Joy-Anna Duggar Grieves Loss Of Daughter With Instagram Post In Honor Of Her Due Date

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Joy-Anna Duggar continues to grieve the loss of her daughter with her husband, Austin Forsyth. The baby, which would have been due in eight days, was honored by her mother with a touching Instagram post where Joy-Anna shared a photo of herself, her sisters, and sisters-in-law at a time when all were sharing the glow of pregnancy together.

The Counting On star shared the photo, where she was seen pictured alongside sisters-in-law Kendra Duggar, Anna Duggar, Abbie Duggar, and Lauren Duggar, as well as her sister, Jessa Duggar, who cradled her newborn baby girl, Ivy, in her arms.

At the time, all the women were pregnant together, making for a stunning family photo.

In the caption of the post, Joy-Anna remarked how happy she was to have this photo, as a way to document the life of her daughter, who died at 20 weeks gestation.

She spoke about how grateful she was to be able to carry her child, even for that short amount of time, and remarked how happy she was for her family members, who will all be delivering their children within the next months.

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So thankful to have these pictures from the photo shoot back in June with all the pregnant sisters. I couldn’t have known at the time what these memories would mean to me now. While we grieve over the loss of our baby girl who would’ve been due in just 8 days, we are grateful for the time we had with her. We are thankful for memories like these. We are thankful for the precious hours we were able to hold her in our arms and say our goodbyes. We are thankful that God allowed us to be her parents, and we know that her life—though it was brief—has changed our lives forever. And at the same time, we want others to know that the loss we feel does not negate the true joy and expectation we feel as we await the arrival of sisters’ and friends’ babies. There are lots of little nieces on the way, and we couldn’t be more excited! Kendra, Lauren and Anna are due this month, and Abbie is due in January! It’s a strange dichotomy. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we are “as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Cor 6:10). . God has been good. God is still good. We look forward to seeing Annabell again one day in heaven. Until then, we will get the joy and privilege of cuddling and loving on these sweet little nieces. . Photographer Credit:Lori Blythe/TLC.

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Sister-in-law Anna Duggar commented on Joy’s photo.

“Love you so much Joy! God’s grace has been so evident in your life during this difficult time of loss. Words cannot describe how much I miss Annabell. I cherish the special memories you and I shared during our pregnancies and look forward to seeing Annabell again in Heaven!” she wrote.

Joy’s sister, Jessa Duggar, also commented on the photo.

“It has brought tears to my eyes to watch the way you take Ivy up into your arms and love on her. You’re a beautiful, strong woman. I love you so much,” she wrote.

In July of this year, Joy-Anna miscarried her little girl, whom she named Annabell Elise. The reality star shared the news on Instagram, along with a heartbreaking sequence of photos where she and Austin were seen in Joy’s hospital bed, holding their daughter after her passing.

“We only had her for 20 weeks,” wrote the couple on their shared Instagram account. “Life is fragile and precious. So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!”

The infant was wrapped in a pink blanket and was wearing a lace cap on her head in the photos Joy-Anna and Austin shared with their Instagram followers.

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Joy-Anna remarked in the latest issue of Us Weekly that she is allowing her body to heal before trying to conceive once again.

The Inquisitr previously reported that Joy-Anna revealed she missed her baby girl and posted an inspirational message for her followers where the reality star shared a Bible verse from Psalms.

Joy-Anna and Austin are parents to one son, Gideon, who was born in February of 2018.

Counting On airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.