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'18 Kids and Counting' star Michelle Duggar expecting 19th child


By Christopher Rocchio, 09/01/2009 

TLC will apparently have to change the name of its 18 Kids and Counting reality series again.

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"We are thrilled to announce that we found out we're expecting our nineteenth child," 18 Kids and Counting matriarch Michelle Duggar said during a Tuesday interview on NBC's The Today Show.  "We are almost three months along."

The announcement comes nearly a month before Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's son Joshua and his wife Anna are due to welcome their first child.

"We are so excited about this new arrival and also our grand baby coming," said Jim Bob during the interview, which included all 18 of his kids as well as Anna.

Despite the fact that she's already given birth eighteen times, Michelle said it doesn't get any easier.

"I'm feeling sick and tired -- which is a good way to be feeling right about now," she said.  "I always tell myself that's a good way to be because that means good things are happening."

Anna's pregnancy means Jim Bob and Michelle will now have a grandchild who is older than one of their own, which is apparently a common occurrence in the family.

"My sister and my mother were having babies at the same time, so I have nieces and nephews that are older than me," explained Michelle.  "It was a great time because I really have close relationships with my nieces and nephews."

Both Joshua and Anna described their upcoming arrival as "exciting."

"I think that children are a blessing and a gift, and if you train them and raise them right, they will be," said Joshua.  "I think my parents have definitely shown that.  I just hope that with our children, we'll be able to raise them and train them to love God and to love others."

In addition, Joshua and Anna revealed that they have settled on a name for their baby girl when she is born -- Mackynzie Renee.

"We have a cousin that is named Mackynzie, and then Renee as after Anna's middle name," explained Josh.

18 Kids and Counting premiered last fall with the moniker 17 Kids and Counting -- however Jim Bob and Michelle welcomed their eighteenth child, Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, in December.

Michelle Duggar, the 42-year-old Arkansas mom of 18 and a soon-to-be grandmother, is pregnant again.

Michelle Duggar and her husband, Jim Bob, live in Tontitown, Ark. They are featured with their family on TLC's "18 Kids and Counting."



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