The TV family is moving to a friend's house closer to the hospital to share Christmas with their baby

By Mike Fleeman
December 24, 2009 12:20 PM
Credit: TLC

The Duggars are leaving home for the holidays.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19th child, Josie, is still hospitalized in Little Rock, Ark., so the TV clan is moving from their tiny hometown of Tontitown to the city 200 miles away to be closer to the baby.

“Josie is 2-weeks-old today,” Jim Bob tells PEOPLE. “We continue to take things day by day – she remains in the NICU where doctors are tracking her progress.”

Josie was born on Dec. 10 by emergency C-section, weighing 1 lb., 6 oz. The baby was born prematurely because mom Michelle suffered from preeclampsia, a condition during pregnancy that causes high blood pressure.

“Our entire family is planning to relocate to Little Rock temporarily to be close to Josie,” Jim Bob says. “In the meantime, we’re grateful that a close friend in Little Rock has opened up their home to us for the holidays.”

The older Duggar children recently returned from a church mission to El Salvador “so the whole family will be together and close to Josie for Christmas,” says Jim Bob. “We’re so thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”