Couple Have 17th Child, Welcome More

Jill Zeman, AP, August 3, 2007

An Arkansas couple had a baby daughter Thursday—their 17th child and seventh girl—and the pair say they’re still not ready to give it a rest.

Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 a.m. at a hospital in Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in an interview.

“We’d love to have more,” Michelle said, referring to baby girls. “We love the ruffles and lace.”

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 7,000-square-foot home in Tontitown. All the children—whose names start with the letter J—are taught at home.

The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old.

“We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him,” said Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative. “We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well.”

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The Duggars have been featured on several programs on cable television’s Discovery Health Network. The next special, the Duggar Family Album, is scheduled to air next month, Jim Bob Duggar said.

Among the “fun facts” listed on Discovery Health’s Web page devoted to the Duggars: A baby has been born in every month except June; the Duggars have gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers, and Michelle has been pregnant for 126 months—or 10.5 years—of her life.

Baby #17

Another white baby. Michelle Duggar holds newborn daughter Jennifer Danielle, who was born at  10:01 a.m. Thursday in Rogers, Ark. Jennifer is the 17th child born to Michelle and her  husband, Jim Bob.

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