It looks like Baby Forsyth is coming on her own time! Joy-Anna Forsyth (née Duggar) shared what may be her final pregnancy update with fans on her due date, Wednesday, August 19, as the 40-week milestone came and went. The Counting On star revealed she and husband Austin Forsyth are more than ready to meet their little girl — though son Gideon is enjoying having her baby bump as a resting spot.
“Happy due date, baby!” Joy, 22, wrote on Instagram with a heart emoji. “We are just here impatiently awaiting your arrival! Meanwhile, your brother thinks my bump makes the perfect chair!”
The Duggar daughter is set to welcome her little one any minute, though she hadn’t headed to the hospital yet as of Wednesday evening. After rushing to a medical facility for an emergency C-section when she tried to have a home birth with Gideon, the TLC mama decided she would plan on having a doctor deliver her daughter when the time came. In a July 19 vlog, she shared her whole birth plan with her followers.
“It’s just going to be Austin and I,” she shared, revealing that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant her other family members wouldn’t be able to be there during her labor. “I’m torn because [of] all this COVID stuff, which I totally understand why, but it’s just hard because my mom’s not going to be able to be there, and my sisters aren’t going to be able to be at my birth,” she said. “Hopefully, maybe, we can get a room with a window, and maybe they can come see her through the window. … That would be really special if they can at least see her the day she was born.”
The star revealed her “parents have always been there” for her, and so have Austin’s parents. She also had her family and friends’ support when she revealed in July 2019 that she had a miscarriage during her second pregnancy. While the couple was at a doctor’s appointment for their 20-week checkup, they discovered their baby no longer had a heartbeat.
“Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. … We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again,” the couple wrote on Instagram at the time. “We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means ‘God has favored me,’ and Elise means ‘God satisfies.’”
The couple have done their best to honor the little girl since their loss, and now they’re looking forward to bringing their new daughter home.
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