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Michelle Duggar says she's trying for baby No. 20!

How many is too many?

By TheBump.com Oct 9, 2013 5:34PM
Photo: Jim and Michelle Dugger // Getty ImagesWord on the CelebrityBabyScoop street is that Michelle Duggar and her gang of 19 kids are ready to open their arms once more for baby No. 20!

Jim Bob and Michelle, who are parents to more J-named kids than I can count on my hands (but not my hands and toes combined, y’all!), are not currently expecting — but it doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to add another baby to the already oversized mix. In an exclusive interview with CelebrityBabyScoop.com, Michelle shared: “I would be so grateful if the Lord blessed us with another one. We’re trying at this point and we shall see if that is a possibility. If not, we are so thankful and grateful for the ones that God has given us so far. We are also definitely enjoying our grandbabies! They are so precious!”

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Back in March, Michelle spoke with People about the possibility of adoption. She said, “The kids are definitely pushing towards wanting us to open our home up to another child or more. They see how much we have been blessed with and how little so many children have and they want to share. We tell our children that would have to be something that is God’s will for our family, and we will see if it is. Our children love children, and we all do.” Looks like, for now, the plan is to conceive naturally.

But before you fall off your rocker, Michelle says she’s well aware that the critics feel adding one more baby Duggar may officially cause the cup to runneth over — but they still want to try. “I think that there is this ideology that goes behind overpopulation that I don’t really agree with,” she says. “It’s a different perspective and that’s where people have their different ideas, and that’s okay. That’s what makes the world go around; there are many different ideas and different perspectives about certain topics.”

And don’t ask mama if she’s done her research, because she and JB are well-versed in the world of overpopulation (and they don’t agree!). She added, “We have studied it and I believe that there is a misconception about overpopulation. I think that the whole mindset of overpopulation is really overrated. A few years back, we stated that the whole population of the world could be stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Jacksonville. That may have changed a little bit since we’ve heard that statistic.”

One thing you’ve got give Michelle credit for (whether you’re with her or not), is the fact that she doesn’t let public opinion deter her and her family from their beliefs, their desires and most importantly — their family planning. She even chalks some of the negative comments about their decision to expand once more to basic math. She told CelebrityBabyScoop, “People were saying, ‘Oh, that’s way too many kids and I can’t imagine that many children in one family!’ However, my daughter, Jill, said to us, ‘Mom, Dad, I don’t understand why people would say that. Love really, truly multiplies…it doesn’t divide. When you have more people in the family, there is that many more people to spread love all around!’ I think Jill said it very wisely; love does multiply. It’s a joy, because there are that many more people and that much more love in the house!”

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While I couldn’t picture parenting — or hell, even delivering — 19 kids and still wanting more, I can totally get behind their daughter’s comments. Adding to your family really does make the love multiply (even though diapers, space and baby gear it does not).

The joys that new baby and a new family member bring are unlike anything else in the world, so it’s not hard to see that Michelle, Jim Bob and their brood just want sprinkle a little more of that special sauce around. It’s sweet, isn’t it?

Do you think 20 babies is too many?

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By Kylie McConville

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Sep 20, 2013 7:17PM
This parent is being really 'short sighted' for want of a more appropriate expression. The thought that she would jeopardize her teenage daughter's education and currently high standards rather than recolor her hair, is waaaayyyy beyond stupid and I say this as a BLACK person! How this parent is responding is utter BSSSSt at its finest, given all the difficulties Black Americans face today in obtaining quality and higher education!
Sep 20, 2013 6:54PM
Ok - Seagraves is a public school and Mr. Spiller has a problem in comprehension.  The dress code states that the color must not distract which means you can't have your hair the color of the rainbow.  There are plenty of blonde haired girls who have dyed their hair black with blonde tips.  This is clearly a discrimination case, but how often do people manipulate what is written to their convenience?  Seagraves ISD needs to be investigated for allegedly disqualifying a girl from playing basketball "for being too short"  People need to reconsider their actions and think about our teenagers and all that they face on a daily basis, rather than be hostile toward them.  After all what harm is her hair going to cause????  Simple things turned complicated!!!!  What a joke - and really I'm not laughing
Sep 13, 2013 6:19AM
Young and older women should dress to earn respect, not oggles.  Unless you are a street walker, these skimpy clothes send the wrong message: "I'm easy and have no self-respect; come and get it."
Aug 13, 2013 6:01PM
Can't wait to hear the crying as soon as one of these "confused" kids gets their face smashed in. Let me guess... it'll be a hate crime because some kid is in the wrong bathroom. Or the first time one of these kids is accused of something in the bathroom. If one person feels uncomfortable with a confused person using their bathroom that should be it, no questions asked. This is just ridiculous. We are more concerned that everyone be treated equal we don't realize that we are treading all over the rights of the masses. You should never have to feel uncomfortable about using your bathroom. And what should the punishment be for the state and the school when one of these kids steps over a line? How about let the victims father have absolute control of their fate? No questions asked?
Aug 6, 2013 2:15PM
Having huge international party areas such as South Beach, Coconut Grove, Ft Lauderdale a short drive away....clubs in downtown Miami, Key west and the rest of the FL keys...I can't see why the Univ of Miami is not listed here
Apr 24, 2013 4:55PM
My daughter is in 8th grade and has a 8th grade dance this year.  It's exciting to dress shop with her.  Our school district has a strict no strapless dress code also.  I have absolutley no problem with this rule.  They are too young to wear dresses they are too tight, too short & strapless.  There are hundreds of dresses that have thin straps and look great on the girls.  The school districts make rules to protect the students whether its rules for girls or boys, just follow them.
Oct 11, 2012 6:29AM
WAKE UP!!! first, any parent not up in arms about having their kid "chipped" is not only letting their kid down but they are letting all Americans down by allowing this rapidly growing trend to take place! Isn't it obvious to you people yet? Do you really think the school paid for this out of pocket? Your kids are being used as prototypes. I hope all the sheep parents wake up because one day soon YOU might be chipped! WAKE THE F*#K UP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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