In the newest episode of 19 Kids and Counting that aired on Tuesday night the littlest Duggar, Josie Brooklyn, is able to be held by her mama Michelle again. She is a mere 2 pounds 3 ½ ounces and is 47 days old and eats about one tablespoon of breast milk an hour.
“She’s an energetic young lady,” one of the nurses tells Michelle. This is the second time Michelle is shown holding little Josie and she couldn’t be happier. “She’s like a baby kitten,” is how Michelle describes her daughter who has been in the hospital since her premature birth in December. “I picture her as a precious little gift from God. That is her nickname, my precious little kitten.” Michelle is in the hospital with her daughter cradling her and sitting in a rocking chair. “We are thankful to God and to those who are taking care of her,” Michelle says about the care Josie receives while in the hospital.
The Duggars moved three hours away from their home to live in Little Rock, Arkansas while little Josie has to stay in the hospital and the oldest girls are taking a road trip home to Springdale to pickup some of their belongings from the family home. Dad Jim Bob takes little James to help him get the car ready for the girls' trip. Michelle talked about how important it is for Dad Jim Bob to teach the boys “big boy things” so they’ll know what to do as they grow up.
James is a big help to his Dad and says “I was spending time with my Dad and learning about cars.”
They filled the air in the tires of the family suburban and the pop up read “The air the entire Duggar family breathes in a single day could fill the tires of over 100 SUVs.”
Jill, Janna, Jinger, Jessa and Joy Anna head back to Springdale to check on their brothers John David and Joseph who have stayed behind to take care of the family home and Michelle talks about her oldest boys not being in Little Rock with the rest of the family.
“It’s a comfort knowing that Josh and Anna are back at home keeping the home fires burning,” Michelle says.
The girls make the three hour drive to pick up more school books, a printer and household items that they didn’t pack when they first moved to Little Rock. When the arrive home to where their two brothers have been staying they are shocked at the condition they find the home in.
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The Christmas decorations are still up in February AND there is moldy food in the kitchen! The sisters are not surprised by their brothers though. “They’re boys; I bet they didn’t even think about it.”
The girls spend the night with Josh and Anna and joke about their brother’s weight. “He’s put on a few extra pounds,” they tease about Josh. Jessa talks about how much they love their niece Mackynzie, and how well Josh is doing. “I think he’s matured more, is a great father and he’s doing a great job,” she says.
The final part of the episode is where the Today show has a live segment with the family, and they all have to get up before the crack of dawn for the show. Michelle talks about why they chose to introduce little Josie to the world. “We’re sharing a challenge in our life,” she said. “This is hard, we’re scared.”
The family all enjoy the live shot, even if little Jordyn has to be taken out for being fussy during the show!
Next week the Duggar boys take a trip back to Springdale and it seems like they might be up to some silly antics while they’re there!