Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Duggars Welcome Child Number 17

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 17th child, and seventh daughter, into the world Thursday. The Duggars say Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 a.m. at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers. Jennifer weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and arrived five days after Michelle's due date. The family is pictured at the birth of child number 16.

Jim Bob Duggar called Today's THV shortly after Jennifer was born to share the good news. He says "She's (Jennifer) happy and healthy." The proud father says he and Michelle are happy to have their new daughter in their arms. Less than 30 minutes after giving birth, the Duggars already were talking of having more. Michelle Duggar says the family would "love to have more" and "love the ruffles and lace."

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live just outside Springdale in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children, whose names start with the letter J, are home-schooled. The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old. 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.


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