Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar with baby Josie. Credit: Scott Enlow, TLC
This morning, the Duggars showed off Josie Brooklyn, baby number 19, to the world on the Today show. While the preemie, who was born on Dec. 10, was not present, the family showed photos of the petite newborn, who was adorned with a pink bow in her wispy locks.
Mom Michelle Duggar, star of TLC's recently renamed "19 Kids and Counting," said that baby Josie is doing well in the neonatal intensive care unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The baby is expected to stay in the hospital for at least another month.
"Josie is seven weeks old today and absolutely beautiful. In gratefulness to God and thanks to the excellent staff at Arkansas Children's Hospital, she is growing and getting stronger each day," Michelle and husband Jim Bob tell ParentDish through their spokesperson. "And although like any preemie her age, she has a long road ahead, we are encouraged about her progress to date. Our family is enjoying Little Rock and every minute we get to spend with little Josie." Many family members have relocated temporarily to Little Rock, Ark., from their hometown, Springdale, to be close to the new baby.
The super parents also took a moment to acknowledge their fans.
"Thank you for the prayers and well wishes -- the outpouring of support has been tremendous," they said. "We can only hope that in introducing Josie to the world and sharing her story, we can support and inspire other families facing the same struggle with a premature baby."
On Sunday, Jan. 31, TLC will air a new episode of the uber-family's reality TV show, "Special Duggar Delivery," which follows the them back in December as Michelle developed preeclampsia
and delivered Josie three months earlier than her March due date. At birth, Josie weighed 1 lb., 6 oz.
Michelle checks on her newborn daughter, who's still in the NICU. Credit: Scott Enlow, TLC
"Oh, I think that day was one of the most scary moments of my life," Michelle said on the Today show. She reports that Josie, now seven weeks old, weighs 2 lbs., 4 oz. and has recently come off a ventilator.
"We look forward to the day that we can bring her home to join the rest of the bunch," added dad Jim Bob.
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