Michelle and Josie Duggar update II

UPDATE, 9:35a: Moderator Bethany spotted video of an interview with the Duggars yesterday by The Today Show's Meredith Viera...

6:14a: First, here's PETA's new anti-human ad campaign:

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I don't think the poster is at all cute; it's offensive. PETA is basically saying the Duggar kids shouldn't be here. And after learning of PETA's Houston campaign, I think its modus operande is clear. It designs provocative posters and billboards that get it lots of free press but that never get printed.

Second, as backdrop to this post, read details of Josie Duggar's December 10 premature birth here and my December 18 Update I here.

Third, TLC has announced it will air a special on January 31 about the events surrounding Josie's birth entitled, 19 Kids and Counting: Special Duggar Delivery. Here's a preview...

People magazine is reporting an exclusive today, "Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar reveal Baby Josie."

It's 19 kids... and counting their blessings.

Seven weeks after baby Josie's surprise early arrival, her relieved parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are talking to People about the tiny micropreemie, who is taking breast milk through a tube and weighs 2 lbs. 3 oz.

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Born at 25 weeks to Jim Bob and Michelle, of the hit TLC reality series changing its name this week to 19 Kids and Counting, little Josie Brooklyn was a mere 1 lb. 6 oz. when she arrived Dec. 10, after Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia.

"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."...

He 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, AR, from their home in Tontitown, AR, to be closer to Josie, who remains in intensive care at AR Children's Hospital.

"It's a miracle she's doing so well," says Jim Bob. Agrees Michelle: "It is incredible what the doctors and nurses can do to save the life of this little person."

It has been an up and down saga of survival for tiny Josie. "Doctors tell us, 'never trust a preemie,' because you can't know what is going to happen," says Jim Bob. "It is a very day-to-day thing. It is the hardest thing we've ever been through."

Josie's difficult birth has brought the family closer together, say Jim Bob and Michelle, and they continue to be grateful for every moment they have with their new daughter.

"We don't know if there is going to be another big hill to go up," she says. "We are grateful for the wonderful days when she has been good. We know at any moment, things could change."...

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[Top photo via People; bottom photo via TLC]


Comments:

May God bless little Josie with health, strength and a joyful life. The Duggars are a wonderful family and an inspiring example of faith, integrity, and generosity.

Posted by: Jennifer at January 29, 2010 6:25 AM


Wesley Smith, who blogs at www.firstthings.com
has some comments about PETA. Do a search on his blog to read things like the fact that PETA will not adopt out animals to people whom they consider unsuitable "parents" (eg meat-eaters aren't allowed) and they euthanasize the dogs and cats rather than have them adopted. The result is that their euthanizing runs about 93% of the animals they rescue and their adoptee program is about 7%.
This organization needs to be exposed for the false image they present, they aren't about ethical treatment of animals, they are a group of people who simply need to have a cause to make a big noise in the world.

Posted by: Julie Culshaw at January 29, 2010 6:40 AM


Why is it a surprise that PETA would euthanize animals that they were unable to place in a "suitable" home? They have the pro-abortion mentality approach to pets- "animals should only be permitted to live if they can live in a wanted family who have the correct economic, time, and lifestyle to properly house it." Since most families can't meet that standard, they shouldn't be allowed to (choose a) breed.

Now, I know that a few of our pro-lifers on this board are concerned about the treatment of animals. I am too. But PETA is not like the ASPCA, which is much more level-headed about what should and should not be allowed and does not opppose meat-eating. Instead, PETA's the equivalent of the environmental wackos who will resort to sabotage and property destruction if they won't get their way.

Posted by: Michael at January 29, 2010 7:46 AM


I once served as a a reference for a family with 8 well behaved children who live in the country to adopt a dog. When they brought the dog out they decided not to let them adopt because they thought with so many children the dog would not get enough attention!! Can you believe it??

Also, did you see the video of the Peta Ad mocking the State of the Union address where a young black girl disrobes completely (full frontal nudity) while berating those who are not vegans interspersed with pictures of the Congress standing and applauding.

Posted by: Maria at January 29, 2010 8:06 AM


That PETA add is disgusting, but I am not surprised. That group is full of adolescent idiots that go for shock rather than substance. It is also no surprise they never get anywhere with their message using those tactics.

I cannot wait to watch the Dugger show this weekend! I think I am due right around the same time as Michelle was originally supposed to deliver. I have preeclampsia too (and have had it with the last 5 children) but the doctors watch my blood pressure constantly and I have to have a certain amount of bed rest each day in addition to extra ultrasounds to monitor the growth. I am very grateful I have never had to deliver as early as Michelle did this time.

Posted by: Kristen at January 29, 2010 8:17 AM


You can also see a new interview with the Duggars and Meredith Vieira at this link! :) I'm so happy Josie is doing well and I hope she continues to do so! What an inspirational family.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/35121973#35121973

Posted by: bethany Author Profile Page at January 29, 2010 8:55 AM


When they brought the dog out they decided not to let them adopt because they thought with so many children the dog would not get enough attention!! Can you believe it??

That is INSANITY! Any dog that gets placed in a family with that many children gets more attention than most dogs ever will!

Posted by: bethany Author Profile Page at January 29, 2010 9:02 AM


Good find, Bethany! Posting!

Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at January 29, 2010 9:35 AM


Really, who takes PETA seriously?

Posted by: Phillymiss at January 29, 2010 9:40 AM


I'm so glad that little Josie is still hanging in there! :-)

Posted by: army_wife at January 29, 2010 9:45 AM


PeTA is a fairly effective organization. It euthanizes so many animals because they take in animals in terrible condition that can't be adopted. They don't run community shelters like the SPCA so the comparison is not valid.

It is unfortunate that in this society people have to make a spectacle of themselves in order to be heard at all. Note that whenever there is some incident at an abortion clinic, it is covered ad nauseum, yet a significant protest like the March for Life is ignored by the media.

The media picks and chooses what to cover so capriciously that it skews the public's perception.

I would agree that PeTA is aggressively pet population control oriented, but so is the SPCA, Humane Society etc. I would also say that is the appropriate position given that millions of animals are euthanized annually just because they don't have homes. Blaming PeTA for that is idiocy. The SPCA and Humane Society as well as local government animal control dept's euthanize many adoptable animals. The percentage is a red herring.

Finally, the PeTA add referring to the Duggars is reprehensible and they should be ashamed of it. The Duggars are model citizens.

Posted by: hippie at January 29, 2010 10:30 AM


Fight on, little Josie girl!! Praying for you!!

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at January 29, 2010 12:11 PM


Hippie, watch Penn and Teller's show "Bullshit!" concerning PETA. They really are full of it.

Posted by: xalisae at January 29, 2010 1:04 PM


Although, I'm going to admit my bias, and state that I disagree emphatically with vegetarianism because human beings are biologically designed to eat meat, it's just a fact of our existence. If you don't like meat-eating, go protest a lion.

Posted by: xalisae at January 29, 2010 1:07 PM


Xalisae, there is a big difference between lions and humans. Lions and are other felines are obligate carnivores, meaning that they MUST eat meat to survive (canids, including our domestic dogs, are actually omnivores). But human beings can survive, and even thrive, on a vegetarian diet.

Posted by: Phillymiss at January 29, 2010 5:08 PM


I'm so excited to hear that little Josie is being breastfeed, even as a premie through a tube!!

Posted by: KushielsMoon at January 29, 2010 7:21 PM


I disagree, Phillymiss. There are certain proteins and amino acids that the human body requires which can only be aquired in sufficient enough quantities for sustainence through consuming meat. The human body is evolutionarily designed to require meat, and our sensory organs, teeth, brains, and various other faculties are configured in the pattern of an omnivore/carnivore.

Posted by: xalisae at January 29, 2010 9:25 PM


Xalisae - since when does evolution "design" anything? Millions of long-lived people and health care professionals can testify that eating meat is not absolutely necessary for either human health or longevity. I eat meat, by the way, so I'm not opining from a bias against meat eating. Just a bias against the fantasy religion of evolution and the age-old argument that we HAVE to eat meat because our supposed knuckle-dragging ancestors bequeathed to us their hardwired meat-eating genes.

Posted by: planetes at January 30, 2010 3:22 PM



":PETA says one unspayed female cat and her offspring can create a whopping 420,000 cats in just seven years, and one unneutered male dog can father nearly limitless litters."

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Wow, PETA did exercise the best judgement when they chose to use the Duggars to 'sensationalize' their add.

If PETA wanted controversey they should have chosen the National Basketball Association as poster boys for their ad.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at January 30, 2010 4:49 PM


Overs. Let me take another stab at that polemic.

":PETA says one unspayed female cat and her offspring can create a whopping 420,000 cats in just seven years, and one unneutered male dog can father nearly limitless litters."

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Wow, PETA did NOT exercise the best judgement when they chose to use the Duggars to 'sensationalize' their add.

If PETA wanted controversey they should have chosen the National Basketball Association as poster boys for their campaign.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at January 30, 2010 4:51 PM


PETA is saying there are too many uncared for dogs...not Duggars you really missed the point.

Posted by: Carissa at February 1, 2010 10:37 PM


I know that I've said some things in the past I shouldn't of and I would like to take this time to apologize to anyone here who's has a miscarriage or stilborn, who's feelings I may have hurt.

Posted by: Rachael C. at February 2, 2010 11:39 PM