If you’ve been following Joy-Anna Duggar’s Instagram for updates on her baby bump, you may have noticed a subtle shift recently.
Jim Bob has a huge rule for his family … and it’s a rule that Joy has quietly begun to break.
Joy-Anna is a grown woman. She’s a mom.
In fact, she is pregnant with her second child — after suffering a tragic miscarriage last year.
But in the eyes of Jim Bob and the fringe cult to which Joy’s entire family belongs, there is one thing that she cannot be trusted to do.
That is: have her very own Instagram account.
WIth rare, special exceptions, the Duggars are not allowed to have social media until they get married.
Even when they are married, they are expected to have creepy, joint accounts with their spouses — though not all of them do.
For years, Joy and Austin have shared an Instagram account, speaking with one voice on social media.
Now, that is in the process of changing.
As you can see, their Instagram handle remains the same, reflecting both of their names.
But as Joy mentions in her bio, Austin has his own Instagram these days.
Joy even refers to being “married to” him — indicating that this Instagram account is solely hers.
Short of scrubbing Austin’s name from their Instagram handle, this is about as clear as they can make it that this is Joy’s IG.
To be fair, it has been apparent for a while that it was Joy who was making these posts.
But most of us had suspected that Joy and Austin were going to continue sharing the account for the foreseeable future.
There are benefits to living your life in a way that Jim Bob approves.
It has long been suspected that the controlling family patriarch uses his wealth to keep a tight leash on his adult children — even the married ones.
This break doesn’t necessarily signal that Joy-Anna is distancing herself from her family.
It may be the result of Jim Bob appearing to soften on some previously rigid rules.
For example, Jana — the still unmarried eldest — has her own Instagram.
And when Jedidiah Duggar announced that he was running for office, he suddenly had a new home address and his own Instagram account.
Our guess is that Jed was allowed these adulthood staples to make him look like less of a child and like less of a cult member.
Jana may have earned a special degree of trust from her parents, but we cannot say for sure that she has sole access to her account.
In any case, the reason for these social media restrictions has always been the result of two things.
Jim Bob does not believe in privacy, and he believes that temptations can only be avoided by averting one’s gaze.
Plenty of us thirst-follow a bunch of people on Instagram and it’s not a problem at all.
But in a family where the girls are expected to say “Nike” if a human woman walks by so tha their brothers can look at their shoes, that’s different.
Jim Bob and Michelle believe all sorts of toxic things when it comes to sexual atraction.
As you can imagine, the people who think that wearing normal pants shows off too much of a woman’s curves are opposed to Instagram thirst traps.
Contrary to Jim Bob’s beliefs and those of the controversial cult to which he belongs, Joy and Austin getting seperate Instagrams isn’t a prelude to cheating.
Instead, it just means that they can post to social media with their own voices and interact with fans accordingly.
The Duggars aren’t the only ones who do those joint husband-wife accounts, and they’re just plain creepy.
Congratulations to Joy and Austin on taking one tiny step closer to normal, non-fringe society.
If you know anything about the Duggars, you know that they love rules.
There are the Duggar courtship rules, of course, that are now infamous.
But patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle have equally strict guidelines for just about every aspect of their children’s lives.
Long before, and aside from, courtship.
Until they move out on their own (usually only permitted once they’ve married), the Duggar kids are under their parents’ control.
Not just as a figure of speech. Entirely.
From the moment they start their morning chores to the moment they finish their evening prayers, it’s Jim Bob’s show. Period.
If it sounds like a lot of pressure … well, it is.
A newly-revealed list of Duggar house rules sheds more light on exactly what’s expected of Michelle’s massive brood.
And man alive, this is super effed up.
[UPDATE: The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally at hand — the Duggar kids are rebelling against Jim Bob’s strict control! Scroll down for the latest on this exciting situation.]
1. Family Law
2. Shifting Focus
3. Making the Rounds
4. Soft Words
5. Kind Actions
6. Praise Be!
Now, at 19 weeks, she is showing off her baby bump.
“Nineteen weeks!” Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth captions the photo that you are about to see.
“#babygirl #19weekspregnant #somuchlove,” she tags her captions.
In the pic, she is standing in profile with her baby bump silhouette on display.
Joy-Anna opted for a mirror selfie in a standing mirror that could, honestly, do with a good wipe-down.
That is NOT a subtle bump!
Joy-Anna famously suffered a tragic miscarriage back in July of 2019.
It must feel surreal and complicated for her to once again be building a tiny human body inside of her own.
She is nearly halfway through this pregnancy. Joy-Anna’s expected due date is in August.
Seeing the photo, Joy-Anna’s adoring followers were eager to pile on the praise.
“19 weeks and beyond beautiful!!!” one fan gushed in the replies.
Another follower praised: “You look great, Joy!”
“So happy for your little family,” raved another comment.
“You will soon be holding that beautiful rainbow baby in your arms,” wrote another fan.
The comment continued, pointing out that “August is just around the corner.”
“Stay home, stay well,” the follower wisely advised her.
The coronavirus epidemic is a terrible time to be pregnant, as many hospitals are already overwhelmed — and this is just the beginning.
A “rainbow baby” is an increasingly popular term for the first child born after a miscarriage.
Parents, grieving the child that might have been, see these new babies as symbols of hope for the future.
Not all parents who have experienced miscarriages embrace the term.
But the term is very commonly used among Duggar fans as they, like Joy-Anna, hope that having this child will have a healing effect upon the family.
Austin and Joy-Anna already have a child — two-year-old Gideon.
According to their beliefs, shared by the wider Duggar family, they really already have two children.
They named their miscarried child Annabell and mourn her as any parent would mourn a lost child, though they never got to meet her.
Now, they’re remaining hopeful and excited about this pregnancy.
Most miscarriages happen so early in pregnancies that the parents may not have even realized that there was a pregnancy at all.
But Joy-Anna’s miscarriage in the summer of 2019 happened at 20 weeks.
Nonetheless, Joy says that she is excited about this pregnancy, even after the trauma of last year.
Passing the 20 week milestone will be a huge deal for them. Fingers crossed!
We are sure that Joy-Anna will keep fans updated on her pregnancy and continue showing off her belly bump as this goes on.
As we mentioned, this is not a good time to be pregnant, as pandemics put a strain on all healthcare resources.
Home births are not always safe or viable options, no matter how much the parents may wish otherwise.
It is our sincere hope that Joy is able to remain safe and healthy throughout this turbulent time.
All across the country, millions of Americans are feeling uncertain about their future employment situation.
And there’s reason to believe that group may include the Duggar family of Tontitown, Arkansas.
Don’t get us wrong. patriarch Jim Bob will be fine, what with his house-flipping business and car dealerships.
But once again, myriad reports of Counting On getting canceled are circulating on social media this week.
And without the reality show that serves as the foundation of their media empire, the Duggars will be in rough shape.
The latest reports began back in February, as fans noticed that an 11th season of the show had not been announced by TLC.
Counting On ratings have been on the decline for years, and this was widely taken as a sign that the show was on life support.
Earlier this month, however, fans received some unexpected good news.
It seems the Duggars are filming Counting On Season 11 in some capacity. But will this be the show’s farewell season?
Fans are convinced that’s indeed the case, and low ratings aren’t the only sign of trouble in the Natural State.
Many believe the biggest indication that the Duggar kids are planning a future without TLC is altogether different:
The family is newly, and surprisingly fixated … on web content.
For most of their adult lives, the Duggar children have adhered to strict guidelines – in every regard, including what they’re allowed to do online and post on their social media pages.
Now, it appears that all restrictions have been lifted.
These days, everything from big announcements in their lives to minor slice-of-life moments end up on Instagram or YouTube.
Recent milestones like Jessa Duggar wearing pants for the first time went straight from the Duggars’ living rooms to their fans.
All without TLC acting as intermediary, or Jim Bob intervening.
The situation has many viewers convinced that the Duggars have been given the go-ahead to produce their own content.
Is this because their days of reality stardom are over?
It’s not such a tremendous leap, particularly as moments like Joy-Anna’s pregnancy were left in the youngster’s hands.
In the past, such events would be at the center of a special episode, and/or an Exclusive spread in People magazine.
These days, the next generation of Duggars make the announcements themselves via Instagram and that’s about it.
Of course, there’s another possibility here.
It could be that filming for Counting On, like everything else has been put on hiatus due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Duggars may be focused on their own content only on a temporary basis out of necessity until the pandemic subsides.
In any event, their ratings remain at an all-time low, and it seems unlikely that TLC will be willing to shell out much longer.
The Duggars do just about everything a little differently from the rest of us, and their weddings are no exception.
When a fellow fundie marries into the Duggar clan, the occasion is marked by a massive, booze-free celebration in which two young people nervously await the departure of the last guest, at which time, they’ll be free to start making babies.
The Duggar courtship rules prohibit premarital sex, and women in the family often get pregnant on their honeymoons.
So the ceremonies are high-pressure affairs made even more intense by the fact that they’re often attended by HUNDREDS of Duggar friends and well-wishers.
Needless to say, this combination of factors makes for some very interesting photo opportunities.
Take a look at some of the most memorable pics:
1. Matriarch Weds Patriarch
2. An Unholy Union
3. A Very Public First Kiss
4. Lookin’ Good
5. Anniversary Throwback
6. Jill’s Wedding Party
The Duggar homestead is a familiar sight to fans of the family.
Jim Bob and Michelle built a 7,000-square foot Arkansas residence using the proceeds from their first TLC specials way back in the day.
Thirteen years and three more kids later, the house serves as the setting for two reality shows – and some very large family gatherings.
Of course, 13 years is a long time and, about half the younger Duggar generation has grown up and moved into homes of their own.
Some of the adult Duggars are just starting out – while some are already living the good life on some very enviable property.
Others … not so much. We’ll get to that shortly.
The folks at celebrity gossip magazine In Touch took a look at all of the Duggar homes, and you might be surprised by what they found.
So where do the Duggars live? Take a look: