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Jessa Duggar Hits Back at Critics Who Mom-Shamed Joy-Anna for Missing Her Son’s First Birthday

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Jessa Seewald came to her little sister’s defense after she was mom-shamed for being on a romantic getaway the same weekend as her 1-year-old son Gideon’s first birthday.

Joy-Anna Forsyth shared a photo from the couple’s trip with her husband Austin Forsyth on February 22.

Joy-Anna captioned the photo:

Getting to spend the weekend with my favorite person! Just the two of us!! (Austin’s parents are watching Gideon for us!).

The 21-year-old was enjoying the getaway with her husband when some fans slammed the “Counting On” star for not being with Gideon on his big day.

The infant’s birthday was on February 23.

One fan wrote:

Thought it’d be more important to spend your child’s birthday with them rather than a retreat away like you wanna deny and forget him … this really ain’t it chief.

Another person said:

While I understand the need for couple time after children, I don’t understand how you could not be home for your son’s birthday. Every birthday is important. You could have chosen any other weekend for a getaway.

But Jessa hit back at critics by leaving a comment of her own.

The 26-year-old mother of two wrote:

All these people acting like you wouldn’t remember it’s the one-year anniversary of the most physically exhausting and simultaneously most joyous day of your life. Really??

She continued:

Girl, I know y’all are heading back to celebrate Gideon’s bday, but seriously, even if you did stay away one more day it’s not like he’d know you were celebrating late …
I’ve always joked that 1st bday parties are more for the parents than the kid. If we’re being real, it’s like ‘Yay! We’ve kept a human alive for a year, and we still have our sanity!’

Joy-Anna later thanked her older sister and also added:

FYI … we’ve gotten to spend a couple of days away and will be able to celebrate Gideon’s first birthday with him when we get home this evening.

Joy-Anna later posted a photo from the celebration.

She wrote, “Happy 1st Birthday, Gideon Martyn!! We are so thankful for you and your bright smile that is contagious!!! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!!”

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  1. People need ro relax that baby does not know they are celebrating his Birthday late. It’s his 1st Burthday he will not even remember it. Stop mom shaming this poor girl for taking time to be with her husband being a new mom is hard enough . Joy your a great mom keep doing what your doing . Your son is lucky to have such great parents. God Bless

  2. your people that are mom shaming her….Im so glad y’all are perfect…And the baby wont remember it anyway…Im sure alot of parents to the same….

  3. No one would have been the smarter had they not broadcasted everything they do. Who cares anyway. It’s their business. Oh one more thing…Jessa, your sister has a voice that I am sure she can use to defend herself if she so desires. Sometimes it is better to keep quiet.

  4. he doesnt even know it’s his birthday, people need to butt out. Its ridiculous that these young people are being criticized over something so stupid, y’all need to get a life !!!!

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