I’d been blogging only 1 month back in June 2005 when my headline on the Duggar family read, “14 children and pregnant again!”
3-1/2 years later, I’m blogging that the Duggars have just welcomed its 18th baby. Per People yesterday…
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, AR, had their 18th child Thursday – Jordyn-Grace Makiya, who joins the rest of her J-named siblings.
Jordyn-Grace was born via C-section at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, weeks before her due date of Jan. 1. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 3 oz and was 20 inches long.
“Mother and baby are resting and doing well,” says a rep for the Duggar family, whose crowded house is featured on the TLC network show 17 Kids & Counting.
The newest Duggar has a lot of names to keep straight.
The other kids – who range in age from 20 years to 17 months – are Joshua (who married Anna Keller in September and says he is looking forward to the “blessing of children” of his own), twins John-David and Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, twins Jeremiah and Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and Jennifer.
Their parents married when Michelle was 17 and Jim Bob was 19. (Her mother had to officially sign permission.) After birth-control pills were blamed for a miscarriage, the couple decided to throw them out. They’ve had a new baby approximately every 18 months since.
“What really works for me is swaddling a baby and snuggling up,” Michelle told People in an interview last year. “I love that time of just bonding and nursing a little baby. And, with a new baby, I realize that I don’t need as much sleep as I used to think I did. You learn. This time goes by so quickly. I look at my older children and wonder where the time went.”
A special on Jordyn-Grace’s birth will air Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. on TLC.
I don’t watch the Duggar tv show and was surprised to read in the People article that the oldest boy Josh had married. Just read “Our story” on Josh and Anna’s website. Very sweet.
[HT: proofreader Laura Loo; family photo (with "only" 17 kids) courtesy of 24dash.com]