Mar 11, 2013

Third Duggar Grandchild

Third Duggar Grandchild, Anna Duggar delivered the first Duggar grandchild last night, according to a report on the Today Show.

Mackynzie Renee Duggar, the very first Duggar grandchild, was born at 6:39 PM on Thursday, October 8, weighing an even 8 pounds. Mankynzie is also 19 and a half inches long. Twenty-one year old Anna was helped through the labor and delivery process by mother-in-law Michelle Duggar, who is currently expecting her ninteenth child with husband Jim Bob.
To view a video clip from the birth of the first Duggar grandchild including images of Mackynzie, visit The Today Show website here.

The Duggar family has gained notoriety in recent years for their popular TLC reality television show, currently entitled 18 Kids and Counting. The program chronicles the lives of Jim Bob, wife Michelle, and his eighteen J-named children plus daughter-in-law Anna Duggar.

Jim Bob, a former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, and Michelle, an at-home mom who homeschools all of the Duggar children, make their home in Arkansas.

Duggar grandchild Mackynzie joins a very large extended family, including Aunts Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joy-Anna, Johannah, Jennifer and Jordyn-Grace; Uncles John-David, Joseph, Josiah, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin and Jackson; grandparents Michelle and Jim Bob; and of course, mom Anna and dad Josh. Michelle Duggar is expecting baby number 19 in March of 2010.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are devout Christians, and are participants in the Quiverfull Movement, which encourages married couples to release control of their family sizes to God. Quiverfull.com founders Dave and Suzanne Bortel, who have a large family themselves, write that one of the great tenets of the movement is to "exalt Jesus Christ as Lord, and acknowledge his headship in all areas of our lives, including fertility". They use Bible verses, particularly Psalm 127: 3-5, which refers to children as "a heritage from the Lord", to support their beliefs and lifestyle choice.

The Quiverfull movement began in 1989 when Rick and Jan Hess published a book entitled A Full Quiver: Family Planning and the Lordship of Christ.

Critics of the Quiverfullers, including author Kathryn Joyce, who wrote a book entitled Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement which dispels the movement, say participants engage in excessive "patriarchy" and that women relinquish too mucuh control over their lives.

Tune in to First GrandDuggar on Tuesday, October 13 at 9 PM for more on the brand new Duggar grandchild.