The Duggars are at it again -- baby No. 19!
People magazine reports that the famously fertile Duggar family is expecting baby number 19 in the spring.
These are the folks that don't believe in birth control, but they also don't believe in debt. Dad is Jim Bob, a real estate broker who now is in the used-car business; and the mom is Michelle, a stay-at-home mom. They live in a house they built themselves with their kids, all whose names begin with J. There's oldest son Josh (whose own wife is pregnant expecting Baby No. 19's niece next month). Then there are twins Jana and John-David, 19; Jill, 18; Jessa, 16; Jinger, 15; Joseph, 14; Josiah, 13; Joy-Anna, 11; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 10; Jason, 9; James, 8; Justin, 6; Jackson, 5; Johanna, 3; Jennifer, 2, and Jordyn-Grace, 8 months. Their lives are featured on TLC's 18 Kids and Counting.
Doctors say there are no health concerns. Mom Michelle is 42, but has shown no signs of the typical troubles older maternal patients experience. She's been married since she was 17, so she got an early start on the baby-making. I know there are a lot of Duggar fans out there but there also are some who can't fathom this kind of life, and worry that it sends the message to the girls that college should take a back seat to the maternity ward (and to their husbands) in a backlash against gender equality. We had a lively debate here on this blog last year when it was announced that the family number stood at a mere 18.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne