Duggars Announce 19th Baby

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Duggar Family Album
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are expecting a grandchild this fall -- and another baby of their own! This makes 19, in case you've lost count.
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Duggar Family Album

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    Joshua Duggar is one of 18 children. Anna Duggar, formerly Keller, is one of 8. The two married in September 2008 and they're leaving the number of children they have "up to God."

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    Anna told People magazine that "I would love to have as many children as God would bless us with. Growing up in a large family, and Joshua in a mega-family, you learn so much more. I think a large family helps you prepare for life."

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    "It's definitely quieter than being in a house with so many kids," said Joshua. "When I go to the grocery store, it feels strange only having one shopping cart."

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    Josh Duggar, 20, the eldest sibling, married Florida native Anna Keller in September 2008. The two met at a home-schoolers' conference in 2006, said People.com. Josh Duggar said it was love at first sight and he spent the next two years courting Keller. "Dating means you're shopping around," he told the paper. "A courtship is the path toward marriage."

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    The Duggar family celebrating the arrival of Jennifer, born in August 2007. Also pictured are Johannah, Jackson, Justin, James, Jason, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Joy-Anna, Josiah, Joseph, Jinger, Jessa, Jill, Jana, John-David and Joshua. The newest addition, Jordyn-Grace Makiya, was born on December 18, 2008, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

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    The Duggars in Times Square in May 2008. Ain't it a miracle how the family gets through the streets of New York City without losing anyone. The reactions from people who encountered the Duggars on the street? As shown on their TLC series, most say the same thing: "17 kids? Wow."

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    All the kids, 17 shown here in 2008, play piano and violin and the girls play harp. According to the Duggar's site, "At 9:00AM, the older children help their buddies with their studies in phonics, math, violin & piano (J-O-Y- Jesus first, Others second, & Yourself last!). Then the older children start their music & individual studies - math, English, spelling & typing."

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    The Duggars on a 2008 shoot outside their 7,000 square foot home (completed in 2006) in Tontitown, Ark. Say cheese.

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Just a short eight months after the birth of Jordyn-Grace, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar recently announced that they are expecting their 19th child.

Surrounded by their 18 children, including their eldest Josh and his pregnant wife, Anna, the famously fertile couple told the "Today" show's Meredith Vieira that they are thrilled to add yet another child to their brood.

"We are thrilled to announce that we found out we're expecting our 19th child," Michelle Duggar said.

As well as expecting their own baby, the Duggars are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their very first grandchild, a girl, this fall. Josh and Anna Duggar added to the excitement when they revealed that their baby's name would begin with an "M."

It seems that 18 is a lucky number for the Duggars -- following on the birth of 18th child Jordyn-Grace, the couple is expecting this newest arrival on March 18. Jim Bob celebrates his birthday on July 18, and their grandchild is due to make her debut on Oct. 18.

Of her pregnancy, veteran mom Michelle, 42, says that she's feeling the typical first-trimester nausea, but is generally doing well.

"I'm feeling sick and tired, which is a good way to be feeling about right now," she told Vieria. "I always tell myself that's a good way to be, because that means good things are happening."

The pregnancy took Michelle by surprise a bit: The average gap between the Duggar children is 18 months. Just eight months after Jordyn's birth, Michelle noticed that she was putting on weight and that the baby fussed when she nursed. Those two signs alerted her that she might be expecting yet again.

Michelle has been pregnant for 147 months of her life, and she still has five more to go. For those playing along at home, that's more than 12 years of pregnancy.
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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
The couple had their eighteenth child in December 2008. The other children range in age from 18 months to 20 years, plus one daughter-in-law.
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