Unluckily, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, following a tragic turn of events, are still left with only the 19 of them – the 20th child is not coming.
As they showed up for a routine check-up on Thursday wanting to learn the sex of their expected child, the doctor failed to detect a heartbeat and came to the conclusion that Michelle, 45, had suffered a miscarriage some time during her second trimester.
It was with a deep sadness that the couple returned home and informed their 19 children that the next child had perished – coming right after the evening that they spent discussing various names for the baby and eager to learn the baby’s sex.
Nevertheless, they are going to give the unborn a name after they get to know the sex and use it for a funeral service.
It was a bitter moment for Michelle and her husband when they had to break the news to the children. “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,” she recounted. But, she added, she and her family understand that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, and the choice is up to Him.
Before that, the 19 Kids and Counting crowd had come through a medical trial that had hit their youngest, Josie, born about two years ago. It is also Michelle’s second miscarriage, the first one occurring during her second pregnancy. At the time they brought it down to oral birth control she was undergoing, which became one of the reasons Jim Bob and Michelle made up their minds that the number of kids they were to have should rest with God.