Counting On stars Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell welcomed their first baby, Garrett David, earlier this month, and the couple recently introduced their son to fans in a new TLC video. Duggar and Caldwell couldn’t help but gush about the latest addition to the Duggar family, and they also revealed the meaning behind his name.
“It’s definitely super thrilling to be parents of our sweet little guy,” said Caldwell in the video. “And I think it’s kind of surreal right now. We’re super excited just to get to do this journey together.”
Duggar added that the most exciting thing about having a son is thinking about all of the things he will get to do with him when he is older – like going fishing, plus everything else a dad thinks of.
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The new parents – who got married last September – said that they named their son Garrett because it is Duggar’s middle name and the name of his grandpa. They didn’t elaborate on the name David, but it probably has something to do with the fact that it is a Biblical name. Or maybe a family name, since Duggar has an older brother named John David.
According to In Touch Weekly, fans have speculated that the 19-year-old gave birth to Garrett in a hospital, which is something that the conservative family usually tries to avoid. The Duggar women often opt for home births, but eagle-eyed fans noticed that both Duggar and Caldwell were wearing hospital bracelets in a photo they posted after announcing their son’s birth.
Fans commented that they hoped Garrett’s arrival was a planned hospital birth instead of a home birth gone wrong. Back in February, when Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth to her son Gideon, she had to go to the hospital after over a day of labor when they discovered the baby was breech.
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Gideon and Garrett are now super-cute cousins, and their moms recently shared a twinning photo of the two newborns. In the pic, both Joy-Anna and Kendra are all smiles while cradling their babies and standing next to each other in Jim Bob and Michelle’s home.
Joy-Anna is wearing a blue t-shirt and black skirt, while Kendra went the opposite way by rocking a black tee and blue skirt.
With the new moms being just one-year apart in age, and Gideon and Garrett being born less than four months apart, it is safe to assume that they could be best friends growing up.
Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar return with new episodes of Counting On Monday, July 30th on TLC.