duggars-320.jpgUPDATE, 8:20p: What a coincidence. Little did I know when I was posting an update on baby Josie earlier today that she was being released from the hospital. According to People magazine this evening:

Josie Brooklyn Duggar, the youngest child born to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, returned to her AR home Thursday after her 2nd hospitalization in her brief life….

“We’re so happy that she’s doing so well,” Michelle tells People. “She’s finally home, home, home.”
Josie was born on Dec. 10 at a gestational age of only 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb. 6 oz., after Michelle’s life-threatening preeclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure) forced an emergency C-section.
Since then, Josie has battled for her life, recovering from a bowel perforation at 8 days old. She gained weight and was released from the hospital on April 6, only to return a few days later when her vital signs fell.
Doctors searched for a cause of her problems and have finally identified them.
“Her digestive issues have been linked to lactose intolerance,” says her physician Dr. Robert Arrington, co-director of the neonatal intensive care unit at AR Children’s Hospital. “We are happy that she is doing so well and fully expect her to continue to thrive. Today, as she’s leaving, she looks like a full-term baby.”
Josie has grown to 7 lbs. 6 oz., to the delight of her parents, who are ready to settle her into a schedule at their Little Rock rental home with her 17 of her 18 siblings (oldest brother Josh, 22, lives with his wife and daughter have their own home) before moving her all the way back home, maybe in a few weeks.
“We’re going to wait and see how it all goes,” says Michelle. “We’re going to take it easy and hang out close to the hospital.”

[HT: Laura Loo; photo via People]
values voter summit 2010.png2:14p: Reader Lois wrote asking if there was an update on Josie Duggar (see previous posts here and here) coincidentally when the Family Research Council made the announcement it will award the Duggar family its 1st ever pro-family entertainment award at its 5th annual Values Voter Summit:

FRC will be honoring the Duggars’ positive influence on American television during a special segment of the September 17-18 Summit. As cameras follow the family around for the smash hit reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob, Michelle, and the kids have been outspoken ambassadors for Christian values in a secular world. Together with parents from across the country, we want to pay tribute to their commitment to faith and family in an industry and culture that so desperately need it.

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On to the Josie update. As I read a May 19 Examiner.com story it appears Josie will have to remain in the hospital this go-around until she weighs 8#…
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Josie Duggar was released from Arkansas Children’s Hospital on April 6th, but was readmitted just 2 days later after her vital signs unexpectedly dropped. The tiny tot suffers from digestive issues, but further testing cannot be performed until her weight bumps up to the all-important 8# milestone.
“We’re trying to figure out Josie’s plumbing problems. We know she has issues with her digestion, so we’re just running tests and helping her be more comfortable,” Mom Michelle Duggar explained. However, further testing cannot be performed until Josie Duggar reaches the 8# benchmark. Once Josie is big enough, Dr. Arrington will fix her digestive issues permanently….

The last episode of season 4 (view here) of 19 Kids and Counting aired May 25. According to Examiner.com:

The 30-minute show shows the entire Duggar family heading out for the annual ATI Home School Conference (where Josh Duggar met his wife Anna) in Big Sandy, TX. That is, everyone except Michelle and Josie Duggar. In probably her first “alone moment” in more than 20 years, Michelle Duggar is left behind to stay with baby Josie, who remains in the hospital….
The 4th season of 19 Kids and Counting achieved great ratings for TLC. With the early and unexpected birth of Josie Duggar, followed by the ensuing months at the hospital, viewers tuned in week after week to follow the Duggar family’s trials and tribulations….
Josie Duggar is doing much better, but remains in the hospital. Once she achieves her goal weight of 8#… doctors… will permanently fix Josie’s digestive issues. In the meantime, the Duggar family will remain in Little Rock to be close to their 19th child.

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