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Jessa and Michelle Duggar take center stage on '19 Kids and Counting'

Josie Duggar, Michelle's last child, is now a healthy, happy 4-year-old.
Josie Duggar, Michelle's last child, is now a healthy, happy 4-year-old.
Jackie Kass

Two new episodes of TLC’s hit reality series, “19 Kids and Counting,” aired on May 20. The first one focused on Jessa Duggar and her courtship to Ben Seewald. Michelle Duggar took center stage on the second. With only two more new shows to air this season, fans of the super-sized family are anxious to see how it plays out.

During “Something New,” Jessa Duggar headed to Ben’s house to learn how to cook his favorite meal (fettuccine alfredo with chicken and apple pie) With help from Jinger and Ben’s sisters, she tuned up her cooking skills. It looks like Jessa plans on playing a traditional role in the home. When asked if wives should be expected to prepare a home cooked meal every night, Michelle said that expectations could lead to problems. As posted by Hollywood Life on May 20, the couple has already admitted that they love each other. However, Jessa and Ben are saving their first kiss for the altar. Josh and Anna Duggar were also featured when they embarked on a skiing trip.

The next new episode of “19 Kids and Counting” called “Couples Weekend” aired directly afterward. Jill and Jana assisted at a birth, while Jessa documented the day in pictures. The most interesting part of the new show centered on Michelle Duggar and her trip to a fertility doctor. The mom of 19 wanted to consult Dr. Wendel from Little Rock about her chance of carrying and delivering a 20th child. According to Us Magazine, Michelle and Jim Bob were looking for answers concerning the safety and possibility of Michelle, who is 47 years old, getting pregnant again.

In 2009, Josie Duggar was born more than three months prematurely and spent months in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In 2011, Michelle suffered a miscarriage. The entire family mourned her loss with a touching memorial for the child who was to be named Jubilee. In the past, Michelle has said that she would welcome another child, but that she would also accept the fact if she couldn’t have any more.

The physician did not give Michelle good news. He stated that her chance of conceiving was less than 5% due to her age. He also said that her chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome was 1 in 4. Michelle replied that since she was 36, doctors have been sharing these risks with her. If Michelle and Jim Bob wish to have more children, they might have to turn to adoption options.

The current season of “19 Kids and Counting” comes to a close in just two weeks. Below are details for the two remaining episodes.

Tuesday, May 27
The super-sized one-hour episode is titled “A Toast To Love.” Derick is finally home from Nepal, and the whole family has planned a super-sized welcome. Later, Michelle takes the courting couples on a triple date. Plus, the kids surprise Jim Bob and Michelle with a dinner they won't forget.
9 p.m. EST on TLC.

Tuesday, June 3
The finale is super-sized to one hour and is titled “A Duggar Says…” While the girls are out promoting their new book, Derick takes the opportunity to do some secret planning back at home. After getting permission from Jim Bob to ask for Jill's hand in marriage, will he be able to pull off an intricate proposal?
9 p.m. EST on TLC.

The eighth season of “19 Kids and Counting” comes to an end in two short weeks. However, don’t be too sad, Duggar fans. Amy Duggar’s new special called “A Duggar Leaves Home” premieres the week after the "19 Kids and Counting" finale. A special one-hour episode of “19 Kids and Counting” highlighting Amy’s best moments airs at 8 p.m. EST, to be followed by “A Duggar Leaves Home” at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 10 on TLC.

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