw as well:

Anna driving! My question has been answered and confirmed.

Anna's sister Suzanne wearing shorts at the beach. I had to rewind to make sure I saw that right.It definitely shows the difference between the families.

Josh wearing shorts and a tee shirt. That was a surprise. It makes me glad to see that Josh and Anna may be instituting some of their own believes for their family.

Mackynzie is such a cutie. I loved seeing her so much in this episode. Anna looked so beautiful. She appeared to be glowing. My concern is though if this episode was taped a few weeks ago and Anna's miscarriage was about a month prior I hope she isn't feeling pressured and rushing into trying to conceive too quickly. I hope everything goes well for them during this pregnancy. I know the pain of miscarriage (2 very early miscarriages before 6 wks and one late term at 26 weeks) and I know how exciting it can be to believe you have a baby on the way only to have your hopes dashed. Good luck to them.

I would love to see more episodes like this one.

MOM IN TEXAS

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that the pregnancy test that Anna placed in the bottle, only showed ONE pink line...Which clearly states "not pregnant"....LOL

Cyn said...

For once I have a serious snipe...

With all the bows and other dingy things they put on a babies head in this family... where was the SUN hat on Mackenzie???

Seriously Anna's family grew up on the beach if nothing else why didn't g'ma Keller put a sun hat on the baby? Surely they would know how dangerous the sun is on an infants head especially one that is not used to being out in the sun and water. Simply going to the park in the summer my mother would always insist my kids had hats on (and she kept putting them back on too) or she wouldn't take them.

Nancy said...

Suze in board shorts and a tee at the beach! You GO, girl. I have hope she might actually attend college once the younger brothers are into their teens.

I was sorry to see Anna in her modest wear while Josh pretty much looked like any other guy at the beach who is not trying to get a sunburn (and I saw chest hair...ick...sorry, I find him squicky).

Yay for Kynzie (it was on the beach, so I guess that's the "official" nickname) taking her first steps. Adorable.

Was it me, or did they finally get braces for Joseph? I blinked and almost missed it; will catch it again on the west coast airing, starting now. if so, ABOUT TIME! (Rats, I missed it typing this!) I DID see the big, honkin' teevee in the Keller abode. Looks to be about 26", maybe 30". Interesting...

Like Anna's new haircut, simply because she's let her color go natural and, believe it or not, I have a similar cut, only a little less layered. It's a great length for super fine hair that can't be permed, but can be pulled back with a headband, if not into a ponytail.

The boucy house probably set them back $500 or so (in AR dollars). The one in Beverly Hills cost $1500, but it was bigger. Doesn't look like JimBob and Michelle spent nearly that on their early childrens' birthdays. The twins look like they got the Chucky Cheese experience.

Anonymous said...

"Did anyone notice that the pregnancy test that Anna placed in the bottle, only showed ONE pink line...Which clearly states "not pregnant"....LOL"
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I went back and looked. There is a faint 2nd line. 2 lines, even the faintest, means the tester is pregnant.

Allison said...

Did anyone notice that the pregnancy test that Anna placed in the bottle, only showed ONE pink line...Which clearly states "not pregnant"....LOL

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It was most likely just a very faint line so that we couldn't see it from the distance and through the bottle. Most pregnancy test packaging clearly states that even if the line is faint, the pregnancy is still positive.

Anonymous said...

You are right about the sun hat. I also think "diaper change in progess" was kinda dumb

Josh loading up the car this time. LOL

Michelle didnt seem to help much. all she did was stay with the kids at the bouncy house.

Now, they talk about horseplay. After, all the omments about it


Poor Johannah. She should get her own party. Mack is not her twin sister.

I can count on a second special for Josies first bday :).

Suzie said...

From Anna's comments, it does appear she got those pregnancy tests that can test positive before the menstrual cycle.

Thanks to the poster who explained the science of why this can mislead. It sounds like she had the typical "heavier than usual period" that was what is often the miscarriage. But at Anna's age and marital experience, has she really been noticing how heavy/light/out of cycle her monthlies are? She might, ONLY because their culture reveres large families and let's be honest, most women DO plan them.

Kelly Bates' latest reveal may give Michelle some ideas. Both of those women having their umpteenth kid at their age just scares me to death. I really hope they both stop, but now that they know about progesterone, I don't know if that's going to happen. And that makes me sad. Especially for couples, especially devoutly religious ones, who can't have any, no matter what they've tried. Does God not love them?

Anna and her oldest sister seem to have bought into Gothard hook, line and sinker, and I'm interested to see how their paths will diverge from those who decided ATI wasn't for them. At least the Keller parents seem tolerant of the relative diversity of beliefs and still accepts them.

The Duggars? That's a gravy train and I'm not so sure anyone will be able to openly "out" themselves from Gothard until the show ends. Sorry about the rant, but the comparison between the acceptance level of the families really hit me; you can still love God and cut your hair and wear board shorts, even if you're a girl.

Anonymous said...

"The children are going through training, just as little girls are given baby dolls....". These girls became 'buddies' at an early age. They weren't playing with dolls, but with a real 6 month old baby. I would say that there is a whole lot of responsibility attached to that., and I don't think it is fair. There is absolutely nothing wrong with children helping their parents, but what Michelle expects of her young girls is way above what should be expected.

They should be having some fun, not changing diapers and discussing "potty training, etc."

To make matters worse, Michelle readily states that they would welcome #20. I think she should perhaps stay at home and start looking after the children she already has. Just MHO

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing Anna's family with baby Mac again...they seem to enjoy her so much.And Jordyn is such a cutie,trying to talk and squirting her bottle.

Peace said...

I'm sure the bouncy houses were rented. Those things can be really dangerous. I'm not crazy about them.

I loved the shots of Mackynzie on the beach. She was so enjoying it. I kept thinking that Kate Gosselin would have been screaming if her kids at that age got sand on themselves. Anna and Josh are very relaxed for first time parents. I love it!

Amy and the cake........well she tried. I wonder how it tasted?

Anonymous said...

I thought it was interesting Josh wearing normal clothes, but what was on his ankle? it looked like an ankle bracelet.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy with how TLC and Josh and Anna did not choose to exploit the miscarraige for ratings at the time it ocurred.

Anonymous said...

This was filmed the first week in October. I'm sure if Anna wasn't actually pregnant or miscarried again they would have chopped out the announcement at the end.

Weird though to find out that day by home pregnancy test and then blabbing it to everyone. She should wait a month at least and visit a doctor first before announcing it.

I wonder what happened to the Duggar dining room table. It was missing. Maybe getting refinished? It had to be out of the house. It's too big to hide.

Anonymous said...

Kelly is having a baby again? I thought she just had one.

What is this about the little girls changing diapers?


Jinger didnt look happy baking the cake.

Anyways, I admire Anna for sending time with her kid. I think she always will no matter how many she has.

They seemed to show Josh doing more things like changing her etc..

Anonymous said...

"I'm happy with how TLC and Josh and Anna did not choose to exploit the miscarraige for ratings at the time it ocurred."

Yeah I'm glad too, because at the time it happens it's a very personal thing and it causes a lot of pain.

I wonder if Josh and Anna know how to say no a lot more than Michelle and Jim Bob do.

Madigan said...

IMO when Michelle was talking about Anna's pregnacy, even though she was smiling, her eyes looked very sad. I'm wondering if Michelle is jealous Anna got pregnant before her. If so, that is so sad. I wish nothing but the best for the new baby and big sister Mack!

Jen said...

Why was Jana's and John David's birthday the last birthday Michelle's mother was able to spend with the children? Did she die?

CappuccinoLife said...

Especially for couples, especially devoutly religious ones, who can't have any, no matter what they've tried. Does God not love them?
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This might be a dead horse (I think it's been beaten to death), but since it went through...

I've never gotten the impression that the Duggars or the Bates family believe such a thing. Not from them, and not from the people who have met them and related their experience with either family. I know the Duggars have stated that they recognize that God's plan is different for every family, including family size. It might be because they call their children "blessings", but understanding the context in which they use that word, to me there is no connection (or attempt to connect) the size of a family with God's love for that family.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to cut Grandma Keller some slack on the sun-hat issue for Mackynzie.....at least we have visual evidence of a grandmother that actually gets down on the floor (at the Keller home) and plays with the grandchild, unlike another grandmother (Michelle Duggar) who does nothing.

Lorelei said...

This may be nitpicky, but it bothered me, so:

I don't understand why cousin Amy and a few of the duggars decided to make the cake in Amy's tiny apartment kitchen when the Duggars have an Xlarge professional kitchen at the place where the party was going to occur. If they wanted the cake to be a surprise, just put up a curtain in the back kitchen or something.

heelgrrl@gmail.com said...

It might be because they call their children "blessings", but understanding the context in which they use that word, to me there is no connection (or attempt to connect) the size of a family with God's love for that family.

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I understand the concept of the "blessing." However, I am pointing out that the Duggars and the Bateses are abusing this privilege. They are openly TTC and the Bateses recently admitted to hormone therapy. Isn't that subverting God's plan and making it one's own?

The way Anna appears to pee on a stick multiple times a month and is desolated until she gets the result she wants is certainly a "tell" about the intentions of the hard-core followers of Gothard. They started early; I see another dozen or so kids in their future. Josh better hope his car lots and TLC money can be parlayed into a much larger house. I don't see more than 3 (and the last one an infant) fitting into that tiny house. If I were them, I'd start house hunting NOW before real estate starts booming (as it inevitably will).

Then again, he could hire JD for an addition; I seriously doubt Josh is paying a mortgage, since the property belonged to his grandparents and was likely gifted to him about the time grandpa got sick and couldn't maintain it any longer. Now that I think about it, I'm voting addition so they won't have to save a massive amount of cash to buy a bigger house/land.

Anonymous said...

Michelle might be exhausted, but Gothard laws don't allow her to say NO to her husband.

Allison said...

"Weird though to find out that day by home pregnancy test and then blabbing it to everyone. She should wait a month at least and visit a doctor first before announcing it."


I don't think Mackynzie's birthday party was on her actual birthday. I think it was after. The reason is because Josh says "We found out on Mackynzie's birthday that Anna is pregnant" rather than saying "We found out today that Anna is pregnant." I think it was pretty close, but not the exact same day.

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"I don't understand why cousin Amy and a few of the duggars decided to make the cake in Amy's tiny apartment kitchen when the Duggars have an Xlarge professional kitchen at the place where the party was going to occur. If they wanted the cake to be a surprise, just put up a curtain in the back kitchen or something."


Cousin Amy lives with her parents. The opening shot was an entire house, not an apartment. But the Duggars house is clearly way bigger, so yeah, I thought it was strange they didn't cook there.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? They showed the supposed actual pregnancy test result on camera?

So, a urine-laden pregnancy diagnostic stick is now considered reality entertainment?

Ick.

NO class.

Anonymous said...

Lorelei said:
This may be nitpicky, but it bothered me, so:

I don't understand why cousin Amy and a few of the duggars decided to make the cake in Amy's tiny apartment kitchen....
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Actually Amy lives at home with her parents in a nice house. The kitchen isn't small by no means. It seemed to be because there were so many people in it. Fixing a cake at the Duggars house would have been difficult with so many little ones running around.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that the pregnancy test that Anna placed in the bottle, only showed ONE pink line...Which clearly states "not pregnant"....LOL

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Anna herself said there was a "faint" pink line.

Anonymous said...

Once, again Amy's bronzer was out of control... TLC could please spare us cousin Amy's "I love Lucy" routine.. It is annoying.. I do not find her to be "a ham" Or entertaining... I just change the channel..

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they chose to have Amy bake the cake at her house so that her and her family would get paid for featuring their home in the episode.

Also, I think Michelle showed much more class in the first episode of 17 kids and counting when she refused to show her pregnancy test on camera. The test in a big baby bottle with doll was just darn creepy looking!!!

Nancy said...

That baby jar thing looked like something from a Chucky horror movie.

Anonymous said...

I agree Amy looks like a "hot mess".. Sad thing she does not have a clue... I cannot even stomach watching her.

Ann has a nice famliy.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does anyone else see this It looks like the bloom is off the rose regarding Josh. Anna is always the first one displaying any affection. He always looks bored. I was so shocked when Mckensie fell over on the floor during a couch interview and all Josh did was bend over and look at her while Anna jumped up went over Josh's feet and picked the baby up. Josh was right next to the baby when she fell and did nothing.

Jana fan said...

Finally got around to watching this episode on TIVo.

I like Anna's new hair. She looks about a million % better, and much more modern and up-to-date. Now, if only she could encourage her SIL Jinger to join her at the hairdressers. That hot mess of wet curls went out at least 15 year ago (probably more), and looked all the more outdated in comparison to Anna's new "do".

Josh was unbearable this episode. He looks all "hip and manly" in his real board short swimming trunks, while Anna is covered up with an odd burka-like swimsuit. And then Josh, out on the surfboard? Priceless!

Michelle looked like she was fake crying with the pg announcement. Jinger's NO was great!

The costumes seemed kind of childish for those older kids like Josiah. It was nice that they were participating, but a little weird.

Those little boys were wild in the bounce house, especially Jackson. He is the most out of control.

Amy was ok, I thought. I like Grandma Duggar, who always seems up for anything, and seems truly adored by her grandchildren.

Anonymous said...

I think Josh not helping Kynzie right away has more to do with how many kids he's been around- how many injuries he's witnessed- and how relaxed he is with his family. Anna has experience with children, but as a first-time mom, she might jump every time the baby cries or stumbles.

A toddler falling on her butt isn't a big deal- the kid is more scared than hurt. I wouldn't ignore the child, but gasping and running to her side is an overreaction. Child just needs a hand up and a hug.

Kitteh said...

Poor Anna is going to be in for one hell of a ride...she's already pregnant with #2 before the first baby has gotten to that "terrible two" stage! ha ha! In all honesty tho, I wish Josh and Anna and their growing family the best.

jonandkatewho? said...

This might not be a huge issue for most, but I'm sick of seeing Josh and Anna's baby referred to as a "GrandDuggar". It's stupid. The baby is a "grandchild" to two sets of grandparents, not a "GrandDuggar".

When that baby is grown, do you think she will in any way appreciate being known as the "first GrandDuggar"? Of course not! Oh wait, by then the family won't be on television anymore and will have gone back to being insignificant and a mere footnote to reality television history. One can hope....

Anonymous said...

Josh was right next to the baby when she fell and did nothing.
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Well, to be fair, I've seen this phenomenon re fathers and their babies before. It's not that they don't care or don't love their baby, it's that men are more likely to take a "wait until the screaming starts" attitude toward tumbles. My nephew took a tumble in front of my BIL and bonked his head and my BIL glanced his way, saw no blood, and continued talking with the neighbor who was standing there. Of course, my sis and I had Anna's reaction, which was to go over and check him out, offer comfort, etc.

Josh is lazy, but I also think he's been conditioned to be lazy by being raised in a household where the girls are required to do the bulk of the work. His wife, being raised similarly, isn't breaking him of the habit of expecting things to be done for him either.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how the prisoners felt about being taped discussing their painful life situations? I felt sorry for them being on TV...

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, I felt sorry for the prisoners too! It seemed like an invasion of privacy (and both Mr. Kellers and Anna's description of 'hardship" was kinda ridiculous, in light of where they were)....

Kitten said...

The TLC script team was working hard on this one...Anna, who clearly says/knows that Amy doesn't cook, calls her up and asks her to make a cake that looks like an ark and can feed a billion people? Oh, yeah, when I have umpteen sisters-in-law who cook and bake for 20+ people every day, I'm going to call the one person who knows nothing about it to bake my daughter's Bday cake. And Amy is going to choose the cousins who know the least about baking to help her! Oh, and the cake has to be something fancy wierd, like an ark.

Actually, what I'm most suprised about is that TLC didn't bring in the Cake Boss and have him whip up an ark extravaganza. TLC is so into the interwoven shows (the motorcycle guys on Kate&Jon, for example). Maybe that was when they had schlepped Buddy and his family over to Italy, or I'm sure they would have done it. Or else, after they read this post, they'll fire the guy whose job it is to think up all these stupid ideas. "Geez, Joey, what was youze thinkin"??!!! We coulda had a big Arkansas family meets big New Jersey Italian family moment!! You're fired!!" LOL...

Sharla said...

- 2.142 million viewers
- 1.3/2 HH
- 0.7/2 A18-49

Anonymous said...

In regards to Josh's latent reaction to MacKynzie falling, I was raised to not react initally to a child who falls or has a minor accident because this will scare the child and cause them to overreact as well as breed unnecessary fear. With my own children and other children in my family we have always practiced a delayed reaction to accidents. Once we can assess the damage and see if they really need attention then we react. If its not serious we usually allow the child to see this and then they get up and brush themselves off. If they are crying and do need comfort, comfort is provided but its not the over the top running immediately to their side to coddle them. This is by no means an effort to neglect the child but teaches independance.

hannah said...

The cake boss did bake them one when they found of the sex of the baby.

Other, then the staged "play screen" and "babysitting". TLC almost always shows Anna caring for her. Once, she was feeding her. Letting her plate get cold, when Josh was eating away.


I would like to see how much Josh really does.

Anonymous said...

No one is more surprised than I that I am now twice somewhat defending Josh and his parenting skills. I've seen comments that suggest Josh is lazy and puts most of the parenting/caring for Mack onto Anna. However, it could also be possible that Anna prefers to be first in command when it comes to the baby. I'll admit I was that way with my first. It's embarrassing now but I really felt that I was better suited for almost all things to do with caring for our firstborn, and would nervously watch over my hubby's shoulder when he'd change a diaper, or feed the baby, or play with her.

Josh certainly seems to enjoy being with his daughter and playing with her, so I'm gonna cut him a little slack and say maybe he would do more if Anna handed the baby to him, or asked him to do more.

I will also admit that I usually find Josh too smug and know-it-allsy, but that Anna seems to bring out the best in him at times. Going with her and her father to do prison ministry, he really sounded like his eyes were opened to seeing a certain segment of society from a different viewpoint. That's refreshing to hear from him.

I normally don't watch much of the Duggars now, but I actually watched almost the entire episode. There was practically no JimBob, and very little of Michelle. Even cousin Amy didn't annoy me as she normally does.

I think they must have had a back up cake-making plan, because I really don't see how what Amy made turned into the final product.

Anonymous said...

There is no way that the product placement cake (three!!! bottles of oil?)that Amy and crew hamhandedly made was the same one that was at the party. Isn't that a tad dishonest to pass it off as her work?

Anonymous said...

I really loved this episode. Anna is a wonderful woman, and I am more impressed with her all the time. Her hair is shorter and more updated than any of the Duggar girls have dared to do, and she has personality. I was very touched by the visit to the prison. The help that they were giving these hurting people, and Anna's compassion for them, speaks volumes about her. Her story of her barely-there pregnancy wasn't terribly moving true, but I think it's the closest thing to a hardship she had to share. What a relief to see Josh in normal swimwear. Anna's swimsuit isn't terribly attractive, but she seems comfortable in it and I think she honestly does not care. The Kellers seem like really wonderful people.

I was very surprised that Jinger has never baked a cake...?! Seriously? How do you get to be her age and never made a cake, from a box. There's literally nothing to it (when you are using a boxed mix and canned frosting, that is), plus there are birthdays every other week in their family, I'm sure. Also since we're all under the impression that the girls are all made to cook all the time, that was so surprising. Sounds like only a couple of the girls are into it, and Jinger gets a free pass as long as she keeps up on her laundry chore. Also, in times past when the kids were all asked what they wanted to be when they grow up, Jinger said "chef". Very strange. She seemed quite uncomfortable in the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the bday show now because I thought it didn't record. I loved when Josh said it is go to the ocean to see how big it is and how there is so much water. Seriously? How old is he, 4?

Anonymous said...

Anon said:
I just watched the bday show now because I thought it didn't record. I loved when Josh said it is go to the ocean to see how big it is and how there is so much water. Seriously? How old is he, 4?
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I grew up near the ocean and still visit it frequently yet I am still amazed at the vastness of it as well and by the way I'm 29.

I see the ocean as an example of God's amazing creations and how expansive and beautiful His work can be. Maybe Josh feels the same.

becky said...

"I see the ocean as an example of God's amazing creations and how expansive and beautiful His work can be. Maybe Josh feels the same."
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If Josh put it that way itstated it so eloquently it probably wouldn't have gotten the above criticism.

I think the problem with Josh is that he often commands attention for the most mediocre insights, it's pretentious.

heelgrrl@gmail.com said...

I tried to watch this in super slow-mo and I think Joseph got himself some braces. If anyone else still has it recorded, can you confirm? It's in the beginning, during the first set of "advice" talking-heads. I only have a 23" screen, but I saw other teeth, so while I may be seeing things, I think he is getting those teeth fixed and if so, about time!

It would make sense, since that episode was taped well after the episodes we're seeing in the "regular" series. The one that aired tonight was around the beginning of September, given Josiah's birthday in 8/28 and we know they left for DC 9/13 (and that is the Duggar cam VSE this coming Sunday).

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:18: I also live near the ocean and can't even fathom how much water it is but it was the way he said it, child-like and obvious.

msrylee said...

I just bristle when I hear Mackenzie called a GrandDuggar. This little girl is a grandchild of both the Kellers and the Duggars. She is not Duggar property and therefore shouldn't be called a GrandDuggar. It is my opinion that the Kellers are ignored by the Duggars, and that must be hurtful to Anna. I am not encouraged in the least by the Duggars' exclusion of Mackenzie's maternal grandparents.

Allison said...

TLC made up the "GrandDuggar" label. I felt like Jim Bob was a little uncomfortable saying "GrandDuggar" when talking about grandbaby #2, like it was something he wasn't used to saying. I don't think I've ever heard Mackynzie referred to as "GrandDuggar" except in promos and articles. This is just a marketing ploy to call the baby "GrandDuggar."

Anonymous said...

Can someone fill me in on the Bates info? Someone mentioned an announcement from Kelly Bates. Is she pregnant? Are they using hormones to get pregnant or to stay pregnant?

Anonymous said...

I do not have a problem with Kenzie being called a GranDuggar. Duggar is her last name, and it is Anna's now, too. I'm proud of my own family, but I took on my husband's name and our children carry that last name. Our nicknames for them while pregnant also included part of that last name.

Additionally, given the big deal they (Mr. Kellar) made about the transfer of authority to Josh upon marriage, I think it's pretty clear that Anna, and any children she has with Josh, are unquestioningly Duggars and under Josh's ultimate authoirty.

jj said...

"That hot mess of wet curls went out at least 15 year ago"

Hahahahaha!

jj said...

"Oh gosh, I felt sorry for the prisoners too! It seemed like an invasion of privacy (and both Mr. Kellers and Anna's description of 'hardship" was kinda ridiculous, in light of where they were)...."

Yeah, that was weird. It's really nice of Pa Keller to do the prison ministry thing, but seeing Anna all dressed in pink with hubby by her side, gushing about her baby and her miscarriage that happened one day after she discovered she was pregnant was kind of awful. These women are downtrodden prisoners with children of their own that they can't be with. Pretty sad, although they seemed to enjoy the bible study I guess.

Allison said...

Can someone fill me in on the Bates info? Someone mentioned an announcement from Kelly Bates. Is she pregnant? Are they using hormones to get pregnant or to stay pregnant?

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Kelly just gave birth on Sep. 17 so I think it's unlikely that she is pregnant right now. There is also no mention on their website of a pregnancy. I'm not sure what that other person was referring to.

Anonymous said...

" I think it's pretty clear that Anna, and any children she has with Josh, are unquestioningly Duggars and under Josh's ultimate authoirty."

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How sad, that in the year 2010, Anna will never be an equal partner in her marriage to Josh, and that their female children will be brought up to believe this oppressive way of thinking.

Anonymous said...

Preg Test: It showed 2 and they mentioned how faint it was. I too think that having their second child now is no different from most couples out there (non-newsworthy as it is). Don’t understand why ppl are so upset by seeing the test though. I think it’s nice seeing Anna differ from the “modesty” laws of her in-laws!

Sun Hat on Mac: Cyn – the sun hat might have blown away with that wind, but I agree. I’m in the mid-west and no one ever puts hats on their kids in the blazing sun. Drives me nuts.

Bouncy Houses: Might belong to the church and lent out to many. Or not.

Prison: I get the good intentions here, but I’m amazed at how they keep their children out of mainstream education/work for fear of being next to someone with green hair, but are ok with sending them out to do God’s work in a prison. Really? Exposure to the real world (even the harshest of realities) is ok as long as you’re “missioning” I guess. Since you likely cannot convert the green-haired kid in class, stay away, right?

Anna: I think at first she was trying hard to integrate with the Duggar style (remember the perm???) but since having Kensie she’s been more assertive. Good thing b/c I think she’s a nice example of how you can have your religious beliefs in balance with reality. I think their kids will be Kellars more than Duggars in the end.

I did not understand the “this might be the very first noah’s ark themed party in Arkansas history” pop up. What the heck did that mean?

PS – WE GET IT. iPhones are being promoted. Give it up!!!

Anonymous said...

I can guarantee that the prisoners had to agree to be on the show. Even though they are in jail they still have to agree to be on TV unless they are being taped in court during a trial and the judge allows cameras in. I thought that part of the show was really great.

I couldn't believe that Susanna was wearing shorts!! And even when she was wearing a skirt it wasn't quite below her knees and I noticed her shirts didn't come up to her collarbone. I thought the Kellers were just as strict about clothing as the Duggars so I was very surprised by this. I think Susanna is 18 but it appears she still lives at home so maybe the Kellers told her she didn't have to wear skirts all the time but she couldn't dress in short shorts either?

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Wow, how did I miss this one? I need to see if it got TIVOed. If not are they planning on showing this again?

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I TIVOed last night the show and the show of the week before. I wanted to check out the swimming suits and I could not find those clips. The description of the show said it was the swimming lesson show yet there is nothing of them swimming. Did they cut out those parts? They do show the kids eating bacon at the beginning and JB fixing bananas and in the end there is Mrs. Duggar and the girls at a MOPS meeting. Is this the same show with the swimming lesson?

Cyn said...

Green Hair comment was from Erin Bates. It's been attributed to the Duggars several times, but Erin said it when she was talking about why SHE didn't want to go to a main stream college.

Though the Bates, and Kellers, and Duggars have similar views on children, and religion. They all have differing ways of walking out their faith. (clothing choices, college choices, ministries, etc)

Anonymous said...

"I’m amazed at how they keep their children out of mainstream education/work for fear of being next to someone with green hair, but are ok with sending them out to do God’s work in a prison. "

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Whereby they further the espousal that the kids are getting "real world experience". And the kids are non the wiser. I've always suspected this is a primary purpose of their [Gothard approved] missionary work.

hannah said...

The clips of the shorts were in the birthday show.


The Kellers raise the kids like the duggars. However, a few others of Anna`s siblings arent like her. I think they let each child pick, how they wanna dress, what they wanna do for a living etc...!!

You also notice how Anna and Suzannae cut thier hair.

msrylee said...

I agree with the comment about how sad it is in 2010 that Anna will never be an equal partner in her marriage. Just because she took the Duggar name, doesn't automatically make her a Duggar, nor her off-spring. Josh and Anna's children are both Keller and Duggar descendants. I took my partner's name, but I still am an equal in my marriage.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I believe they are "grandDuggars" because the whole show is about the Duggars, not any other family.

Anonymous said...

I remember when Anna's father said that he was passing the authority for Anna over to Josh.

Just look at Josh and Anna. Who is the brightest? Who is the most articulate? Who seems to do all the parenting and all the housework? Imagine. She is under the authority of her partner and this is 2010. Isn't this what the troops are trying to eliminate in the Middle East. Aren't women even equal in Duggarland. Actually, I'm thinking they are Superior!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a TV and usually get episodes that look interesting (and have caused some fun discussions on this site :) ) on Amazon or iTunes but it's been a few days and the Grandduggar First Year episode isn't up. Does anyone know when it is going to come out or where it can be watched? Thanks.

hannah said...

It might be under "specals on itunes. Or you can try youtube.