‘Counting On’: Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth Are Soaking Up Time With Their Son Before the New Baby Arrives

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth are parents to their son, Gideon, and the two recently announced that baby no. 2 is on the way. Those who follow the Duggars might remember that the two went through a miscarriage last summer, so fans were thrilled to hear that they’re expecting once again. And it looks like these two are spending as much time with Gideon as possible before their little girl arrives.

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth
Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth | Austin and Joy Forsyth via Instagram

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth lost their second baby at 20 weeks

Duggar and Forsyth had a difficult year in 2019 after dealing with the loss of their baby girl. The couple had announced a pregnancy last spring, and they were thrilled that Gideon would soon have a sibling. However, tragedy struck when Duggar and Forsyth went in for their baby’s 20-week checkup and gender reveal.

The doctor told them that their baby, who would have been a little girl, had no heartbeat. Duggar and Forsyth were devastated, but Duggar still took photos with her daughter; today, she wears a necklace with her baby’s name, Annabell Elise.

The couple recently announced they’re expecting another girl

It took Duggar and Forsyth a while to heal from the miscarriage, and they’re likely still healing. Duggar had told her Instagram followers several weeks after losing Annabell that she was still going through a difficult time. But the universe works in mysterious ways, and Duggar and Forsyth learned several months later that they are expecting another baby girl.

The two waited until Duggar was 18 weeks along before making the announcement; they likely were extra cautious about making sure their baby was in good health before telling their nearly one million Instagram followers. Duggar hasn’t given her specific due date, but based on the timeline, she’s likely due sometime in August.

Duggar and Forsyth have been spending plenty of quality time with Gideon

These days, the two seem to be focusing all of their attention on Gideon. He’s their first born, and this is the only time he’ll ever be the couple’s only child. The two have loved watching him grow, and they often share adorable photos of him on social media. In late April, Duggar posted photos of their little family “exploring and fishing” with Forsyth helping his son cast a line and catch a fish.

Duggar also recently posted a selfie with Gideon in the car; fans love the sweet bond Duggar has with her son, and they also love that Duggar and Forsyth seem to equally share raising him.

Fans think Forsyth is the sweetest Duggar dad

In the Duggar family, it’s not uncommon for the men to take a back seat to raising their kids. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar did things very traditionally, and while Jim Bob always had a close relationship with his kids growing up, Michelle was the one who did most of the child care.

Fans have noticed that Forsyth seems to be an extremely hands-on dad and has a very sweet demeanor with his son. He teaches him as much as he can about his own interests, such as fishing and home improvement. Fans often comment on Forsyth’s posts praising his relationship with his son. It will be exciting to see what kind of dad he is to a little girl.