‘Counting On’ Couple Joy & Austin Forsyth Reveal They’re Expecting a Baby Girl

“Thank goodness we won’t have to cram this blessing into a camper with us!”

The Forsyths are soon becoming a family of four! 

Counting On stars Joy and Austin Forsyth announced on Wednesday that they are currently expecting, less than a year after tragically revealing in July that they had lost their second child 20 weeks into Joy’s pregnancy.

The couple, who are also parents to two-year-old Gideon, shared their latest baby news on social media. 

“Yes… it’s true! [Austin] and I are PREGNANT again,” she wrote, adding that it has been “quite the crazy journey these last few months, but we are so thankful that mom and baby are healthy!” 

Along with their announcement, Joy directed her followers to the Forsyth Family YouTube channel, where fans got to see the couple reveal the baby news to the Duggars around Christmas time. 

“I’m so jealous that you’ll soon be able to give birth on a dirty mattress on the floor! I wish it were me! Darn you, menopause!”

The video also documented Joy’s pregnancy journey thus far — from the moment after she took her initial pregnancy test (while the rest of the Dugs had gathered at the house for “Family Night”), to confirming her pregnancy and revealing the news to Austin, which she decided to do with a Christmas ornament. 

No, Joy and Austin did not put that pee stick on their tree. But yes, Austin did put his hands all over it.

Later in the video, Joy and Austin give an update when Joy is eight weeks pregnant, at which point they explain that Joy has begun spotting, leading them to schedule an appointment with their doctor to make sure everything is OK. After having some blood work done, Joy said she was told by her doctor that she may be experiencing what is considered a molar pregnancy.

“He explained it to me, basically you’re pregnant but it’s not a viable pregnancy, it’s not going to last past 10 or 12 weeks,” Joy said, to which Austin added, “ … it didn’t get all of its DNA.” 

Joy said while she and Austin “want to be so excited for this baby” they have a lot of fears after going through the loss of their daughter last year.

In the next clip, though, Joy and Austin announce that they not only received good news from their doctor, they also found out the gender of their baby. 

“We are having a girl and I cannot believe it,” Joy says. “I just started crying, I don’t even know what to say! Yeah, we’re having a girl and it’s due August 19. Pretty crazy! Super excited, nervous and thankful, all at the same time, but God is good.” 

Gideon be like, “Another Duggar baby? Yawn. Wake me up from my nap when something unusual happens…”

Fans then get to see Joy and Austin’s gender reveal with the Duggar family, which involved a helicopter (flown by Joy’s brother John-David…who is a pilot, in case you didn’t know!).

The Dugs and Forsyths all gathered in a cold field to watch as John-David released a heap of pink confetti on the ground, signifying that Baby Forsyth is a girl. 

It’s not really a Duggar event if someone isn’t getting hitched, announcing a pregnancy, revealing a gender, birthing a blessing or flying an aircraft. In this scene, we get two out of five.

In addition to the Forsyth Family video, TLC posted a video sharing the ‘Counting On’ couple’s big news as well, during which Austin shared his thoughts on becoming girl dad. 

“I’m pretty nervous about raising a girl,” he said. “I feel like they’re going to take a little more work than the boys. I feel like Gideon, he’s tough and he’ll eat anything, but I feel like a girl, we’ll have to pamper her a little bit more. But I’m so excited.” 

Gideon, happily getting ready to give that paint a taste…

As for Joy, she said she believes raising a daughter will be easier in some ways. 

“I feel like my heart is just going to melt when I meet her and I’m just so excited to dress her up in bows and fluffy dresses,” she said. “It’s going to be fun.” 

Check out Joy and Austin’s pregnancy announcement video below! 

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(Photos: TLC; Instagram; YouTube)

9 Responses


  1. I am so happy for them after losing their first baby girl. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been. Hoping this Joy and this little one are both healthy throughout. Congrats!


  2. I’m honestly so happy for them. I know what she went through with Anabelle must have been so difficult, my best friend recently went through the exact same thing. Hopefully the rest of this pregnancy is smooth sailing and they’re able to have a healthy rainbow baby.


  3. I can’t stand the family but I have a soft spot for these two. Between watching a few episodes of 19 Kids & Counting and that Wifeswapped episode with Austin’s family…these two had it rough as children. Losing their first baby girl, so horrible, no matter their beliefs. They may be out of touch but I actually believe these two love each other. It’s the only Duggar couple I see where the husband does the googly eyed watching of his wife thing. Usually it’s just the wife but Austin tends to look at Joy like he loves her. Praying for a healthy baby girl for them, I really am. They deserve this.


  4. I’m so happy for them and will be praying this pregnancy and delivery go well and they have a healthy baby girl.


    1. Viable. The doctor thought it was a molar pregnancy and that she would lose the baby, but at the next appointment or whatever, they got good news about the health. That’s how I understood it, at least.


    2. I wondered when this news would be coming. Poor Joy is already in too deep to ever enjoy a proper life, so at this point, I feel almost glad for her to be pregnant again. I hope this will at least help with the grief she must have been feeling the last year or so. Poor girl.

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