The Duggar family that’s the center of the TLC reality show “Counting On” just got even bigger. Abbie and John David Duggar welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Grace Annette. She arrived on Thursday morning at 3:21 a.m., Grace was 7 pounds and 11 ounces, measuring 20.75 inches long.
“Our lives have changed forever with the arrival of our baby girl,” the couple said to Us Weekly shortly after he arrival. “She’s is a beautiful gift from God. We are so blessed the Lord has given her to us. It’s still surreal to know that we are really parents but it’s a great new adventure that we are excited to take on together.”
They announced in August to Us Weekly that they were pregnant. “We are on Cloud 9 about welcoming our own little Duggar into the world. It really is amazing to think about being parents and having our own child to raise. We are thankful that God has blessed us with this new life and we look forward to taking on this new adventure!” they said at the time.
PopCulture has more details on her pregnancy, which she revealed on “Counting On” was pretty rough:
She was hospitalized a number of times due to hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that can cause severe nausea and vomiting.
“I am currently eight weeks along and I’m feeling awful,” Abbie said in the Dec. 10 episode. “I pretty much have just been lying in bed, go to the bathroom and maybe to the couch. … Morning sickness has hit me pretty hard.”
“I’ve been admitted to the hospital a couple of times on top of that.,” she continued. “It’s been a pretty rough go of it.”
She still kept an upbeat attitude about the whole thing despite all of her medical issues. “At this point, I have to remind myself why I’m so sick. It honestly hasn’t been very enjoyable. I just keep saying, ‘There’s a baby coming! There’s a baby coming! This has a good ending,'” she said.