First Duggar Grandchild Is Born!

Celebrity Moms Oct. 9, 2009 AT 9:34AM
First Duggar Grandchild Is Born! Credit: NBC

The first Duggar grandchild has arrived.

On Thursday night, Josh Duggar -- the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 18 children -- and wife Anna welcomed a baby girl.

Mackynzie Renee Duggar weighed 8 pounds and 19 1/2 inches, according to the Today show.

Mackynzie will be in good company, considering that she has 17 aunts and uncles and another one on the way: In September, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced they were expecting their 19th child in the spring.

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Despite soon having 19 kids to look after, Michelle Duggar told the Today show, "We're really excited about being grandparents. [Josh and Anna] are going to make great parents."

Josh and Anna, who are both 20, wed Sept. 26, 2008, at the Buford Grove Baptist Church in Hilliard, Fla., after meeting at a home-schoolers' conference in 2006.

He said it was love at first sight.

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After a two-year period of supervised courtship - in which they were allowed to hold hands but not smooch - they tied the knot, kissing for the first time at the alter.

For the wedding -- which was featured on their TLC show, which has since been renamed 18 Kids and Counting -- Anna made all the bridesmaids herself and the Duggars piled in a used bus they had purchased from a hockey team to drive from their Tonitown, Ark. home for the Florida ceremony.

Asked in June what kind of parents he and Anna will be, Josh (who runs his own car dealership in Springdale, Ark.) told the Today show: "I think you can prepare only in so many ways, but really just realizing that you can be a role model for that child and be as prepared as you can be."

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Will he have as many kids as his parents?

"We'd be happy with two or three," Josh said. "I think that children are a blessing though and when you raise them right they're a great blessing."

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Josh's sibs include twins Jana and John-David, 19; Jill, 18; Jessa, 16; Jinger, 15; Joseph, 14; Josiah, 13; Joy-Anna, 11; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 10; Jason, 9; James, 8; Justin, 6; Jackson, 5; Johanna, 3; Jennifer, 2 and Jordyn-Grace, 9 months.

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