We're still in shock that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are expecting their 20th child.
Even with the frightening premature birth of their 19th child, daughter Josie, and Michelle's life-threatening preeclampsia, you would think that 19 kids was enough.
But the reality tv parents are defending their decision to have another baby.
Michelle, age 45, says:
"If we felt that way, we would have stopped back with our second birth. There are many women who have experienced preeclampsia and have gone on to have more children.
That whole mind set that you stop after a problem pregnancy isn't realistic. You may encounter struggles along the way. You may not have a perfect pregnancy, but each child is a precious gift."
Even though they live debt-free and built their own home in Tontitown, Arkansas, the family still gets criticism that the children aren't properly cared for - especially since the older children have so much more responsibilities than the average teen. Jim Bob says:
"We homeschool, so we are around our children day in and day out. Because I am in real estate, I am home and can be with the children a lot. When we go to the store or run errands, we take the kids one on one and we get to spend more time individually than a lot of parents do."
Michelle says she actually learns from the criticism, adding:
"The beauty of being in a large family is that everyone works together as a team and it is about teaching our children responsibility.
There are a lot of good things we can learn from our critics. We really believe we are following our faith and there are sometimes going to be people who don't agree and we aren't going to worry about the negative things stated.
We are thankful for those out there who are happy and we are grateful for each and every gift of a child."
True, a child is a gift, but this is definitely taking things too far. All we can say is that we hope for a safe and easy pregnancy for Michelle and their unborn child.
[Image via TLC.]
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