The Duggar family is in the midst of a baby boom right now. Jessa (Duggar) and Ben Seewald welcomed their third baby, Ivy Jane Seewald, on May 26, 2019.
Now there are four other Duggar women expecting babies. Joe and Kendra Duggar are expecting their second child, a baby girl, in November. Josiah and Lauren Duggar are expecting a rainbow baby, a girl, in November. Josh and Anna Duggar are expecting their sixth child, a baby girl, in November. And John and Abbie Duggar are expecting a baby in 2020.
Unfortunately, the Duggar family has also dealt with some tragedy recently. In October 2018, Josiah and Lauren suffered an early miscarriage.
Then, in June 2019, Grandma Mary Duggar died suddenly at the age of 78. And just weeks later, also in June 2019, Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth suffered a miscarriage at 20 weeks — they named their baby girl Annabelle Elise Forsyth.
Because of all the tragic events in the family, both Lauren and Kendra have kept their pregnancy photos to a minimum. This week, though, they both shared photos of their growing baby bumps — and they’re absolutely glowing!
After suffering a devastating miscarriage in October 2018, Lauren and Josiah Duggar were desperate to start a family. This spring, they were thrilled to find out that they were expecting again. They shared the exciting news on Instagram on May 20.
Lauren and Josiah wrote:
“We are so excited to announce that baby #2 is on the the way!!!! It’s hard to fully express just how grateful we are for God blessing us again with another precious gift! So, as we rejoice of the life of our second sweet baby, we also remember (balloon as symbolism) our other sweet baby, Asa, in heaven. God is so incredibly good!”
Because of their previous miscarriage, Lauren and Josiah have been making sure to appreciate every step of the pregnancy, even the hard parts. On June 25, the happy parents-to-be announced the gender of their rainbow baby.
“We are so thrilled to announce that we are having………………..a GIRL!!! Baby girl, you are already so loved and a joy to our family! Your fingers are small but you already have your daddy’s wrapped around them and you will forever have mommy’s heart! God is so kind to give us you💖.”
Since they announced the baby’s gender, Lauren hasn’t shared many pictures of herself. The Duggar family has been dealing with a lot recently — from the death of Grandma Mary Duggar to the loss of Joy-Anna and Austin’s baby. Now Lauren has finally shared another picture of her growing bump.
Alongside the photo, Lauren wrote:
“Life is such a gift and something I cherish more now, with all that we have gone through this past year.
“This pregnancy hasn’t been easy. I treasure every moment and I am reminded daily that life is truly a miracle from God.”
Now that Lauren is entering her third trimester, hopefully things will get easier on her. Either way, she definitely has a good outlook on life and pregnancy.
Another Duggar woman who recently shared a photo of her growing belly is Kendra.
Joseph and Kendra Duggar welcomed their first son, Garrett, on June 8, 2018, less than a year after getting married. In April 2019, when Garrett was 10 months old, Joe and Kendra had some more exciting news to share with the family.
They were expecting their second baby! On April 11, 2019, they shared the thrilling news with their fans on Instagram. They were so excited to be expanding their family again.
On June 25, Kendra and Joe revealed the gender of their second baby. Like Lauren and Josiah, Kendra and Joe were thrilled to find out they were expecting a baby girl!
Kendra and Joe wrote on Instagram:
“We are so excited to announce the gender of baby number #2….It’s a GIRL🎉💝We are so thrilled to welcome our sweet baby girl this November!”
Since then, Kendra hasn’t shown off her baby bump publicly very much. She shared two photos in July, but neither of them focus on her growing bump. For her birthday, though, the Duggar family’s primary Instagram account shared a new picture of Kendra and Joe.
Compared to her most recent photos, this picture really shows off Kendra’s belly! She looks happily pregnant — and she’s truly glowing in this photograph.
Congratulations to both Joe and Kendra and Josiah and Lauren. We can’t wait to see photos of your baby girls when they arrive in November!