Tuesday, September 27, 9 PM, Duggar Grandson Onboard

The first Duggar grandson is having a full day of firsts! Watch as baby Michael has his very first checkup complete with his very first shot, meets his cousin Amy for the very first time, and is a guest at has his very first Duggar birthday party.

30 minutes

56 comments:

Reality TV Junkie said...

Yay, finally we get to see more Michael! We haven't seen a lot of him yet.

hart&sole said...

This might be cute! It'll be fun to see more of the kids, and hopefully less of the adults.

Seriously? said...

Looks like Joshie is planning a long-term cash-in on the TLC gravy train, just like Jim Bob did. Am seriously doubting Josh's used car lot biz was ever destined for financial greatne$$.

Ruby said...

Not cousin Amy! She is so annoying that I think I will avoid this episode just so I won't have to see or hear her!

sandi said...

yes, I think I will avoid it as well,for reasons previously mentioned.

Susan said...

We already know that Josh sold out his wife to TLC for filming of not one, but TWO births,including one on a toilet. Thank God there was not a medical emergency, since there was only a doula attending each birth, not even a certified midwife.

There was never any doubt that Josh and family live off TLC, not the car lot, especially since they still travel with the Duggar family everywhere they go. No leave and cleave for Josh. I really can't imagine how he will support his family when the show is finished. He doesn't have his father's business acumen, which isn't all that remarkable either.

Lindy said...

It makes me a bit sad to see any of the little Duggars paraded like a circus act. I think the show does a disservice to the smallest Duggars. As long as Josh gets TLC cash, he will not think twice about selling his children's and Anna's privacy, safety, and well-being. Maybe I'm in the minority but I'd rather not see an episode about the Duggar grandchildren. Josh must find a real way to support his family. Or maybe he can put the TLC money aside for his children.

hannah said...

I think once the show ends Josh will let go of his workers(i think he uses TLC money to pay them) and use his siblings.

I hope he takes a class in business. So, when the train stops he will have a better chance

I hope we see a lot of Mack on being a big sister.

londonbridges said...

I have a real problem with any minor children being included in these episodes. They cannot give permission, and have no choice at all in participating or not.

I am not encouraged to know very young children (and older ones too)are being exploited for a hefty paycheque. JMO.

winsomeone said...

I hope we don't see a lot of any of the smallest Duggars, as we can see what it has done to the bigger ones..they all play to the camera now.I have my own grand babies to see, so don't need to see ones I don't know, and never will.

Susan said...

It's interesting how people shrieked about Kate Gosselin exploiting her children for the TLC paycheck, and it's only beginning to gather steam that the Duggars have been doing the EXACT same thing, for over five years. All those youngest children have grown up with lights and cameras in their home, morning, noon and night.

Just because people don't like Kate G and think that the Duggars are a perfect moral family doesn't mean that what they are doing isn't the same thing. Selling out minor children and privacy is the same, whether or not one claims to be doing it for religious reasons.

tulip said...

I agree, that at this point, it seems that life on camera has been exhausted for this group. In the beginning, because of the newness factor, there always seems to be plenty of material without even trying. However, once TLC starts shelling out big bucks for trips that require a passport, the end for these shows may be closer than the "stars" realize.

Seriously? said...

"Just because people don't like Kate G and think that the Duggars are a perfect moral family doesn't mean that what they are doing isn't the same thing. Selling out minor children and privacy is the same, whether or not one claims to be doing it for religious reasons."

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AMEN and well said!

It's sad, IMO, what passes to some as a 'perfect MORAL family'. IMO, the Duggars set the bar very LOW when it comes to ethics. Not to mention smarts.

roddma said...

"All those youngest children have grown up with lights and cameras in their home, morning, noon and night.Selling out minor children and privacy is the same, whether or not one claims to be doing it for religious reasons."
I agree. Lipstick on a pig is still a pig.
What happens when people stop fawning over them? I think some things are staged of affect.
I don't look fro them to be on air much longer. At least Michael won't be subjected to all this.

londonbridges said...

I agree that the Duggars have exploited their blessings since day one of filming. Just because they claim to live a moral, religious, upright life doesn't make it right. IMO, any parent who makes money from filming their offspring is on the same level as Ms. Gosselin.

Andrea said...

Yawn. I don't think I'll be watching. Now if something really exciting happens, I'm sure I'll read it here anyways.

hart&sole said...

With all this negativity regarding the Duggars I wonder why people on the Bates website are begging them to do a show? The Bates probably have received some help from TLC as far their house goes, but I doubt they are paid for appearing now and then along with the Duggars. I often wondered why everyone was accusing the Gosselin's of exploiting their children, but it seemed to be just fine for the Duggars. This is not a new trend, what about Ozzie and Harriet and Lucy and Desi to name just two of them. Personally, I don't think the kids are being exploited, I think they not only enjoy being famous, they seem fond of the TLC crew. What I wonder is how the kids will feel when the cameras go away and in 5 years they are nobody anyone remembers?

tulip said...

I have to say, I am interested in seeing Michael James, and how they're adjusting to life with two...unfortunately, I'm sure the show will follow in step with all the other episodes of its kind, with Anna doing all the work and Josh popping in for photo-ops.

And, of course, Cousin Amy has to be added to the mix - actually, now I don't think I will watch.

barnaby said...

Comparing the Duggars to Ozzie or Lucy is totally apples to oranges.

First regarding Lucy - the child on the show was not their child, but a child actor.

Second, these were scripted television shows. Fiction. Filmed in studios. The Nelson boys were not followed around by cameras, we never saw their real home or bedrooms, or their life at school or sports. They lived full, rich lives seperate and apart from their TV world.

The world of a child actor is governed by countless rules concerning amount of filming per day and the amount of classroom time per day.

The world of a child filmed for a show like the Duggers' is unregulated, totally controlled by the greed of the parents and the whims of the producers. I considered it a very exploitative situation.

Willow #1 said...

If the Duggars aren't careful, IMO, they may lose their show because of Cousin Amy and Josh. The only close 3rd reason, to me, would be Michelle's baby voice. Whew! Glad I got that off my chest!

Exploitation is the same said...

I agree that the Duggars exploit their children, and it isn't at all like a child TV star. That star has limits on the number of hours he/she can work, has tutors to ensure that schoolwork is being completed, and has privacy from cameras in private moments (bedrooms, etc).

The Duggars have exploited every moment of privacy, from filmed and televised births, to a premie struggling in the NICU, to Grandpa's death, to poop in the toilet. Truthfully, there seems to be nothing at all off limits to these people.

Kate Gosselin has a meaner personality. She is less likeable. Her kids are also somewhat less likeable because they argue and squabble.

But the Duggars are no better at all than Kate G., even if they are friendlier, more "Godly" and somewhat more likeable. When you sell out your kids, the Devil knows...whether or not you are a Duggar or a Gosselin.

hart&sole said...

I still think the worst thing for their little egos will be when the cameras go away and nobody recognizes them. But who knows? Jim Bob may have another idea to keep things going, like the talks they give, the books, providing 'entertainment' for Christian functions. As one of the TLC crew said to Jim Bob when they announced Michelle was pregnant with Josie, "You sure know how to keep a show going." Indeed he does!

Alberta Rose said...

My son and I are looking forward to seeing the new episode. The Duggars have clearly stated the camera crews are only there 3-4 days a week. The way it's edited, it seems like it's 7 days a week.

Works in production said...

It takes on average 3.5 to 4 days to film each half hour episode. I work on another reality show and they all seem to take about the same.

Works in production said...

I should add those are 12 to 16 hour days not 8 hour days.

tulip said...

Regardless of the number of hours of filming, etc., what really is there left to film? From my earlier post: it's annoying to see how reality shows keep trying to "make a show" season after season. We all know The Duggars, we've seen their lives played over & over again day in & day out.

At this point, TLC is spending a boatload of money to "create experiences" for the Duggars to film, as they have with other shows. I know The Duggars want to be good stewards with money, but what about all the money TLC is now spending FOR THEM? I can't even begin to imagine how much this latest trip has cost. Not only that, but it seems obvious when they have Cousin Amy come along, as well as newborn Michael James and still not totally out-of-the-woods healthwise Josie...it really does appear to be all about the entertainment value.

Sarah said...

No child actor would be allowed to be filmed for 12 hours a day. Even if the camera isn't on any one specific Duggar kid for the whole 12 hours, the cameras are in the house, interrupting absolutely everything. It isn't a wonder that none of them can speak a coherent sentence. Clearly there is absolutely no education whatsoever happening with that filming circus in the background.

Seriously? said...

How exactly is it that Josh's car business runs by itself while he is out evangelizing and travelling on TLC's dime?

Does anyone actually believe Josh's used car lot(s) is what supports his family of 4????

And whatever happened to Michelle's Dining Room Table Academy? Yes, I'm sure travelling is its own kind of education, but I have SERIOUS doubts that the Duggarettes have much of a foundation in even the basics in general academics.

mom in texas said...

Seriously said:And whatever happened to Michelle's Dining Room Table Academy? Yes, I'm sure travelling is its own kind of education, but I have SERIOUS doubts that the Duggarettes have much of a foundation in even the basics in general academics.
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Neither does Michelle but it doesn't take much to check elementary worksheets and letter tracing books. I believe they rely a lot on the homeschool computer program. I am not sure which one but some online homeschool education programs can be good if they are reinforced properly and applied to real life situations. As far as I have seen, the Duggar children do not get adequate concrete application to reinforce the lessons. Maybe as an educator I am bias but I do believe the kids, especially the younger ones would benefit a great deal from cognitive stimulation. It will be interest to see if how Josie is educated. Being a preemie she may need extra help once she becomes school age but I doubt Jim Bob and Michelle will even notice if there is a delay unless a health professional mentions it.

tulip said...

The Duggars are taking full advantage of fame. Even if that isn't their motive, it definitely appears that way. Again, I don't know how they can possibly justify compromising Josie's health before she's even 2 years old- taking her out of the country and all over the place for a month! Same with Michael.

Josh has people working for him at the lot, literally, and is able to do that because he's exploiting his family for TLC.

They've all traded family value for entertainment value, and all the money spent on themselves to "travel abroad" is over-the-top & a poor example, no matter who's footing the bill.

hart&sole said...

When they were struggling a bit to keep the kids, clothed, fed, and build the hourse, the show was so much more interesting. I also enjoyed the episodes when they were helping the Bates with their house. Now it's like a marathon with no goal in sight. They need to get back to the basics of how they live, or get off the merry go round their life has become. They don't even seem nice anymore, just pompous and self-important.

Isis-sama said...

Regarding the recent posts concerning the Duggars' schooling, there was a show a little while back where the Duggar family was doing a radio recording where it became evident that the 3 youngest Duggar boys could not read. (At that time, I believe Johanna was still under 5 and not strictly expected to be reading yet). I haven't been really following the show lately, so I don't know what progress, if any, has been made on the 3 youngest boys' reading ability, but I believe that instance says a lot about the quality of the Duggars' schooling, and not in a good way.

Seriously? said...

hen they were struggling a bit to keep the kids, clothed, fed, and build the hourse, the show was so much more interesting..Now it's like a marathon with no goal in sight. They need to get back to the basics of how they live, or get off the merry go round their life has become. They don't even seem nice anymore, just pompous and self-important."

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I absolutely agree. The trend is impossible to miss: those that sign on for a 'reality' show are probably not people I'd want to spend any time with at all, as this seems to appeal to people who WANT lots of attention. Once this personality type gets rolling on their 'reality' show, inevitably they end up taking the same basic route as Kate Gosselin. The Duggars may be arrogant about different things than Kate Gosselin (i.e., Duggars = their morality + notoriety about having so many children vs. Kate Gosselin = $ + 'celebrity'), but the arrogance is identical. Nauseatingly identical.

pumpkin said...

As much as I enjoy this family, I believe it is time they ended the show. They need to start practicing what they preach and (pardon the pun) focus on the family.

Educate those little blessings, get the older ones established in some kind of career, and check in with TLC once or twice a year if they really want to.

Enough with the ridiculousness!

londonbridges said...

I believe that there is an under-lying arrogance about the Duggars. They reinforce their superiority about not using birth control, not using alcohol, not smoking, not even so much as kissing before the marriage ceremony, and I could go on and on.

My belief is that as one lives their life, their beliefs are shared, without putting others down or seeming superior in any way. I tend to pay more attention to an individual or family who walks the talk, rather than be preached and judged. JMHO. I try to live my life according to my beliefs, and I work very hard at walking the talk.

hannah said...

josh is already annoying me.


please tell she didn't lift her less then a week after giving birth.

SimplyK said...

Does Jim Bob do anything? Other than give orders that is. I saw a lot of people working in the garden, and Jim Bob was doing a lot of talking but his hands looked pretty clean to me.

Anna's little dig about Josh's weight was too funny!

envee said...

Jim Bob's talking head about the adult kids pitching in until it "was time" for them to move (also a very vague statement...we all know they don't leave until they marry, why hide that?) was a "cover your behind" move in light of the criticism the Bates family got when their son was filmed buying groceries for the family. I wonder if JohnDavid had to pay for all the stuff at the gardening center out of his pocket or if Jim Bob reimbursed him? If not, what a waste. I bet those beds withered away a month after they were planted. I agree with Michelle for once: the only thing they can seem to grow is children and looking at the youngest ones, they're not even succeeding with those. Jackson should know at 7 years old that he "put" the balloons on the chair for Anna, not "putted." They tried to caption that one, but what Jackson said did NOT match. PS: Anna, those bars were anything BUT healthy. Sticks of butter and that jam filled with high fructose corn syrup? No wonder it looks like Josh is expecting any day now. But no, it's just because he has a big appetite. Again Anna, it's called portion control and you can cut back on his portions without the headship noticing. But hey, if she wants to be the submissive wife and let him eat what he wants when he wants, let her suffer the consequences of being a young widow with a lot of kids and no education to fall back on. Still can't stand Amy. If anything, she's worse than ever. Between her, Jim Bob and Josh, it's a wonder all those inflated heads can fit under one roof, even the big one.
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hart&sole said...

Michael is a cutie and they did provide a nice birthday party for Anna.

The older Duggar girls do not seem especially close to her, however.

Amy is good for Joy since she likes Joy best. Otherwise I agree about her 'fingernails on the blackboard' personality.

Why does Kynsie have to learn that the world does not revolve around her when her father doesn't have to?

sandi said...

AMy was seriously annoying,always having to br the center of attention,and I thought Joy Anna was the perfect person to put her in her place.HA! good one,no talk needed for her,Michelle.she knows what she's doing. :)

Michelle said...

Duggars, Duggars, Duggars....where do I begin?

First off, I was shocked and saddened right off the bat, when Josh explained how they made MacKenzie "realize the world doesn't revolve around her". Way to go guys! I mean gosh, she is already 1 year old! It's about time she gets a serious dose of reality (no pun intended). Better get her right in the head while you can - we know each child has only a few months of one-on-one before the next baby is popped out!

I'm not sure anyone else caught this as well, but Anna mentioned they needed to take Michael to the Dr, "seeing we had a home birth"..wait, what? You mean to tell me, you are just now getting around to taking the baby in to be checked out - a WEEK after birth? Wow. Just wow. These people are truly medieval.

I was also about to pull my hair out if Anna said, "a dear friend" one more time. *nausea*

Speaking of Anna, I literally laughed out loud when she was giving Josh a hard time about his weight. Really? I understand Anna just had a baby (in this episode), but she is NOT a picture of health, and does not look "fit" in any way, shape or form. She looks like she borders on becoming overweight herself, many months after Mac was born. People in glass houses.....

I almost skipped cousin Amy's episode after seeing the previews...but I watched it anyhow. The 'Southern girls know how to cook' line was amusing. She says this as she struggles to read a small piece of notebook paper with a recipe scrawled on it - and has trouble making the raspberry bars properly. Also, Amy is 25 - WHY is she still living at home? Amy, get a life, a real job, stopping sponging off your aunt & uncle - and your own place. You are not going to be a famous singer. Sorry.

*Drumroll please*. We now add LANDSCAPING to the long list of the children's responsibilities. Now we have everything covered! From child care, to cooking, to schooling, manual labor, keeping up the rental properties, and now landscaping. Does it ever end? It's far past "contributing", Jim Bob. Your children RUN the family home and care for your brood while you and Michelle giggle like teenagers, run around acting like fools, and expand your egos. And now they are recruiting the TLC crew to help out with the lawn work too? Astonishing!

I often wonder about the camera guys and the crew. I bet they see a different side of the Duggar family. They could probably tell some stories. Anyone else agree?

The birthday party for Anna really put her life in perspective. At 23, she should be in college (or graduating from college), dating, and finding out who she truly is. Discovering a career path, and becoming a successful young adult. With no job, no skills (other than making babies and cleaning), what happens if Josh is no longer in the picture? Sure, they may not believe in divorce, but God forbid something happens to Josh? He could be gone tomorrow. What does Anna do then? Insurance only goes so far She is stuck alone, with 2 kids (and we all know it will soon be 3, 4, 5 in the future). Without proper job skills, how will she support the kids and herself? They never teach these women how to take care of themselves IF need be. That is scary. Insurance only pays so much.

She must also depend on Josh for money, which is so 1950's. I could never see myself having to ask my husband for money. In fact, I make more than him. He would be OK (financially) without me, and I would be fine without him. We have our careers, and that is the way it should be, IMO. It is also what I will instill in our two daughters. I think they are making a grave mistake by not teaching the women how to support themselves.

BTW: Is Anna pregnant again already? I read somewhere that they are traveling with Mac and Michael and a "big" blessing? Wasn't sure what that meant..

Winsomeone said...

I take it that the boy babies born at home do not get circumcised? The little kids play even more to the cameras this year. And think they are "famous."

Ben Churchill said...

I wondered about the schooling too. Especially lately where there are travelling a lot, or just...not learning. If the film crew is there 3 to 4 days a week, where and when do the fit school in? I've not seen a show since the early days where they film them at the table learning. That does worry me.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm the only person on this board who likes cousin Amy. I think she has a fun personality. She is much more interesting to watch, in my opinion, that the rather bland older girls. She may never be a famous singer, but at least she has given herself the opportunity. She is allowed to make choices. She's not locked into the lifestyle of her cousins.

tulip said...

I believe the boys are circumcised, as Michelle has talked about how they follow a certain number of days after birth as a guideline provided from the Bible, so I'm sure that's what Josh & Anna will do for Michael.

As far as the first Dr. visit goes, I remember in an episode that they waited just as long to go after Mackynzie's home birth as well, about a week or so.

Pretty soon there will be no excuses for the weight issue...Anna is done (for the moment) being pregnant and gave birth 3 months ago, so Josh can't ride out the excuse when women are pregnant, men also gain baby weight, and although Josh has mentioned Anna is a good cook, it looks to be all high-calorie casseroles and processed food at the dinner table (probably by Josh's preference). Even with all the promos in previous episodes for Weight Watchers, it seems it only applies to "the wives" keeping up their looks for their husbands. (The episode they did showing Jim Bob participating, he seemed to treat it like a joke & talked about sneaking peanut butter cups to the meetings.)

Cousin Amy is annoying as ever and it continues to be unbearable seeing her in more and more episodes.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Did anyone else notice how much thinner Michelle looked after not being pregnant for nearly 2 years?

mom in texas said...

Michael is a beautiful baby.If anything Josh and Anna make gorgeous children. Anna looks so much like Suze now.I can't remember much from this episode as it was particularly boring. The changes in the Duggar kids are more pronounced.Everyone is growing and starting to blend.I can hardly tell one from the next.I was put off but not surprised my Jim Bob's lack of effort with the landscaping.I guess that's why you have 19 kids.I wonder how much longer before one of the older ones fly the coop to freedom?Josie is looking better.

Sharla said...

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Hannah said...

If Josh is really 210(and it wasn't just a guess on Anna`s part). It would make weight a bit more then his dad when he did weight watchers.


I also am annoyed he can fly and miss work but not when your wife just had a kid.

Mommy Attorney said...

Did anyone else notice that Anna made a point of showing the doctor's wife as someone skilled in L&D? Was she the woman at the homebirth? Despite saying she had a lot of experience, Anna never said she was a midwife, unless I missed it. Interesting.

ennvee said...

Yes, that is the same woman, Teresa Fedosky. And I also noted that Anna couldn't state her true profession (doula), but rather said she was in "the baby business," which I thought sounded really tacky, and carries some awful connotations that I'd rather not post here.

tulip said...

"Miss Teresa" was who delivered Michael and Mackynsie, and she is the wife of Dr. Fedosky, who is the Dr. in the episode. I don't believe she is actually a certified nurse midwife, as Josh had referred to her as their "doula" when she was featured in Mackynsie's birth. They seem to have gotten a lot of flack about the home birth issue from the start, so I'm sure they want to reinforce how "skilled" everything was-even though when Anna was about to give birth at any moment, they set off on the bus for the book tour with a suitcase full of plastic, washcloths and pads "just in case" the baby came while they were on the road...yeah...ok...

skeptigal said...

Hey, I like Cousin Amy, too! Guess there are two of us...

Lindy said...

I think Anna needs to lose some serious baby weight and start exercising before she has baby number 3. She is so young, but looks 10 years older. I wouldn't mind seeing Josh on one of those weight loss shows learning humility and losing weight too. If Anna keeps putting on weight, she runs the risk of having babies that are too big to be delivered naturally, as well as health risks, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, especially during pregnancy. I just hope that Anna goes for proper pre-natal care (and has been for her other two babies) and her ob/gyn can talk some sense into her about weight gain, exercise, and pregnancy.

I also cannot comprehend why they waited a whole week before bringing Michael in for a doctor's visit. I was surprised that they went to a general practitioner and not a pediatrician to make sure he was ok.

As for Amy, she gets on my nerves, but I think she is good, especially for the Duggar girls. She dates, gives "pieces of her heart" away, and still smiles and laughs at the end of the day. She wears pants and hasn't been struck by lightening. Despite how annoying she can be and how she plays to the cameras, she at least is enjoying her life and not stuck at home playing sister-mom to 18 siblings, and pretending that she is happy. She does seem genuinely happy.

sandi said...

I imagine Anna is very thankful she did not go into labor on the bus,as she was had a difficult enough time of it at home.If she'd had to try and give birth on the bus or in the bathroom on the bus,I can only imagine it would have led to some pretty difficult issues.I hope they learned their lesson (although I'm not counting on it) and won't try to travel again so far into another pregnancy.

Seriously? said...

"I think Anna needs to lose some serious baby weight and start exercising before she has baby number 3. She is so young, but looks 10 years older"

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She has chosen the same path as her mother-in-law and I'm guessing she can pretty much use Michelle as her mirror-of-the-future, appearance wise. Here come the Dowdy .... uh, I mean Duggars.