‘Counting On’: Jessa Duggar Admits Her Kids Can’t Remember the Names of All the Duggar Family Members
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have three kids, and their two boys are at the age where they’re beginning to understand who all of their relatives are. But Duggar comes from one of America’s largest families, which, it turns out, is making it hard for her young kids to remember everyone.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have massive families
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 19 biological children and one adopted child, while Ben Seewald comes from a family of seven kids. Combined, their kids have 26 aunts and uncles — and that’s not including the ones related by marriage. Seven of Duggar’s siblings are married, bringing the total to 33, not including any of Seewald’s married siblings.
To top it off, there are more than a dozen Duggar grandchildren. Trying to teach young kids a few names can be difficult, but Duggar and Seewald’s families are much larger than most.
Duggar revealed her kids are getting confused by so many relatives
Now that Duggar’s oldest kids are three and four, they’re starting to become familiar with all of their family members. But Duggar recently revealed on Instagram that, in the process of learning who everyone is, her two sons are having trouble remembering so many names.
“We’ve always joked that with so many aunts and uncles in the [family], our kids would need flash cards to help them learn all of the names,” Duggar wrote on her Instagram story. She added that she realized her sons were confused, so she made a video featuring photos of all her siblings and explained a bit about each person.
Michelle and Jim Bob are anticipating a much larger family
Duggar’s extended family will likely only keep growing. At the end of season 10, Michelle commented on how many babies were coming in 2019. But she then noted that she expects there could be years where they see double the grandkids, since there could be a time when all 19 children are married.
Michelle and Jim Bob’s oldest grandchild, Mackynzie Duggar, will be 11 this year, which means that within the next decade, she could start courting and having kids of her own. Based on the timeline for Duggar marriages, she and her aunt Josie (Michelle and Jim Bob’s youngest child) could start families around the same time.
Duggar and Seewald will likely eventually expand their family
Duggar and Seewald’s three kids are all 15 months apart, though it doesn’t look like their fourth child will be as close in age. She and Seewald recently revealed that they’re considering adoption for baby no. 4, but some fans think the two might need to expand their home before they welcome any new family members. The two have been thinking about adoption for a while.
The couple is living in a two bedroom with three kids, so time will tell if they upsize to something new. Still, they don’t have any plans set in stone for a fourth baby, but whether they adopt or not, fans are convinced they’ll still have more kids.