TLC released a special this week featuring the birth of baby Grace. Parents and Counting On stars John David and Abbie Duggar broke from tradition and did things a little differently.
John David and Abbie announced their pregnancy in August of 2019. On January 7, 2020, Abbie gave birth to Grace Annette Duggar. Something different about Abbie’s birth special got people talking. Is the couple trying to rebel from the Duggar way of life? More importantly, will the other Duggar kids follow suit?
One of the biggest changes viewers noticed in the TLC special was that Abbie was not giving birth at home. Most of the Duggar women have at least tried to labor at home, but Abbie was adamant about giving birth in a hospital setting. As soon as she went into labor, John David took his wife to the hospital.
Duggar fans also noticed something was missing after the special was over. Abbie did not actually deliver Gracie on screen, and she had a much more private birth experience than her sisters-in-law. Many fans applauded this decision.
You may have realized that this is not the first time John David and Abbie have broken some Duggar rules. It all started when the couple began courting.
For one, John David introduced Abbie as his girlfriend to the rest of the family. Then, the couple agreed to hold hands while they were dating rather than after they were engaged. This is a major Duggar no-no.
Once engaged, John David and Abbie waited four months to wed. That is considerably long according to the family’s standards.
John David and Abbie are not the only rebel Duggars. Other family members are blazing a trail for change in the conservative family.
Jinger Duggar has been considered the most rebellious daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle. She wears pants, listens to music, and even moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an influencer with her husband.
Recently, Jill’s husband, Derrick Dillard, seem estranged from the family as well. Derrick has even suggested that Jim Bob keeps all the money the family makes from filming Counting On.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been relatively quiet about the small rebellions of their children. Fans speculate that behind the scenes, they are fuming.
The only statement the couple has given about the rebellious nature of some of their children has been on an episode of Counting On in which producers asked Michelle how she felt about wearing pants. On the show, Michelle seemed measured and compassionate in her response. While she may not agree with Jinger’s choice in dress, she does not speak much about it.
On the other hand, Abbie and John David have given a statement following the birth of their child. They admit that the transition to parenthood has not been easy. This admission is another departure from Duggar protocol, as most Duggar family members “keep sweet” about the transition into parenthood, not saying anything negative about it.
As for the rest of the Duggar clan, nobody else seems to be expecting as of yet. Rumors persist that a pregnancy announcement is on the horizon for Joy-Anna Duggar, but nothing is official yet.