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Old 08-03-2007, 10:51 AM   #1
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Couple Welcomes 17th Child, Wants More

Is there such a thing as having too many kids for whatever reasons, and is it anyone's business except theirs? If they live in a house that huge I assume they are pretty wealthy and can well afford all those kids. I can't imagine being pregnant that many times and raising that many kids.

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Updated: 7:31 p.m. ET Aug 2, 2007

LITTLE ROCK - An Arkansas couple had a baby daughter Thursday — their 17th child and seventh girl — and the pair say they're still not ready to give it a rest.

Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 a.m. at a hospital in Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in an interview.

"We'd love to have more," Michelle said, referring to baby girls. "We love the ruffles and lace."

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) home in Tontitown. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are taught at home.

The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old.

"We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him," said Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative. "We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well."

Jennifer joins siblings: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.

Michelle Duggar said she started feeling contractions Wednesday night and went to the hospital at about 5 a.m. Thursday.

"It actually went fast," she said. "I guess once I started progressing, it went within 30 minutes."

The Duggars have been featured on several programs on cable television's Discovery Health Network. The next special, the Duggar Family Album, is scheduled to air next month, Jim Bob Duggar said.

Among the "fun facts" listed on Discovery Health's Web page devoted to the Duggars: A baby has been born in every month except June; the Duggars have gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers, and Michelle has been pregnant for 126 months — or 10.5 years — of her life.
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:59 AM   #2
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The world record for having the most number of children officially recorded is 69 by the first of two wives of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782), a peasant from Shuya, 150 miles east of Moscow. In 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. The children were born between 1725-1765.
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Pregnant 10.5 years of her life.....
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I heard about the Duggar family. Watched a show about them on the Discovery Health Channel. They built the house themselves, they have a huge walk in closet for all of the food, and all of the kids wear the same type of clothes (dresses for the girls, and palos and nice shorts for the boys.) It's amazing that they will have that many children.
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Reminds me of that old Groucho joke
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I can never quite figure out my position on this. It just seems excessive, but it's none of my business. So this was an absolutely useless post.
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That's a lot of placenta to be eating.
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Old 08-03-2007, 02:54 PM   #9
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I do find some of their expressions of their outlook on parenthood (their family website and all those TV specials; their belief that never using contraception is some kind of praiseworthy religious endeavor; all their kids kitschily having names beginning with "J," as if they were a doll collection; their comment that they hope to have more girls because "we love the ruffles and lace") discomfiting, to say the least. However, to judge from their website at least, they do sound like extremely committed, loving, competent and responsible parents, which is what's most important. They aren't uber-wealthy, and probably use up far less resources than smaller families, or even individuals, who are. Not a lifestyle I'd have the slightest interest in, most wouldn't, but not one I'd automatically condemn anyone for seeking either.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:31 PM   #10
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Eh, seems like a big ol' ego trip to me but I really don't care. At some point we'll have to address issues of overpopulation but I don't know that we're there yet (I also don't know that we're not there--I'm just not well-informed on the subject).
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That's a lot of first world babies...

I saw a couple of documentaries on them. I got a sort of creepy feeling out of them, to be honest. Almost like they were all parroting the same ideas, and a herd mentality had kicked in. I guess that's understandable with so many of them.

As long as they're caring for the kids, it's probably nobody's business.
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Seventeen kids? My uterus hurts just thinking about that.
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Seventeen kids? My uterus hurts just thinking about that.
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That's a lot of placenta to be eating.



I've seen them on Discovery as well, they seem like nice people., their kids all seem happy and healthy. I understand their view on contraception but haven't they heard of the rythym method?
Good luck to them if they can afford it. I bet those babies just slide out by themselves , eeew
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