Thursday, February 18, 2021

Rainbow Baby on the Way

 
The Seewald family of (soon to be 6)

Another Duggar grandchild is on the way! This will be Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 21st. Who are the proud parents? We will give you a hint: This is their 4th baby. 

Those of you who guessed that Jessa and Ben Seewald would soon announce a pregnancy were correct. The couple just revealed that they are expecting a child this summer. This will be a rainbow baby, as they suffered a miscarriage last year. Below is the link to the Seewalds' announcement video on the TLC website. 

Jessa and Ben Seewald Announce 4th Baby

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

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  1. Congratulations on your happy announcement! I guess nobody knew about the miscarriage, sorry to hear that happened. Grandbaby #21, wow, amazing!

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  2. Aw, congrats to them!

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  3. 4 kids that is a lot of kids. The oldest is 4 years old. That is a lot of work taking care of that many kids that are so young.

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    1. The oldest is 5.

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    2. The oldest is 5. I’m sure it is a lot of work but I love their openness. I wish I would trust the Lord enough to be open to more children.

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    3. The oldest was 5 in November, and he is actually very pleasant and matute kid, very reasonable, so he can be a help too. Just their kids don't go to school, and I think it's Ben who will homeschool the kids, but also Ben now was ordained as apastor, so he might be working. But definitely 4 kids under 5 is a lot to do. Ivy was born with similar difference with Henry.

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    4. Spurgeon, actually turned five, last November, and Henry turned four, a little over two weeks ago. So Jessa & Ben, currently have: Spurgeon (5,) Henry (4,) Ivy (1,) and one on the way.

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    5. The oldest is 5 from November, the 2nd just turned 4, and their daughter will be 2 before the next baby comes. That’s not bad at all for spacing

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    6. Lot of work, but totally worth it!

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    7. The oldest will be 5 and a half not 4. It might seem like a lot of work for you but they are the ones who are having the baby so I'm sure they know what they're doing.

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    8. Let freedom ring. I took care of 3 who were 3 and under during a 9-month deployment. It was very difficult emotionally and physically but worth it. It was humbling asking for help. We did not struggle financially which was a huge blessing, and the Seewalds don’t appear to either. Our church helped me get a short break a couple times a week as we didn’t have family nearby. They have church friends and family too. We aren’t meant to live alone. God created us for community. It gets easier as the kids get older. Young parents need to let the older generation help them out as well as provide sage parenting/marriage advice — this is the way society used to operate. People got married young, worked hard and had babies. They stayed married, and dad was expected to provide and treat his wife right otherwise father-in-law and other men in the church would be riding his tail and/or step in to set things right. Grandma and grandpa helped out sometimes. It’s humbling asking for help, but hanging around with older and wiser people (especially if you are part of a good church) has been invaluable for me. Now we are getting ready for another deployment with 5 kids under 7. It’s a different story now — more land, more friends, older kids are trustworthy and capable, and they feel special getting to do things like make sandwiches to help out. For any parents of young children out there reading this, hang in there. Be honest and don’t overstretch yourself. Keep life simple. Train your children up as Jesus would have you do. Prioritize sleep, and ask for help from family and friends when you need it. Believe it or not, others helping you blesses them as well as you. It can be done. Older generations got by and raised twice or three times as many competent individuals as people do now. Society in general has strayed from the Word and believed the lies of the enemy such as children are a curse and not a blessing (Psalm 127:3-5 says they are a blessing) and that you need a lot of money to raise healthy and happy kids. It’s not true. I encourage everyone to lean on God’s Word instead of what the world tells us we should think/do/say. The world says this life is hopeless and meaningless. It’s not. In Christ’s death and resurrection, we are free by His Grace alone. What a joy to lean on Him and serve Him all of our days. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
      ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭

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    9. Love that, 8:36. So true!

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    10. Unknown- I think you are looking at the past through rose-colored glasses. It was not all so wonderful, I can assure you. Women wore themselves out having one child after another and many worked themselves into an early grave, my own great-grandmother included. My grandmother taught me the value of an education and being independent. Many times she reminded me that you should not count on a man to support you. Children can be a joy, but the expectation that having a huge family is God's will is not realistic. Some people simply do not want to have them and there's nothing shameful or wrong about it.

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    11. Sourgeon turned 5 in Novemver and will be 5 and a half in the Summer. Henry just turned 4 and will be 4 and a half in the Summer. Ivy is turning 2 in May. Of course, it's a lot of responsibility, but their kids are really well behaved, and only Ivy will be in diapers. They also have a lot of help from their families.

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    12. Unknown@8:36 You contradict your first sentence in what follows it. Freedom means that we each follow our own paths without being shamed or intimidated by others to do otherwise. You suggest that there's some conspiracy afoot that condemns having children as being a curse and imply that it's our Godly duty to have as many children as is possible. I think the worst thing for anyone to do is to bring kids into the world when their heart wasn't really in it from the start. I have known some highly dysfunctional large families that had no means to support so many. If there is a loving and intelligent higher power, he/she would expect us to use our brains and common sense. Whether you have one, two, five, or no children at all, the number doesn't make you a good person. If the Duggars' path of procreating works for them and their kids, more power to them. However, it cannot be expected to work for everyone else.

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  4. Congratulations! So happy for Jessa, Ben and the kids! Curious when is the actual due date.

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    1. Based on when the Duggars usually announce their pregnancies, I would guess that Jessa's due date, will be in the middle of July.

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    2. Mid July would be like 17-18 weeks now.

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    3. 4:16 - Jessa announced her previous pregnancy around 19 weeks, so it would make sense for her to be around that many weeks this time as well.

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  5. Congratulations to them! Sad for them about the miscarrige. I think that makes 3 Duggar daughters (Joy Jinger and Jessa) and 2 daughters-in-law (Anna and Lauren) who have had to experience that. Sad. But so glad for them with the new one. I imagine that they may move to a bigger home. I am not advocating one way or another for more Duggar grandchildren, they have all the grandkids they need already, but just thinking that this is still early in the year, so it could be another big one. Anna, Abbie, Lauren and even Jill could be mothers again. Can't imagine Justin being a dad quite yet, too soon, but who knows. Hope all goes well for everyone.

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  6. Congrats to Ben & Jessa!

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  7. Why does everybody feel the need to announce miscarriages?

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    1. Not Jessa here, nor do I know the Duggars. Perhaps they waited to discuss it until they'd worked through the initial grief privately and chose to disclose it because they didn't want people looking at the gap between Ivy and this pregnancy and automatically assume they had moved away from their no birth control beliefs.

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    2. That's a highly personal, individual decision.

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    3. Why not? It’s a baby they loved and lost. To have to hide it like it’s shameful is ridiculous. Yes it may make some people feel awkward, but to not share in order to keep other people comfortable is uncalled for.

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    4. I wonder why they're having so many. Is that normal?

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    5. Why shouldn’t they?

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    6. I agree. I have never understood that. It should be private between the parents or with close family and friends if they choose. But announcing all over the internet is unnecessary and rather tacky.

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    7. To draw attention??

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    8. Why do you feel like they need to keep it a secret

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    9. Why do you feel the need to question it? No matter how much or how little is said, someone will disagree or question it.

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    10. I agree, there is no need to announce all the miscarriages. Four kids for Jessa, that is a lot, think they are going to need a larger house. I hope she decides on a hospital birth, given her difficult pregnancies. I am happy for them, but was hoping they would go through with their plan of adopting a child. Congratulations to the Seewalds.

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    11. Lila, miscarriages are actually very common. 1 in 4 women will have one at some time, and OP there is absolutely no reason for them to not talk about it. It was still their baby, and they have every right to acknowledge their existence.

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    12. Because it is a life that they want to acknowledge. Why do we say when any human dies. Women shouldn’t have to feel shame around sharing this info.

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    13. Why? Because people have to ask if it's normal, as above. Yes, it is very normal. Something like 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. It should be talked about more so women don't feel alone in their grief. I don't agree with the Duggars on a lot of things, but good for them for normalizing something considered taboo so that others can feel less alone.

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    14. I agree with 8:06 and 7:47. It is a personal decision. Who knows why they made the decision, but they are in the public eye, and 7:47 has a logical, if not the real explanation.

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  8. Congratulations! Each child is so special in its own right. Enjoy the newest addition.

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  9. I hope they finally get out of that tiny house and have some room for their growing family. Three kids under 6 and now a baby in a 2-bedroom house is ridiculous by anyone's standards. If they can't move, then their highly skilled contractor brothers should be adding onto the house for them at little charge. Come on family, step up to the plate and get'er done. You only have a few months.

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    1. I agree. Even as far as I know Erin (Bates) and Chad Paine are still living in their small two bedroom honeymoon cottage and they have 4 kiddos under 6 (almost) living all together in one room.

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    2. Some people actually prefer this like the full time RV families or tiny homes. Pretty sure they will move when they see fit 😊

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    3. There comes a point when the walls can feel like they're closing in on you. I know...I grew up in a small house and even though we were a pretty typical family, lack of space for us to have a place to relax away from the hustle and bustle or to be by ourselves for a bit really caused strain. You also need enough storage for everyday necessities like food and clothes. One bathroom with multiple people is not practical either. Now that Jessa has children of both genders, they're going to need separate bedroom spaces as they grow. It's time to move on or add on.

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    4. Jessa was saying that she likes to be in a smaller house as it's less to keep it and clean. But still it would be more beneficial to have like a room for boys separately, room for Ivy, room for Ben's studies and work (since he really used their 2nd bedroom as his office). Now they have master bedroom which is also used for kids' naps and the 2nd bedroom which is an office slash bedroom for all kids. They definitely need more space. And maybe an extra bathroom too.
      I think the kids spend a lot of time at the "big house" where Michelle AND Jim Bob live, so they can play there a lot. But still would be nice to have extra bedroom time.

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  10. Congratulations Jessa and Ben! God is good!!

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  11. She is copying Meghan Markle. Miscarried last year and pregnant again and due this summer

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    1. Tis not "copying". Tis a happy coincidence.

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    2. Yeah, I'm sure that was definitely her plan. "Better have a miscarriage so I can be like Meghan Markle." Please think before you post.

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    3. She’s definitely not “copying” anyone. Nobody wants to have a miscarriage. The timing might be similar yes but having a miscarriage and a baby around the same time as someone else is definitely not planned. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself!

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    4. Are you kidding me?? Who would copy having a miscarriage??? How does that even make sense!

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    5. That's not copying that's just reality for many women

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    6. Time 1:47AM Fri 2/19/21
      Jessa is not COPYING Meghan
      That is a rude comment to say.

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    7. I rather doubt anything Meghan Markle does is anywhere on Jessa's radar.

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    8. Really, copying Meghan. I highly doubt they mirror their lives by English royalty, they are American. And if a couple doesn't use birth control a pregnancy is bound to happen.

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    9. Who is Megan Markle?

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    10. Anon 9.37. Meghan Markle is also American & not British royalty, especially after yesterday & being stripped of her patronage’s & being told both her & Harry are no longer allowed to use the HRH title. I should think Meghan wouldn’t want to be referred to as a member of the British royal family as that is not what she wanted & why they moved to America. I do agree that Jessa copying her is silly, Jessa seems very much her own woman & I can’t imagine she has any interest in an American actress. Btw as a UK citizen I was totally on their side if they wanted more of a private life, but to move to an area of LA that’s full of Hollywood stars & orchestrate huge money deals for tv appearances does not seem like wanting a quiet life. Yesterday there was a statement put out by Meghan & Harry’s people that was so disrespectful to our queen, a woman of almost 95, & while Harry’s almost 100 year old grandfather is ill in hospital. Not how to treat anyone you are meant to love & certainly not respectful, & as I’m sure you would agree not how Jessa would ever treat anyone in her family, who all seem so very special to her.

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    11. Meghan and Harry,although they have titles,ARE no longer royals. They are private citizens and residents of the US.

      Comparing the two women is ridiculous. The only thing they have in common is they are both celebrities.

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    12. @fuzzyferet,
      Um Meghan is still a part of their family, as long has she is married to Harry she is a member of the BRF. Just because they have are not working members doesn’t mean they have been kicked out of the family. They even released a statement saying they are delighted with the pregnancy news. Why would they say that if she is no longer a member of the family?

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  12. I’m happy about their rainbow baby. I hope she goes to the hospital this time without hesitation given her history of hemorrhage after birth.

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  13. They have outgrown their starter home.

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    1. Many more people have less and manage to live just fine. Americans are spoiled with space. It saddens me. Just be thankful forcwhat you do have and not worry about what you don't.

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    2. 11:09 - a lot of people live in small spaces simply because they can’t afford getting a bigger place. Yet, The Duggars are in the real estate business and they are able to get great property with good space for a reasonable price. I don’t get why Jessa and Ben don't take advantage of that. They could leave the starter home for Justin and Claire just like Josh and Anna did for them.

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    3. I disagree @11:09. It's highly impractical to try to cram 6 people and their belongings into that little house. Jim Bob should help them move. I'm sure he has properties that would work. Everyone will be happier with more space to live and grow.

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  14. The latest trend in the Duggar family is announcing a pregnancy right before a birth. Kendra announced just before joy face birth and Jesse announced just before Kendra will give birth.

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  15. Unexoected! Even though people always guess that some of Duggar girls are pregnant, Jessa would not be my first guess! She just posted a video how they were building a bunk bed, carrying wood logs, so I would not think she would do it while pregnant. And she did not look pregnant at all back then!

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    1. They had to make space for the new baby ;-)

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    2. I was watching Jessa making the new bed, and I’m like, “yup, she’s pregnant! That’s why they need a new bed to make more room!”

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  16. So many of the Duggar girls have experienced miscarriage. How heartbreaking! I think she’ll really enjoy the 2 year age difference with this next set though. Ivy will be much more independent and easier to handle by the time the new baby arrives. Babies grow up so much between 1 and 2. Each month makes it that much easier. Blessings!

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    1. Henry was over 2 when Ivy was born as well, so it'll be around the same age gap.

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    2. First of all, miscarriage is always heartbreak no matter when it occurs...sorry for the loss of all of them and I have my own experiences with that. But I am so suprised that so many people think it's a rare thing. Actually 1 of 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage (especially in the first trimester, but later it can happen as well, just what happenend to Michelle or Joy)

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    3. It's sad of course, no matter when it happens, but one of the reason is that they do extremely early pregnancy tests. You should normally wait a week after late period. I hardly think they do that. So what they call miscarriage, is a biochemical pregnancy. Normally women won't even realize that.

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  17. I had a feeling she was pregnant!

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  18. Sucky for their loss last year, but congrats on this little one!

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  19. congulations. may god grant you a health baby

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  20. There goes the header!

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    1. Yeah. That's why they do group photos now. There will mostly likely be at least two more pregnancy announcements this year. Maybe they can change things up with a new courtship.

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  21. Oh my, this is the seventh miscarriage or still birth in the family if you include Michelle's two, and the siblings haven't been married that long, there is many more years of child bearing to go including from the ones that aren't married yet,I'm sure it's tough each time and they will get much support from the family,congratulations on this pregnancy, I've seen the family photo and that look on Ivy is quite funny "what do you mean I'm not going to be the baby of the family anymore" lol.

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    1. Michelle used to claim using birth control caused her to have a miscarriage. I wonder how she explains the miscarriages these young women have?

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    2. I have only known 3 people my whole life who had miscarriages. These are a lot and very excessive for one family.

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    3. I predicted that trip was also a babymoon LOL!!!!! Here's hoping for another GIRL

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    4. 11:55 Yes, I am hoping for a girl as well. As long as the child is healthy, it really doesn't matter. But it would be nice for Ben and Jessa to even out their family at 2 boys and 2 girls. On the grandchildren side, though, that would make 12 girls and 9 boys, including Kendra's to be. Ten of the girls would be in a row, starting with Felicity. Maybe the boys would start again with maybe Anna, Lauren or Abbie. Who knows. Always interesting to find out what the future holds. There are 5 or 6 possibilities for courtships this year. Who knows who will be next for that milestone.

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    5. 7:51, obviously there is more than thing that causes miscarriages.

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    6. 11:11, I know many more than that who have had miscarriages.

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    7. One in four women experience a miscarriage, that they know about. The stats are probably higher as some go unnoticed or miscarry before they know they are pregnant. And it isn’t excessive for this family. There are 10 married couples here. This family is way larger than most, so there will always be more of everything. Additionally not all couples discuss their miscarriages to friends and family. If you know about even one, consider yourself blessed they told you.

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    8. 11:11, no, you only know three people who TOLD you they had a miscarriage. 1 in 4 women have at least one miscarriage, so sadly they're very common. It use to be much more of a taboo subject which is why it seems like there are more now.

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    9. 11:11 Do you have that many people in your immediate or extended family? I don’t know anyone personally with that many kids. Up to one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. Statistically, the Duggars are not out of the norm in this regard.

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    10. @7:51- great point! This family does seem to have a higher than average miscarriage percentage.

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    11. @2:32. If Michelle had two miscarriages, yet has 19 living children, she actually beat the odds. 25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.

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    12. 11:11 you’ve only been told by that many women and a family of this size is a unique situation anyway.

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    13. Anon 11:11, miscarriages are more common than you may realize. I believe the statistic is 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. To many people, the loss of a child is deeply personal and devastating and they often don’t share it with people.

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    14. 11:11 Has it occurred to you that some people do not wish to share with others about their miscarriages? You may know quite a few more who had one, and just didn't tell you about it. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. Numbers are likely even higher, because some women don't know they are miscarrying early on in an unconfirmed pregnancy.

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    15. @ 4:11 its good that you only know of 3 that have had a miscarry. And with Michelle's 19 kids and all the grandkids now to be 21 so out of 47 kids (54 pregnancies) then is 5 miscarriages and 2 stillborn between them really excessive

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    16. @7:51 I wonder that too. Even Jill recently confirmed that she still believes that, despite being a midwife and being somewhat educated about pregnancy. Jill also seems the most “enlighten” and willing to accept beliefs that differ from her parents so it really surprised me.

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    17. It is not 1 in 4. It is 10-20 %.

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  22. Now they'll have a child born in each season.

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  23. Congratulations Ben & Jessa on baby 4 🌈. Jessa I bet your 3 kids are excited about getting a little sibling❣️ I am sorry about the miscarriage. I was just wondering about Joe & Kendra she should be due anytime. Also my parents & I are very excited❣️ now we really can't wait for counting on season 12. We hope there will be a lot of specials. We really don't want to wait for the fall season. We love the show ♥️ Natasha b

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    1. Natasha, I love to read your posts about the show. You are such a positive affirming person. Keep being so caring. The world needs more people like you.

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  24. I knew it!!! So happy for them!!!

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  25. Congratulations Seewald family! Ivy is going to be such a good big sister. My guess is a girl for baby #4💗

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  26. So far, Jessa is winning!

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    1. No Anna is "winning" with 6 kids and probably another fairly soon.

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    2. First of all, it's not a competition so there is no “winning”, second of all, Anna has six kids and will probably be expecting a seventh by the end of the year.

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    3. Please don't call this a race.

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    4. Winning what? There's no contest.

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    5. If you mean she has the most kids.....that would be Josh and Anna with six. I’m guessing Anna will announce a 7th pregnancy this year.

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  27. So happy for them and for Ivy to be a big sister!

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  28. and i was so sure anna would announce a pregnancy before jessa! good for them! they do have the most adorable kids

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  29. Congratulations to the Seewald family. I had no idea Jessa had suffered a loss last year, that’s very hard to deal with no matter how many children you may already have, dealing with the feelings of loss & the expectation for the life ahead for that child is so very sad. Hope all goes well this time round & really hope Jessa goes to a hospital to deliver. The more pregnancies you have the more likelihood of post partum bleeding & Jessa has had this problem twice previously. Please let her not take any risks this time round with her precious rainbow baby.

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  30. Congrats Ben and Jessa! I wonder if it will be a boy or girl. I haven’t heard about the miscarriage and am so sad to hear about it. Overall I am so excited to meet this new baby!

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  31. Congratulations Ben and Jessa! You are wonderful loving parents and may you be blessed above and beyond what you could ask or think! I am 65 and I love to watch the videos you post about your children, they are such a blessing to watch.Also the way that you teach them about the Lord Jesus Christ!

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  32. They always show how kids take a nap in the master bedroom, but now I assume it will be baby's crib there... so all 3 kids will be crummed in the other bedroom.... and where Ben will be studying/reading? They definitely need to expand the house. I think they kind of used to their house and location, and they have a lot of stuff in the backyard, so maybe Duggar family can come together and build for them some extension? I remember they did that for the Bates family - drove there, and Bates had some small house, so Duggars just quickly helped them build the 2-story large house. Maybe they can add a couple of bedrooms for Jessa and Ben.

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    1. They could easily expand the house into the carport side (eliminate the carport, expand the house there for a couple bedrooms and an extra bathroom. That is unless Ben gets a pastor's job somewhere farther away and they would have to move.

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    2. Maybe Ben will be studying at his new church.

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    3. @6:42-Isn’t Ben done studying? He just received some sort of pastoral degree?

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    4. The Duggars relied a lot upon the help of a good friend and his family, who was a professional contractor to rebuild the Bates' house. They didn't do it all themselves.
      They also had a lot of help building their own big house. Maybe the Seewalds could simply hire their own builder to expand their home, or buy a new one if they want more space- you know, like most people do. The Dillards did. In any event, they may be perfectly content where they are. I don't care in the least where they live.

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    5. I am quite surprised they do not do that habitually. In some sense they are so close, but not with practical things. So many boys in the household would have done that in no time, but never do. all the "projects" they show are so tiny, like Jana's garden. One guy can do that work in one day. There are about 10 more guys and 364 more days every year!

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    6. I really hope they move for the sake of the family overall. Their location is very noisy, adjacent to a busy highway, and there is no privacy in that house. Imagine if they had a home like the Dillards, with a large fenced backyard for the kids to play in! And for the parents to have their own bathroom!

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    7. 6:59, most pastors spend time studying every week for sermons.

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  33. Congratulations, to Jessa and Ben!!!!!!

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  34. Congratulations! It also seems like so many women do have miscarriages.

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  35. Congratulations Jessa & Ben, very happy for you! Hope Ben's job goes well and this next season goes well for all of you.

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  36. I'm really happy for them and they seem like great parents. I follow their channel on YouTube and enjoy watching their family.

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  37. To above commenter about having 4 children being a lot of work , only a lot of work if you want it to be. Children are a gift from God. You make the best of it. Rosealeigh.

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    1. Children may be a gift from God but that doesn't mean you don't have to DO any work to take care of them.

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    2. Children are a gift from the Lord, but multiple children can be hard work if a parent walks out and changes jobs whenever childsupport catches up to that parent. Been there, done that. Worked 2 jobs trying to raise 5. My moma was a tremendous help. Wouldn't travel that road ever again.

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    3. @7:29 Children may be a gift from God, but you're kidding yourself if you go into parenthood with the idea that they aren't going to require a lot of hard work and effort. They simply do. My own kids are worth it, of course, and I love them dearly. But that doesn't mean there weren't many days I was worn out, tired, frustrated, and wanting nothing more than a long nap on a deserted beach somewhere. I'd be lying if I said that I'm miserable having them grown up now and on their own. It's a huge relief knowing they are taking care of themselves!

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  38. Why act surprised someone is pregnant? You know someone will always be having a baby in this family. Old news

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  39. If they want another child then it's nice they're having one. But they REALLY need a bigger house to accommodate their family.

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    1. Let them decide what their needs are and what they can handle.

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    2. And not just for the children, either. Ben needs his own office space, not a tiny desk in the children's room.

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    3. Does he even have that desk any more? They just put bunk beds and a little bed for Ivy in that room. Ben's not currently studying anything but every house needs space for bill paying and keeping important papers filed.

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    4. If Ben needed so much space for himself perhaps he should have thought aboit it more before getting married and having a wife and 4 kids. LOL!!!!!!!

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    5. The tiny desk was Sperigons desk.

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    6. Why does Ben need an office space?

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    7. My grandparents raised TWELVE kids in a THREE bedroom house. While I agree that it would be nice for them to have more space, Ben and Jessa don’t NEED a larger house.

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    8. People should learn to tell the difference between a want and a need.

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  40. Hey, Jessa WOW now all U have to do is have 11 more kids, lol, for Ben's dream!!! Jessa take good care of yourself, put your feet up!!!! I love U 5, but now makes 6, WOW!!!!!!!!!

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  41. Congratulations to the Seewald Family!
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    Is it safe to confirm that on Michelle's side of the family, miscarriage might happen? Or the Duggar side of the family? I only ask because:

    - Josh and Anna Duggar experienced an miscarriage in 2010.
    - Josiah and Lauren Duggar experienced an miscarriage on October 4 2018 and even though they didn't know the gender, they named their child Asa Duggar
    - Joy and Austin Forsyth experienced an stillbirth on June 26 2019 with a daughter they named Annabell Elise.
    - Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo experienced a miscarriage in November of 2019.

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    We know that Michelle had two pregnancies that ended in a still birth and miscarriage. Caleb Ryan Duggar on January 23 1989 and Jubilee Shalom on December 11, 2011.

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    1. What about very many other women who have miscarriages?? It's not a genetic thing. It's just something that can happen to every woman. By the way, Anna Duggar is not Duggar by birth, she comes from Keller family. Lauren Duggar also had a miscarriage before Bella was born, and she is Josiah's wife. Bates family daughters had miscarriages too, Erin had a few, before blood clotting was diagnosed, Whitney had a miscarriage, Josie had a miscarriage... It is more common in woman than anyone might think....

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    2. No, several daughters-in-law miscarried. They aren't blood relatives of Michelle's.

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    3. Miscarriage is relatively common. It's estimated that as many as 25% of all pregnancies end in one. The numbers may be even higher, as some women unknowingly miscarry a very early pregnancy, so early they don't yet know they are pregnant.

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    4. No, miscarriages are just common in general. 1 in 4 women have one at least once, it has nothing to do with Michelle.

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    5. Miscarriage is so common. Many women miscarry before they even know that they are pregnant, mistaking it for an unusually heavy menstrual cycle. I had two miscarriages and a stillbirth. I was never able to get pregnant again.

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    6. Miscarriage is common. One in four of all pregnancies end spontaneously, some so early the woman isn't even aware she's pregnant. Because of this, the numbers may be far higher. In a family this huge, you're going to have what appears to be a disproportionate number of them, but they really aren't out of the norm.

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    7. Miscarriages are fairly common. 1/4 women experience a miscarriage (that was the statistic given to me during mine). I didn’t realize how common it was because it wasn’t spoken of as much then. Now, it is spoken of a lot more so it seems more common. I’m not sure that it runs in families or if it’s just that fact that you have a 25% chance of miscarriage with any pregnancy.

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    8. Two of those pregnancies were not women with any Duggar genes so I’m not sure what is meant by “Michelle’s side of the family...” miscarriages. Miscarriage is very common all around. If you have been pregnant and carried each and every pregnancy to term and given birth to a healthy baby then you are blessed. I’ve had at least 2 miscarriages, 6 healthy babies. My mother had at least one miscarriage. When you start talking to women, if they are honest, they have typically experienced a loss through miscarriage or know a woman who has...

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    9. I think my midwife said 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage- sounds incredibly high. I don’t know if that’s something passed through families. Seems more likely that more people are talking publicly about losing their babies.

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    10. Miscarriage is incredibly common! About half of pregnancies end in miscarriage (usually before even realizing they are pregnant). It might seem like it happens a lot for members of this family but actually happens to many other families who aren’t as public about it. They are also always “trying”, are getting pregnant more often than normal and maybe taking pregnancy tests more often. Risk of miscarriage can be genetic but is generally dependant on the women so the in-laws having miscarriages probably wouldn’t be genetic

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    11. To: 11:24, Check your facts. It is only 10-20%, not half!

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    12. 8:49, 1/4 of pregnancies dont end in miscarriage, 1/4 of women just have a miscarriage at some point

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  42. Awe. Congratulations to the Seewald family. Sorry to hear about your miscarriage last year. Hope and pray for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Can't wait to find out what your having. Ladies,any word yet on Kendra and her baby? Would like to see an update on how she is feeling so close to D-day. Haley P. from Colorado

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  43. Saw this coming a mile away. I hope it's a girl. And I am bettin she's not the only one pregnant again.

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    1. Yes. I never understand why these young women pretend they're "surprised" when they get pregnant. They don't use BC so the only surprise would be that they DON'T get pregnant often.

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    2. It's a surprise because secondary infertility is real, because no one knows when they will get pregnant, because you can go months or years between babies. It's not an automatic thing to get pregnant.

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  44. I really don't like branding a kid the name of Rainbow Baby. I wish that trend would end.

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    1. Yes. I do too. I think it makes it seem like the new baby is oddly connected to the miscarried baby. Just rejoice in another pregnancy and look forward to a new family member, important in their own right.

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    2. I don't like it either. What's the next kid? Not as special?

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    3. You don’t need to use it. For some it helps them acknowledge what they have been through.

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    4. Yes.. I don’t like that term... never heard that term before,except from the Duggar’s .... It’s just not fair for the newborn baby to have to carry that term.

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    5. I agree, its a baby.

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    6. @11:07—I totally agree! It’s a sad moniker to attach to a happy event!

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    7. I wish it would toostop

      I wish too that term would end.


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    8. That next baby will forever be compared and linked to the one that was lost. It's sad and unfair.

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  45. She recently had a miscarriage and now she's traveling while pregnant during Covid. Not a good idea.

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    1. Thank you for saying what I was thinking!

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    2. I wholeheartedly agree!

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  46. I don't know how the Duggars expect to give their children the necessary amount of parental attention when they continually have a baby in the house along with multiple children of different developmental ages who also have needs. Ivy seems to cling to Jessa, which is to be expected at that age. Henry had or maybe still has a speech delay and seems to mimic whatever Spurgeon does, which requires supervision. Spurgeon is at the age where you to transition to school, which is going to need direction. Now there will be a newborn in the house, too? There might have been a newborn earlier, if things had worked out differently? Hard to imagine how any of those children (except the newborn) are going to get the attention they need.

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    1. I'm sure that Jessa and Ben think about that too, and they will make everything possible to give their kids all necessary attention. The kids are actually spaced over 2 years apart, which gives paretnts an opportunity to pay each kid a lot of infdividual attention. And they are growing up altogether, sblings close in age and being each other's best friends. If they were like 5 years apart that would not happen!
      Spurgeon is actually reading well already, and all kids will be homeschooled, so there is no huge transition.

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    2. Believe it or not, parents are capable of figuring out how to take care of multiple children. Henry's speech delay is in the past, so that is not relevant. Ivy will be 2, so not a baby. Spurgeon is in the early stage of school, where school does not take hours and hours every day.

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    3. Jessa and Ben are great parents and give plenty of attention to all their children. Sturgeon has grown into a fine young boy, reflecting his parents responsible parenting. Henry seems wonderfully spirited, and has caught up with his speech. He seems especially bright. Of course Ivy clings to her mom. She is a baby! And the new baby will be showered with the plentiful love that Jessa and Ben have showered all their children with. God models unlimited love for all of God’s children in the world, and the Seewalds reflect that abundant love.

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    4. Oh, it's highly possible to have four children and give them parental attention.

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    5. First of all Henry no longer has a speech delay, second of all, many family choose to have lots I children. I grew up in a very normal family and have four siblings. All of us are close to our parents, because they made sure to make time for each of us individually. Jessa and Ben will be fine.

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    6. If you look at the time-line....the spacing between children is very typical. Studies have shown that
      children from larger familes get their needs met and turn out just fine. Jessa and Ben are both engaged parents and do a great job spending time with their kiddos. Who's watching yours while you're typing here?

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    7. Not to worry about those children receiving attention-both parents are at home roughly 24/7!

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    8. If the Seewald's follow the Duggar pattern, the older kids take responsibility for the younger ones. I hope they don't do that. IMO, siblings should not be in the position of playing parent to the younger ones.

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    9. Michelle had way more, all of them are quite well off and able to support multiple children. She is close to every her kids (minus one?). Basically they are millionaires, followed by millions. Travel the world, have fun. So, THEY have no problems, do not worry!

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    10. These children are happy and healthy. Why ask such stupid questions. The Dugger and Bates children are the most decent. mannered and Smart kids on Tv

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    11. I wonder how they hope to properly educate their children. The days of being able to make a good living with only a GED are fast becoming to an end. They will not return. Here, young people need at least the equivalent of a community college associated degree for entry level positions. That costs money, many of these young people rely on their parents to help them,in one way or another.

      When we had children, we decided that 2 were the maximum we could afford and still be able to provide them with the educational opportunities they will need. Most people here think the same. It is rare that families have more than 3 children.

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    12. I’m Catholic and we were always the ones to have bigger families. I’m from five, my husband,7, & my mom and dad were each the youngest of 11. I had 2. If the Duggars can afford them, go for it. The difference is that this family depends on their parents for the most part. I’d like to see someone in the Duggar or Bates family go to school or join the service. JMO

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    13. 10:32, I homeschool my kids. They get "a proper education." My oldest is in college on the basis of his high school transcript. Many colleges accept homeschool transcripts. I know a family of 12, all homeschooled, and all of the adult offspring are college educated and doing pretty awesome things with their lives. They are not exceptions. The idea that homeschooling doesn't equal a proper education is outdated and largely inaccurate.

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    14. Parents may mean well but it's mathematically impossible to give each child more individual time when there are more children. Life turns into one big "Go do this while I tend to your brother/sister" day in and day out.

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  47. Welcome to Duggarville where there's ALWAYS at least one pregnant woman. lol

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    1. Ha ha. I have a feeling that Anna might be pregnant also and will announce after Kendra's daughter is born.

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    2. Anon 9:30. Yeah. Anna has babies every two years like clockwork.

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    3. I agree! I have a feeling Anna is expecting number 7!!

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  48. “The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away and the Lord Giveth Once Again.”

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  49. I think it's great that they are having another little baby! But probably they will need more space, maybe a bigger house?

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    1. Probably, and I'm sure they'll figure it out.

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  50. I think they are going to have a little boy!

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  52. Mamma mia!! Why?!?!

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  53. Mamma mia!! Why?!

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  54. Congratulations Jesa,Ben,Spurgeon,Henry and Ivy . Jessa you and the baby will be in our prayers for a safe and easy birth.
    God Bless
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

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  55. Congratulations Jessa and Ben!!

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