Jim Bob Duggar announced the heartwarming news on Tuesday that little Josie was finally able to go home from the hospital, after being born four months early in December. In the newest episode of 19 Kids and Counting that aired on TLC, the little preemie was still in the NICU and her older sisters Jill and Jana went to visit and cuddle her.
“It’s important for her to be held and cuddled and talked to,” mom Michelle said about the girls’ visit, which took place when both of her parents had colds and couldn’t visit the youngest of 19 children in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Jana was so excited to hold her tiny sister. “It was my first time to hold her. It was a whole new experience just being able to realize she is our baby,” she said as she was shown rocking in a chair with Josie Brooklyn. Michelle explained how important it was for someone from the family to be there every day holding Josie, and since Jana and Jill are over 18 they were able to tend to their sister on their own.
“Actually holding her and taking care of her was really special,” Jana said sweetly as she snuggled with her sister.
As Mom Michelle has said in past episodes, she is the real Dairy Queen, and is pumping milk constantly for Josie. In fact, Michelle has spent 275 months of her life nursing, a pop up read.
Meanwhile, back at home the whole family took a trip to a famous Little Rock eatery, Doe’s Eats, and Michelle said Jim Bob used to eat there when he was in the State Legislature. Michelle mentioned that Doe’s is a favorite place of President Clinton, and the whole family enjoyed a huge meal, even though Jim Bob has been on a diet for the last six months.
The family then went over to the Museum of Discovery where all the kids were having a great time with the science displays and were even allowed to hold a baby alligator, a snake and a tarantula. Michelle revealed that she used to have a pet tarantula when she was young, but it didn’t exactly have an easy life. She spoke about his unfortunate demise: “I think I held him too much because his legs started falling off!”
As always, Jackson and Johannah were adorable talking about the snake. “I don’t like those kind of animals,” Jackson said and Johannah actually held the snake in the museum.
The episode showing Josie’s homecoming will air on TLC on Mother’s Day, May 9.