Anna Duggar Opens Up About ‘Unpredictability’ of Parenthood After Announcing 6th Pregnancy


Speaking from experience! Anna Duggar (née Keller) has five children with her husband, Josh Duggar, and a sixth on the way, but the former reality star admitted she isn’t a parenting expert.

“When my first child was born, I guess I had lots of expectations for how things would be,” the 19 Kids and Counting alum, 30, wrote on Instagram on Monday, May 13. “Once she arrived, I quickly realized that babies don’t always play by the ‘rules’ and that unpredictability is what makes parenting such a unique responsibility. When you think you have just got it figured out, things change.”

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When my first child was born, I guess I had lots of expectations for how things would be. Once she arrived, I quickly realized that babies don’t always play by the ‘rules’ and that unpredictability is what makes parenting such a unique responsibility. When you think you have just got it figured out, things change. When Mason our youngest arrived, he was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. After talking with the pediatrician, I began searching online and trying to find answers. Then I came across @peanut, the social networking app for mothers. The app introduces you to women in your neighborhood based on the things you have in common—interests, mutual friends, age/gender of your children, and so much more! You can meet, chat, join groups and ask questions to a community of like-minded women. Connecting with like-minded moms who are walking through the same thing as me has helped me find answers, solutions and support. If you’re like me, you probably find yourself looking for mommy answers on a regular basis. @peanut helps you build your community to connect, grow and learn together. No matter what stage of parenting you’re in right now, I recommend you download the app! It’s a must-have for all mamas! #peanutapp

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She and Josh, 31, wed in 2008 and welcomed daughter Mackynzie, 9, in 2009. She became a big sister when Michael, 7, arrived two years later, followed by Marcus, 5, Meredith, 3, and Mason, 20 months.

Us Weekly broke the news last month that the former TLC personalities are expecting their sixth baby. “We couldn’t be happier to share with the world that our family is growing by one this Fall,” the couple told Us in an April statement. “We continually stand amazed by God’s love, redemption, grace and blessings in our lives. Our entire little family is ecstatic!”

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Josh and Anna Duggar with their children Courtesy of Anna Duggar/Instagram

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar congratulated the pair, writing, “We are so happy for Josh & Anna, expecting their 6th child and our 16th grandchild!  Each child is a blessing from God! Anna is one of the most amazing women in the world, she is a Proverbs 31 woman! Anna & Josh are good parents and it is going to be neat to see what God does with each one of their children’s lives. Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith and Mason are so excited to have a little sibling on the way! God is at work in their sweet little family! He has blessed them with another child! What a gift! The best days for their family are still ahead!”

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