Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar Show Photos of Premature Baby
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar welcomed their 19th baby back in December, but little Josie Brooklyn was tiny and premature, weighing just 1 lb. 6 oz. According to People Magazine, she’s slowly but surely been getting bigger and stronger, and the Duggars have shared a photo of their little 2 lbs. 3 oz. wonder.
“Years ago, a baby this small wouldn’t have lived an hour,” says Jim Bob, 44. “We are so grateful for the ability to help her. It’s a miracle she’s doing so well.”
Michelle agrees: “It is incredible what the doctors and nurses can do to save the life of this little person.”
Jim and Michelle, 43, have moved 17 of their other kids (their oldest Josh, 21, and his wife, Anna, 21, have a baby girl and live on their own) to Little Rock, Ark. from their home in Tontitown, Ark., to be closer to Josie, who remains in intensive care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. ”It is a very day-to-day thing,” Jim Bob says of caring for a preemie. ”It is the hardest thing we’ve ever been through.” Still, he and Michelle say that the experience has brought their family closer together.
This week, TLC changed the name of their reality show to 19 Kids and Counting. You can watch the Special Duggar Delivery this Sunday, January 31, at 8 p.m. Their show will return in February.