Uterus of Steel: Family Has 17th Child

My friend Sam recently wrote a thoughtful blog post on the happy news that his wife is pregnant with their fourth daughter. Unfortunately, he often encounters awkward conversations with people who offer him their sympathies for having an all-female clan.

Four children is “above average” for most U.S. families — what is it now, 2.5 kids? — but nowhere close to the Duggar family in Arkansas. They just had their 17th child.

While I may have been tempted to name them by their birth order — “Child 1, Child 2, Child 14… — they chose to give their children all names that start with J, which, of course, I support.

“Jennifer joins siblings Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.”

My real first name is Joy-Ann. So I like that they have a girl named Joy-Anna. “Jinger,” not so much (is that pronounced like ginger, or jeenger?)

And, while my first reaction was to make a snarky remark about this family, I thought of Sam, and realized, who the hell am I to judge this family? And, well, my aunt recently sent me my Victory family tree, which is far more horizontal than vertical — both of my paternal grandparents were born into huge families.

In other words, my great-grandmothers had uteri of steel, too.

4 thoughts on “Uterus of Steel: Family Has 17th Child

  1. dogsrulecatsdrool says:

    this mother of 17 children is truly amazing. I wonder though how much the body can handle and I think having all those children must be equal to Lance Armstrong winning the Tour De France 7 times. I wouldn’t want to be either one of them.

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  2. Samuel D. Bradley says:

    Come on, casting stones from glass houses is a lot of fun!

    And, for the record, this family will have more kids than me SQUARED. Exponential growth is indeed scary. And one of the kids is named “Jedidiah.” Really, they’re just asking for it. 😉

    And can you believe that it has been almost a decade since we sat in that Las Cruces delivery room? Arrgh!!!!

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