There’s baby fever in the Duggar household recently, as multiple women in the family have announced their pregnancies. From Jessa Duggar, who just had her third child, to Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar’s wife who’s preparing for baby No. 6, we can’t wait to see all of the new additions to the family in the coming months. Unfortunately, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth were also expecting a little girl, but Joy-Anna lost the baby.
Like the other family members, Jill Duggar is offering her condolences online — but Counting On fans aren’t happy with how she’s dealing with the event. Here’s what she posted and why fans are upset.
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth just posted about their stillborn daughter
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth already have a little boy named Gideon, but the couple was ultra-excited for their little girl to be born. Sadly, they announced via Instagram that at the 20-week pregnancy mark, their daughter no longer had a heartbeat. Joy-Anna then gave birth to the stillborn baby, whom they named Annabell Elise, before taking photos with her. As they captioned this post, “We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious.”
“Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord,” the couple wrote on Instagram in another post. “Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well.”
Jill Duggar made her own post about the miscarriage
Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, are no longer featured on TLC’s Counting On, but they still have a solid Instagram presence and tons of followers. And Jill’s typically very open with her fans when it comes to her family’s life, her marriage, and her parenting choices. Recently, she posted a photo of Joy-Anna and Austin at the hospital to give her thoughts on the miscarriage, too. “Joy Joy & Austin, our hearts break for y’all with the loss of your precious Annabell Elise,” Jill wrote. “May God continue to give y’all peace and comfort in the days ahead.”
Fans weren’t too happy with what Jill posted, however — especially when it came to the hashtags she ended her post with. “Enough with the hashtags. No other Duggar has plastered their posts with such insensitive things like #rip and #20weeks,” one fan commented. And another added, “Maybe when you post something as heartbreaking as this maybe just maybe leave out the freakin emojis [sic].”
Fans are also slamming the response she wrote on Joy-Anna’s Instagram
Plenty of the Duggars commented on Joy-Anna and Austin’s photos they posted of them with their stillborn baby girl — and Jill was amongst them. Unlike the others, however, Jill’s response was all emojis to this photo. She added an emoji of a crying face, a broken heart, a flower, and additional hearts — and fans thought it was super insensitive considering the circumstances.
As one of Joy-Anna and Austin’s followers commented on Jill’s response, “@jillmdillard can you stop with the inappropriate and tone deaf emoji use?” And another added, “@jillmdillard this is really inappropriate. Seriously. Get some tact.” Others, however, defended Jill’s usage of emojis and explained that she’s allowed to deal with the loss as she sees fit. “Jill was there with her sister, and I’m sure she’s going through emotions with all of this herself. Maybe allow her to comment what she wants right now?” another follower wrote.
We’re sure a few bad comments won’t affect how Jill uses Instagram, as it never has in the past. Hopefully, she doesn’t take the critique too personally.
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