The Duggar Family can now count a new precious bundle of joy among its members.
It was revealed via the family blog on Tuesday night that Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar have welcomed their fifth child into the world.
His name is Mason Garrett… he weighed nine pounds and one ounce at birth… he measured 22 inches in length… and HERE HE IS:
“We are so thankful and happy to announce the arrival of our new son, Mason Garrett Duggar. Both he and Anna are doing well,” reads the blog post, continuing as follows:
“He arrived today without complication and we already adore him. The entire family is ecstatic over the arrival of another beautiful blessing.
“We want to thank everyone for your prayers, kind words and well wishes. We appreciate it much more than we could ever express.
“We pray God blesses each of you with an abundance of the kindness you’ve shown us.”
Just as Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have named all their children with “J” monikers, Anna and Josh have chosen an “M” theme for their children.
As such, Mason joins older siblings Mackynzie (seven years old), Michael (six years old), Marcus (four years old) and Meredith (two years old).
The couple announced in a blog entry on the same Duggar website in March that they were expecting another child this year.
This one came as a surprise because… well… Josh has quite the sordid family history.
He admitted two years prior to this pregnancy announcement that he had molested two of his sisters, an ugly scandal that his parents helped him cover up.
They didn’t report Josh – who was a teenager when his committed these heinous actions – to the authorities, choosing instead to handle the behavior internally.
Duggar acknowledged this dark mark in his past upon announcing Anna was expecting once again.
He wrote at the time:
“For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family.”
“Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust… We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time.”
As recently as last week, it was reported that Josh and Anna remained in marriage counseling.
This report alleged that the ex-reality stars are “trying desperately to salvage their troubled relationship,” which was also placed in major danger when Josh confessed to cheating on Anna.
Wrote Anna and Josh several months ago:
“As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year.”
“Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!”
In August of 2015, Josh checked into a faith-based rehab facility in Illinois, not long after admitting he was addicted to pornography and had been unfaithful to Anna.
He completed this stint in March of last year.
Later this month, meanwhile, he and Anna will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary.
As for other members of Josh’s famous family?
They’ve been busy procreating and getting married, per usual.
Joseph Duggar exchanged vows with Kendra Caldwell this past weekend, while Joy-Anna Duggar announced late last month that she’s pregnant with her first child.
With all of this going on around him in Arkansas, Josh has mostly been flying under the celebrity gossip radar for awhile now.
Or at least trying to.
TLC has gone out of its way to shield him from the public (see above) as though he were some sort of reality TV pariah.
He’s back in the fold and back in the news now, however. But for the most positive of reasons, at least.
No matter what you think of this man and/or his decisions over the years, there’s now another tiny human being in the picture.
Let’s all hope little Mason is raised in a happy, healthy, loving environment, and that his family continues to heal the divisions of the past.
We wish him the best.