Josh & Anna Duggar Reveal New Baby’s Gender; Discuss Why They Can’t Have 19 Kids

“Keep ’em coming!”

By Holly Rasmussen

The Duggar family is adding another girl to its ranks! The oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, son Josh and his wife, Anna, announced last year that they are expecting their fourth child. Today, the couple announced via People magazine that this new bundle of joy will be a girl!

This evens out their family’s boy/girl ratio. The young couple are already parents to 5-year-old Mackynzie, 3-year-old Michael and 1-year-old Marcus. They said they will probably go with another M name for this new baby. Of course they will.

Anna, whose home birth with Marcus was filmed for 19 Kids and Counting, says she wants to have a natural birth this time as well. While she won’t have (also pregnant) sister-in-law Jill there to attend to this birth, she said she’s found a nice midwifery group where they live in Washington, D.C. (Does that mean poor Jana Duggar is off the hook to help for this birth? She’s already going to get stuck helping Jill squat out her first kid.)

Fans want to know: Will Josh and Anna have 19 kids like Josh’s parents? Probably not, according to Josh. While the couple said they’re open to having “as many children as God will give them,” Josh said he doesn’t think it will be 19.

“I’ve done the math, and there is no way we can have 20 kids that I can figure,” Josh says.

Uhhh…why not? I’m not exactly sure that homeschool education is working out for you right now, Joshy. Biology works in mysterious ways.

Speaking of weird things Josh said in this interview, when asked about his sister Jessa being named “Sexiest Duggar Alive” by People, Josh said, “I had an issue with that. Everyone knows who holds the title of ‘sexiest Duggar alive’ and that’s me.”


Anna is, of course, joyous to be expecting her fourth child at the young age of 26, but admitted that it will be harder to have a baby this time because they’re not near their family. Don’t worry, I’m sure Jim Bob will drive a bus full of Duggars up for the birth.

While the couple plans to have a lot of children, they don’t seem to want to adopt, unlike Jessa and Ben, who have said that they are dying to get their hands on “lots of kids” that they didn’t create biologically.

“It’s not something we are planning right now,” Josh said.

Anna added that while having lots of children is stressful, “all good things require work.” (Just not work outside the home if you’re a woman, apparently.)

Well, congrats Josh and Anna. Here’s to hoping you name her ‘Merica.


  1. The duggars are probably pissed about the fact that the bates family have 20 kids now while there stuck on 19 its like watching the premier league and the kids are trophy’s ..

  2. I don’t have a problem with their choice to have a gazillion kids until the babies start suffering. When Downs syndrome and premature births start happening because a woman is an at risk age, just get snipped and enjoy the beautiful gifts God has already blessed you with.

  3. @ Lolly, my bro actually did that. My niece is Marena after the failed IUD. (Sigh) Not believing in abortion isn’t cult like. A baby isn’t a wad of gum or something. Think of all the people who would give anything for that aborted “fetus” that someone found too inconvenient. On the flip side, I don’t understand why getting tubes tied or JB gettin’ the old “snippy snip” would be bad. After 19 kids, I doubt a woman would even notice tubes being tied. Although being the slightly OCD person that I am, I’d probably beg for #20 just so it was a nice even number.

    1. I have 4 kids. I even had them younger than Anna. I in no way think my uterus is a train station. Not everyone only wants one or 2 kids.

  4. I have a love/hate with the duggers. One hand they seem culty/weird .. other hand there so nice and Good! :/

    1. totally me too. I mean their anti abortion and cult like behavior is freaky but then I think maybe they’re happy cuz they live in this little bubble in their own world and maybe that’s a nice way to live??… love/hate for sure.

      1. I agree that they are kinda cult like. But I do wonder if the fact that they do seem to live in their happy little bubble keeps them seeing life through rosey colored glasses. Not gonna lie, I’m the type who has very few real friends, so I get keeping in my own bubble, but I gotta be honest I couldn’t imagine having 19 (or even 4 like Anna) kids. Sometimes I can’t even deal with the one I have. Sorry to anyone who is annoyed by this random post, but its late in Ca and I’m tired and can’t sleep.

        1. Amen! I have one toddler myself & the thought of transitioning from one to two seems like a battle I’m not willing to face anytime soon lol

          1. I have 4 kids 6 and under. In their defense, going from 1 to 2 was difficult, but 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 actually wasn’t bad. I’m done having kids though. I feel like 5 might be the tipping point of insanity.

  5. These people are crazy!!! Get a job that does not require you to tend to your husband and poop out 1000’s of kids. How about naming it Merina……as in IUD

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