The Duggar Family Welcomes 18th Child!!!

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    I think I relived some of my labor pains when I heard this story.

    It's a girl! Duggars welcome 18th child
    Ever-growing Arkansas family adds a holiday bundle-of-joy to their brood
    TODAY staff and wire
    updated 7:38 p.m. ET, Thurs., Dec. 18, 2008
    Michelle Duggar has given birth to her 18th child.

    The Arkansas supermom delivered the baby girl by Caesarean section Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. The baby, named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

    "The ultimate Christmas gift from God," said Jim Bob Duggar, the father of the 18 children. "She's just absolutely beautiful, like her mom and her sisters."

    The Duggars now have 10 sons and eight daughters.

    Jim Bob Duggar said Michelle started having contractions Wednesday night. She needed the C-section, her third, because the baby was lying sideways. Jim Bob said both baby and mother were doing well Thursday night.

    "We both would love to have more," he said.

    The cable network TLC broadcasts a weekly show about the Duggars, called "Seventeen and Counting." Chris Finnegan of TLC — which handles public relations for the Duggar family — said the show's name would be updated to account for the latest addition to the family. He said TLC also will air a show Monday on the baby's delivery.

    Jim Bob Duggar is 43, a year older than his wife. Their oldest child, Joshua, is 20.

    "Our whole family is excited about Jordyn's addition to our family," Jim Bob Duggar said. "She's just perfect in every way."


    Read more below if you can handle it. Actually, I always wanted a big family, but I dislike being pregnant.

    It's a girl! Duggars welcome 18th child - Parenting & Family - MSNBC.com
     
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    My great-grandmother was 1 of 22... only 1 set of twins!!
     
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    Why didn't I hear it in the news? LOL! Has the family carried on this tradition and if so how many are in your family?

    Were the kids educated in public schools? I don't remember if it was mentioned, but the Duggars homeschool their children.
     
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    Well I wonder if they are going to ask congress for a bail out?
     
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    They are an amazing family. They are one of the most loving and functional families I have ever seen. They are also very frugal and are financially secure (self-made).
     
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    The father says the family is debt free so that is unlikely. While it would be very difficult to meet the emotional and physical needs of 18 children, this family does seem to be doing it and doing it well. My hat is off to them.

    (My maternal grandfather was one of 21 children my great-grandfather fathered with three wives - no, he wasn't a polygamist; the first two wives died)
     
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    I bet the money they get from their tv show helps too!


    At least the older kids can help take care of the younger ones!

    I'm the youngest of 6 and some people are amazed by that, that's just the first few years for the Duggars!
     
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    Obviously I was simply kidding. Relax!

    I think large families are wonderful.

    I have been married four times and divorced once. None of my wives have passed and I too am not a polygamist! ............. Life can be interesting!

    For me........ Children are the greatest blessing we are given. The opportunity to be a parent is simply as good as life gets. Nothing tops it.
     
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    You gotta remember... this was in the late 1800's and early 1900's... LOL

    some died in childhood

    There was some schooling... but not for long.. I think the average was a 9th grade education... many worked the farm... some involved in WWI

    As for me... 2 kids.. but I would have welcomed more... though glad, since I am divorced, that I did not have more kids dragged thru that... I would certainly welcome more if I were to be blessed with them....

    I am one of 6... the oldest, best looking, and smartest ;) [​IMG]

    Family reunions are abso-freaking-lutely huge though
     
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    I always heard the youngest of 6 were the smartest and cutest! ;)
     

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