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'18 Kids and Counting's Duggar couple to become grandparents


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/13/2009 

The Duggar family's lineage will apparently continue.

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18 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will become grandparents after their oldest son Joshua and his wife Anna announced they are expecting their first child, People reported Monday.

"We are really excited about being grandparents," Jim Bob told People.  "We think it is really going to be easier than being parents."

Joshua and Anna were married last September -- only a few months after Jim Bob and Michelle welcomed their eighteenth child Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar.  Joshua and Anna are expecting their new addition to the Duggar family in October.

"We are so thrilled about this news," Michelle told People. "It is so fun to be around Josh and Anna. They are walking on clouds."

Anna's pregnancy will reportedly be documented for 18 Kids and Counting and appear on future episodes of the TLC reality series.

"I am very excited and am learning new ways every day that I can be there for my wife," Joshua told People. "I thought that she would be the only one going through the emotions of pregnancy, but I'm right there with her."

Joshua added he was the one who revealed to Anna that she was pregnant after she was unable to look at the pregnancy test because she didn't want to be "disappointed" by the possiblity of a negative result.

"I said, 'You're going to join the Mommy team,'" Joshua recalled to People.

Since her mother-in-law is especially familiar with bearing a child, Anna said she has already received advice from Michelle.

"She told me to eat small meals frequently during the day to get through the morning sickness," Anna told People. "And she gave me apricot juice that I've been sipping. It really helps a lot."

All 18 Duggar children have names beginning with the letter "J," and Joshua said he's unsure if the tradition will continue with the first grandchild.

"Discussions are underway," he told People. "We are planning on a name theme, but we are not sure what it will be."

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