So here's what's been up with the Duggars. I kind of stopped watching after all of the episodes were about dentist appointments so I caught up this past weekend when they had a mother's day marathon. I haven't posted about them in like a year and in that year they have seriously had two kids that aren't twins. This is nuts because in the past year most people in the world have had zero kids and some people have had one kid. So two is really a lot for a year.
In December or November, J'Michelle had a premature baby named Josie. Some people are saying this is a little sign from God that they should stop having kids. I think that's BS though, because plenty of people get pre-eclampsia and have babies when they are young and only on their first and second kid. If anything, I say it's a sign from God that they should keep on having kids because it is obviously a miracle that 1 pound Josie didn't just slide on out when there was trouble brewing in the ol' uterus.
So Josie is in an incubator and whatnot in Little Rock, but the Duggars live in Bumblefuck, so they decided to move most of the family to a little house in Little Rock so they could be near the hospital where Josie is at. Two thoughts about that. 1. The house was a historical site. What historical site, interested in actually preserving history, would let a family with 19 kids into their house?! (minus 3 because Josh was tending to his own homefront and John David and Justin (?) were tending to the Duggar homestead). 2. The home was originally built by some lady who was a big supporter of birth control. The irony was not lost on JimBob, who pointed it out to the kids on moving day. The house only had 1 bathroom, as opposed to the 8 bathrooms or something that they have in their regular house. One of the girls pointed out that they had basically been living out of the bus for the past year, because they have gone on so many trips -- presumably to make the show interesting.
Most of the episodes involved sitting around in the hospital talking about what a miracle Josie is and crying, neither of which I particularly care for. The Duggar episodes I really like are when they show off their religious fanaticism, which just wasn't as evident in these episodes. For instance, two of my favorite Duggar episodes are when they go to the Creation museum (amazing!) and when they go to some place where you can dig for diamonds and the proprietor notes that the site where they are digging is a million years old or something and JimBob just chuckles and is pretty much like "haha. She's means 6,000 years old...we all know the earth isn't a million." Anyway there is none of that in the episodes I watched. The closest was how JimBob basically forces the oldest girls to donate blood based on some passage in the Bible about blood. Meh. The most remarkable part about that was that I was like "wait don't you have to be 16 or 18 or something to donate blood?" Which obviously the girls are, you just kind of forget because their development is a little stunted.
So this whole thing culminated in Josie being allowed to come home. She was still very little when they brought her home...like 4 pounds or something even though she was already 4 months old. So, to be honest, she was kind of creepy looking. Then they put her in this pink crocheted hat that had brown yarn on it that looked like it was supposed to look like curly brown hair. On this fetus-looking infant. That whole thing was kind of horrifying. Then they had to take her back because she couldn't poop. I guess she had to go back to the hospital again after that, too, but I just read about that and didn't watch the episode. Apparently she is still there.
Overall the whole thing with Josie just doesn't interest me. I don't care for a Baby Story or anything like that. I like the Duggars because their lifestyle fascinates me. But, really, all of the specials and things about how much laundry they have and how much food they buy and how they run the household has all been done. Josie being born prematurely was probably a good coincidence in terms of ratings and maintaining viewer interest, but it just doesn't hold mine.
Their family friends the Bates, who also have 17 kids have made a couple appearances this season. One when the Duggars went to help the Bates build an addition to their house (which according to my boyfriend was shoddy work. So I would like to see a special about the toxic mold that ends up in the Bates house) and one when the Bates came to visit Josie in the hospital. In both episodes the Duggars and Bates shared space that at a maximum would be comfortable for a family of 6. There has been much speculation that the Duggar-Bates unions are essentially forums for arranged marriages. And that is what I would really like to see more of. The older kids are in their early 20's and need to get out of the house. That's too old to still be at home. And if marriage is the only way out, then get those kids married off!
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