‘Counting On’ Fans Were Right — John David and Abbie Duggar Are Expecting Their First Child

We’ve been watching the Duggars since 19 Kids and Counting, and it’s hard to believe we’re still watching Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s kids on TLC’s Counting On. And while fans are all excited about Jinger’s latest move to Los Angeles and Jessa’s newborn baby girl, there’s been plenty of eyes on John David and Abbie Duggar. The two have been happily married since late 2018, and fans have been waiting for them to announce a pregnancy since. Now, it seems the day has finally come.

John David and Abbie recently announced they’re expecting their first child. Here’s what the happy couple said about it.

Fans predicted John David and Abbie Duggar were expecting a child together

It’s no secret that the Duggars love kids. Since the family identifies as Christian fundamentalists, they don’t believe in contraception and instead view children as a gift from God. And once a member of the Duggar family gets married, it’s not unusual for them to announce a pregnancy soon after.

For this reason, eagle-eyed fans have been awaiting the day John David and Abbie Duggar (who look completely happy and in love) announce their pregnancy. Recently, the couple posted a photo of themselves to Instagram showing John’s hands posed over Abbie’s belly in a suggestive way, and it certainly had fans talking. “I thought this was a pregnancy announcement!” a fan commented. And another added, “When are you two gonna announce that you’re having a baby.”

This is far from the first time fans have suspected a pregnancy announcement was incoming, too. Back when Grandma Duggar passed away, Jessa wrote a heartfelt Instagram post about her grandmother — and she included, “She was so excited about the many new great-grandbabies due this coming fall and winter, and it never got old for her.” We know some of the Duggars are expecting babies this fall, but the “winter” comment had fans scratching their heads.

The couple just announced the pregnancy

It seems all that speculation turned out to be correct after all. John and Abbie just exclusively told People that they’re expecting their first child. “We are on Cloud 9 about welcoming our own little Duggar into the world,” the couple told the publication. “It really is amazing to think about being parents and having our own child to raise.”

While another Duggar baby is always exciting for fans, we’re even more interested to see how John and Abbie plan on raising their baby. We know they had slightly more lenient courtship rules than the other Duggars — and Abbie carried a job outside of the home as a nurse before marrying John, which also differs from the other Duggar women. There’s no doubt they’re both religious and will raise their child to be as well. Though from what we can gather of their relationship, perhaps they won’t be quite as strict as Jim Bob and Michelle were when John was growing up.

Abbie is one of many Duggars who is currently expecting

While this may be Abbie’s first go-round with pregnancy, she’s in good company. Josh and Anna are currently expecting their sixth child, and Joe and Kendra are also expecting their second, In Touch Weekly reports. Josiah and Lauren are also gearing up for another baby after their devastating miscarriage, and cousin Amy Duggar is also expecting her first child. By 2020, that means plenty of new babies will be crawling around.

As for how many kids John and Abbie want, we’re not sure. But In Touch reminds us when the pastor at the couple’s wedding joked about John having more kids than his father, John quipped back, “I don’t know about that.” Perhaps that means a smaller family is in store for John and Abbie. Either way, congratulations to the happy couple!

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