The supersize Duggar clan just got a tiny bit bigger.
The reality TV family has welcomed its first grandchild, Mackynzie Renee Duggar, People.com reports. Her 17 aunts and uncles and paternal grandparents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, are doubtless thrilled about the latest branch on the family tree.
Josh Duggar - the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle's brood of 18 - and his wife, Anna, had Mackynzie at home with a midwife and a doula in attendance.
As the big brother to 17 siblings, Josh is no stranger to babies, and he was a very involved and attentive dad from the start. He was the one who told his wife they were expecting, after she was too nervous to look at the pregnancy test, according to People.
He also read and sang to his daughter while she was still in the womb, and made sure his wife got all the attention she deserved.
"I ask Anna what she needs," Josh told People in July. "I talk to the baby and we involve her in our conversations. When Anna and I are talking to each other, we'll say, 'So, how do you like that, Mackynzie?' "
The new dad was also front and center for their baby's arrival. "Josh was excited to participate in the birth as well," a family friend told the magazine. "They are both so happy."
The baby's name is a combination of Josh's cousin's name, Mackynzie, and Anna's middle name, Renee. They haven't decided whether they'll give all their children names that begin with "M," which would be in keeping with a family tradition; Josh's parents famously gave all of their 18 kids "J" names.
Mackynzie Renee Duggar will, however, be quickly introduced to another Duggar family ritual. Her birth will be shown to millions of TV viewers on TLC's "18 Kids and Counting" on Oct. 13, in a special entitled "First Grandduggar."
And if having 17 aunts and uncles to spoil little Mackynzie with attention is not enough, there's another new addition to the family on the way. Grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle are expecting their 19th child this spring.Source