Monday, March 14, Duggars Deliver

Taking care of a family of 19 can be demanding! Michelle takes care of the younger children and tries to catch up on housework. Anna discovers raising a one-year-old while pregnant with your second child has its own set of demands!

30 minutes

49 comments:

ennvee said...

The operative word being "tries."

This one sounds like a huge snoozefest. I also noticed that they didn't change the description to reflect the gender announcement. That had to be a last-minute edit-in after the baby was *shy* causing Josh and Anna to cancel the Today Show appearance last month.

Lisa said...

Personally I love the episodes that feature Josh and Anna. That's one of the reasons I liked last week so much and am looking forward to this week. Just out of curiosity, where did you hear that Josh and Anna were supposed to be on the Today Show last month and then cancelled?

ennvee said...

I believe People.com posted the info about the Today show appearance. They were also listed in my Xfinity guide as being guests on 2/15, IIRC. It might have been Valentine's Day; I don't recall the exact date now, but it was about a month ago as I type.

They didn't appear and later revealed (or maybe it was Amy on FB) that they had to cancel because the fetus was *shy* during the ultrasound.

heavennoseven said...

I Love Anna.

I hope when the baby is born that Mackyinze can go back with Annas parents for a few days or a week.

I wonder if it will be home birth.

Katie said...

Hollywood isn't the only place being hit with baby fever: Arkansas is getting its own baby boom thanks to the Duggar family of '19 Kids and Counting' fame.

Josh, 23, the eldest child of the Duggar clan, and his wife, Anna, 22, are expecting their second child this summer.

The couple, who welcomed daughter Mackynzie less than two years ago, discovered the sex of their child in much the same way they do other things: as a family affair.

"We went to the ultrasound and decided that my mom would know," says Josh. "We figured she could handle the secret and then have a surprise sharing of the information with the entire family, including me and Anna."

Anna says, "We thought it was fun to have the whole family hear at the same time and have the excitement together, but it was hard to wait."

PEOPLE reports that the couple are anxiously awaiting the birth of their son and are hoping for his good health, particularly after Josh's sister, Josie, was born nearly four months early.

"Anna is at 26 weeks into the pregnancy now," says Josh. "I think of Josie being born at only 25 weeks, and it makes us think about how precious life is and what a blessing each child is."

While Josh and Anna haven't yet decided if they'll keep with the alliterative naming tradition favored by Jim Bob and Michelle, the pair are intent on raising their child in a religious home.

"Our No. 1 tradition is having Josh read the Bible to the baby," says Anna. "And we tell the baby, 'We love you, and we can't wait to meet you.' We are explaining to Mackynzie about having a new baby in the house. I don't know if she knows the difference between a belly button and a baby, but she is learning."

ennvee said...

People.com leaked the baby gender, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read the article below.

What IS creepy, IMO, is that MICHELLE knew the gender of the baby before Josh and Anna. Wouldn't that mean J&A had to sign away some HIPAA rights of disclosure for Dr. Sarver to tell Michelle directly? Come to think of it, they did this last time as well (with the TLC crew).

Talk about milking your 15 minutes. Who on earth wants someone else to tell them the gender of their unborn baby? Either you find out, or you don't. That is, if you're "regular folk" like anyone who doesn't have a TV show with storylines to fill.

Religilicious said...

I agree that it is beyond weird for Michelle Duggar to be told the gender of her son's baby prior to the fetus' own mom.

This is just another facet of 'reality' tv I hate: manipulating reality in order to maximize drama, then presenting it as 'real'.

No mom-to-be in her right mind would want to be 2nd in line, after the mother-in-law, to learn the gender of her own baby.

Makes you wonder just how much everything ELSE about the Duggars is manufactured and/or twisted for the sole purpose of snagging viewers.

IMO, this is not exactly a high standard of honesty and it is disappointing that the Duggars are willing to play along with this game.

ennvee said...

Forgot to add the link, but it was spoiled in the post above mine. For the sake of integrity:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20473555,00.html

msrylee said...

I also think it's weird that Michelle was told the sex of Anna's unborn child before Anna was. What lengths TLC goes to in order to manipulate and snag viewers. I'm not sure how the Duggars believe they encourage 'regular' people when they know what is up with TLC. Just my opinion.

heavennoseven said...

I guess they dont make thier own soap anymore. Jackson was playing in piles of dirty clothes. Ew. Its clear the young dont have as good mannaer as the older ones.

I love the whole shoe thing,very cute.

Anna good luck you are already working so hard and just pregnnant.

TLC made for this ultrasound. I can tell. It looks expensive.

I do hope that Michelle does do some the laundry and this wasnt just for show.

heavennoseven said...

Why does she not call Jim Bob dad?

Rainbow68 said...

I have to say, I really enjoyed this episode. First of all, no creepy pigtails on Josie! She's a beautiful baby, those are so unnecessary. Happy a little boy is on his way. Happy, also, that they've moved beyond that nasty detergent-sludge they used to make. I feel that clothes are an investment and need to be laundered with a nice real detergent. I've read on other sites that that stuff they were making makes your clothes gray and dull. Anyway, it was fun tonight. Interested to see why Josh moves to another business location next week.

Cyn said...

I feel that clothes are an investment and need to be laundered with a nice real detergent. I've read on other sites that that stuff they were making makes your clothes gray and dull.

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I've used it for 2 years now, and haven't had a problem yet. Then again I added bucket of oxyclean to mine maybe that's what does it. (1 bucket of oxyclean to 10 gallons of laundry detergent).

Lisa said...

"Why does she not call Jim Bob dad?"

It's possible she does and we just haven't heard it yet. It seems like she interchanges Michelle and mom although I have heard her use Michelle much more than mom. I'm so thrilled for them to be having a little boy, the first little Duggar boy since Jackson was born in 2004!

ennvee said...

I think the home-made detergent was all for show. Jim Bob has obviously opened his wallet to let the moths fly out because all the kids appear to be wearing new clothing and shoes (or flip-flops as the case may be).

The editing was horrible; starts with the Anna hoopla, then goes back almost 3 months to show Michelle attempt laundry with the little kids (probably all that what was left after they had to add the Anna storyline) that was likely taped while the "reinforcements" were in Central America, back to Anna, back to the kids delivering Christmas treats to civil servants, back to the end of February/early March for the plane stunt (I'm sure TLC paid for that).

I was irritated when Josh admonished his unborn child for being camera shy and telling him to "get used to it." I am not so sure the show has much life in it and when they go off the air, they will cease being the circus show that they've become since about 2005. Their star will fade; I really don't think there's an audience for a well-to-do young family raising kids. Their star will fade, appearances will become less frequent and hopefully, the Grandduggars can live their lives peacefully once the cameras go away.

Josh's statement is akin to a confession that he wants this gravy train to continue to support him, no matter how it may affect his kids later. I also feel for the younger Duggar kids who don't remember life without cameras crammed in their cute little faces. I hope the new Baby Duggar isn't "camera shy" like poor Jenny, who seems to want to be anywhere the camera isn't...or with Jill.

Jennifer said...

Hello

Just wanted to say that Josh saying " better get use to it" is not due to the cameras or TLC! He is talking about his and the Keller family!

Both of those families love to take pictures and love to scrapebook!

I don"t think Josh is stupid he knows that this show is likely going to go one more season and thats it! thats why he has said that that money is put into saving accounts and what nots!

dont think it had anything to do with tlc! just get ready little boy you have aunts on both sides who are camera crazy!!!

Kathy said...

Poor Johanna..will Jackson ever let her complete a thought out loud? Jackson doesn't seem to mind much, rolling about in the clothes instead of helping to sort them like he was asked. Won't he be 7 soon?

msrylee said...

I thought 14 March episode was boring. All the hoopla about the sex of the baby was so blown out of proportion. IMO, Josh and Anna should have been the first ones to know the sex. This is usually a very personal time for expectant parents, and TLC and the Duggars made it anything but personal.

The little ones rolling around in the mountain of soiled laundry was not pleasurable to watch. I know there is a huge amount of laundry to do in their household, but it just isn't interesting to view, IMO.

I also didn't like the comment Josh made to his unborn blessing about being camera-shy. I think he expects this gravy train to just keep paying on and on. He usually irks me, and this episode was no different.

All in all, very boring. I fast-forwarded through most of it.

Religilicious said...

Agreed that both sets of the Duggar parents are hoping the TLC gravy train continues ad infinitum.

The Duggar home schooling does not seem to prepare for much else in the work world, so am guessing Josh better hang onto this TLC gig as long as possible, especially if he is going to follow in Jim Bob's footsteps of unbridled breeding.

"Get used to it" to their unborn baby?? Wow. Just WOW.

Krissy said...

Josh definitely does not want the gravy train to end. This is the same young man whose car lot doesn't open until ten because he's not a morning person and also complained about work taking away from family. Um, hello, but working is what you do when you're a grown up and have a family to support, especially when you own your own business. I always thought Josh was incredibly lazy, as opposed to JD and Joseph who appear so hard working.

I too think the series is on its' way out, people are frustrated. The older girls will never escape their life as unpaid nannies/mommies/cooks/maids, Michelle doesn't lift a finger unless it concerns Josie, JimBob has become increasingly smarmy, and the younger seven children are treated like they don't exist. Enough is enough.

Sweetpeas said...

I don't see how Josh & Anna choosing to have Michelle know first was all about the show. I've known people who do all kinds of, IMO odd, things when it comes to telling gender. From one parent knowing & the other not, to who knows what else . . . They still could have done the sky writing announcement for the family if it had been Josh & Anna who knew instead of Michelle. If anything it probably would have made a better "show" because Michelle tends to be more expressive than either Josh or Anna, so she would have given a better "reaction". . .

Melissa said...

I'm not trying to be "snarkey" but sky writing to announce the baby's sex? The comments about Josh not wanting the gravy train to end, I believe are spot on. This family is getting "old" and I believe the time on T.V. is just about up. I don't really find them inspirational either. Just my opinion....

dpn6c said...

Wonderful episode. Lovely family. Yeah a new Duggar boy. Best show ever!!!!

Jennifer said...

On the soap! You cannot use anything but HEP products in the type of washers they own now!
I own the excate ones they have and I put normal tide in it over a year before it broke! when it was being fixed they told me it was do to not using the HEP tide soap!
I am guessing the washers kept breaking down and they were fixing them on their own or a family friend! then they broke down again and Jim Bob hired or hired a real washer fixer and that person told them about the hep!
Makes me made the washers are expensive to start with and now the soap is more expensive!
Maybe duggars will come out with homemade verison containing the hep part! I Would use that homemade verison on my (towels)(play)(yardwork) (housework) clothes! not on my good clothes though!

Sharla said...

- 1.273 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49

hart&sole said...

Very true about the new front loaders and the Tide, I have one just like Michelle's, as well.

About not opening the car lot until 10 am? I'm wondering who would be looking for a car prior to that time? But again I am a night owl myself. We don't sleep any longer than early birds, we just do it at a different time.

IMHO Jennifer and Jordyn need speech therapy and Jackson? He needs structure and discipline at the very least. I seldom see the kids actually playing with toys or games. The older kids have their game room, but what do the little ones do? Answer? Create Chaos!

Kit said...

1.273 million viewers

Yay - looks like a downward trend, which will help speed up the removal of this family from TV and just possibly give those younger children a chance to grow up without a camera stuck in their faces.

My personal plea is to please stop watching these "reality" shows that include minor children - any of them. A one-off special for educational purposes about a particular medical condition or lifestyle or unusual talent, fine, but the minute it becomes an ongoing series, all the "reality" is gone and we have the nonsense we have seen for the past few years.

Skywriting to announce a child's gender, and the parents actually deferring to the grandmother to know in advance? Puh-leeeeez...

positiveparent said...

I really think it is time for Josh to grow up and realize that he and Anna are a family, and that to defer to Michelle and Jim Bob all the time is not a good idea. How is he going to feel when Anna's parents let her know they feel left out... I don't see the Kellars getting to announce baby's gender, etc.

Cyn said...

I don't see the Kellars getting to announce baby's gender, etc.

We're only on baby #2... If the Kellers are in town with the next baby they may very well announce it to the family. (they may not still be on TV though)

Kate said...

About the car lot opening at 10AM - I agree with the last commenter that they probably don't do much business before that time anyway, but it seems really entitled for an inexperienced 23-year old to explain that decision by saying that he isn't a morning person. If he weren't getting paid by TLC, I bet that lot's hours would be much longer.

And I am the same age as Josh, so this isn't a dig at all 20-somethings.

Krissy said...

I didn't get to see the opening part of the episode with the laundary, but why do the Duggars act like doing laundary is such an enormous deal? I mean don't they have something like four commercial-sized washers? Even if you were doing eight loads of laundary a day it wouldn't take more than a few hours if you were splitting it between multiple machines.

I also felt really bad for poor Jordan when she was trying to get attention from her mother and Michelle totally ignored her so she could fawn over JimBob. It's getting really sad.

Lisa said...

"I also felt really bad for poor Jordan when she was trying to get attention from her mother and Michelle totally ignored her so she could fawn over JimBob. It's getting really sad."

I actually didn't see a problem with this. Jordyn came over to sit by Michelle after Michelle had already started her discussion with JimBob. One of the first things that I learned when I was young was that you wait your turn while someone is talking and don't interrupt the conversation. The scene ended after Michelle and Jim Bob finished their conversation so it is quite possible that Michelle then turned her attention to Jordyn. Also Michelle's hands were full because she was currently doing a feeding with Josie. I know that people think that Josie gets the most attention from Michelle but she was being fed at the time. I'm one of the people who would like to see Michelle interact with Jordyn more but I didn't see anything wrong with this particular part.

heavennoseven said...

I also didnt like who he was going to say he was getting a little buddy. He has Mack. The whole qoute just didnt sit well with me.

I do feel bad for them. I dont think Anna wants things down this way, but she doesnt have much of a choice. She also seems to want to speak up,but Josh talks for her.

Jennifer said...

Didn't think the duggars were acting like it was a big deal! I think tlc taped them doing it! so they tell them:us What all they do! I for one would hate to do 20 loads a Day! Ugh! the machines they have only let you put more into the machine! it doesnt change the amount of time in the washer and dryer!

Kit said...

About not opening the car lot until 10 am? I'm wondering who would be looking for a car prior to that time?

Their hours are M-F 10-6 and Sat 12-4. Now, maybe there aren't a lot of people looking for cars before 10:00 am, but there are a LOT of people who look for cars after they get out of work, because that's the only time they have free. Closing at 6 pretty much shuts off a huge potential market, especially when you're only open 4 hrs on a Saturday, and in the afternoon, at that.

Another observation - nearly all the business owners I know, even if their customer base doesn't show up until 9 or 10, are in the office early to get all their paperwork, phone calls, etc. done. If Josh really is doing ALL his business during his business hours, he's either not got much business to take care of, or he's somehow turned from someone who was pretty sloppy at recordkeeping (as stated by his parents and his wife) into a model of super-efficiency. Or, Anna is doing all his paperwork WHILE raising their daughter, WHILE keeping house, AND being pregnant with the next one. You can figure out what the logical choice is.

heavennoseven said...

I think the other person named Josh helps a lot. Anna used to call Josh D her boss. Creepy. I dont think she works at the car lot. She seems to a lot of time to go shopping(she looks so pretty latly) and make dinner etc

hart&sole said...

Would you really be surprised to find that ALL of the Duggars enjoy being on "19 Kids and Counting?" It appears that if they don't want to be pm camera, they don't have to except for full family events. It looks to me like most of the family is OK with it. Some are more than OK. Jessa and Jinger, for example. I agree that the goose that is laying the golden eggs is getting pretty long in the tooth, so someone better start courting. I've been watching since "14 kids and pregnant again" and even I am getting bored, not to mention confused with all the jumping around they do with editing.

Anna was friendly with Josh's helper who had a child Kynzies age so maybe she enjoys helping out with the paperwork at the car lot.

How can we really tell what is going on any more with just 23 very confused and obviously staged minutes each week?

Kit said...

Would you really be surprised to find that ALL of the Duggars enjoy being on "19 Kids and Counting?"...It looks to me like most of the family is OK with it.

Yeah, I would be surprised. The older kids were fully "trained" early on to "show a joyful countenance" even when you don't want to and to obey their parents in "all things," as well as to present a united family front in all situations. Do you really think they would admit to or display any dislike for the "golden goose" their dad has chosen?

The younger ones don't know anything different. Plus, I think they enjoy the attention, and the opportunity to get out of the house, even if they have no idea what they're seeing or where they are. If I were an elementary-school age child, and my choices were between staying on the family compound 95% of the time with only my siblings for company, doing chores, sitting in front of a computer doing online schooling, praticing violin, with Friday broomball and an occasional "redneck waterslide" in the backyard, vs. having someone following me around asking me questions and making me feel important, getting new clothes and toys, and going on trips to lots of places where I don't have to do chores and I get to do fun things, I think I can guess what I would "think" about that, but it wouldn't exactly be an informed decision.

Celia said...

Was this just me, or were Jackson and Johannah being trained to take over the laundry job so the older girl(s) could leave the nest?

Kate said...

I would not be surprised if the Duggar children were being trained to think that not wanting to participate in filming or failing to show "joyful countenance", as Kit said, is because of personal or spiritual shortcomings. I think the same thing may be happening with how the deliveries are filmed. At least from what I've seen, it looks possible that the spiritual leaders in the family frame difficulties individual children have with the show as a personal/spiritual struggle that they have to endure and overcome for the good of the family. JMHO

msrylee said...

Perhaps Michelle was appearing to do the laundry in order to show the viewers that she really DOES run the household and works very hard at it. How long has it been that we have seen her even be in the laundry room? The sister-mommies have had laundry as their jurisdiction for a long time. Come on TLC, we are not that gullible to believe that Michelle did all that laundry with two little helpers. She may have started a few loads, but I seriously doubt she completed it. Just my opinion.

Sarah said...

I loved this episode, Anna is beautiful. I love seeing Josh and Anna's family, but I'd also like to see more of the older kids too.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I am sure they know they will have to go to real school as you call it at sometime. I think you would be glad that they are taking course work that will get them to a certain point of obtaining a degree.

That link did not say that there was an arrangement for the Duggar kids to get free tuition. It may be that the Duggars like the program so much they are willing to do the advertising for free or a discount. If they do get any type of discount good for them using business smarts. It seems like someone thinks it is a bad or negative move to get discounts. I think it is a wise move

hart&sole said...

Jackson and Johanna trained to do the laundry? They have a way to go to accomplish that. Jackson was having trouble just sorting out dark socks. What a dreadful trick that would be to play on poor Johanna to assign her laundry duty with Jackson! Jackson needs to learn about 'time out.'

Also if Michelle and Jim Bob want to train their kids not to interrupt when others are talking, how hard is it to say, "Mommy is talking to Daddy right now, I'll talk to you in a minute?" I can only imagine how Michelle has tuned out, "mommy, mommy, mommy" after 19 kids. Yes, I know she shouldn't have had 19 kids, but the fact of the matter is that she did.

Alberta Rose said...

Anna is doing all his paperwork WHILE raising their daughter, WHILE keeping house, AND being pregnant with the next one. You can figure out what the logical choice is.

As opposed to many other women who do all the paperwork, while raising a child, while keeping house, while being pregnant. Funny how if a woman receives a paycheck for it, she's a liberated woman but if she's helping out her husband's business, she's repressed. I help my husband with the Human Resources aspect of his manager job and get the same flack Anna does.

Kit said...

I have no problem with Anna being involved with Josh's business. I have a problem with everyone wanting to portray Josh as some "super" business person when even his parents (who almost NEVER say a "discouraging" word) admitted he had some "issues" with paperwork, and Anna was the one who pretty much got the car lot on sound footing by cleaning up the mess, making sure all the legal documents were properly filed and recorded, and ensuring the financials were in order. Let's just give credit where credit is due...

Josh rolls in to his lot at 10:00 am, closes up at 6:00, and only opened on Saturdays after a year or so. Yet he's "proud" of his work ethic? That credit goes to Anna, in my book, the person who is/was doing all the grunt work that's too tedious (or difficult?) for Josh, while also maintaining the home and raising a family. That was the point I was making--sorry I wasn't clearer.

butterfly said...

Krissy said...
Josh definitely does not want the gravy train to end. This is the same young man whose car lot doesn't open until ten because he's not a morning person and also complained about work taking away from family. Um, hello, but working is what you do when you're a grown up and have a family to support, especially when you own your own business. I always thought Josh was incredibly lazy, as opposed to JD and Joseph who appear so hard working.
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No Kidding!!!! Work takes you away from the family! I would like Josh to make that same statement around a policeman or firefighter or teacher or military member. Maybe he should have been born a female and then he could have been a stay at home mom :D Or heck, I'm all for equal rights, let Anna go to work, and he can be a stay at home Dad.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

If Josh is making $100,000 a year and has gravy hours more power to him. Would you not be happy that he may be making this amount and still keep gravy hours?

butterfly said...

SuzanneDeAZ said...
If Josh is making $100,000 a year and has gravy hours more power to him. Would you not be happy that he may be making this amount and still keep gravy hours?
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Josh doesn't. IF he did, then fine. IF he did, then we wouldn't have this discussion. The point was Josh complained work took him away from family, well obviously work takes one away from family. I deploy- I don't complain that work takes me away from my family- I just do it. If he wants to stay home with his family more, or have his family around him more, he could find a way to make that happen, like be a stay at home dad, or have a job that allows his family to be around him (which I thought he already had), so I don't think he needs to complain, especially since some people have to be away from their families for a year at time or more. He should count his blessings.