It seems that the Duggar family in Arkansas has taken the old adage that bigger is better to heart -- truly. The oversized family is growing again. Michelle Duggar, 42, is pregnant and due in March 2010. That means that the youngest Duggar sibling will be several months younger than his or her niece, the baby of oldest Duggar son Josh and his wife Anna, who are due in October with their first child.
What a family dynamic!
With 18 children, you'd think that Michelle would be pretty much done with having babies. She's spent the vast majority of the last two decades pregnant and/or nursing. That's a lot of stress on a woman's body. But Michelle and Jim Bob made a commitment early in their marriage to give their fertility to God. In other words, they use absolutely no birth control. So, that's why they are now expecting #19 when their youngest is just eight months old.
The family, who reportedly spend upwards of $1,500 on groceries each month, pride themselves on their commitment to God and their ability to raise their super-sized family debt-free. By shopping second-hand whenever possible and buying in bulk (they even have a soda fountain machine in their house!).
Since Michelle and Jim Bob will become grandparents next month, they are entering a new realm in their experience as parents. Not only will they be entering grandparenthood, but they also will have a child younger than their eldest grandchild.
The situation, although unusual, isn't unheard of. This is prone to happen in families where the oldest child is born when the parent is young. We asked families who've experienced this family dynamic to offer advice to the Duggars. Here's the top three tips:
By now, pretty much everyone knows that the Duggars have a penchant for names that begin with J. Their children are named Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, and Jordyn-Grace. After 18 kids, it's a safe certainty that they will continue the tradition with baby #19.
Picking from our list of thousands of "J" baby names, here are SheKnows picks for the top 10 boys and girls names for baby Duggar-to-be.
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