Joy-Anna Duggar of TLC’s “Counting On” and “19 Kids and Counting” fame, made a stunning announcement on her Instagram Wednesday.
The 19-year old and her 23-year-old husband, Austin, are expecting their first child.
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Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby! Jesus is the giver of Life! The baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes. It has a beating heart and brain waves. The baby responds to touch and is already right- or left-handed. The baby has its own unique fingerprints, which are different from anyone else's. All organ systems are in place! Psalm 139:13-16 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." This passage indicates that God Himself formed our physical features and that He did so with a wonderful plan for our lives. God knew us in the womb. #babyforsyth #alreadyinlovewithmybaby #blessedbeyondmeasure #Jesusanswersprayers
The expecting mother posed in the mirror with her baby bump and posted the pic with a lengthy caption expressing her excitement. It read, in part:
Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby!
Some fans, though, think their relationship is moving a bit too quickly. After a lengthy three-month engagement, the pair got married at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, in May. They had been together a total of 7 months before marriage.
Comments on the post indicate a growing conspiracy theory among fans who think that her bump is “too big” to be only two- or three-months along.
According to In Touch Weekly, one commenter wrote, “She looks way more than three months in this picture at least we now know why they pushed the wedding forward.”
Another chimed in “she was pregnant at the wedding. No way that’s a three-month belly. Explains the rush wedding.”
According to In Touch, the baby is due this coming February. If our calculations add up, that means she would have gotten pregnant after the marriage. But fans are not so convinced.
One particularly sassy commenter served it to Duggar on Instagram:Screenshot/Instagram
Others seemed merely perplexed at her belly…Screenshot/Instagram Screenshot/Instagram
Despite speculation from their audience, daddy’s excited for the “journey” of it all:
“I’m really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy and all the different stages it will bring. It’s really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad! We are beyond thankful.”