‘Counting On’: Fans Think the Duggars Are Lowkey Competing With Amy

Amy Duggar has officially welcomed her first child. The business owner took to Instagram yesterday to let fans know that her first son, Daxton, was delivered via c-section. On the very same day, Lauren Swanson, who married Josiah Duggar in 2018, took to Instagram to share a photo linked to baby loss awareness week. Lauren’s snapshot isn’t the first time a Duggar has seemingly tried to overshadow Amy during a big event. Now, fans are pretty sure that the Duggar girls are lowkey competing with Amy.

Lauren Swanson’s picture seems ill-timed

Ever since her miscarriage late last year, Lauren has been outspoken about miscarriages and child loss. The 20-year-old reality TV star has handled herself with a lot of grace, but her most recent photo opportunity may have taken things a little too far.

Reddit fans noticed that Lauren’s post on baby loss came on the heels of Amy’s birth announcement. Several fans believe that Lauren intentionally posted to take the spotlight away from Amy. Lauren, who is due with a girl in a few weeks, has been accused of trying to profit off of her heartbreaking miscarriage, too.

Jessa once overshadowed Amy’s wedding day

Lauren’s snapshot is the most recent example of  Duggar purposefully trying to overshadow Amy, but it’s not the first time it happened. When Amy married Dillion King in September 2015, nearly the entire Duggar family showed up for the big event.

Amy and Dillion’s day was apparently beautiful. It was so beautiful, in fact, that Jessa Duggar felt the need to reminisce about her own wedding. On the same day that Amy tied the knot, Jessa took to social media to share dozens of photos from her own wedding. Jessa married Ben Seewald in November 2014.

Perhaps Jessa was just excited about her upcoming anniversary, or maybe the wedding made her feel nostalgic. Fans don’t, however, think there was an innocent reason behind the photo dump. Many believe that Jessa was angry that Amy was getting attention and decided to post the photos as a sign of aggression.

The cousins might not be all that close

While the Duggar family insists that they love each other despite their differences, there are a few reasons to believe that the supersized family might not be all that close to their rebel cousin. Shortly after the death of Grandma Mary, Amy took to Twitter to denounce anyone who used emojis to convey serious messages.

Amy Duggar appears on NBC News' "Today"
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She later went on a deleting spree, with several of her famed cousins caught in the crossfire. Jill Duggar, whose emoji usage has been called into question, was unfollowed. Jill’s emoji usage was the most egregious example from the Duggar girls in the aftermath of Mary Duggar’s sudden death.

Jill and several of her siblings do seem to pop into Amy’s store every so often, but many fans believe the pictures are just for show. It’s possible that the cousins, who were raised very differently from one another, aren’t actually close. Some fans feel that Amy was pulled into the spotlight because she offered a counterbalance to the ultra-conservative Christian beliefs of the supersized family, making them more accessible to the general public.