Duggars Do Asia

Presumptive title for a three hour arc beginning March 12.

TV Guide preview.

From TVbythenumbers.com:

19 Kids and Counting: DUGGARS DO ASIA: Tokyo, Japan
Premieres Tuesday, March 12 at 9PM ET/PT
The Duggars are heading out on the trip of a lifetime...their first visit to Asia! Their first stop is Tokyo, but before they can board the plane,they must successfully wrangle their 40 suitcases from the Duggar home to the airport. They spend their first morning abroad indulging in a traditional Japanese breakfast of soup, seaweed, and seafood. Can they master chopsticks and stomach these delicacies or will they need to rely on snacksfrom home? Then it’s out to navigate the crowded streets of Tokyo, do a little shopping, and ride a traditional Japanese rickshaw. To really embrace the Japanese culture and push past the language barrier, the family splits up into two teams for a marketplace race to purchase ingredients for making sushi, a first for this family! It’s a race to the finish line because whoever loses the competition has to eat the sushi roll Josie prepares!

19 Kids and Counting: DUGGARS DO ASIA: Kyoto, Japan
Premieres Tuesday, March 19 at 9PM ET/PT
The Duggars are making memories on their Asian adventure. For their last day inTokyo, the family appears as guests on a Japanese morning news program. Will they be able to communicate with their Japanese-speaking hosts or will it all get lost in translation? Later, they are invited to a Japanese carnival where the 25 Duggars compete against the “Master Goldfish Catcher” in Japan. The Duggars then make their way by train to Kyoto, where the girls try on kimonos and traditional makeup, while the boys pick up swords for a Samurai lesson. The trip to Kyoto is not complete without a nap at a capsule hotel! And at the end of the day, the family enjoys one of their favorite foods at a buffet where everything is pickled.

19 Kids and Counting: DUGGARS DO ASIA: Beijing, China
Premieres Tuesday, March 26 at 9PM ET/PT
The Duggars are off to Beijing, China. The family of 25 struggles to navigate the city’s subway system and make it to Tiananmen Square, where they become a tourist attraction themselves. A trip to the Great Wall of China and a local village give the Duggars a traditional Chinese experience and a chance for Jim Bob to show off his haggling skills as the family collects souvenirs. And no trip to China is complete without experiencing some traditional foods including Peking duck and the more exotic, scorpion! At the end of the trip, Jana and Jill put their midwifery training to work when a member of the television crew suddenly goes into labor. And the family has one final stop – a visit to an orphanage, which is sure to be remembered.

83 comments:

Hannah said...

I saw the commercial for the season premier. I'll watch it, because I always do, but I wish they stopped filming so many trips. I think what would make the show better is them talking about their life: Their faith, their struggles, their hurdles, but NOT in a proud way.

SmokeyKitty said...

They have to take trips because they have done all the mundane family things. They even made their own detergent (despite the store bought stuff clearly in the shot) and did all sorts of other fake setups that looked like "real life". WIthout the trips the only thing they could cover is their Gothard cult activity and that's not going to happen. (although I wish it would!)

sandi said...

Oh come on now tlc...Jim Bob attempting to show how difficult it is to navigate a country where English is not the main language..does not make for exciting tv.They could have easily been provided a translator.JMO.

Andrea said...

Happy to report I will not be watching! We cancelled cable and installed an antenna on our roof and only watch TV which come to us free. Am no longer supporting Duggar craziness!

Rudy Tecat said...

Obviously, China got top secret information about our internet security from computer-professional Joshua while he was in their country, and is now hacking into our vital computer networks. Shame on Josh for giving out that information. If only he could have been a little less computer savvy.

tulip said...

Wrangling the many suitcases required of a Duggar trip, sampling cultural delicacies (for the camera), navigating the local transit system, and watching Jim Bob's haggling "skills"...all described in such detail as if no one has ever seen any of this before. "Trip of a lifetime"? I thought Israel was their trip of a lifetime?...well, might as well go on another one a year later (since TLC is footing the bill)...oh, but the Duggars are just a regular, albeit large, family living every day life (just in front of cameras, of course) I have no comment about Jill & Jana's "midwifery skills" being put to the test when a crew member goes into labor...I really hope this is not one of TLC's crew members-I mean, why on earth would a pregnant woman, presumptively that far along, be traveling half way across the world in the first place? One final stop is an orphanage?...I'm betting on this having ties to IBLP & it's global outreach/Asian children's institutes.

Marites H. said...

Do we really need to see 3 episodes about the Asia trip? That's a bit much. As to the crew member going into labour, how/why would a woman so close to giving birth be travelling like that? That's insane. Maybe she's a chaperone coming along just in case the sister-moms accidentally move out of their uberprotective mommy & daddy's line of vision. Don't want them to fall for a nice Chinese Christian man who would make her move to China with a one-child policy.

flowerchild said...

I wonder if the trip is for a foreign adoption. If Michelle isnt pregnant they need another baby soon Josie is past her prime as a baby in Duggar world.

Miggy said...

Stupid question I know but why 40 suitcases when there are only 25 people?

Rudy Tecat said...

RE: 40 suitcases and 25 people: Jim Bob's hair products (4 suitcases), Jim Bob's new tube socks and underwear (5 suitcases), pickles (3 suitcases) and food for Josh (3 suitcases); plus one suitcase for each Duggar and guest. 40 suitcases.

Leah said...

"Stupid question I know but why 40 suitcases when there are only 25 people?"
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My guess is they're counting suitcases for the film crew?

Alberta Rose said...

25 Duggars, 40 pieces of luggage. Doing the math, that means some people only have one piece of luggage.

SmokeyKitty said...

We've all seen the Duggars pack. A suitcase or two for ALL the boys. Two suitcases for ALL the girls. And Jim Bob and Michelle each get their own suitcase or two. I wonder if grandma was allowed her very own suitcase or not.

Let's put down bets on how often they will act shocked and disgusted about the idea of eating raw fish.

emm said...

They visit an orphanage? I can only imagine Jim Bob will count the number of children there and then proudly declare how many Duggars there are! I also think it might be interesting to see if the Duggars make any sort of donation be it time, supplies, or money to the orphanage. They are using their show as a "ministry" and the show is enabling them to be there and therefore minister. In my opinion they should do something to "pay it forward" with their ministry.

manchego said...

My first job after college was teaching English in China. I wasn't in a well-known city, but it was a big one, roughly the size of Chicago. I was there in 2001-2002, so not that long ago.

I can assure you that it was VERY different, and is a far cry from whatever cultural awareness they achieved in Great Britain or Israel.

I know that Jana and John David were in Asia on a mission trip not that long ago, so hopefully they prepared their family members for what they were about to experience.

For one thing, pollution is something that needs to be seen/smelled to be believed. The town I lived in had no regular garbage pickup (which lead to a rodent problem of epic proportions), and parts of town didn't have a proper sewer system. It was not uncommon to see people squatting on the sidewalks to do their business. Talk about a "nike" moment.

I hope that none of the kids suffer from any kind of asthma or allergies, even mild ones. The air is so thick with soot (most homes still use coal fires) that when you blow your nose it comes out black.

I'm sure that the Duggars didn't visit the town where I was - it's not on the tourist track by a long shot, and even "Lonely Planet" advised giving it a miss - but as Chinese towns go it's hardly an anomaly, so perhaps they had some similar experiences. I only hope they managed to get out with their health and sanity in better shape than I did.


sandi said...

And to think,Manchego,that many ppl live that way across the world,and the Duggars are concerned with yelling "NIKE!" over oher ppl's clothing.They really are spoiled.JMO.

Stephanie said...

I totally agree about JimBob camparing the orphans to the size of his family, its SUCH a funny joke to make fun of orphans. If love muliplies then they should adopt an equal amount of 19 toward their family and 2 more for good measure for Jub & Caleb.

Sharla said...

Sneak peak pictures are up:
tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/19-kids-and-counting/duggars-do-asia-sneak-peek-photos.htm#mkcpgn=fbtlc1

Lois Boehl said...

I have lived all around the world. I have seen some of the previews of the upcoming episodes. Jim Bob Duggar is the worst possible ambassador for the U.S. His behavior mortifies me. There are ways to converse with local people and not seem like an idiot. I will not be able to watch these episodes. TLC PLEASE do not send this family overseas again.

sandi said...

Yes Lois,not to mention the guards Jim Bob was rude to amd mocked when they were in England.It didn't speak well for Americans.Even Michelle spoke up to him for that.I was surprised she had the guts to do so,but I'm glad she did.It was the right thing to do.

emm said...

I agree! However Gothardites frown upon adoption because the child "may carry the sins of the birth parents" what nonsense! Here's hoping those children find good and loving homes.

tulip said...

In the sneak peak pics, looks like Michelle is wearing the same pink and blue short-sleeve shirts she's been wearing for years, and not to mention the same hairstyle.-She may be wearing more bangs, but, just saw more recent pics from some kind of violin recital the family did, and it's back to the same old look. Actually, her bangs are pulled back and puffed up higher than ever. Plus, same floral blouse she's worn on many occasions, going back a couple years...so much for the "makeover".

Lois Boehl said...

I respect the Duggar's right to live their life style. The children seem well cared for and loved. But as ambassadors for this country, well, that is something else. One can learn from and even appreciate others' customs and traditions. Jim Bob has been downright rude and mocking on some of these foreign visits. He does not seem to realize that he is a GUEST in another country. He is an embarrassment. Again, I will not be watching. My blood pressure can't take it!

Cassia said...

Hope they don't expect everyone they meet there to speak fluent English. They'll need a couple translators. One from "Jim Bob" to English and then another from English to Chinese. I think he's going to embarrass Americans everywhere. Makes me proud to be Canadian.

sandi said...

I just hope they took along some of that Bo-nine,as Jim Bob likes to call it.I mean,Bonine. Pronunced correctly as Bon-neene.

Maria said...

Disappointing to see Michelle go right back to her 80's fried hair do with the rooster bangs. I'm 44 years old, and have not worn my hair like this since I was 18 and 19 years old. However, it was so nice to see Ginger sporting a pair of SHOES on her feet in one of the sneak peek photos.

Please Mrs. Duggar, let the 80's go. I have a wonderful hair dresser who gave me a jaw line sleek bob that is to die for. You'll not only look youthful, you'll feel great sporting healthier hair.

As for the clothes, please. You can honor the Lord and still look fashionable and modest. Those old cotton shirts, black skirts, tights, and black walmart shoes are so drab and depressing. Come into the year 2013, it's a great place to be.

flowerchild said...

I know I've seen more stylish nuns.

hello said...

Jim Bob made it quite clear that he didn't approve of her makeover and we all know that Michelle won't do anything without his approval. I also think Jim Bob is very insecure and might believe that if Michelle updated her hair style and clothes, men might (gasp) check her out. Michelle did claim that a neighbor years ago got a divorce because she was mowing the lawn in a bikini.

SmokeyKitty said...

Michelle thinks awfully highly of herself if she thinks she could (even in her younger days) could have caused a divorce simply by appearing in a bikini. It is always the woman's fault isn't it? Divorce blamed on teen in bikini mowing lawn? That's one of the more ludicrous things I've heard. I am actually going to watch tonight only because I want to see what fools they make of themselves. They are the very epitome of ugly Americanism. If there was justice they wouldn't be allowed to leave Tonitown and embarrass the rest of us by association.

Losing Interest said...

There's a FB photo of the family having a traditional Japanese breakfast. Jim Bob & Michelle are at the end of the table while the sister-moms are responsible for watching all the kids.

I mentioned to my mom & dad that the show was coming back on. Dad asked "Haven't they run out of ideas for that show yet?" Yes, they ran out of new ideas a long time ago, but the show (and the TLC gravy train) must go on. I'm planning to tape the shows on my PVR and watch them later so I can fast-forward through most of it. Watching the Duggars is almost like passing by the scene of a traffic accident -- you can't help but watch in horror.

hannah said...

I few things I noticed:

Josh pushing the bags. Okay, last time he had Anna have a lot of bags and a baby.

The boys and girls seem to have sheets on the bed.

Hannah said...

They went a dollar store? Really!!

The kids were downright rude sneaking snacks, and making comments about the food.

Allison said...

I'm really not surprised they sneaked in snacks. Japanese food can be very strange for kids. At least they tried to be polite and tried everything, rather than refusing the food. I think that would be worse.

I'm also not surprised they went to the dollar store. With so many people, they would need affordable souvenirs. We have a ton of cheap souvenir shops here in NYC and they are very popular with tourists for a reason.

Stephanie said...

I am a HUGE critic, but overall I enjoyed the show. The Cartoon Artist could not have gotten a better image of Michelle & Jimbob! A different artist did Anna & Josh and it looked like Anna it was NOT as flattering as Michelle's. We froze the screen and Anna does kinda have one eye bigger that sits slightly above the other, and she got her nose and chin perfect, but you should definately flatter a lady in those pictures and Michelles artist did. And the way she was looking at Jimbob was perfect! I have 2 sets of those pictures of my 3 kids and I love them, they exagerate your features and you really have to be a good sport.

Jordyn finally got featured. She had to go to Japan to be noticed but she did. Josiah must be off the hit list he and several others are doing the talking heads and I liked it.

But the best was the big fish sneaking up on Jimbob, I'm sure its producer driven but he does have the goofy act downpat. Even Janas face when he picked her for the shopping contest.

They all grab buddies, and Michelle & Jimbob are, of course, buddies.

The Kimonos for next week? A little rope binding over and under the breast area? I honestly can't believe they showed that and I think it will be deleted by next week or in reruns.

Fake pregnancy test for Anna, just to say "we found out we were expecting in Japan"! As if she didn't know. You can find out your pregnant within 2 weeks if you are really trying.

Maria said...

Another season of adult children living at home raising their parent's children.

Jim and Michelle have it really easy, don't they? Their adult children do it all.

Hannah said...

"I agree! However Gothardites frown upon adoption because the child "may carry the sins of the birth parents"..."
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I really do like the Duggars, but this is something about them that I don't like. Gothardism is NOT Christianity. If Bill Gothard doesn't like adoption, but the Bible encourages it, it's kind of sickening to see them go along with the cult leader rather than the Bible. I don't think we'll ever see a Duggar adoption.

londonbridges said...

The same people who don't condone adoption would be totally against abortion. The parent/s could have chosen to terminate and end the pregnancy. Is a child in an orphanage not as precious and special as a Duggar blessing? Just my opinion.

Leigh Ann said...

I just stumbled on the show last night while my husband was out comet-hunting. I loved that Jordyn (I think it was) enthusiastically eating everything at breakfast. The younger Duggars won't remember these trips but I think they will retain something somewhere in their brains and be more open and accepting of new experiences. All the Duggars seem to enjoy new experiences but it's in the way the process them I think? I'm not doing a good job of explaining this. Take JB, for instance. He'll go anywhere but he tends to be mocking and make jokes of things. The older kids are more cautious. I think these early experiences will affect the way the youngest children perceive and interact with others even if they don't actually remember the trips. And their taste buds are being trained on more than just tater tot casserole and canned green beans.

SandraDee said...

If you are a Christian, YOU have been adopted, Mr. Gothard, sins and all. Gimme a break and get off your high horse.

Sharla said...

Duggars Do Asia (anyone else think Debbie?) did OK with 1.26 viwers and a .4 rating.

Stephanie said...

I have been a watcher from the beginning and can't believe I just put this together. Even Michelle once said the Jed had his "own look" and I agreed. But he and Jinger have the same eyes. It looks kinda like the lower eye lashes/lower lids have dark coloring or something, but Jingers eyes are like that too. Cute.

Canadian Fan said...

An interesting comment from one of the sister-moms (Jill, I think) that "our little ones" were so well-behaved in the store when they were shopping for kimonos.
Sounds more like something a mommy would say, rather than a big sister.

I knew Jim Bob would be fumbling around, amazed that so few people spoke English -- or would admit to speaking English so they'd have an excuse to avoid him (and the cameras).

Stephanie said...

Are you talking about the old porn title joke "Debbie Does Dallas"? Yes, that totally came to mind. Jimbob & Michelle are a little older than me and weren't that sheltered certainly the joke wasn't blind to them.

But to the Duggar adult kids who look at this blog, The Producers have played a joke/wordplay with your special. "Duggars Do Asia" is a play on an old porn title called "Debbie Does Dallas". So glad that TLC has enough respect for your family to name your show after porn. That's really funny isn't'?

lisam said...

The Duggars have never said they're against adoption. There was one episode where Jim Bob and Michelle flew to South America to convince the government to make adoptions to American families a quicker process.

tater tot said...

I liked watching the duggars in the beginning way back when, but how many times are they going to repeat themselves..ie food in the pantry. Older kids caring for the younger ones...cleaning out of distressed houses by whoo the kids of course.....same ole same old. Its time for the "older children" ....to get out and have fun...Grandma needs help Michelle ...wash your own dirty duds..take care of your own small children. Poor Grandma Duggar...she had only 2 kids but lookey now...give grandma d a break..she is in her 70's.

Leigh Ann said...

I loved Sho-gun Jim Bob. That was so cute and clever. All the boys are going to want Samurai swords now.

Stephanie said...

Jana Buddy and Jessa Buddy. I can't believe they let that one slip out. Of course Anna will do pregnancy test and announce to the family. I call BS on the pregnancy test. Anna knew she was pregnant and that was for TV.

I was curios how much of the rope binding would be shown and they showed Jill for a split second but body shot for a little longer to Anna. I guess Annas modesty doesn't count as much.

What was Jingers problem? Some immaturity showing there with her and that suprised me.

Of course the Duggars were going to try the capsule hotels and Jimbob actually looked tired. He wanted to make a sex joke but Michelle is cutting him off just short of the punchline. Thank you Michelle

Boxermom said...

If I recall, Michelle's 24 hour birthday was purported to be her actual birthday, including the surprise trip to Asia.

Then it was her actual birthday in Japan, which I am sure it was. Just pointing out how phony they are. Right up there with Kate G.

hannah said...

They were so rude about the fish. Last week,Anna didn`t want to touch it. I guess they didn`t seem to matter this week.

Josh do always have to comment on a game. He just can`t seem to face not winning,they did win this time.





Stephanie said...

I like the other kids doing interview with the exception of John David & Joseph. They have the personality of wet bread, but at least we know they can speak.

Josie & Jordyn said they didn't like their Jana Buddy & Jessa Buddy's like that, they didn't say anything about their mom.

When the girls came in to guess the big girls, Jordyn was taking it all in. They were all still so the little girls could "guess" ALL BUT MICHELLE, she had to smile, wave, talk, and raise her eyebrows to prove that her kids know her. Look Michelle, even in street clothes your kids don't know which of you is their mother so stop trying to prove it.

Joy went to comfort Jennie so I guess Jennie's buddy is Joy Buddy. Rewatch how Michelle acts when the babies come in. Also look at the still photo when they put their names on the screen, Anna and Michelle look even more alike with the raised eyebrows constant expression. Michelles interviews are driving me crazy with the permanant raised eyebrow expression.

Leigh Ann said...

"Jana Buddy and Jessa Buddy. I can't believe they let that one slip out." The oldest and the youngest kids just do not seem to have normal sibling relationships. I wonder if that's because of the buddy system or because of the huge age gap or both. With the buddy system it seems like they look at each other more as caretaker and charge. I don't know what kind of sibling relationship a 20-year-old and a three-year-old are going to have. In families where kids move out or are living at home but busy with their own lives, I guess you end up raising different families and that's just they way it is. I have a friend with young adults still living at home and under-fives, I should ask her.

Oh, and I thought Jinger would be way more adventurous about the makeover.I was surprised she was reluctant. Glad she did it, though. She'd have been sorry if she passed it up.

Allison said...

I would be SHOCKED if Michelle was "surprised" by the trip to China and Japan. She was obviously in on the deal and they probably concocted the entire birthday day as a way to cleverly announce it to the audience. It doesn't make sense why they would celebrate it early if not for that reason. Otherwise Michelle would probably be wondering why they were celebrating her birthday on a different day. They really do change up a lot for TV, and I usually don't mind, but this really pushed it.

Leigh Ann said...

Did anyone else notice this? MacKenzie was upset seeing her mom in all the white make-up. But her young aunts were upset about seeing their buddies that way. I didn't see any comments about Mommy looking different. Of course they could have said something we didn't see. But in the interviews they were definitely upset about their buddies.

flowerchild said...

Well the Jana buddy and Jessa buddy comments told me the little girls were upset that their buddies were dressed up but not Michele. They're bonded and closer to their buddy than actual mother.

Wampascat said...

You're right. The eyebrows are always raised. Have to keep that happy countenance, I suppose, but wouldn't it give a person a headache after a while?

Sharla said...

Ouch second hour of Asia didn't do well.

0.888 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.

Andrea said...

I don't think the primary purpose of this trip was to create a TV program for the American market. I have a feeling this program will do really well in Asia. Japanese and Asian people love cute things (ie Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty). The Duggars sort of fall into the same category. The Duggars have over stayed thier welcome on American TV so now they're expanding their brand into Asia. Are there any Asians on this message board to collaborate / agree / disagree with what I've written?

Rudy Tecat said...

Please lay off Michelle and her giving her younger kids to her older daughters to raise. Michelle has to be the buddy to the biggest baby of them all: JimBob

Nancy said...

Jenny is Joy's buddy via inheriting her from Jill's buddy line. The other sister moms got all the Howlers; it just happened to be Jill's turn when Joy was born.

Willow said...

Why do they seem to avoid "sister"? (i.e., "Buddy Jessa"). What's wrong with sister? I have heard them say "brother" from time to time, but rarely "sister".

Alberta Rose said...

I'm glad Michelle ignored the producers and decided not to freak her young children out during the Kimono sequence. Even now at 10 years old my son is a bit unnerved when I dress up for a night out with my husband.

The Duggars have never said they are against adoption. I have been through the Gothard website and have not found anything that says people are to remain childless. I think adoption is something Jim Bob side steps around because his sister and her husband chose to only have one child. They haven't adopted any nor been foster parents.

Elspeth said...

No, Michelle didn't freak out the younger girls, their sisters/buddies did! That's a sign that the little girls are for more attached to their buddies than their own mother. Michelle was just as dressed up as any of the older daughters.

As far as Gothard's views on adoption, he has many views that are in his lectures and paid material that aren't on the website. A quick look through the website is only a bare glance at his views.

Personally I think the Duggars like to talk about adoption, but they've been talking about it for years without actually doing anything concrete to progress toward adoption.

Ty's Mom said...

I am just now getting to watch the show, but did anyone else notice when they're catching the goldfish with the paper nets that Michael was chomping on one of the used nets? Gross.

tater tot said...

Ty's Mom- i was grossed out by the Michael chomping down on the fish net as well, but have been grossed out with the cake/cookie making and fingers in mouth ETC. Ugggghhhhhh..i agree GROSS Gross Gross ....i know to many gross ;) but hey im grossed out! I know where was the end to that last mess i typed..im just soo grossed out.

Nancy said...

Loved how Jessa said that Jill had been training to be a midwife, and Jana a doula, "for years." Sounds about right. I know they have to attend a certain number of births and all. Maybe if they stayed home every now and again, they could have become certified "years ago."

At the rate they're going, they *might* be able to get certified by the time they're 30. There will still be Lost Girls to raise, so it's not as if they'll be allowed to get married.

I am so sick of JB making himself look like a doofus (it's an act...that guy's a wolf in sheep's clothing) and Michelle's baby talk. Jinger? Looks like she hated every second of her time on the trip. I watched her in the background and she was NOT a happy camper.

hannah said...

Michelle let the random girl hold Josie. WTH?

If I have a teacher? I think it was Jackson. I thought Jessa was "teaching".

Jill seems like she would a good labor coach. I do feel bad for them that it happened in China. I am surprised they had to go along and were allowed to fly.

sandi said...

>Personally I think the Duggars like to talk about adoption, but they've been talking about it for years without actually doing anything concrete to progress toward adoption.

Yes,if that were the case,you'd think Jim Bob would have bragged about 'having fun trying' by now.

sandi said...

Yes,if they were going to adopt,you'd think that Jim Bob would have bragged about 'having fun trying' by now.

Alberta Rose said...

Thank you VERY much TLC for showing a different way of giving birth. Mrs. Enlow is lucky to have gone into premature labour in China. In America she would not have been given an opportunity to have a vaginal birth. She would have been told she had to undergo major abdominal surgery via a caesarean. She was also not hooked up to monitors nor told she had to take medication. Just push and breathe. That is the way giving birth should be. My son was born three weeks early and weighed less than the Enlow baby. Given that ultrasounds have a +/- of two weeks, she might have been further along than her OB thought.

DianeD said...

I guess no one was paying attention to Frank Sun's basic Chinese ettiquette lesson (hello, thank you, goodbye). Jim Bob still saying "gracias" and Michelle's baby-voiced "Thaaaaank yooooooou". Like fingernails on a blackboard everytime I heard it.

Friend said...

Did anyone else notice that when Jim Bob said to use caution while going in a business with a low roof Josh had Micheal on his shoulders and it looked as if the baby may have hit his head on the roof beam, But the cameras went to cut.

Also I think that the camera man who's wife a her baby early was so sweet. It was clear that he was emotional and full of love. But really? She reminds me of Michelle and Anna traveling whist pregnant...ummmm no....

Hannah said...

Anyone else surprised to see that they know what steroids are?

Betty said...

Alberta Rose, that is just wrong. C-sections aren't routinely done for a six week early baby in the US. A regular vaginal delivery would be the expectation. Nor are drugs "pushed" on mothers who want a natural delivery. You're just pushing an agenda here and lying doesn't make the case.

Leigh Ann said...

Well, rats, I missed it. I was looking at the TV guide and stopped at Star Trek. I had been thinking, though, about whether it was really a good idea to take a family with 19 kids to a country that limits you to one. Seemed kind of like rubbing it in. I know the Duggars don't mean anything hurtful and I'm not suggesting that families with more than one kid can't visit China, but when the whole purpose of you being there is for a TV show because you have so many kids it can come off looking bad. Well, I hope they had fun. Does anyone know if it's going to be on again? Who was it that had the baby?

Stephanie said...

That is not true. Preterm labor is prevented through medication to keep the baby in but the water had broken and the labor cannot be prevented once the water is broken, you are at the point of not return. A normal vaginal birth will happen with a premature labor. I did it with twins. Josie was c-section because it was emergency for Michelles life and secondary Josie being a micropremie, labor would have been extra stressful on Josies little body and she needed to be in the NICU ASAP.

Stephanie said...

Jimbob saying "gracias" was fake, he has the sense of humor of David Waller waterskiing in a suit.

Michelle said Jimbob came up with the brilliant idea of seperating the group into different cars! Wow it took him 45 minutes to come up with that? Ground breaking

Willow said...

Yes Hannah, I did notice their use of the word "steroids", especially when Joy said it; startled me, in fact. There have been several "words" said in the last few episodes that surprised me.

Regarding Jill and Jana studying for midwife/doula: I think another reason it may be taking them so long might be that they are only allowed to attend certain births (i.e., people who are "like-minded"). Of course, the fact they have to travel with their family constantly, is probably most definitely contributing to the studying taking so long.

Mrhduffin said...

Women don't have c-sections for premature births unless there's a reason. I had both of my boys 34 weeks to the day and both were vaginal. One with meds and one without. My oldest was mostly ok but did spend time in the nicu for 12 days. My youngest was very critically ill for a few weeks. That baby was very fortunate to be so healthy in a foreign country. They DO NOT force c-sections for 34/35 week babies Alberta Rose.

sandi said...

>Given that ultrasounds have a +/- of two weeks, she might have been further along than her OB thought.

Alberta,I've never heard that to be the case.The sonographer will usually measure the fetus or embryo from crown to rump (doesn't include leg length,as that can vary a lot),and get a good general idea of the due date.In my case they were spot on,twice,right down to the day.

Sharla said...

The third hour of the three hour Asia tour got 1.21 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.

imaamy said...

Sandi, I thought early on they measured head to rump but I'm pretty sure the ultrasounds I had later on measured legs too. I did have higher level ultrasounds because I was pregnant at 42, so maybe they don't do it routinely though. They want to make sure all the parts are growing at the right pace:)

Leigh Ann said...

I recorded a rerun of the China episode. I was surprised at the subway station. They knew it was going to be incredibly crowded so I was surprised it took Jim Bob so long to figure out to get everyone on different cars and meet up at the end. He's usually better about logistics like that. Jessa was right to be frustrated about it. Also, did their Chinese cameraman really not teach them any words before then or was that filmed just for the show. I just thought he would have said "we're going to China, let me teach you how to say hello and please and thank you" ahead of time. And he may have, they just filmed that for the show. If it was faked I don't see the need for it, it would have been just as effective to see them learning earlier. I liked what the one Chinese woman said "they sacrificed a lot for their children and their children will sacrifice for them". I guess we'll find out. Do we know when this was filmed? I saw on their website that Michelle's birthday is in September but they were not in China during the winter. So I'm thinking that whole 24-hour birthday thing was early and Michelle's actual birthday in September was in Japan.

Tarheel Born and Bred said...

@alberta rose
Just had to comment on your misconceptions about preterm labor and a c-section. I am a postpartum nurse and it is NOT true that you would automatically be made to deliver through a c-sec just because you are preterm. I have taken care of many patients who delivered vaginally anywhere from 24 weeks to 36 weeks. Even women who have had preterm twins.This usually is the preferred way as long as mom and baby are okay. Usually when they section a woman who is preterm it is because the baby's heart rate is dropping or mom has some serious medical condition that is putting herself and baby at risk. Of course there can be other factors as well but I can say that the majority of the patients I have taken care of that delievered prematurely were vaginal deliveries. And as heartbreaking as it sounds, even women who have an IUFD (intrauterine fetal demise) are encouraged to deliver vaginally b/c they are trying to avoid having them undergo major surgery if there is a chance that they can push the baby out vaginally.