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8 minutes ago, madpsych78 said:

Contrast that with the Vuolos' reaction, and the Vuolos are much older than the Caldwells (who are probably not that much older than Jeremy's siblings!). I suspect that Diana and Chuck were more than ready to become grandparents. Isn't Jeremy, at age 30, their youngest child, and isn't Felicity their only grandchild?

Yes, they said it was their first. 

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Jeremy's other two siblings are single. Of course, they could have kids out of wedlock, but they don't. 

Jeremy's dad is pushing 70, so I can understand why they were so ecstatic to hear the news. 

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I admit I teared up over Diana's reaction to the pregnancy news. It's rare we get to see such an unscripted moment of joy on this show. I also thought it was cute the way she initially misinterpreted the gift, thinking Jeremy had given her the wrong box.

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Yes, that was my favorite moment on the show. I also found it interesting that she said (if I'm remembering correctly) that she didn't think it would happen so soon. 

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11 hours ago, Patricia07 said:

Yes, that was my favorite moment on the show. I also found it interesting that she said (if I'm remembering correctly) that she didn't think it would happen so soon. 

Yeah I don’t get it when people say things like that. It’s not as if they didn’t know the type of family Jinger came from. And she wasn’t in school or on a powerful career treck. 

I think the joy the Vuluos had was genuine which was nice to see. 

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9 hours ago, Patricia07 said:

Yes, that was my favorite moment on the show. I also found it interesting that she said (if I'm remembering correctly) that she didn't think it would happen so soon. 

Like she knew they'd only just started trying to get pregnant? 

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2 hours ago, Scarlett45 said:

Yeah I don’t get it when people say things like that. It’s not as if they didn’t know the type of family Jinger came from. And she wasn’t in school or on a powerful careee treck. 

I think the joy the Vuluos had was genuine which was nice to see. 

refreshing from all the scripted reactions on this show. 

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I was wondering if the Swanson family is just renting that McMansion for the wedding and filming.  Or they can't bear to be in another state from their oldest.  I guess it is easy to move when your kids are not in school, but they left their home, their church and fundie community and his landscape business.

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4 minutes ago, sheshark said:

I was wondering if the Swanson family is just renting that McMansion for the wedding and filming.  Or they can't bear to be in another state from their oldest.  I guess it is easy to move when your kids are not in school, but they left their home, their church and fundie community and his landscape business.

I think there's family money somewhere in the mix. I couldn't tell you why, it's just a feeling I get from watching them. 

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On 8/1/2018 at 10:41 AM, Natalie68 said:

She is 19 and has to teach her older husband how to behave in a public eating establishment.  

When I was 20, I dated a guy a decade older than me. I was in college and he lived about 100 miles from me. He came to pick me up one afternoon for a weekend getaway and he had packed his clothes in a freaking brown paper bag! The large kind you got at the grocery store back in the day. I was mortified by it on so many levels. He was from 'the country' and he told me when I questioned it, upon arrival at our destination, that it was what his family had always used. Unless they were going on a long road trip and then they'd borrow a proper suitcase from an aunt or uncle who 'traveled a lot.' 

I cringed when I nicely told a grown ass man that you should never use a grocery bag as an overnight bag and we promptly bought him a gym bag the next day for getaways. 

So my guess is yes, Kendra felt a little funny about correcting him but was so horrified internally by his plate licking that she overcame the possible mental obstacle of having to do so. 

Good on her for having the backbone to do it, giggles and all! 

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Oh, so something else that crossed my mind about this episode (the #austrils comment on the Joy/Austin thread reminded me of this) was when Joy and Austin were drawing each other, I believe Austin made some comment about Joy drawing his nose too big, so I had to LOL at that.

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I just thought it was funny when Jessa said that, Jana doesn't mind if the guy isn't as smart as she is! lol  So funny.  She said that after talking about Jana seems to know how to do just about everything and she was using a backhoe. 

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On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 5:10 AM, mimionthebeach said:

Like she knew they'd only just started trying to get pregnant? 

I think the elder Vuolos had some serious talks with Jeremy about marriage and about making real plans for the future.  They were aware of the "five year plan" and that Jeremy and Jinger planned to be child free and apparently pregnancy free for the first year and Jinger appeared to conceive very quickly near the one year mark.  They probably expected it would take at least a few months.

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On 8/6/2018 at 4:31 PM, awaken said:

 Yes. I remember that scene so well. It was kind of heartbreaking that this is how they consider feeding a baby. And laying on their back no less!  Poor Jana was probably just following the example she was shown, or was shown no example and did the best she could as her teenage self! 

I remember MOTY Michelle feeding baby Jordyn on her back!!  I remember being totally gobsmacked that someone would actually feed their child that way.  It's still probably in my Top 10 Duggar Moments That Make Me Facepalm.

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On 8/8/2018 at 5:10 PM, SunnyBeBe said:

I just thought it was funny when Jessa said that, Jana doesn't mind if the guy isn't as smart as she is! lol  So funny.  She said that after talking about Jana seems to know how to do just about everything and she was using a backhoe. 

I was impressed she knew how to use the word "deterrent." She is probably the only one of her siblings to know what it means.

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6 hours ago, GleamingMist said:

I remember MOTY Michelle feeding baby Jordyn on her back!!  I remember being totally gobsmacked that someone would actually feed their child that way.  It's still probably in my Top 10 Duggar Moments That Make Me Facepalm.

 

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18 hours ago, Absolom said:

I think the elder Vuolos had some serious talks with Jeremy about marriage and about making real plans for the future.  They were aware of the "five year plan" and that Jeremy and Jinger planned to be child free and apparently pregnancy free for the first year and Jinger appeared to conceive very quickly near the one year mark.  They probably expected it would take at least a few months.

This is what I'm thinking, too. They had to know Jinger's background, and I bet Jeremy specifically told them that the plan wasn't to pop out a honeymoon blessing. I know my parents would definitely bring that up if I married a Duggar! I bet Jeremy said something about having a child in the first five years, which is why it seemed soon at year one, but not too soon. 

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How have they not have had multiple visits from CPS over some of the stuff that's shown? Like the feeding a baby on their back.  Hey and once Jordan finishes eating, if she doesn't choke first she can gum the styrofoam cup M'chelle is feeding her from.  Seriously?  You can't even feed your baby with a clean dish.  Also no bib it seems, and no blankie down, so dirty clothes and a more filthy couch.  

There's a part of me that's like you put the baby lying down on the sofa, and Gods know what disgusting mess is on that sofa.  And you don't bother to put down a blankie or something so that not only would Jordyn not get cooties, but it keeps the food off the sofa , and the spit up and the diaper messes.  Just ugh.  These folks are so dirty.

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She’s not even using a baby spoon. How can she not have a baby spoon? My pack rat  of a mamman (grandma) still had one 40+ years after her last baby.  When you have 20+ grandkids, why not keep ar least one on hand?  And Clown Car looked pregnant again.  Jeez lady!  

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I hope this question isn’t coming out of left field but I am wondering why Jess and Ben still have the little house even though they have more children than Joe and Kendra. Did Joe do the work himself restoring the log cabin type home? I would think they could start out in the little house and Ben and Jess could move there but that’s not how It works I guess.  

When Kendra’s mom said she was surprised her pregnancy happened so soon I felt like screaming, what did you think would happen without family planning? I don’t know if she herself has ever used any method though. It sounds like Joe and kendra wanted to get starts right away anyway. 

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2 hours ago, Kiss my mutt said:

I hope this question isn’t coming out of left field but I am wondering why Jess and Ben still have the little house even though they have more children than Joe and Kendra. Did Joe do the work himself restoring the log cabin type home? I would think they could start out in the little house and Ben and Jess could move there but that’s not how It works I guess.  

When Kendra’s mom said she was surprised her pregnancy happened so soon I felt like screaming, what did you think would happen without family planning? I don’t know if she herself has ever used any method though. It sounds like Joe and kendra wanted to get starts right away anyway. 

I think Joe did most of the work with family helping.

I'm thinking the newlyweds get whatevers available when they marry.

Didn't Jessa buy the mold house from Grandma for like a $1?  What if the newlyweds don't want the mold house? I'm sure Joe knows how small the mold house is, not to mention what condition it is in & jumped at the chance to redo the log cabin.  I don't remember if Joe bought the log cabin from Grandma.  Does anyone know?  I'm sure Jessa is extremely jealous of how nice the log cabin turned out.  I think they all lucked out when JimBob sold the Stoneybrook Mcmansion.  I'm sure Jessa was ticked off when the first wed daughter & Pop's favorite got  Stoneybrook & she & Ben got the mold house, even though it did have a redo since the Smugs & others lived there.

It will be interesting to find out where Josiah & Lauren are living.  Or have we found out and I missed it?

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4 hours ago, Ijustwantsomechips said:

She’s not even using a baby spoon. How can she not have a baby spoon? My pack rat  of a mamman (grandma) still had one 40+ years after her last baby.  When you have 20+ grandkids, why not keep ar least one on hand?  And Clown Car looked pregnant again.  Jeez lady!  

She was pregnant again, with Josie, unless I'm way off in guessing Jordyn's age there. Josie was born at 25 weeks gestation a week before Jordyn's first birthday. 

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18 hours ago, GleamingMist said:

I remember MOTY Michelle feeding baby Jordyn on her back!!  I remember being totally gobsmacked that someone would actually feed their child that way.  It's still probably in my Top 10 Duggar Moments That Make Me Facepalm.

C'mon, guys, Michelle had to feed it on its back. There weren't no one to hold it for her!

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1 hour ago, flyingdi said:

C'mon, guys, Michelle had to feed it on its back. There weren't no one to hold it for her!

True, missing back muscle and all.

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12 hours ago, Barb23 said:

I think Joe did most of the work with family helping.

I'm thinking the newlyweds get whatevers available when they marry.

Didn't Jessa buy the mold house from Grandma for like a $1?  What if the newlyweds don't want the mold house? I'm sure Joe knows how small the mold house is, not to mention what condition it is in & jumped at the chance to redo the log cabin.  I don't remember if Joe bought the log cabin from Grandma.  Does anyone know?  I'm sure Jessa is extremely jealous of how nice the log cabin turned out.  I think they all lucked out when JimBob sold the Stoneybrook Mcmansion.  I'm sure Jessa was ticked off when the first wed daughter & Pop's favorite got  Stoneybrook & she & Ben got the mold house, even though it did have a redo since the Smugs & others lived there.

It will be interesting to find out where Josiah & Lauren are living.  Or have we found out and I missed it?

Thank you! I bet Jessa is jealous too.  I know I would be but Ben doesn’t seem to have any skills to improve properties. 

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13 hours ago, Barb23 said:

I think Joe did most of the work with family helping.

I'm thinking the newlyweds get whatevers available when they marry.

Didn't Jessa buy the mold house from Grandma for like a $1?  What if the newlyweds don't want the mold house? I'm sure Joe knows how small the mold house is, not to mention what condition it is in & jumped at the chance to redo the log cabin.  I don't remember if Joe bought the log cabin from Grandma.  Does anyone know?  I'm sure Jessa is extremely jealous of how nice the log cabin turned out.  I think they all lucked out when JimBob sold the Stoneybrook Mcmansion.  I'm sure Jessa was ticked off when the first wed daughter & Pop's favorite got  Stoneybrook & she & Ben got the mold house, even though it did have a redo since the Smugs & others lived there.

It will be interesting to find out where Josiah & Lauren are living.  Or have we found out and I missed it?

The log cabin is on JimChelle’s property, I’d say they own it .

The stonybrook McMansion was abandoned and trashed when the Duggars bought it. Redone mold house vs redone “walls full of catshit” house. 

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10 hours ago, flyingdi said:

C'mon, guys, Michelle had to feed it on its back. There weren't no one to hold it for her!

Wouldn't that give a poor wee baby reflux, though?

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On 8/10/2018 at 11:47 PM, Barb23 said:

I'm thinking the newlyweds get whatevers available when they marry.

 

 

I think that the rules change all the time. When JB gave Jill and Derick the McMansion and Jessa and Ben got the mold house, JB said something about "helping them out at reduced rent." Jinger and Joy didn't get a house, Joe had to do the work on his house, and it doesn't look like Josiah gets a house at all.

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I know she owns it, but that's a lot of house for one little old lady. I think she's with Deanna (a house she co-owns).

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On 8/11/2018 at 1:11 AM, Heathen said:

She was pregnant again, with Josie, unless I'm way off in guessing Jordyn's age there. Josie was born at 25 weeks gestation a week before Jordyn's first birthday. 

Thanks @Heathen.  I can’t keep up with all the dates anymore.

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I'm so confused with all these wedding and births.  And the way they mix them up - planning a wedding, then a birth, then back to the wedding.  Last night Jinger let them know she was pregnant, and next thing you know she is giving birth.  Hard to keep up!

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On 8/10/2018 at 5:26 PM, ginger90 said:

 

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As an infant feeding specialist, this is terrible and goes against absolutely everything we know about feeding babies, solid foods or otherwise. Stunning to think this was towards the end, when theoretically she was (or should have been) an experienced parent. If this is what she does after 18 (?) kids, I shudder to think how the earlier ones were “cared” for. 

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9 minutes ago, awaken said:

As an infant feeding specialist, this is terrible and goes against absolutely everything we know about feeding babies, solid foods or otherwise. Stunning to think this was towards the end, when theoretically she was (or should have been) an experienced parent. If this is what she does after 18 (?) kids, I shudder to think how the earlier ones were “cared” for. 

I'm a 53+ year-old woman and I don't want to eat while lying on my back. Why on earth would MEchelle think her baby would want to? (I know the answer, of course. No need to take care of anything because Jesus. Feed your kids in positions and are dangerous to them, only ever use styrofoam plates for your litters of kids, keep your kittens in a pitcher, none of it matters because Jesus loves you and your incompetent bullshittery the very very best.)

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27 minutes ago, awaken said:

As an infant feeding specialist, this is terrible and goes against absolutely everything we know about feeding babies, solid foods or otherwise. Stunning to think this was towards the end, when theoretically she was (or should have been) an experienced parent. If this is what she does after 18 (?) kids, I shudder to think how the earlier ones were “cared” for. 

Funny you should say that because several people made comments on DFO regarding the picture where Felicity wasn't properly positioned in her carseat. The Duggars' rabid defenders said Michelle gave birth to 19 kids and she would never post a picture of anything where a child's safety was compromised. (Eyeroll)

Michelle was also the same woman who taught Jill that absurdly dangerous trick of looping a heavy carseat over a flimsy umbrella stroller, so yeah...

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30 minutes ago, awaken said:

As an infant feeding specialist, this is terrible and goes against absolutely everything we know about feeding babies, solid foods or otherwise. Stunning to think this was towards the end, when theoretically she was (or should have been) an experienced parent. If this is what she does after 18 (?) kids, I shudder to think how the earlier ones were “cared” for. 

I'm curious at what point did TLC tell the production crew to step in on some of these situations?  WE know that when Boob and J'chelle were gone that they dropped everything to help Jana with a seizing Josie, but for things like that horrific feeding???  I wonder what the code of conduct was?

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That's a good question! I've always heard that, in general, reality TV crews are strongly urged not to intervene to make for better TV, but I don't know what general standard that TLC or the crew on this show in particular follows. I'm glad they stepped in and helped during Josie's ordeal. That would have been terrifying for everyone present. 

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11 minutes ago, DragonFaerie said:

I'm curious at what point did TLC tell the production crew to step in on some of these situations?  WE know that when Boob and J'chelle were gone that they dropped everything to help Jana with a seizing Josie, but for things like that horrific feeding???  I wonder what the code of conduct was?

Unless she started choking I doubt they would have intervened. Unfortunately in our country, just being a bad parent isn't illegal. There would have been no one to call and of all the things CPS worthy that I have seen over the years, this doesn't even hit the radar.

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On 8/5/2018 at 5:41 AM, GeeGolly said:

I'm also guessing Joe and Kendra are typical travelers in not knowing how to speak the language of a foreign country. It's not like Jill and Derick who moved to a Spanish speaking area with the sole purpose of interacting with the residents.

All I was suggesting was to learn how to say hello, goodbye and thank you. That should be the bare minimum for anyone traveling to a foreign country!

 

On 8/10/2018 at 10:46 PM, Kiss my mutt said:

I hope this question isn’t coming out of left field but I am wondering why Jess and Ben still have the little house even though they have more children than Joe and Kendra. Did Joe do the work himself restoring the log cabin type home? I would think they could start out in the little house and Ben and Jess could move there but that’s not how It works I guess.  

When Kendra’s mom said she was surprised her pregnancy happened so soon I felt like screaming, what did you think would happen without family planning? I don’t know if she herself has ever used any method though. It sounds like Joe and kendra wanted to get starts right away anyway. 

Kendra's dad actively preaches on the "trust god with the size of your family" doctrine, so no, I don't believe they've ever used birth control. I'm sure she was just mildly surprised that it was a honeymoon baby. Even among their set, it can often take a few months to conceive.

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6 hours ago, DragonFaerie said:

I'm curious at what point did TLC tell the production crew to step in on some of these situations?  WE know that when Boob and J'chelle were gone that they dropped everything to help Jana with a seizing Josie, but for things like that horrific feeding???  I wonder what the code of conduct was?

They did Talking Heads with the crew for one episode. I think Jim the sound guy(?) said he would redirect the kids sometimes. I sure someone would be able to find the episode. It might have been preceding Scandal #1? @Sew Sumi might know.

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On 8/15/2018 at 11:53 PM, Zella said:

That's a good question! I've always heard that, in general, reality TV crews are strongly urged not to intervene to make for better TV, but I don't know what general standard that TLC or the crew on this show in particular follows. I'm glad they stepped in and helped during Josie's ordeal. That would have been terrifying for everyone present. 

That stems from the practice of documentary films, where it’s considered unethical and fraudulent to interfere with the natives in their habitats, because then you are no longer simply a scrivener type.  (Source: film minor with lectures on Nanook of the North, etc.)

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On 8/15/2018 at 11:43 PM, DragonFaerie said:

I'm curious at what point did TLC tell the production crew to step in on some of these situations?  WE know that when Boob and J'chelle were gone that they dropped everything to help Jana with a seizing Josie, but for things like that horrific feeding???  I wonder what the code of conduct was?

We know they dropped everything SO THEY COULD FILM, because that's how fucked up these people are. A child is experiencing a medical emergency, and their first instinct is to call the crew over so they could get it on camera. Fortunately, there were enough crew members available to handle the camera, mic, etc. that one of them could lend a hand.

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