Another Duggar baby is on the way! Joy-Anna Duggar is pregnant and expecting her first child with her husband, Austin Forsyth, TLC confirms to Us Weekly on Wednesday, August 30.
“We’re so happy and thankful to announce that we’re expecting a baby!” Duggar, 19, tells Us in a statement. “Every child is such a precious gift from God. I’m most looking forward to watching Austin as a dad and raising children together with him. I have a lot of good memories of my mom teaching us and the quality time we spent together, and I’m really looking forward to doing that with my own children. It’s such an amazing thing to be a parent and raise children!”
Forsyth, 23, adds that he can’t wait to be a dad. “I’m really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy and all the different stages it will bring,” he says in a statement to Us. “It’s really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad! We are beyond thankful!”
Duggar also discussed her pregnancy in a TLC video. “Before we even were married, we were praying that God would give us kids, and we’re so thankful that he has,” she said in the video.
The pair tied the knot in front of friends and family in Rogers, Arkansas on May 26 in a surprise ceremony after deciding to move up their previously scheduled October 28 wedding date. After the nuptials, they enjoyed a romantic honeymoon in Switzerland.
“Saying our vows and saying ‘I do’ and committing our lives to each other is so incredible,” Duggar gushed on her wedding day in a TLC video. “I’m just looking forward to getting to share my life, its good time and its challenges, with my best friend.”
Us Weekly exclusively announced in March that the couple were engaged after three months of courting and nearly 15 years of friendship. “I’m so excited to be engaged to my best friend — Austin made it so romantic, it’s amazing,” she told Us at the time.
Joy-Anna is the fourth Duggar to start a family of their own. Her oldest sibling Josh Duggar shares four kids with his wife Anna Duggar; Jill Duggar shares sons Israel, 2, and Samuel, 1 month, with husband Derick Dillard; and Jessa Duggar shares sons Spurgeon, 21 months, and Henry, 6 months, with husband Ben Seewald. Her sister Jinger Duggar is married to Jeremy Vuolo, and her brother Joseph Duggar is getting ready to say “I do” to fiancée Kendra Caldwell.
Dillard, 28, offered his congratulations on Twitter on Wednesday. “Congrats @JoyAForsyth & Austin Forsyth on your new baby,” he wrote. “Y’all are going to be awesome parents! Israel & Sam will love having a new cousin!”
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