‘Counting On’: Joy Duggar Says Her Husband Always Does This 1 Thing For Their Son Before Bed

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth have been through a lot this year. The two announced a pregnancy this past spring, but they tragically lost their baby at 20 weeks. Since then, they’ve been working to move on from Duggar’s tough miscarriage; they moved into a new home, which they fixed up themselves, and they’ve been focusing much of their attention on their young son, Gideon.

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

Duggar and Forsyth announced a miscarriage earlier this year

The Duggar family saw many new pregnancy announcements in 2019. At one point, six Duggars were expecting — and everyone was having a girl. But when Duggar and Forsyth went in for their baby’s 20-week checkup (the same time they would learn the gender), they instead learned that the baby did not have a heartbeat. Though miscarriages are common, it’s far less common to lose a baby at 20 weeks, since that’s halfway through the pregnancy. Needless to say, the two were not expecting the news and have had a hard time coping. They named their daughter Annabell Elise, and Duggar wears a necklace with her daughter’s name on it every day.

The two have done their best to move past the tragedy

Though it was an extremely hard pill to swallow, Duggar and Forsyth still had a son at home who needed their love and attention. Since the miscarriage, they have done their best to move on from the incident by putting their energy into other things. They’ve seemed to find an even bigger appreciation for how blessed they are to have Gideon, and they’ve also put a lot of effort into their home-flipping business. The couple has taken a few trips and weekends away together, and though they haven’t said it, the loss has also probably helped their relationship grow even stronger.

Forsyth and his son seem to have a strong bond

Duggar and Forsyth share an Instagram account, and based on the photos they post, Gideon seems to have a lot of love for his father. The two have posted photos of Gideon and Forsyth bonding, including when Gideon was riding on his dad’s shoulders and when Forsyth was feeding Gideon some of his breakfast. Recently, Duggar posted a photo of Forsyth helping his son get ready for bed; she said that every night, Forsyth helps Gideon by praying with him before bed. “He makes a point to hold Gideon,” Duggar added to the caption. The photo shows the close bond between the two boys. 

The two will likely announce another pregnancy sometime soon 

Though Duggar and Forsyth have had a tough year, they likely want more kids. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if the two made a pregnancy announcement sometime soon. The Duggars tend to want very large families, and Duggar and Forsyth were ready to have another baby by Gideon’s first birthday. It’s clear the two needed to take some time to heal from their loss, but it wouldn’t surprise us if another Forsyth baby were to be announced in the next few months.