Josie Turns One Today

From Radaronline:

Little Josie Duggar -- the miracle baby and star of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting -- is celebrating her first birthday Friday and her mother Michelle tells RadarOnline.com all about the milestone!

"We are just so excited and we're so grateful to God to have her," the reality television mom said, in an exclusive interview.

"Reaching this landmark occasion her first birthday, I look back at the pictures and the video footage from the beginning to now and it an incredible journey."

Michelle, the mother to all 19 children, said Josie Brooklyn now weighs a healthy 15 pounds 12 ounces, and is wearing baby clothes for a six month old.

The "littlest little" as Josie is called on 19 Kids and Counting is like a "chunky little peanut," her mom said.

She said, "You know that song I'm a little teapot short and stout? Well that could be her little song! She is definitely short and plump now, she's got all these little rolls, it is so cute."

Dad Jim Bob and the older Duggar kids are on a mission in Hondorus and El Salvador, Guatemala; they won't return until December 15, which has delayed a big party for their much loved baby.

Said Michelle: "We'll have ice cream and Grandma and Amy and everyone else will come out to the house and celebrate. She has a little balloon that says 'Happy Birthday Josie'."

Josie is becoming quite the chatterbox, Michelle revealed.

"She can say 'Dada,' and she says 'Hi' and she waves hi when you say it to her now," she said.

"She's learning. We've heard her say 'Mama' three times and every time that she's done it I've run and I get my phone and I try to get her to say it again but she won't say it again.

"She claps her hands and she has her favorite book called the Ticklish book. That book will make her start jumping, squirming, kicking. She gets the biggest grin.

"She is rolling all over the place. She's not crawling yet. She spots something she wants and she just rolls over to it. It's so cute a cute little roll to get to it. She can sit up and we leave her up for a while. Then she plops over."

Michelle also reflected on the tough times the parents had when Josie was born, despite their previous experience.

"The touch-and-go of not knowing if she would live and the reality that when she had her bowel perforated on day eight the reality of the fact that she might not make it was so real that I think we took it one minute, one second, one day at a time," she said.
"We thanked God. It put it all in perspective. You can't determine the outcome in a situation like that. You just thank God for the moments you had with them. We took a lot of pictures and just tried to cherish every minute that we had her with us."

Both Michelle and Jim Bob have previously told RadarOnline.com they would welcome more children, but there isn't a little sibling on the way -- for now.

"We would just absolutely love that, but we're not right now," Michelle said.

"I don't ever feel bad when anybody asks me that question because our hearts are still the same in that regard as far as valuing life and cherishing life. We would be so grateful to God if he saw fit to bless us with another gift. At this time that hasn't happened.

"I am 44 going on 45 in September next year, and I'm thinking I'm not a spring chicken anymore and I know that could be a factor in all of that."

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Michelle's comment from the article: ""I am 44 going on 45 in September next year, and I'm thinking I'm not a spring chicken anymore and I know that could be a factor in all of that."

Well, another "factor" would be her and JimBob continuing to have marital relations without birth control.

Anonymous said...

She hasn't been a spring chicken for quite some time. Time to stop the madness and focus on the grandchildren to get her baby fix.

mythoughtis said...

NOT ONE word about the other birthdays in December. Jordyns is any day now also.

Anonymous said...

Who knows what all Michelle said that didn't make it into the written report. We have no way of knowing the questions that were asked or her full answers. Radar obviously wanted a Josie slanted article.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Happy Birthday Josie! Jordyns' birthday is on the 18th. I can't believe they have two one year olds at the same time...

ennvee said...

Glad to hear Josie is doing about as well as could be expected for a baby with her challenges as a micropremie.

I hope that when they throw that party for Josie on the 15th, that they also acknowledge Jordyn, whose 2nd birthday is the 18th. Lord knows they forgot all about Hannie when they had the big party for Mackynzie (sorry if I misspelled this...I am not a fan of designer spellings).

I also hope Jinger (21st) and the twins (30th) get recognition beyond lunch with the parents. A chess set bought in August really doesn't cut it for a 12 year old who barely remembers life without a camera in his face and doesn't know a life of real want.

The 2nd grandDuggar is going to be lucky, since the only other June birthday in the family is Anna, on the 23rd. That kid will get a ton of attention.

Enywho, here's wishing Josie many more happy birthdays, and the best of health; she'll need it in that family once the doctors give the greelight for her to leave the house for excursions beyond doctor's appointments.

Anonymous said...

It's kind of sad that lunch with their own parents is a gift that the children get once a year, on their birthdays. Really Duggar parents? Out of 365 days a year, you can only guarantee that your children will have a special lunch with you once in all those days?

I too hope that Jordyn gets a special birthday party, but I'd be willing to be my next paycheck she won't. Unless her sister-mom has a bit of free time and is able to treat her to a special brief outing. *sigh* The forgotten little ones.

Selfish mother, vain, egotistical father. Thank goodness they do have loving sisters to mother them.

Anonymous said...

she can really talk? wow.

good for her


poor jordyn.

Anonymous said...

In Jim and Michelle's faith, what do they do when it's time to stop having children? Do they continue having marital relations without any form of protection and leave it up to God, or will they just not be together again? I'm confused by what Michelle will do as she enters into, as she calls it "the next season" of her life. Thanks.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Michelle said that they have a giant "number one" cutout for her, and that Josie, Jordyn, and Mackynzie will have their picture taken with it, since they are all one at the same time. I think that's so weird, so many people of the same age!

Anonymous said...

Not sure I buy into the talking. At a developmental age of 6 months? Yea, sure.

msrylee said...

Not having experienced life with a micro-premie, I am not sure if Josie is doing the things expected of her at her corrected age. She appears to be a happy and contented child. I believe she is truly a miracle.

Her birthday should be celebrated, but also the rest of the blessings' birthdays should be as well. I especially feel very sad that Jordyn seems to be the forgotten blessing. Poor Jordyn.

Anonymous said...

Micropreemie development is more uneven than a full term infant many times. In some areas they may catch up faster than others. One would not be surprised to hear a one year old talk and Josie is one by the calender. She's expected to be close to normal by two and it seems she's progressing nicely toward that goal.

msrylee said...

Thanks for the info. I've been confused about her expected development, and this helps me to understand.

Anonymous said...

The People Magazine article was better. It mentioned Josie, Jordyn, and Mackenzie all being 1 at the same time.

Anonymous said...

They only thing these two parents seem to have in common is producing children. What do they do when that doesn't happen any longer? What a dysfunctional bunch of oddballs.

Anonymous said...

Does Josie have any teeth? I don't remember seeing any.

Peace said...

Anonymous said...

Not sure I buy into the talking. At a developmental age of 6 months? Yea, sure.

12/11/2010 7:18 AM
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Josie was supposed to be born in March so she is closer to 9 months developmentally. She sounds right on target to me.

Her lungs worry me. I hope she doesn't have long term lung damage. Are there any nurses out there who might know why she still needs monitoring and oxygen when sleeping?

Anonymous said...

Josie had the one year anniversary of her birthday on Dec 10. She was 15 weeks pre term so her developmental age would be close to four months less which would put her at a little over eight months. If you think of it that way she is pretty month on target for an eight month old baby, especially one who was sick for a good share of that time.

My one year old grandaughter who was born two months early wasn't much farther along in her milestones than Josie at one year. Now at two months post first birthday she is walking. I havn't seen her in about three months and no one has mentioned if she is talking yet. Josie at one year chronological age appears to be doing as well as our precious little one who was three and one half pounds at birth.

jonandkatewho? said...

I'm confused about something. I have seen several posts about Josie, Jordyn and Mckenzie (sp?) being all one at the same time. How is that possible? Is Jordyn not 2 years old now? She was not born at the same time as Josie. What is everybody talking about?

TIA.

Sue said...

I'm confused about something. I have seen several posts about Josie, Jordyn and Mckenzie (sp?) being all one at the same time. How is that possible? Is Jordyn not 2 years old now? She was not born at the same time as Josie. What is everybody talking about?
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Josie and Jordyn were born within a year of each other. I believe Jordyn's bday is on Saturday or Sunday.

Anonymous said...

To Peace: I'm a doctor and while I haven't treated Josie (obviously LOL) one reason is that her doctors might be worried about sleep apnea. Better to be safe than sorry.

Lola said...

Josie and Jordyn are what is called "Irish twins". Siblings born less than a year apart. I have a brother and sister who are the same age for 22 days every year. It was more common when large families were the norm.

Anonymous said...

Josie is doing well and seems to be right on track for a micro preemie. Josie was born so early, earlier than most babies would have survived. She is developmentally where a 6 to 9 month old would be. Her lung development is kind of slow but the respiratory system often takes a while to develop in preemies. I know many micro preemies both personally and from my mother's 33 plus years as a respiratory therapist who struggled much more than Josie and are now perfectly adjusted and growing children with no long term issues.

As for Jordyn being the same age as Josie, Jordyn doesn't make 2 until a few days after Josie turns 1. It's not all that uncommon especially in the Duggar family.

MON IN TEXAS

Peace said...

Anonymous said...

To Peace: I'm a doctor and while I haven't treated Josie (obviously LOL) one reason is that her doctors might be worried about sleep apnea. Better to be safe than sorry.

12/12/2010 8:08 AM
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I am hoping that is the only problem she has. I just wish Michelle would mention apnea as being the reason for oxygen instead of making us wonder.

i-like-pie said...

To clarify:

Jordyn was born December 18, 2008.

Josie was born December 10, 2009.

Mackenzie was born October 8, 2009.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

It's kind of sad that lunch with their own parents is a gift that the children get once a year, on their birthdays. Really Duggar parents? Out of 365 days a year, you can only guarantee that your children will have a special lunch with you once in all those days?

I too hope that Jordyn gets a special birthday party, but I'd be willing to be my next paycheck she won't. Unless her sister-mom has a bit of free time and is able to treat her to a special brief outing. *sigh* The forgotten little ones.

Selfish mother, vain, egotistical father. Thank goodness they do have loving sisters to mother them.


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That's actually not that uncommon. Many families don't go out to eat. The only time my family ever went out to eat was if it was a birthday, or if we had special guests visiting. I'm sure it's even more common now with the economy, eating out is expensive. I realize the Duggars have money though, so I'm sure they've got other reasons for not eating out.

Anonymous said...

In Jim and Michelle's faith, what do they do when it's time to stop having children?
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I understand that they wait on God to not let Michelle get pregnant again. They do not make any decisions to stop having relations, nor do they use any methods. Simply, Michelle does not get pregnant again, or she goes through Menopause.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

If they do focus more on Josie's first birthday they may do it as it is a miracle she made it to her first birthday. However, I do think the rest too need to celebrate theirs.

msrylee said...

Agreed, SuzanneDeAZ, Josie is truly a miracle blessing, and there should be a celebration for that reason. And I also agree that the rest of the birthdays should be celebrated, geared to the blessing and his/her age.

CappuccinoLife said...

In Jim and Michelle's faith, what do they do when it's time to stop having children? Do they continue having marital relations without any form of protection and leave it up to God, or will they just not be together again? I'm confused by what Michelle will do as she enters into, as she calls it "the next season" of her life. Thanks.
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It's caused menopause. When Michelle talks about "the next season", she's talking about the time when her body shuts down the baby-bearing function as a natural part of the process of aging. She is old enough to be close to that time, if not there already. To the Duggars there is not an arbitrarily decided "time to stop". That time, to them, is when the natural ability to have children ends.

They have never said that the *only* reason for marital relations is to produce children. They just chose, over the last several decades, not to inhibit that particular purpose of being together. There is nothing in "quiverfull" thinking or in the what the Duggars have said that would indicate enjoying a physical relationship must stop when the ability to have children stops due to age.

Anonymous said...

That's actually not that uncommon. Many families don't go out to eat. T
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My point was more that it is a sad state of affairs if a child only gets one-on-one time with his mom and/or dad once a year or so, be it a lunch out with them, or a hike, or any other outing.

Chris said...

I just looked at the Bates website. They seem to have a much stronger emphasis than the Duggars on paying attention to each child and granting each child their individuality. It was good to see a page for each kid (though the oldest two shared one, since it was about a recent award for both of them), with pictures of each kid and something special about them. Certainly, this is something made tailor-made for the web, but it was refreshing to see each of the 18 children featured. The family announcements and photos also highlight everyone from the family.
http://gilbatesfamily.com/

Anonymous said...

I love the Bates family. They all seem to have such genuine joy and good attitudes. The Duggars do too of course, but something about the Bates seems more "genuine". I also think the Bates come across as more humble and down-to-earth. Probably because they don't have a TV show, whereas the Duggars are now on season 6, and make multiple appearances, write books, etc. It's hard to stay down-to-earth when you are getting national attention pretty regularly. I don't know how else to word it... anyway.. I think the Bates are terrific people.

Anonymous said...

The only way there will not be a 20th child is if Jim Bob and Michelle stop having relations or Michelle goes through menopause. If they are stupid enough to risk another pregnancy, it is a realistic possibility that Michelle or the baby could die. It would also be unfair to the older girls. They do enough in that house with all the childrearing, cleaning, cooking and everything else they do. The kids don't even get to have any one on one time with their parents unless they make an appointment. Michelle only gives any attention to Jim Bob and the newest baby at the time. Once the newest baby arrives, the previous one get passed along to their sister-mom. I feel bad that the older girls haven't been able to have a normal teenage life. They haven't been able to just go hang out with friends and be carefree teenagers. They are stuck in that house being mini moms and servants.

thatagirl said...

This is by far the best reality show available, they are refreshing and have such a positive attitude. Happy Birthday to all December Duggars.

Chris said...

My daughter was a premmie(4lbs at birth) and weighed 15 lbs at 1 year like Josie. My daughter started talking at 9 months and weighed about 12lbs and her first word was hi as well. It was weird to see because she was barley bigger then a newborn and talking. My daughter walked before a year, but I also took advantage of every service my insurance would provide.

My husband came from a mega family of 13 and they did the same special birthday dinner alone with your parents. It was at a nice resturant, because most of the rest of the year eating out was at fast food type places. My husband's parents spent alot of time with their kids one on one but just not doing things that cost money, camping, sewing, fixing cars, and tennis. My MIL said she changed almost 100% of the dipaers and never had a child change a dipaer or help with care of younger sibilings. She said she had the babies and it was her job. Kids should be kids not babysitters. I wish she could write Michelle a letter.

Anonymous said...

To the Moderators, especially Sharla, I wish you the very best the Season offers. I single out Sharla because I had an issue with being posted or not being posted. I did send her an E mail and she gave me a logical informative, well thought answer as to why some things are not posted. I do get posted but at times I don't. That is life. I have other things in my life besides this blog. I think it is very well run and give the mods credit.

I sometimes see postings that, in my view, might be worse than my posting, but there you have it. I am not responsible for that decision and for that, I am grateful.

I wish you all Peace, Happiness and Prosperity in the coming year.

Let's pray to whomever is the God of your understanding for all of the above.

Imsry said...

to sharla
I truly didn't mean to offend you, with my comment on why some posts get posted and others not.
I DID NOT mean it in a bad way at all. I wish we blogging could be voice comments, instead of text. Because unlike text, you can tell how a person is saying a comment. ya know what I mean?
like commenting, "whatever" the word has many meanings. it could be a blow off, or whatever has in being ditzy.
Please please please accept " im sorry"
I think you guys do a great job. and I never EVER wanted that post to come off as that I do not appericate everything you do. Because I DO, I enjoy that fact that you have made a great blog. were we can comment on a family that i agree and sometimes disagree with it.
I did not meant it in a bad way. just a questioning way. I think I was just frustrated, because unless I copy and paste all my comments to my " computer post it notes" I cannot go back after writing a very long comment. Do you know what I mean? so I then can't email an ask what was wrong?
again to Sharla, and the rest of the comments. please forgive me!
I do appericate everything you do. You take away time from your family to do this blog, and I really do appericate that.