Josh Duggar’s Wife, Anna, Just Explained What She Does When She’s ‘Desperate’ for Sleep

When Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar first decided to bring their 19 kids into the spotlight, they never could’ve predicted that they’d still be going strong years later. The scandals committed in the past by their oldest son, Josh Duggar, could’ve completely ruined the family. But they’ve managed to maintain their reality TV fanbase without him featured.

Josh found himself in hot water when a few of his sisters came forward and admitted that he made inappropriate sexual advances on them. And he was later found to be on the cheating website, Ashley Madison, which could’ve ruined his relationship with his wife, Anna.

Despite it all, Anna’s still going strong with her upbeat attitude and hefty social media presence. But she appears exhausted taking care of six kids — and she even talked to an Instagram follower about what she does when she needs sleep.

Anna Duggar gave birth to baby No. 6 at the end of 2019

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So many of you have asked…so here’s the story behind the name Maryella Hope! Soon after we found out baby #6 was a girl we began name discussing name ideas and we thought we had it narrowed down. When Josh’s grandma passed away we considered the name Mary, but we were hesitant because Grandma (Mary Duggar) was such a special lady and we wanted our daughter’s name to be a reminder of how special Grandma was and carry on her legacy, but without feeling like we were trying to replace her. Soon, our baby name list that we had narrowed down to 3 names had grown to a list of about dozen Mary-hyphenated names. As we continued chatting about names, Josh and I both fell in love with the name Maryella! ♥️ We chose Hope for her middle name because of the Hope we have because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Jesus is the ultimate demonstration of love and hope. Jesus layed down His sinless life on the cross so we could be forgiven of our sins and one day live with Him in heaven forever when we die. We have Hope because of Christ! ✝️ During Maryella’s pregnancy there were so many unexpected joys, which included several more pregnancy announcements from family members! We also grieved alongside those we love the most, remembering life is fragile and sometimes very short. Even through the grief of the loss of loved ones we know that we have comfort, hope and strength as we look forward to one day being reunited in heaven with Jesus and our loved ones who are waiting for us there! Maryella Hope Duggar is such a blessing and we are so grateful for her! #littleduggars

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Many Duggars gave birth in 2019, and Anna Duggar was one of them. It’s well-known that the Duggars believe in having as many children as God will provide them with, and it looks like Josh and Anna are abiding by this philosophy as well. Anna gave birth to her and Josh’s sixth baby on Nov. 27, 2019. They named the little girl Maryella Hope.

“Maryella Hope arrived one day ahead of Thanksgiving Day 2019 and a great reminder to be grateful for all God has done for us! We are so excited and thankful to God for His special blessing giving us this precious, happy & healthy baby girl!” Anna captioned her Instagram post of the baby.

Having the baby right around the holidays was tough on Anna’s Thanksgiving plans, of course — but she managed to make the best of it. “I’ve spent Thanksgiving Day in bed resting and bonding with Maryella Hope,” Anna told her followers in another post. “When it came time for our family to read our Thanksgiving chain, I threw a sweater over my nightgown joined the rest of our family for this special tradition…and then I headed back to bed!”

She doesn’t appear to have stopped going at full speed since the birth

Taking care of a newborn is no easy task, and Anna also has five other little ones to take care of. We’re hoping she’s getting plenty of help from Josh, but he might have his own business to take care of. In November 2019, it was reported that Josh’s place of employment was raided by Homeland Security.

Anna never mentions the drama, of course. But she did show herself attending some major Duggar family events despite just giving birth.

On Dec. 3, just days after giving birth to Maryella, Anna posted a photo of her attending the annual Duggar family ugly sweater Christmas party. “Little Maryella Hope made her debut (at 5 days old) for her first #familynight with the big family…and she seemed to enjoy it so much!” Anna captioned the post.

Then, on Dec. 9, Jana Duggar posted a photo of the Duggars getting together once again — and Anna’s comment on the photo indicates she was in attendance.

Anna explained how she deals with sleep regressions

Despite Anna showing off her high spirits and elation over her children on Instagram, she’s still human. And that means she definitely gets tired from time to time.

Anna posted a family photo on Jan. 12 showing off her whole family, and one follower asked, “How do you deal with sleep regressions,” along with an emoji showing an upset face.

To that, Anna replied, “Sleep when baby sleeps.” And she also added what she does when she’s in dire need of rest. Anna noted, “or if I’m desperate I will drink coffee. Michelle has often said, ‘coffee is like a nap in a cup for a busy mom!'”

It sounds like Josh’s mom, Michelle, drank a lot of coffee back when she had over a dozen young kids running around the house — and we can’t say we blame her. While Anna may have her strategies for keeping up with her children, her household, and social media, we’re hoping she takes as much time as she needs to rest.

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