The show that started out in 2008 as 17 Kids and Counting soon became 18 Kids and Counting, and when mom Michelle Duggar, 44, delivered yet another baby, the name became 19 Kids and Counting. The Duggar family’s most recent addition, Josie, born in December 2010, arrived three months early as a “micro-premie” weighing just 1 lb. 6 oz. After nearly six months in and out of the hospital, Josie was allowed to go home with parents Michelle and Jim Bob.
The conservative Baptists of Tontitown, Ark., say they decided to forgo birth control after a miscarriage early in their marriage, which the couple blamed on the use of a contraceptive. The Duggars inspire both awe (for managing the herculean tasks of running such a household and home schooling their kids) and criticism for producing so many children. Nonetheless, they say they still would like more. Michelle says her “mommy years” may be numbered because of her age, but the couple has also considered adopting.