Joy-Anna Duggar Holds Sleeping Son Gideon in First IG Post since Announcing Her Miscarriage
Joy-Anna Duggar returned to social media after her miscarriage and it's clear that she has not lost sight of the most important thing in her life.
After suffering a devastating miscarriage on July 4 alongside husband Austin Forsyth, Joy-Anna Duggar mostly stayed away from the public eye and her posts online were few and far between.
The tragic news came only two months following the couple's joyful announcement that they were having their second child. They apparently waited a week to share the bad news.
"Today marks one week since we heard these words… 'So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement,'" Joy-Anna captioned a picture of her laying on a hospital bed with Forsyth sitting nearby.
The couple shared the gender with fans — it was to be a girl — and later on, revealed the name they gave her as Annabell Elise. She would have been a little sister to one-year-old Gideon, the couple's first child.
Joy-Anna and her husband spoke a lot about their faith which was a big help in getting them through the loss. However, little Gideon has undoubtedly provided comfort as well.
The young tot was the focus in the latest post that Joy-Anna shared to her Instagram. Dressed in a red t-shirt and grey shorts, Gideon lay sleeping in his mother's arms.
Joy-Anna included only three emojis in the caption of the post, a triple z emoji, a baby, and a blue heart. The comment section was a mix of fans admiring the picture and those sharing words of comfort to the grieving mother.
The post follows a series of heart-wrenching photos Joy-Anna shared last week of her holding her stillborn daughter. In one, both her and Forsyth looked down at their little girl.
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We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious. So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time! She will be in our hearts forever!💝😇 . Thank you all for your love and support! We can feel the prayers!💕 . Thank you, @carlinbates98 for coming to town to be here for me and for doing my hair and makeup for pictures with our little girl!💖
In another, Joy-Anna's friend Carlin Bates smiled modestly next to her on the hospital bed. The next photo featured Joy-Anna's sister Jill Dillard and her mother Michelle Duggar looking at baby Annabell.
The last was the tiny footprint marks of the deceased next to a coin. "We only had her for 20 weeks, Life is fragile and precious. So thankful the Lord gave her to us for that short time!" the couple wrote in the caption.
The family welcomes prayers from the public and from their first announcement of the loss, they've taken solace in biblical scripture. "God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort," read the original post.
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Today marks one week since we heard these words… . “So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement.” . We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl. Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sam 12:23). We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again. We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means “God has favored me”, and Elise means “God satisfies”. What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus. Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well. . “All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.” -Fanny Crosby
We hope that the couple and the entire Duggar family get through the pain of their loss and have success in growing their family in the future. Our hearts go out to them.