Joshua, 21 – the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 18 children of Tontitown, Ark. – and his wife, Anna, 20, are having a girl.
They learned the news on Monday’s Today show after Joshua cut into a cake that revealed pink layers. (Today’s Meredith Vieira was the only person — besides Anna’s doctor and the baker of the cake — to know the baby’s sex before airtime.)
“I’ve had a feeling this whole time it was going to be a girl,” Joshua said before learning the baby’s sex. “So that now I’m for sure it’s a boy.” Added Anna (who wed Joshua in September 2008), “I think it’s a boy, but a girl would be great.”
Joshua said they “don’t know” about any names yet but admitted, “We’ve talked about M’s.”
As for whether they’ll have a large brood, he said, “We’d be happy with two or three; I think children are a blessing, though. So we’re just thankful for the one that God has given us, and we’ll take ’em one at a time.”
“I’m feeling great,” Anna, who is due in October, said on the Today show. “We’ve been able to feel the baby move and kick, so that’s been a lot of fun.”
Being father is “different than just being an older brother,” Joshua said, adding that it comes with “a lot more responsibility.”
“I think you can prepare only in so many ways, but really just realizing that you’re going to be a role model for that child, and be able to be prepared as you can be to be able to take on that,” he said. “It’s an interesting experience, but I have great parents to look to.”
When the baby is born, Jim Bob and Michelle’s youngest girl Jordon won’t even be a 1-year old. So are they really ready to be grandparents?
“We’re really excited,” patriarch Jim Bob said, via satellite.
Added Michelle, “We’ve been dreaming about having grandbabies and now it doesn’t even seem possible that we’re at this point. It’s so exciting, and we are thrilled for Josh and Anna. They’re going to be great parents.”