Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Personally, I don't get it

I mean, seriously - 16 kids? And they want more? How can two parents effectively raise that many children? We have enough trouble with two kids and two parents! Man-to-man defense and all. Do you think they remember everyone's name? And being pregnant SIXTEEN TIMES?! Given that a full-term pregnancy is approximately 10 months, she has been pregnant for around thirteen years! Holy shit! Can you even imagine the stretch marks you'd get from that many pregnancies? Or maybe there's a limit to the number of stretch marks you can get, because probably after being pregnant ten times your belly just stays stretched out.

I know, judge not lest you be judged but this is just a little bit scary. Don't you think?

6 comments:

landismom said...

Yikes! That is hard to believe. But my grandmother had 13, so I guess I'm definitely in the judging game either. I once figured out that she had been pregnant for ten solid years--and that's assuming no miscarriages. It's hard to imagine, but she once famously said, "it gets easier after five."

cmhl said...

I think that is crazy. seriously. I watched that documentary about their family, and honestly, she seems really happy.

but I wouldn't be, I would lose my mind. seriously.

Mary P. said...

Well, when you have bunches of them, the older ones take care of the younger. Parenting a tribe is different than parenting one or two. They look to each other for help and support - the adults are not their sole focus, and this is a good thing! (I have a blended family of eight, so I have a little awareness of the dynamics of large families, but I don't live with them all 24/7, thank God!)

I think she's nuts, but if she's happy, who's to say she's wrong?

cori said...

did you see that each one of them has an name starting with the letter 'j' as well? my mom called us the wrong name and there were only 3 of us with VERY different names...

Jessica said...

Landismom - that's funny. I can't even imagine being pregnant 5 times!

cmhl - you and me both!

Mary P. - I kinda struggled over whether to post this because I don't want to offend anyone. I know I shouldn't judge and if she's happy and the children are cared for, that's great. You're right that the children take care of each other, like the "it takes a village" concept. I also had a blended family of six kids (we did all live together for 4 years until my step-brother and I went to college). It was nuts.

Cori - My mom did that too! Since I only have two, it hasn't really happened to me very often. My brothers are Josh and Steve so when my mom was flustered she'd say "jes, jo, ste . . . whatever! You! Cut it out!"

MIM said...

Oo! Oo! Husband and I read that SAME article yesterday! In fact, Husband told me about it first. I said, "Are they Mormon? Catholic? Crazy?"

"I think all of the above." He said.