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Michelle Duggar's Miracle Baby Josie Turns 1 Today: 'We're So Grateful To God To Have Her!'

Fri, December 10, 2010 3:22pm EDT by Add first Comment

Josie Duggar weighed 1 lb., 6 oz. when she was born three months early. Now she’s being called a “chunky little peanut!”

Josie Brooklyn Duggar, the nineteenth child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, is celebrating her first birthday today, and her Mommy couldn’t be happier about the milestone! “We are just so excited and we’re so grateful to God to have her,” the reality TV mom says to “Reaching this landmark occasion her first birthday, I look back at the pictures and the video footage from the beginning to now. It’s an incredible journey.”

The Bates family is catching up to the Duggars — they have 18 kids!

Josie, the “littlest little” as she is called on TLC‘s 19 Kids and Counting, was born three months premature weighing 1 lb., 6 oz. and spent her first six months fighting a life-threatening disease. Now, she’s a “chunky little peanut” wearing clothes for a six-month-old and weighs 15 lbs., 12 oz.! She really has come a long way! We’re all so happy about her progress. “You know that song I’m a little teapot short and stout? Well that could be her little song!” Michelle, 44, exclaims. “She is definitely short and plump now, she’s got all these little rolls, it is so cute.” Aww!

Not only has the little one put on a few pounds, but Michelle says she is quite the talker! “She can say ‘Dada,’ and she says ‘Hi’ and she waves hi when you say it to her now,” she says. “She’s learning. She claps her hands and she has her favorite book called the Ticklish book. That book will make her start jumping, squirming, kicking. She gets the biggest grin.” And Josie may not be able to crawl yet, but she has her own way of getting things she wants! “She is rolling all over the place. She spots something she wants and she just rolls over to it. It’s so cute” She can even sit up on her own!

The oldest Duggar is having his second baby!

While Jim Bob and the older children are in Guatemala on a church mission, Michelle and the younger ones will celebrate Josie’s big day! “We’ll have ice cream and everyone else will come out to the house and celebrate,” Michelle says.

The Duggars are ready for number 20! Are they crazy?

“The touch-and-go of not knowing if she would live and the reality of the fact that she might not make it was so real that I think we took it one minute, one second, one day at a time,” Michelle explains. “It put it all in perspective. You can’t determine the outcome in a situation like that. You just thank God for the moments you had with them. We took a lot of pictures and just tried to cherish every minute that we had her with us.” Now, they’ll have even more photographs so that they can cherish Josie’s 1st birthday and celebrate her recovery! Happy Birthday Josie!

–Leigh Blickley

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