The Duggars Are Expanding Their Clan to 19

TLC's biggest family will need to change its name from 18 Kids and Counting to accommodate yet another addition

By Breanne L. Heldman Sep 01, 2009 3:58 PMTags

Jon and Kate Gosselin's clan is nothing.

The Duggars of TLC's 18 Kids and Counting are continuing to expand their tribunal.

Their oldest J-named son, 21-year-old Joshua, announced a while ago that he is expecting his first child with his wife, Anna, in October. In addition to becoming first-time grandparents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are en route to becoming 19th-time parents.

"We are thrilled to announce that we found out we're expecting our 19th child," the 42-year-old mega-mama told Meredith Vieira on the Today show this morning.

"We are so excited about this new arrival, and also our grandbaby coming," Jim Bob, 42, said later.

The juxtaposition of the births, the family says, isn't strange at all.

"My sister and my mother were having babies at the same time, so I have nieces and nephews older than me," explained Michelle, who has six brothers and sisters. "It was a great time because we really have close relationships with my nieces and nephews."

Despite her many visits to the rodeo—Today did the math and found that she's been pregnant for more than 12 total years of her life—Michelle is experiencing the usual discomforts of pregnancy.

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

The first-time parents, Joshua and Anna, also had an announcement of their own. They won't be continuing the family tradition of naming children with the letter J. They'll be starting an M-based family.

Much to Vieira's disappointment, they won't be starting with Meredith. The new addition will be christened Mackynzie Renee.


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