I am getting so disgusted with the state of TV these days. I was flipping through the channels the other day, and found a show about a company that makes fish tanks. FISH TANKS!? What the hell is interesting about that!? There is seriously no rock left unturned anymore, no story untold. There will soon be a show about my life…stay tuned.
The network is set to unveil Obese & Expecting, about four moms-to-be who are morbidly overweight.
The project will chronicle their health crises, weight gain and relationship struggles as they strive to deliver healthy babies.
According to the upcoming announcement, “These women are challenging the perception — and the odds — of obese pregnancies, as they become moms, no matter their size or complications.”
The network will launch Obese & Expecting as a one-hour special and potential backdoor series pilot next month. Many TLC shows (such as the hit Extreme Couponing) first launch as stand-alone specials, then the network gauges audience reaction and decides whether to order a full season. We wouldn’t be surprised if this concept, at the very least, received a fair amount of pre-launch publicity (the show’s original working title, by the way, was the MTV-inspired My Supersize Pregnancy, though we would have gone with, say, 600 & Pregnant).
In an unfortunate turn of events, what should have been a joyus day – turned out to be a nightmare for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
The couple went in for a routine check-up today to find out the sex of their 20th child, and their doctor was unable to find a heartbeat. Now in her second trimester, Michelle suffered a miscarriage.
“After the appointment, we came back home and told the children,” says Michelle, 45.
“We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment.”
She says the family will select a name after they know if the baby was a boy or girl, and then plan to have funeral service.
“I feel like my heart broke telling my children,” says Michelle. “They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him.”
The stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting previously weathered a medical ordeal with their youngest daughter, Josie, who was born in December 2009.
This was their second miscarriage; Michelle lost her baby during her second pregnancy. She was taking oral birth control at the time and cites this as one reason the couple together decided to leave the number of children they have “up to God.”
I’m so sorry she suffered a miscarriage. I’ve had two of my own, and I know how heartbreaking they are.
What I find troubling about this story – is that Michelle suffered the miscarriage TODAY – and she’s already releasing statements? No time to mourn? No time to be with your family, and deal with this painful loss?
Wow, I’m a bit shocked at this news. Michelle Duggar is pregnant – for the 20th time. Michelle and her husband Jim-Bob believe that God control’s their family, and every child they create deserves to be born. While I agree every child deserves to be born, I do think it’s high time they invest in some birth control.
Michelle’s last pregnancy almost ended in tragedy. Their 19th baby, Josie, was born at 25 weeks, and spent four months in the NICU.
Michelle, Jim-Bob and the rest of their large clan made the announcement on the Today Show this morning (in an interview I hope they were paid for!).
Michelle Duggar and her husband Jim Bob made the surprising announcement Tuesday that they are expecting their 20th child.
“We are so excited,” Michelle Duggar told the Today show in an exclusive interview.
Michelle — who’s three and a half months pregnant — says she was surprised to discover that she’s expecting again at 45. “I was not thinking that God would give us another one, and we are just so grateful.”
Michelle says she’s over her first-trimester morning sickness and has been craving dill pickles. She says she hasn’t had any health issues and that she’s been working out five or six days a week for the past year. “I’m really in better shape than I’ve been in 20 years,” she said.
The kids thought their dad Jim Bob was joking when he told them they would have a new brother or sister, Michelle said. They lined the family up on the staircase for a photo, she recalled, and Jim Bob said, “Smile — Mom’s going to have another baby!”
“Their mouths dropped,” Michelle said. “They all looked at me to see if he was joking.”
Jim Bob says he’s thrilled for their 20th child. “Michelle and I both feel like some of the most blessed parents in the world. Our children are so sweet… we are so grateful to God.”
And, he adds, “We didn’t want to stop on an odd number.”
Michelle says she’ll find out the gender of the baby around Christmas.
Their last child, Josie, suffered from gall-bladder problems as well as preeclampsia and was delivered three and a half months prematurely in order to save her life. (Josie is now a healthy toddler who will celebrate her second birthday in December.)
The Duggars’ 19 children, who range in age from 23 years to 23 months, are: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, Josie.
At the very least they gotta be running out of names that start with J – right?
I wonder how Jim-Bob provides for all these children.