Michelle and Josie Duggar Update

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Click here for a video of an interview with the Duggars yesterday by The Today Show's Meredith Viera...

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

PETA's Duggar Anti-Human Ad Campaign

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 (click here) here and my December 18 Update (click 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. Click here for the 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.

Jim Bob, Michelle and Josie Duggar

    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."...

Jim Bob, Michelle and Josie Duggar

[Top photo via People; bottom photo via TLC]

Contact: Jill Stanek
Source: jillstanek.com
Publish Date: January 29, 2010
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