‘Counting On’ Stars Joy & Austin Forsyth Welcome Second Child

“Same time next year?”

The Forsyths are officially a family of four!  

Counting On stars Joy and Austin Forsyth announced on Monday that they welcomed their second child, a baby girl, last week. People reports the baby girl was born without any complications and both she and Joy are doing great. 

“To say my heart is full is an understatement,” Joy shared on Instagram. “We have been dreaming of this day and are so happy to announce that our baby girl arrived August 21 at 2:12pm weighing 8lbs 5oz and is 19.5 [inches] long! She has the best personality, is easy going and loves to be held! 

“She has her nights and days mixed up, but honestly, I love it,” she continued. “Getting to spend that quiet, quality time with her through the night has been SO special!” 

The happy news comes more than a year after Joy and Austin revealed they had lost their baby 20 weeks in Joy’s pregnancy. In March, the couple announced they were once again expecting. 

Baby Forsyth, whose name has yet to be revealed, joins big brother Gideon, 2. 

“This one is definitely gonna be named ‘Michelle!’ I can just feel it!”

Last month in a video posted to the the Forsyth’s YouTube channel, Joy talked about her upcoming birth, revealing that she planned to deliver her baby at the hospital unlike her first baby, whom she delivered at home. Joy also opened up about her family not being able to be present for her daughter’s birth due to the pandemic. 

“I’m torn because with all this C0VID stuff, which I totally understand why, but it’s just hard because my mom’s not going to be able to be there, and my sisters aren’t going to be able to be at my birth,” she said. “It’s just going to be Austin and I. 

“Music to my ears.”

“But hopefully we can get a room that has a window and maybe they can come see her through the window,” she continued. “That would be really special if they could at least see her the day she was born, because my parents have always been there for me and Austin’s parents, so we’ll see how that works out.” 

The Duggar family is set to expand even more in the coming months, as Joe and Kendra Duggar announced last week that they are expecting their third baby and Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo are currently expecting baby number two. 

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(Photos: TLC; Instagram) 

14 Responses

  1. People are “sad” about marriage and mothering. We live in such a healthy society. If Joy only knew to be empowering and spread her legs, get drunk, tik toking, study gender studies, and be a “fur mom” until she settles down, but then at 52 realize that she is a forever lonley wine aunt…. You know, the important stuff.

    I am 27 and have been married for 9 years. I have been a mother for 8 years. Believe me, there is nothing sad about it and I am so glad that I have missed out on all those lovely things that pretty mutch all my female friends have been trough like rape, harassment, alcohol poisoning, being the victim of rumors, lonleyness,dead end jobs, living in a shoe box, learning to hate themselves at university social courses….

    Waiting for the down votes.

  2. I do like the Duggar’s girls attitudes on sex, these girls are not afraid to get down. Anytime, anyplace, my kind of babe.

    stay lit

  3. She’s so young and I can’t help but always think about the stillborn baby they lost. I can’t even imagine the trauma she has been through.

    1. Second child. She had a miscarriage/stillbirth at 20 weeks after her first baby. I’m not sure at what stage in the pregnancy they no longer consider it a miscarriage and call it a stillbirth. I believe it’s 20 weeks, but their baby most likely passed before that, because when they went in for their anatomy scan (done around 20 weeks) there was no heartbeat. But yes, you’re correct… if she wouldn’t have suffered that loss, she’d be on her third child at age 23. But who knows I’d they’d have even had this baby had they not suffered the loss. Not a fan of this family in the least, but at least she’s married and the same man is the father of all her children. I know of women in their early/mid 20’s that are on their 3rd-4th kids, all with different fathers. Poor kids.

  4. Glad she was in the hospital from the start this time. Given that Gideon was an emergency C-section and she lost the 2nd pregnancy.
    Honest Question… with Gideon, she was in labor well over 12 hours with her midwife, Jill in attendance before they realized the baby was breach. (Which led to the hospital and c-section) Is that common for a midwife not to know a baby is breach when the mom’s in labor?

    1. If it’s a midwife that knows what they’re doing, and not a lay midwife (a ‘lay’ midwife has NO medical training whatsoever) like the Duggar’s most likely use, they can absolutely tell what position the baby is in just by palpating the stomach, or by the using the doppler, they can tell the position by where they hear the baby’s heartbeat. If they’re hearing fetal heart tones up high, around or above the belly button, baby is likely breech or transverse (lying sideways) and hearing hearttones down low, below the belly button, the baby is most likely head down.

    2. Breach doesn’t mean you can’t have your baby at home. Depends on how fast your midwife can get you to a hospital when things don’t progress.

      Someone from my pregnancy class knew her daughter was sitting bottom down for weeks and when they turned the baby, she just turned back, somehow they couldnt turn her again. She was determined not to have her baby in the hospital because she is very afraid of hospitals.
      So her midwife (who is more an obstetrician here) and her agreed to try a home birth first and she had her daughter at home.
      I can’t imagine she was very happy during it but she did it.
      An ambulance and the hospital was only 5 to 15 minutes away where we lived. The obstetrician knows when to call the ambulance when the baby or mother could be at risk.
      Homebirth is the norm where I live.
      We only give birth in a hospital when there is a special medical indication, which also means our health insurance pays everything, or when we don’t want to give birth at home, which means we have to pay a bit ourselves.

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