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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Don't Know If They Will Have More Children

Exclusive Interview! Michelle Duggar Moving From Mom to Grandma Role?

Parents never stop learning — even when they have 19 children! I had the chance to chat with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar yesterday about their preemie's progress and whether they plan to expand their family. The couple were happy to report that Josie, now 7 1/2 months, has settled into their busy household.

LilSugar: How is Josie adjusting to such a big family after she had her parents all to herself in the hospital?
Michelle Duggar: Actually, she was used to having new faces every 12 hours at the hospital so she's probably feeling like it's a similar situation. Around here it's like every five minutes so it's been a good transition. The things that we are learning with a preemie are a little different. We have to be really careful about any runny noses, coughs, or sore throats. If anyone thinks they have anything, they can't be near her so I'll keep her upstairs in my room with the doors closed. If anyone wants to come see her, they have to pass through the door with the germ aid and go through a screening so they don't give her anything. She's still getting her little immune system established.

LS: How is Josie doing developmentally?
MD: In the preemie world, they call it her adjusted age versus her actual age. Yes, she's 7 1/2 months old, but her adjusted age is 4 1/2 months old so she's doing all the things that a 4-1/2-month-old would do so that's really great. They said she's not going to need physical therapy. Even in her weight — she's in the 75th percentile, which is amazing considering what she was 1 pound 6 ounces to start out and here she is at 11 pounds and 1 ounce. It's a miracle!

LS: As far as having more children, you said you're open to it despite having this scare with a preemie?
MD: I feel like each one of these children are a gift and watching sweet little Josie and just the miracle of her life — it's something that I do not take for granted for even just one minute. God says children are a gift and a blessing and we ask the lord (that he) give us a love for children like he loves children. My heart is open to more if God sees fit and I guess we'll just wait and see. I can't imagine my life without a single one of mine.

To see what Michelle and Jim Bob said about older women getting in-vitro to become mothers later in life,

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You're 43, which is young considering how many children you've birthed. There are women in their 50s and 60s having in-vitro to become mothers. What do you think about this?
MD: I don't really know what to think about it. I feel like in my personal situation, we're just enjoying the ones (children) that God has given us and I think different people have different reasons for wanting children later in life. Personally, I know there's a time clock usually that the lord gives and he shuts that off. You get your children when you're young and it's probably so you can chase after them and keep up because when you get older you get tired. It's a lot harder to get out there and run.
Jim Bob Duggar: (interjects) We'd rather be chasing grandkids (then)!
MD: It (having grandkids at that age) is a little bit different than giving birth to one at 58 or 60, you know? I don't know . . . that would just be quite an amazing feat!
JD: I think her (Michelle's) mom went through menopause shortly after 40 so we don't know if she'll (Michelle) have any more or not, but we are thankful for each one.

LS: Have you noticed many changes in being a young parent with Josh and now with Josie?
MD: I definitely can say that age catches up with you. I'm not as quick when I'm playing with the kids. I'm not as young as I think I am. In my mind, I think I'm still 20, but then I get out and play with the kids and come in and am hurt and I feel muscles I didn't know I had. Oh, man! I'm not that young anymore. Kids really do keep you young in that you are constantly busy. You don't have time to be sedentary, which is probably a good thing.

LS: By mainstream America's standards your family's lifestyle is modest or conservative; do you think that's the appeal of your show and why your family is so well-known?
MD: I think it's probably curiosity — how in the world can a family this size function? Of course, our heart is that we just want to encourage other families. We're still learning every day. These kids are a blessing and a gift and (parents should) really make the most of the time you have with them. Don't take the fact that they're here for granted.

The Duggars' new season kicks off tonight! Watch back-to-back episodes of 19 Kids and Counting at 9/8c on TLC. And, check back for the rest of our interview with Jim Bob and Michelle tomorrow!

Source: Discovery

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snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
:OY:
stephley stephley 5 years
I don't think you learn much from the Duggars because everything shown is so controlled. I've known families with lots of children and I've always seen more give & take between parents & children, and occasional chaos in them.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
what's so educational about watching somebody raise a gaggle of children?
Kelly-O Kelly-O 5 years
I really don't understand the hate directed toward the family. They work hard, they have kind well-mannered children who seem to truly care for each other, and it doesn't take long to see the love in that whole extended family. If you watch the show, you'll notice that unlike some of the other reality shows, there are definite themes to the episodes - it doesn't seem that the cameras are there every single day. (And when you talk about "going to the press" understand that TLC probably has something in their contract about announcements and talking with the press. It goes along with the show.) One of the things that impresses me most about Jim Bob, Michelle, and their children is that they aren't superior in their attitude about their lifestyle or religious beliefs. It's who they are, simple as that. Cousin Amy (often seen going with them on special trips or just being part of the family) is very different than them, and they make her feel like part of the family, even though it's not the sort of thing she chooses for herself.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
They had most of their kids before they had a tv show. I remember an interview with them years ago where they were giving their tips on using coupons and not spending money on frivolous things so they could be self supporting. Not everyone with a lot of kids is on welfare.
stephley stephley 5 years
I'm with Snarky - people like the Duggars are attention wh*res, using her pregnancies and their kids to keep attention focused on them. If you love your kids so much, try protecting them from unwanted, unnecessary and generally unhealthy publicity.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Personally, I know there's a time clock usually that the lord gives and he shuts that off. Oh so THAT's how menopause works!
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
my problem is that they are constantly going to the press. people like that are scum. i hate reality show attention wh*res.
Zivanod Zivanod 5 years
The Duggars are quite a wealthy family and Jim Bob has good business savvy so you need not worry about them taking money from the government. They seem like nice decent people if not a bit too religous for my taste.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
The Duggars have never received welfare or any form of government assistance. I honestly don't get why people judge them so harshly. Yes, they've got a lot of kids and they're religious. So? They seem like nice people and their kids are all so well mannered and respectful. And they actually come off as intelligent when they're talking to cameras. Give me a Duggar kid with a side of tater-tot casserole any day!
styleicon85 styleicon85 5 years
I think the Duggars are such an encouragement. I love that show. No, they do not collect government aid in any way. Jim Bob has a bunch of rental properties that he owns. From what Ive heard, they are just very smart with their money and do not spend it on foolish things. I can definately take some tips from them!
hausfrau hausfrau 5 years
Whats disgusting are the attitudes commenters always have towards them. The don't take govt money, they don't bother you, they don't abuse their kids... so leave them alone.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
Are they living off the government? If yes, that would be horrible...but I don't think so. At least nowadays I assume they make a decent amount of money off their tv specials.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
Wow. So it's all about having as many babies as God will bless you with. Seems so simple, doesn't it? Well let's all get busy with this!
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