After announcing their engagement this week, the second oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jill, and her fiance Derick Dillard faced various pressing questions from the media. But chief among them? How many kids they want to have, of course!
So, is there a chance the young couple is already aiming for the double digits like Jill's parents?
Twenty-two-year-old Jill responded to ABC News' question about the couple's ideal number of kiddos:
Both of us want as many kids as God will give us, and we've talked about adoption. My parents have kept popping them out so we'll see how [our] fertility is!
At first it sounds rather measured, especially by her parents' standards, which seem to be "the more, the merrier." But it also sounds like the couple is not considering other parts of the picture here ...
Of course, you can open your arms to whatever fate or the Universe or your higher power of choice, or just to the power of whatever your fertility (ha!) has in store for you, but couples need to also consider their own personal limitations, as well.
The Duggars have gotten tongues clucking for years now about the safety (or lack thereof) of so many pregnancies, and for good reason: As the number of births per women increase, so does the rate of maternal or neonatal death.
That said, I'd venture to guess Jill and Derick currently share the same beliefs about "family planning" as her parents. But who knows ... maybe down the road they'll find that they're NOT open to unlimited pregnancies as they thought. And that it's actually fewer children that would be in their future family's and their own best interests.
How do you feel about parents putting their family planning in fate's (or a higher power's) hands?
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