Joshua Duggar to be a Daddy!

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Joshua Duggar, the oldest of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's 18 children, told the Today show this morning that he and wife Anna are expecting! "I am three months right now and feeling great," a glowing Anna told Meredith Vieira. "Morning sickness is pretty much all gone. I'm looking forward to having my baby."

The newest Duggar is due October 12.

Anna Duggar told Viera that she had taken several pregnancy tests in the months following her September 2008 wedding, but all were negative. She took the most recent test at the used car dealership that she and Joshua own and operate, but left the stick in the bathroom without checking it. Instead, she sent Josh back in to look.

Josh's reaction? "Wow! I'm going to be a father!"

Duggar Family Album

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    Joshua Duggar is one of 18 children. Anna Duggar, formerly Keller, is one of 8. The two married in September 2008 and they're leaving the number of children they have "up to God."

    Courtesy Duggar Family

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    Josh Duggar, 20, the eldest sibling, married Florida native Anna Keller in September 2008. The two met at a home-schoolers' conference in 2006, said Josh Duggar said it was love at first sight and he spent the next two years courting Keller. "Dating means you're shopping around," he told the paper. "A courtship is the path toward marriage."

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    The Duggar family celebrating the arrival of Jennifer, born in August 2007. Also pictured are Johannah, Jackson, Justin, James, Jason, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Joy-Anna, Josiah, Joseph, Jinger, Jessa, Jill, Jana, John-David and Joshua. The newest addition, Jordyn-Grace Makiya, was born on December 18, 2008, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

    Beth Hall, AP

    The Duggars in Times Square in May 2008. Ain't it a miracle how the family gets through the streets of New York City without losing anyone. The reactions from people who encountered the Duggars on the street? As shown on their TLC series, most say the same thing: "17 kids? Wow."

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    All the kids, 17 shown here in 2008, play piano and violin and the girls play harp. According to the Duggar's site, "At 9:00AM, the older children help their buddies with their studies in phonics, math, violin & piano (J-O-Y- Jesus first, Others second, & Yourself last!). Then the older children start their music & individual studies - math, English, spelling & typing."

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    The Duggars on a 2008 shoot outside their 7,000 square foot home (completed in 2006) in Tontitown, Ark. Say cheese.

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The new baby will most certainly be warmly welcomed into this super-sized extended family, and he -- or she! -- will have lots of other little ones to grow with. Grandparents-to-be Jim Bob and Michelle, after all, are also parents to 4-month-old Jordyn-Grace, who made an appearance on the Today show as well. "We are so thrilled and so excited for Josh and Anna," said Michelle, snuggling her baby.

What will the newlyweds name the baby? No word yet, but it won't start with J. Instead, they're thinking of going with M names, to honor Michelle. And how many babies will there be in this Duggar house? Joshua says, "We're leaving that up to God."

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