Another Duggar baby is on the way. On Tuesday, “19 Kids and Counting” stars Josh and Anna Duggar, both 26, announced that they’re expecting their fourth child together. While fans of the TLC reality series won’t get to see their first glimpse of the newest Duggar addition until next year, viewers can rest easy knowing that the reality-TV clan will be filling in their fans every step of the way.
Following the couple's pregnancy announcement video on TLC.com, Josh revealed his wife’s due date in an interview with the Washington Post Thursday. According to the FRC Action executive director, Anna, who as of Dec. 2 was nine weeks along, will deliver their newest addition in early June 2015. While he offered no update on whether the couple will have another home birth, this time in their fairly new Washington. D.C. abode, Josh did confirm that he is unsure if baby no. 4 will be his family’s last child.
“I usually let my wife answer that,” he said. “I’ll just say that we’ve got the hashtag #4kids for now.”
Despite rumors of a possible new career in politics, Josh, who also has Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 3, and Marcus, 1, with Anna, said running for office isn’t in the cards for him right now, especially with a new baby on the way. “Politics is quite a game, it puts things in perspective… I’m not planning to run anytime soon,” he said. “My focus is supporting those people who are doing the right thing.”
Following in the footsteps of thousands of their their viewers, Jim Bob and Michelle, who learned of the pregnancy in during their daughter Jessa’s wedding to Ben Seewald in November, took to social media to share their excitement over their new grandchild Wednesday. “We are so excited for them and for our family as a whole,” the couple posted to the Duggar family's official Facebook page. “Every life is precious and designed with purpose and a God-given destiny. Rejoice with us and please pray for Anna and the baby in the months to come!! Yeah!!!”
Josh and Anna’s pregnancy announcement came just two weeks after the couple teased the idea of welcoming another baby on Season 8 of “19 Kids and Counting.” After Anna attended her sister Priscilla Waller’s gender reveal party in the episode a "Reveal To Remember," she told Josh she felt the need to take a pregnancy test. Despite their excitement over the possibility of having another child, the test came back negative.
“My heart is definitely to leave the size of our family in God’s hands but I’m the fifth born so thats at least a good start,” Anna said. “Maybe God is giving us a space because next we’re going to have twins!”
Josh and Anna’s baby isn’t the only new family member coming to the Arkansas brood in 2015. Jill, 23, will welcome her first child with husband Derick Dillard, 25, in March. In October, the couple confirmed they’re expecting a baby boy.
Season 9 of “19 Kids and Counting” is scheduled to premiere on TLC in 2015.