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The Duggar family welcomes baby Josie Brooklyn early

December 11, 2009 | 11:58 am

Duggar Michelle Duggar and husband Jim Bob have welcomed daughter No. 19, Josie Brooklyn, into the family a little earlier than expected, after an emergency C-section Thursday evening.

Josie weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces. She wasn't due until March 18 -- hence the "and counting" in the name of the family's reality show, "18 Kids and Counting: A Very Duggar Life."

Josie is in neonatal intensive care at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a statement from TLC says mom is resting and the baby is stable and looking at an extended NICU stay. 

Michelle had been rushed to the hospital last weekend with what a TLC network rep said were gallbladder issues.

"The pain from a gallstone was generating some contractions," the rep said. On Monday, People reported that the doctor taking care of her said they had "every reason at present" to expect a healthy pregnancy to continue.

Congrats to the Duggars, and positive vibes going out for tiny Josie's continued health.

We'd send you a baby gift, but we're guessing you all already have at least 18 of whatever we'd pick up. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. We're big Boppy fans, actually. Especially the zebra print ones.

Photo: Michelle Duggar in December 2008, after her 18th child, Jordyn-Grace Makiya, was born. Credit: Beth Hall / Associated Press. 

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