"For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!"
His birth was announced on September 12, 2017. Mason Garrett Duggar was born at 1:22 a.m. on September 12, 2017, at his parents' home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He weighed 9 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 22 inches long. His middle name is in honor of his paternal great-grandfather, Garrett Ruark. Of his birth, his parents said:
"We are so thankful and happy to announce the arrival of our new son, Mason Garrett Duggar. Both he and Anna are doing well. He arrived today without complication and we already adore him. The entire family is ecstatic over the arrival of another beautiful blessing. We want to thank everyone for your prayers, kind words, and well wishes. We appreciate it much more than we could ever express. We pray God blesses each of you with an abundance of the kindness you’ve shown us."
When Mason was two weeks old, he started experiencing reactions to a then-unknown allergy. He was temporarily switched to formula while Anna cut a number of common allergens out of her diet. Eventually, it was determined that he had a milk protein allergy, and he was able to resume nursing. Since then, he has been healthy and his parents have been able to manage his allergy by keeping dairy from his diet.
Mason is described as a busy and active little guy, bold, adventurous, and very talkative.
Along with his siblings, Mason will be homeschooled growing up.
Mason is frequently featured on the TLC show Counting On.