TODAY   |  October 11, 2009

‘Grandduggar’ makes TV debut

Oct. 12: The first grandchild of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Mackynzie Renee, joins her proud new parents and the rest of the Duggar clan in a TODAY exclusive.

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>>> we are back at 8:11. this morning we're checking in with the duggers. jim bob and michelle have 18 kids with one on the way. now their first grandchild mckenzie rene born last thursday to the duggest's son josh and his wife anna . there she is, along with the entire family exclusively. good morning to everyone.

>> ann, start with you. mckenzie at birth weighs eight pounds, 19 1/2 inches. she looks like she's doing great. how are you feeling?

>> i'm feeling wonderful, ann. i've had a lot of help. joshua has changed several diapers and he's been a wonderful daddy.

>> the name mckenzie rene , rene is your middle name . where does mckenzie come from?

>> well, we looked at several names that we liked and mckenzie was our favorite and so it just kind of stuck and also, we have a cousin named mckenzie and so --

>> just spelled a little differently.

>> yes.

>> josh, the baby was born at home, which is a brave thing in and of itself. you were right there. you caught the baby when she came out. what was the experience like for you as first-time dad?

>> it was really awesome, especially just to see how dedicated my wife was to the pregnancy and how dedicated she was to mckenzie and really wanting to see that experience was just really awesome. it was a great blessing and we were very grateful to be able to have it at home and the birth and it was just really awesome.

>> michelle , you got word that mckenzie was on her way while you and the whole family, you're in texas thursday morning. you know that she's going to have the baby. you high-tail it back on a plane with your 18-year-old daughter jill. you got there just in the nick of time . is that right?

>> that's right. we arrived just about 20 minutes before mckenzie was born and so it was very special that we were able to be here for the birth and it was just a beautiful experience. anna did such a wonderful job.

>> you've had a number of births yourself. 18 and counting, as we said. but it is a little bit different when you're witnessing your son's child being born.

>> oh, yes. my heart was going out to anna . i was really feeling for her and yet she did a wonderful job.

>> jim bob , what's it going to be? is it going to be mimi and papa? grandma and grandpa? what are the names?

>> i think we've decided on grandpa duggar and grandma duggar.

>> if you can ask the peanut gallery there how many of them would like to baby-sit little mckenzie with a show of hands .

>> yeah. i think we're definitely going to have a lot of baby-sitters. aren't we, guys?

>> josh, you're used to baby-sitting. as the oldest in the family of taking care of all your siblings. different though when it's your child?

>> it really is different, meredith. i think that being an older sibling you can only experience so much because when it comes down to it, the responsibility is left to the parents. i think it is just like we get to learn a lot. it was really awesome because we had chores and buddies we were assigned to and it made an awesome experience. but all the parenting and all that stuff was still left to our parents. i think you can only be so prepared but it's really been awesome just the past couple days that we've had mckenzie . i look forward to the years to come.

>> she's a beautiful, beautiful little girl . before we go, michelle you're due again in march with baby 19. do you know if it's a boy or girl ?

>> we don't know if it's a boy or girl yet. we shall find out in a few weeks from now but we're taking name suggestionses for a boy or a girl that starts with a j. send that to tlc.com.

>> i bet a lot of people will be sending in their suggestions. i know then the family votes on that. thank you so much for sharing your great news with us this morning. all the best to all of you especially little mckenzie .

>> we still have hope for meredith, though. because we have the m thing maybe possibly.

>> i didn't want to bring that up. but now that you brought it up, thank you very much. but don't you tease me, josh. don't you tease me. for more on the birth of their -- we'll see you soon.

>> not too soon, i hope. for more on the birth of the first grandduggar, tomorrow night on tlc.

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