Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth slammed for weekend away as Gideon turns one

Joy and Austin on Counting On shortly after Gideon was born
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth spent the weekend away as Gideon turned one. Pic credit: TLC

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth faced online backlash over the weekend — after an Instagram post showed them spending time away together rather than staying at home to celebrate son Gideon’s first birthday.

The post revealed the pair were attending a Living United Couples Retreat in Branson, Missouri, on Saturday, the day Gideon turned one, and that he was being looked after by Austin’s parents.

But while a second post showed they did return to celebrate with their little one on Sunday, that didn’t stop the pair being slammed by some followers on the social media site.

Gideon’s first birthday

The couple welcomed Gideon into the world on February 23, 2018, and Duggar fans were looking foward over the weekend to see what Joy-Anna and Austin had planned for their baby’s first birthday.

When they put up a post showing they weren’t in town, critics immediately pounced on them — questioning why parents wouldn’t want to spend their child’s first birthday with them.

Some accused Joy-Anna of “abandoning” her son. However, other followers — as well as Jessa Seewald — stepped in to hit back at the critics.

Jessa Seewald's Instagram coment

The family did celebrate Gideon’s first birthday

In a separate Instagram post, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth revealed that they did return to celebrate with Gideon, on Sunday.

Now that Gideon has officially turned one, Duggar fans will want to know when Joy-Anna will be announcing another pregnancy. Watch this space!

Counting On airs Monday nights at 9/8 on TLC.

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