The Duggars are at it again. Their ever-expanding brood continues to do just that. Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest son, Josh, and his wife, Anna, are welcoming their second child. Their first child turned one on October 8—the same day that day that Anna showed her husband the positive pregnancy test.
The story of a young couple expecting their second child would hardly be considered newsworthy. That is if it weren’t for the fact that the soon-to-be father of two hails from a family the size of some small towns. After all, the guy’s got 18 brothers and sisters. So how many children do he and his wife want to have?
“We’ll be having 25,” Josh jokingly told People magazine. Before setting the record straight, that is. Like his parents, Josh and his wife plan to leave the number “up to God.”
As I read the account, I couldn’t help but wonder if Josh and Anna are 100% comfortable with the attention they receive. After all, a simple pregnancy results in People Magazine knocking on their door. With the good times, comes the bad. And I would think it’d be hard to share your life’s tragedies with the general public just because your parents had 19 children. (Their youngest of which isn’t even a year old yet!)
That’s exactly what Josh and Anna did when they told the magazine that they had suffered a miscarriage this past summer. But it’s not just sharing negative news that I think would be difficult. It would also be the constant questions of how many children they’ll have. We’ve asked a similar question over at Famecrawler. Josh’s answer, while a good one, is the same one that yielded 19 for his parents.
The fact that Josh and Anna will already have two children under their belt by the ripe old age of 23 seems to indicate that a big family could be in their future. But only time will tell. And no matter what, it would seem unlikely that they could ever match the pace set by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. During the past 22 calendar years, Michelle has given birth in 17 of them. Two of those 17 pregnancies resulted in twins.
So not only would Josh and Anna have to keep up with a preposterous pace to follow suit, but they’d also need a set of multiples thrown in here and there. And believe it or not, the multiple rate has been leveling off a bit. According to the National Vital Statistics Report, the rate of twin births rose 70% from 1980 through 2004, then stayed flat for two years, before dipping down 1% this past year. The rate of birth for triplets, quads and multiples of even higher order ballooned during the 80’s and 90’s (over 400%) before plateauing in 1998. Since then, such births have declined by 21%.
I doubt that any of those numbers mean much to Josh and Anna, though. They just seem like a nice young couple starting a family. But for better or for worse, they come from a family that has made the growth of theirs of public interest, if not public speculation. Here’s to hoping it evolves the exact way they want it to.
That said, if the over/under is 10? Put me down for the under. What about you?
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