Tues, September 15, Duggar's New Additions

The Duggars have an even fuller house when the Wilson family visits to help with some home renovations. But once things get moving, it's anyone's guess where the new additions will stop...

30 minutes

64 comments:

Willow #1 said...

More renovations? Sounds interesting, but I sure hope we get to see the rest of the renovation at the Bates house; maybe even a peek at the new little Bates. Maybe the Duggars need more bedroom space with the new baby coming, or more school room space? It is getting close for Josh and Anna's baby and hope all is going well for them.

Anonymous said...

It looked like they were adding a water slide on the previews, and I think this is where Jim Bob tells the kids about the new baby.

I do hope we get to go back to the Bates' house and see how the remodel turned out.

Mrs P

They're Similar to Another TLC Family said...

A water slide?

I didn't know you could buy a good quality water slide in "used" condition ! Buy used and save the difference, right? Except when it's given to you for free from TLC.

Anonymous said...

Their waterslide is a tarp on a hill with water on it from a hose.

SuSuseriffic said...

I have to wait for my 'On Demand' to put this episode up. I really want to hear about the Bates child. Anyone know anything?

Not a Duggar Fan said...

Yawn. Wish the Duggars would just be a monthly special---TLC seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I too hope they show the Bate's house.

Jessica said...

Anyone notice how TLC didn't block out the family cell phone numbers when they filmed the phone..not smart..imo.

Anyway, I hope the new baby is a girl, but I have a feeling it's a boy..

Anonymous said...

I'm all for the Duggars and what they stand for. I agree with the children having a buddy system because it does have to be difficult dealing with all those kids. However what I don't agree with is when one of the children is sick (as in tonights episode) Michelle should be the one taking care of them not their "buddy".

Bella said...

I completely agree with you Anonymous @ 9:19. I was just coming here to post that. I felt so sorry for that poor little girl. When you're little and you're sick, you want your mommy. It doesn't matter how loving and caring your big sister is, she can't take the place of mommy. And strangely Michelle was nowhere to be found while one of the older girls (Jana) had to help that sick little girl vomit into the toilet. It broke my heart. To be honest, I feel that taking care of the sick children is 100% the mother's responsibility, no matter how many kids you have. They didn't even show Michelle commenting about how the kids were sick and who was taking care of them or how. I found that very odd. And you'd think the they would at least try to keep the baby away from the sick kids, but I didn't see any effort to make that happen either. I know with that many kids its not possible to totally isolate one of them, but if it were me I'd at least try to keep the 8-month-old outside or in a different part of the house than the sick children. JMO.

sherryhefner said...

I completely agree with the Anon...Michelle should take care of the children when they are sick. Otherwise the buddy system works nicely.
Also, Michelle looks much more pregnant than three months...maybe she is having twins? I am happy for them...but think some of the children looked uncomfortable when they were told. John David looked especially reserved, even though he said he was excited.
I was disappointed that we didn't see the Bates' house progress...hopefully soon.

chocolatebee said...

I am surprised the Duggars haven't built another house on their land. They have quite a bit of land. Maybe Jim Bob is waiting for one of the girls to be married and will build them a house so that they can keep her close.

I found it weird that JB and Michelle chose to share the news of the new baby the way they did.They usually tell the children in a more formal manner.But was anyone else surprised at the older kids reactions? I heard a "What?!" "Are you kidding?!" as well as faces that seemed less than excited about a new sibiling.Of course the younger kids were happy because they wont have the same responsiblities as the older kids(the girls in particular).I swear I even heard a "how did THAT happen?!" And I think it was Jana who ran in the house.I would have paid money to hear what she said inside. I can imagine she probably cried and prayed for a courtship so she can be free of this.

As much as I love the Duggars, I dont really think they consider their children's feelings on a lot of topics. I know this may be hard in regards to pregnancy considering JB and Michelle choose not to control their reproduction.

I also found it slightly disturbing that Michelle refused to say "menopause" when she talked about her body changing. She said she thought her age caused her not to lose weight and she used some other reason why she had missed a period and not lost weight but she refused to say it could be the end of her childbearing years.I feel like she may not be okay mentally when the time does come for her to stop having children.I know she said she believes it is all God's will, and I do feel this is true, but will Michelle be able to handle just being mom to the 19 she may have and grandmom to the next generation? Even though Jim Bob was joking, I think it was silly of him to say that Anna had some competition now that Michelle was expecting again. That was wrong on so many levels.

Anonymous said...

The Bates had a little girl, Callie Anna http://staddonfamily.com/2009/06/03/meet-the-bates-family/
~jasmine

Anonymous said...

I missed this episode, and i've looked all over the TLC website, and it doesn't look like it will be airing again anytime soon. I NEVER miss a show, can anyone tell me where I can see it?

grace said...

I thought the 'vomit' scene was very indicative of how relationships really are in this family. How strange and sad that Jana and Johanna probably have a stronger "mother-daughter" type of bond than Michelle and Johanna seem to have. Sick kids are a mom's responsibility in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I thought the silence when JB announced the news was deafening. Jinger looked horrified. Only the younger kids seemed excited, and that is understandable, since another baby is just more and more work for the older girls. John David did seem very uncomfortable.

And poor Johanna! When you are sick you want Mommy! Where was Mommy? Why does she never take care of any of her children except her nursing baby? Poor sick baby! I thought that was terrible!

SuSuseriffic said...

jasmine- that link is not working anymore but thanks

BoyMom said...

I guess I'm the odd one out here because I LOVED this episode! The water slide looked so fun, and although Jim Bob gets on my nerves, you have to admit that he's a great father and husband. I was so happy to see Jana go down the waterslide. She's one of my favorite Duggar girls.

The kids looked like they were having a blast on the new sidewalk/basketball court. I love that the Duggar kids are always *outside*! It's so nice to see them play and get messy and do normal kid stuff.

I didn't think this episode was boring at all. They were doing normal (somewhat) family stuff together. No photoshoots, talk shows, trips anywhere-just at home with their family. (On a side note, is anyone else just blown away at the size of their house?!)

Snap! said...

I found the children in this episode are becoming very modernized. I saw '14 children and counting' recently and the children are dressed in old fashion dresses.
In this episode Johannah had a cute jean jumper and pink cowboy boats and Joy Anna was not cooking or doing laundry - she was playing outside on a skateboard. I wonder if the younger kids will venture out away from the family and discover different lifestyles since they are exposed to so much more through the show and don't seem as disciplined as the older Duggar children.
About Michelle and sick children- when do we ever see Michelle being hands on with any of the kids past infancy?

Midwest Mom said...

Posted by Chocolatebee: "And I think it was Jana who ran in the house.I would have paid money to hear what she said inside. I can imagine she probably cried and prayed for a courtship so she can be free of this."

That is what is so sad about this whole thing.

A 19-year-old young woman should NOT have to be praying to get married soon in order to escape her current home life. She should be offered, (dare I say "ENCOURAGED") to have a life of her own before she's joined to someone else for eternity.

Would love to have those girls in college/vo-tech/employed, etc., instead of helping their little sister vomit into a toilet. WHERE WAS THE MOM ?

Tammy C said...

A red neck water slide-hysterical commnet from John David!

Swissmiss150 said...

I thought the 'modest' swim wear worn by the girls didn't look very comfortable with its several layers.

It would be soggy and stick to your skin - ick. I didn't think some of the older girls looked that happy on the slide.

Totally agree that Michelle is the one who should have been with the sick child. SHE is the mother, no matter how dedicated a sister might be. Disappointed - and it's unfair to dump that on a sibling.

Lauren said...

ChocolateBee


I completely agree with you

Anonymous said...

I thought the children were simply surprised(I really think Michelle and JB thought they were not going to be able to have more, and that the older girls likely knew that Mom was going through 'the change' etc). The kids running to the house seemed *excited* to me, and I thought that they were running to tell the Wilsons or maybe to go with Joy-anna to call Josh.

Also, about Johannah, when a mom is in early pregnancy, many things make her very sick. Michelle has said before how sick she gets when in early pregnancy. I have tried to deal with a child that is vomiting while in the midst of morning sickness and it is NOT fun. The last time I was pregnant, my then 3 yr old got sick with a stomach bug. I tried my best, but ended up vomiting all over the place every time I tried. My then 10 yr old took pity on me, and took over the cleaning up, the holding the 3 yr old's head, etc. She was wonderful and a great blessing to me.

Mrs P

missycristin said...

I had an issue with the infant laying on the floor unsupervised, and one of the younger boys chewing on the rubber bottom of a crutch. Some may consider this nit picky as the children all appear health and blah blah blah, but it just struck me as strange.

Also, did Anna always wear her hair in the Duggar Girl hairstyle, or did she start doing that after she got married? Just curious.

mrs P said...

Another thought:

We don't see *everything* . Maybe Michelle and JB were not home, were attending to aanother child, doing something for their guests, etc. We don't know if Jana called her mom to come as soon as johannah was through and michelle took over or what. It isn't as though editing isn't a part of the show, and it's not like a 30 min show can show what every moment is like.

Mrs P

NYMomof4 said...

One thing I really enjoyed seeing in this episode was Jim Bob's affection for his children. I loved when he pulled Jana down the water slide and when he put his arm around John David and said what a great big brother he is. It's nice to see a father so loving toward his teenage children.

PR in PA said...

BoyMom said...
I guess I'm the odd one out here because I LOVED this episode! The water slide looked so fun, and although Jim Bob gets on my nerves, you have to admit that he's a great father and husband. I was so happy to see Jana go down the waterslide. She's one of my favorite Duggar girls.

The kids looked like they were having a blast on the new sidewalk/basketball court. I love that the Duggar kids are always *outside*! It's so nice to see them play and get messy and do normal kid stuff.

I didn't think this episode was boring at all. They were doing normal (somewhat) family stuff together. No photoshoots, talk shows, trips anywhere-just at home with their family. (On a side note, is anyone else just blown away at the size of their house?!)

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I loved this episode too. Shows that you don't need to spend alot of money to have some fun. They enjoy being around each other unlike some other TLC family.

sfields said...

Michelle would not survive without those older girls. I don't even think there would be a show if it weren't for them. They are the ones that keep the house running smoothly.

So, TLC, I think you should have an episode where the girls get to have a fun and relaxing weekend where they have ZERO "mommy" chores and are recognized for all the work they do. Maybe the older boys could take over for once.

Anonymous said...

I actually enjoyed this episode too. Also, to the person who said something about it being pretty crazy/expensive/etc. for them to have a waterslide, it wasn't a real waterslide. They just had something like a big tarp that they had laid out on a hill and poured water and soap on it. It looked like fun.
The one thing that I found weird is how often they use the word "encouragement". I've noticed that during many episodes. And in this episode, it was Mrs. Wilson who used it... When they were interviewed about the Duggars, they didn't actually have many specifically positive things to say about them. But then Mrs. Wilson said, "They've been a real source of encouragement to us." I believe Michelle used the exact same phrase to describe Cousin Amy (who I don't think she is super-fond of)in an episode, and the kids themselves have used it to describe various people. It's such a vague term. I wonder if, in their ministry or whatever, it's what they say about people they can't think of anything nice to say about?... Or maybe it's just a coincidence?...

imaamy said...

Boymom, wow I was thinking maybe it was just the camera angle. It looked extra enormous last night!

nccalgal said...

When TLC shows them travelling and going on tour, the complaint is "show us the Duggars at home doing everyday things", so now they're at home doing normal things and the complaint is "too boring". Hmmmmmm
They really didn't show much of the Wilson's even though they were supposed to be helping them with the concrete work. It would have been nice to get to know them a little better. I was impressed with Joyanna's ability to skateboard and shoot the basketball at the same time.
My impression of Michelle's explanation of this being a surprise was that she hadn't had a period due to her nursing. I also noticed, unlike her previous pregnancy, she didn't mention having morning sickness, which would certainly have triggered a question in my mind if all of a sudden I was feeling queezy all the time.

gotsomewheelsnow said...

This was another good episode. The kids can have lots of fun on the basketball court and new sidewalk - they sure seemed to be enjoying it! I did worry about the little boy with the ladder who was hanging from the rim of the basketball hoop - especially when another one came along and took it right out from under him. I wonder if they just let the kids run wild outside with no supervision? He could have gotten hurt so easily.


I have to agree about the look on older kids faces about the new pregnancy. Not too sure they're too excited.

Rory said...

I thought the camera was trying to hide Michelle's stomach in the beginning of the episode, when she was speaking while holding Jordyn. I agree with the poster who said that Jana probably helped Johanna when she was sick because Michelle was dealing with her own morning sickness.

The tarp/water slide was a great idea and it's so wonderful to see a family that really loves each other and being together. I think the older kids were really shocked at the news of baby #19. Remember how surprised they were when Michelle revealed she was pregnant with Jordyn?

I would've loved to know what Josh's reaction was when Joy-Anna called him!

luvmybabies said...

When Johannah was sick during the episode, my only thought was that I felt sorry for her being filmed while throwing up, and I wished they would shut the bathroom door.

I disagree with the whole "where was Michelle?" outcry. When I was little, my fourteen year old sister was like my second mother to me, and when I was sick or needed anything, my sister provided just as much comfort as my mother. Honestly, I looked at both of them as loving caregivers and was happy to have my sister there with me when I was sick. Johannah is not suffering any emotional trauma from having sweet Jana minister to her needs when sick. And Jana didn't seem to mind. Helping a three year old throw up in the toilet is cake compared to having to clean it off the carpet.

luvmybabies said...

I should clarify that my sister is 14 years older than me, so when I was Johannah's age, she was just a little younger than Jana is now.

I was pretty much bonded with my sister as much as my mother, which I know some people will think is dysfunctional. But for me it was just more love. And now as an adult, I have two women in my life that I look up to as mentors and friends - my mother and my sister.

gracie said...

All i can say is at least they didn't banish poor johannah to the laundry room unlike *someone* did when her child was sick.

LeftCoastMom said...

Luvmybabies I think it is sweet you are blessed with such a caring big sis. My girls are 10 years apart. They're having some growing pains right now at 20 and 30, one married a couple years and settling down, the other a couple years out of HS just starting to grow into her "big girl panties" as she likes to say!

I was just doing some reading on Bill Gothard, after being told the Duggars are followers. I hope the person who turned me on to him is mistaken. I don't watch the show every week, but have always considered the family to have more level heads than anyone who would follow Gothard.

Anytime someone starts interpreting the Bible and and making claims that their way is the only right way, it makes me nervous. When that same person starts laying sins of the father on the head of a little child and doubly so if the child is adopted!! Makes me start thinking that maybe they have eaten too many Twinkies and I worry they may be ready to start force feeding tainted Kool-Aid to babies at any moment.

But I digress, what I was wondering is if any of the Duggar kids have signed up for college? Do these kids all have nicely padded college or start a business funds? Or did the TLC money all go to the family expenses acct and charity?

Anonymous said...

The family has always seemed cavalier about safety, whether it was Michelle pushing the bus while holding nursing buddy Jordyn, or the kids climbing to the rafters and hanging out the roof at the Bates, or chewing on the end of a crutch, or hanging from basketball hoops.

Of course, I was even more horrified when all the little kids were out playing with all the giant digging equipment picking up dirt right near them (for the slip n slide Hole), or Jana cutting tile without goggles, or little kids all wandering around construction sites with nail guns, etc.

They seem foolish, these parents. Their lack of education in so many areas is so evident, but their children's lives are at risk with this kind of ignorance. The camera people should remind them of these risks, if Jim Bob and Michelle do not know it already by themselves.

Anonymous said...

One would think that by the 18th child they would know that the handle to the car seat goes back when driving. hmmmm...

Anonymous said...

John David's face after hearing the news was PRICELESS. Just about sums up the feelings of all of the older kids I bet.

Speaking of safety - I noticed that they showed one of the little guys hanging from the basketball hoop, but didn't actually show him landing. Probably because he wiped out and hurt himself ....

Mrs P said...

Actually, some infant carriers do *not* require the handle to be down in the car.

We had one for our 3rd and 4th babies.

Mrs P

Beth said...

Left Coast Mom,
The Duggars are pretty open about their association with Gothard. The ATI conference that they attend is a Gothard conference. They have links on their website to some of his websites, the character books they use as part of their homeschooling are Gothard materials, ... After reading some of Gothard's materials, they use a lot of the same terminology, justifications, and theories that he espouses. As scary as that stuff is, I think they do believe a lot of it.
As for the kids going to college, if they follow Gothard's regulations, it won't happen until they are married and out on their own unless they do some online program (done by religious conservatives) or Gothard-sponsored training.

sherryhefner said...

I am only a couple years older than Michelle. I grew up in the South, attending church and youth group meetings. One summer, my ultra-conservative youth pastor took our group to the Bill Gothard crusade/convention. We purchased very expensive hard-bound study books that looked similar to a high school yearbook in size. This was out study material for the week. I have to say that I don't know many youth who could live the lifestyle that was taught to us that week. No music but Christian music, little tv, very strict (almost oppressive) habits. As a result of that trip, our youth were encouraged not to go to the high school prom that year...and I didn't. I am a Christian mom today...a pastor's wife with conservative beliefs. But even for me, this teaching was over-the-top.

momof5in Ark said...

Anon 4:58 said....

They seem foolish, these parents. Their lack of education in so many areas is so evident, but their children's lives are at risk with this kind of ignorance. The camera people should remind them of these risks, if Jim Bob and Michelle do not know it already by themselves.




I would say that the fact that they have 18 children and never once has any of them been seriously hurt is a pretty good indication that they keep a good eye on their kids. I live about 6 miles from them, and while I dont know them personally other to say Hello at Aldi's or exchange pleasantries when we cross paths at the local fair, I do know that nonb of them have ever been hurt other than a gilr having a twisted ankle and one of the boys threw his shoulder out of socket (twice). When the kids are on camera, you dont see JB or Michelle or an older buddy standing behind the camera man (which is what happens the majority of the time when they are filming just the youngsters).Remember we are seeing only what the cameraman WANTS us to see!

octavia said...

Jessica said...
Anyone notice how TLC didn't block out the family cell phone numbers when they filmed the phone..not smart..imo.
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I noticed that. The whole family has probably had to change their cell phone numbers by now. That was really poor judgment on TLC's part, or really careless editing.

It was hard to tell if any of the kids were actually excited about the new baby or not. When Jana ran into the house, I could swear she said she was going to go call the Bates family. John David looked extremely uncomfortable, and the rest of them sort of looked around at each other like, "How should we be reacting to this?"

Anonymous said...

I agree with those posters who have said the older kids looked less than thrilled at the news of the new baby. As conservative as this family is regarding courtship, etc...it's an odd thing for their mom & dad to be discussing the topic of babymaking to the extent they have (rather than a simple "I'm pregnant!")

Regarding the term "encouragment", I also remember Anna using the term to describe Michelle when Anna first learned she was expecting. I can't decide if it's just a catch-all term to mean actually mean "support", or a euphemism for "support" that is offered but not necessarily always requested, or desired.

-Katydid

Anonymous said...

They have 19 children who have not (as far as we know) been seriously hurt, but considering their cavalier attitudes towards safety, I think it is only because of the grace of God and luck.

I would never take my children's safety so lightly. This family really does not take the most basic safety precautions around building materials, large moving vehicles, heights, etc.

Anonymous said...

The kids didn't act like they cared. Michelle and Jim Bob, however, were over the moon about it. I was surprised actually. I figured they'd be less enthusiastic but they really were thrilled.

Annie said...

"It's an odd thing for their mom & dad to be discussing the topic of babymaking to the extent they have (rather than a simple "I'm pregnant!")"

I don't know... my husband was raised in a fundamentalist home (they did Gothard/ATI for a year or two until the kids begged my in-laws to stop)
and my husband tells me that his parents were (embarrassingly) open about sex when he was 5 his dad told him how everything "worked"( and also, according to my husband, that being married was the BEST thing ever, and that it was MUCH better to get married young but that if you had sex outside of marriage it would be the WORST thing ever, and when did get married, it would be too "emotionally scarring" for your wife to have sex with you--even if she was the one you slept with outside of marriage in the first place...)
The also also would (and still do) announce loudly to their children when they are going to go to their room to "get to know each other" and/or discuss their sex life at the dinner table.
It's really quit awful actually.
I have no idea though if this is normal for Christian Fundamentalists, or if it's just the fact that my in-laws have no filters.

Anonymous said...

I love the Duggar's show, but I admit that I also felt that the older kids were less than thrilled when they heard the news. A couple of yrs ago, when Michelle announced she was pregnant on the morning news show for mother's day, Josh seemed really shocked, and that was 2 kids ago, wasn't it?

My friend is one of 19 (no twins!) and has nothing bad to say about it. Heck, even Stephen Colbert is one of 11 and he turned out fine! But my friend and Mr. Colbert were not raised by super conservative fundamentalist Christians who make the girls wear long skirts, long hair, etc, and who were homeschooled and attended a homechurch. I would love to see how other families live this way in depth. How does the mother handle it? Anna's family (if I remember right) lives in a trailer and the Bates live in a cramped place that is barely large enough for a couple with 2 kids and a dog. What about big families where there is mental illness, health issues, etc. Ack!!Sometimes I think we are seeing a very saccharin version of Big Family Life but I still love it.

Jennifer

snap! said...

I'm the youngest of 7. I would rather have been in a smaller family. The older ones do help alot with the younger ones. It's a natural occurence in a large family. I would have rather been in a smaller family and have my parents more to myself.
This is just my opinion.
I do notice that you rarely see interaction between Jim Bob or Michelle and the 6 youngest boys.
They are raised by their buddy.
Sibling are not parents. It's a different kind of love.

Snap! said...

Annie- Yuck- I would be mortified if I heard my parents discuss their sex life with me as a child.
Boundaries are good.
Answer their questions- but don't give details of your own sex life to your kids!

Anonymous said...

I think the reason we didn't see really "excited" reactions from the kids about the pregnancy is probably because they take it for granted. Think about it. If your mother had been having a baby approximately every year for your entire life, then news of another pregnancy would hardly be surprising. I know JimBob and Michelle were surprised, but the kids probably all just expect it. They probably figure that's just what happens.

I don't think this means they're not happy with the prospect of another baby in the family. I think it just means it's not a novel occurrence worthy of a big, surprised reaction. They all seem to love the little ones and truly enjoy the babies. This is my take on the situation.

Admirer said...

For the first time, the number of children and the buddy system began to bother me. Seeing the children's lack of enthusiasm about the new Duggar seemed to me like "not again!" One side effect may be that the next generation - lip service to their parent's views aside, may not take to the "quiverfull" doctrine to the same extent as JB & M. How many times have we heard Josh and Anna say "two or three would be nice..." ??? It would be interesting to see how the children's households are similar or different when they are grown and married.

I don't think anyone else mentioned Jana wearing her hair up - in a style exactly like the older Bates girls. She looked lovely. I hope she finds her "forever mate" soon. She seems to be one Duggar daughter who is genuinely maternal in nature, and perhaps more emotionally prepared for marriage and motherhood.

Joanna said...

I just realized I haven't commented on this episode. Much of what I could say has been said. I didn't think a couple of things were saftely hazards. I thought Joy-Anna riding that skate board in that long of a skirt wasn't safe. Growing up I wasn't even allowed to play sports in a skirt. Since I was the kind of girl you couldn't get out of a dress, I definilty put up a fight, but Mama or whoever was watching me at the time were insisted that I wear pants or shorts when playing outside. I got into trouble if I did play in a skirt outside. (After 4th grade, my taste changed and you couldn't get me into a skirt for many years. I still only wear skirts or dresses occastionaly to church, usually it's pants, but I do like to dress up every know and then)

I really wanted to be on that water slide. I sure hope when I'm old I can still do stuff like that. I for one would have been bummed if I just found out I was pregnant and couldn't go on the waterslide. That's my main concern about being pregnant to often. I don't want my freedom of movement and activites to be restricted to often. I want to do everything I do now and I want to do them with my children. I'm willing to set aside a few months of not doing certain activites for the baby, but I wouldn't want to restrict myself constantly. I was wondering if Michelle would have been on the waterslide if she hadn't found out she was pregnant.

While we don't quite have a slope like that in my backyard, it is a little hilling and next year I'd like to make a long water slide like that. I'm not sure about the soap, definitly would like to try it. I'd love it as would my nieces. We had a slipe n' slide last year and we all loved it.

Diane said...

I really liked this episode but you could tell Jim Bob was really overjoyed about the news of another baby. I think he's addicted and needs treatment at the Baby Ford Center. Sheeeesh!

I also could have done without hearing Johannah gagging and puking. TURN CHANNEL, TURN CHANNEL FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joanna said...

Of course Jim Bob would be excited, he dosen't have to carry or deliver the babies!

here comes no. 19 said...

Does Jim Bob ever do anything for the kids- help bathe -dress- feed-
watch them instead of their buddy-change a diaper?
I've only ever seen him hold a baby once in a while. I've never seen a toddler once say- Daddy!! and run into his arms.
He likes the attention of a large family- but imagine if something happened to Michelle- and the older girls left home to get married-
How would Jim Bob cope?!?

Anna said...

I think the kids were less than thrilled because that meant THEY are going to have to care for another kid. The baby who is nursing is now going to have to find it's buddy-who will it be? Aren't all the older girls paried up with a younger kid now? Those middle boys will not take care of a baby. So will that mean the older girls will have to have 2 or more youngin's to raise? They are probably thing-Geesh, Lord release me!

eternalcanadian said...

Yet another family on the search to matchmake their kids with the Duggars, eh? Still waiting on the Bates-Duggar wedding. ;-)

eternalcanadian said...

Oh, speaking of the Bates, anyone have a feeling TLC is lining them up to do a Duggar-like show? Now that Jon & Kate is just Kate which is really too bad as I had hoped they would cancel that show and give the kids a break, but no, they've given Kate her own show just the way she wanted it. TLC seems to be on the prowl for more shows exploiting kids, and with the Bates seemingly always visiting the Duggars and vice versa, plus a wedding between their kids, oh, TLC must be salivating.

Faith Spencer Ziemba said...

Sorry, but I have a real problem with "the buddy system". These older children have no lives of their own. It is one thing to help out once in a while, but it seems like these older girls have no individuality or personal interests to pursue. I have four children ages 30 to 18. My oldest is an IT specialist. My daughter is working on her PH.D. in education. My third is in his 3rd yr of college studying journalism and my youngest is pre-med at Univ of Maryland. All different because we encourage their differences.
It breaks my heart that the Duggar girls future looks to be nothing but baby making.

Anonymous said...

I really can't agree with anyone saying Michelle shouldn't be with her sick children. Get a gripe. Many pregnant women in early pregnancy take care of their other children when they are sick. When I was pregnant with my last and 4th child I managed to take care of a 5,3 and a 18 month old all with a stomach virus and did just fine. A buddy system is nice when used properly. I would never ask any of my children to raise another one. I had them I take care of them. Period. To me they are selfish.