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Joy Duggar has had a difficult year. She and husband Austin Forsyth announced a pregnancy earlier this spring, but unfortunately, she lost the baby at 20 weeks. Ever since, she’s been working to move past the loss, though physically holding her passed baby in her arms was likely the most difficult thing she’s ever done. And now that official her due date is approaching, she’s still trying to find joy within her hurt.

Joy and Austin Forsyth
Austin and Joy Forsyth | Austin and Joy Forsyth via Instagram

Duggar and Forsyth lost their second baby at 20 weeks

Duggar was thrilled when she learned that she was expecting baby no. 2. She and Forsyth welcomed their first son Gideon back in February 2018, and less than a year later, they learned they were pregnant with their second child. While miscarriages are common, they normally occur in the first trimester, so most parents make the pregnancy announcement on or after 12 weeks along. Duggar and Forsyth were thrilled to tell everyone they were expecting. However, when they went in for their little girl’s 20-week checkup, they learned she no longer had a heartbeat. Duggar had to deliver her, and it was easily one of the hardest things she’d ever done.

Duggar and Forsyth are parents to one son, Gideon.

The Duggar family will welcome five baby girls within a year

Losing a baby is always tough, but with so much going on in the family this year, there have been constant reminders that Duggar and Forsyth don’t have their little girl. Jessa Duggar welcomed her first daughter in late spring, and since then, it has become the year of the girl for the Duggar family. Lauren, Anna, and Kendra Duggar are welcoming little girls this fall, while Abbie Duggar’s girl is due in January. That means the family will welcome a total of five daughters within a year, and it seems that Joy Duggar is constantly reminded that her baby won’t grow up alongside her cousins.  

As Duggar’s due date approaches, she admits she’s still hurting

Duggar recently posted a photo from a photoshoot all of the pregnant women had earlier this year, and she admitted she’s still grieving over her daughter. Duggar would have been due on November 9, and as that due date approaches, she’s reminded even more of her loss. But through it all, she is still extremely grateful for all of the other babies who will join the family so soon. “While we grieve over the loss of our baby girl… We are thankful for the time we had with her,” Duggar wrote. “… The loss we feel does not negate the true joy and expectation we feel as we await the arrival of sisters’ and friends’ babies.” Duggar’s best friend Carlin Bates is also expecting a baby girl next year. She’s surrounded by little girls but has remained strong through the past few months.

It’s unclear when Duggar and Forsyth will have more kids

Right now, Duggar has made it clear that she and Forsyth are still grieving over their loss. And they likely want to come to better terms with it before welcoming another child. The Duggars tend to have large families, and Duggar only just turned 22, so it’s very likely that her family will continue to grow in time. For now, though, it appears she needs some more time to herself to mourn her daughter’s loss before the two announce another pregnancy.