Well, that was fast: a few hours after we said we were expecting news of the latest Duggar birth to coincide with Counting On‘s season premiere, the family did indeed announce the birth of Joy-Anna Duggar’s baby boy.
People was first on the scene with the scoop, publishing full details and the first picture of Joy-Anna Duggar’s baby boy along with Joy-Anna and Austin more than an hour before the Duggar family’s channels shared the news. Gideon Martyn Forsyth was both at 3:39 PM on Friday, February 23rd; he’s 22 inches long and weighs ten pounds, three ounces. (Joy-Anna and Gideon “are both doing excellent.”)
“We are blessed beyond measure with the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth,” Joy-Anna and Austin told the magazine. “Looking at our child for the first time was such an incredible moment! God is so good, and we are so thankful.”
Over at the family’s site, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar offered their congratulations, saying “We are so thrilled for Joy and Austin! Children are a blessing from the Lord and we know that will be such great parents. We can’t wait for this little one to grow up around all of these other grandbabies. We are so blessed and our hearts are overflowing.”
Joy-Anna Duggar’s baby boy Gideon is the first of what will be an especially baby-happy year for the extended Duggar family. Kendra Caldwell is expected to give birth this coming June; after that comes Jinger Duggar, believed to be due in September.
And Jessa Duggar Seewald is reportedly pregnant with baby #3, though the family has yet to address that rumor.
(Photo credits: Joy-Anna Duggar’s baby boy via Instagram)