Jim Bob, 44, and Michelle Duggar, 42, who are already parents to 18 children – with one grandchild on the way – have announced that they are expecting their 19th baby this spring!
“We are so thrilled,” says Michelle, 42. “We just couldn’t believe it is happening.”
Her husband agrees: “This never gets old,” he tells PEOPLE. “We are so grateful for each child. We are looking forward to our first grand baby and our 19th child.”
The Duggar’s oldest son Joshua, 21 and his wife Anna, 21, are expecting their first baby, a daughter named Mackynzie Renée, next month: “I think it is going to be awesome, it is going to be great,” says Josh. “We have been looking forward to the arrival of my little girl and to now get to celebrate for my parents, it’s a wonderful thing.”
Mom Michelle is excited as well: “I love all of this, it is so fun,” she says. “Anna and I will have babies five months apart. My mother and my sister were pregnant at the same time and it was really wonderful. The kids were really close and still are. I have a nephew who grew up with me, we’re just three months apart.”
Though Michelle is no stranger to the symptoms, she tells PEOPLE that this pregnancy came as a shock.
“I was wanting pickles and the older girls were saying, ‘Mom, you only crave these at the very beginning of being pregnant. You kept it from us before, now tell us. Are you?’” Michelle says. “And I kept telling them I wasn’t. I just wanted some pickles.”
Finally, when her diet wasn’t working as it should have been, she started wondering: “I was in Weight Watchers with Jim Bob and I wasn’t losing any weight,” she says. “I couldn’t figure it out. I was doing what I should. And the baby, who was nursing, was fussy. I kept thinking, ‘This isn’t right. She isn’t teething, she doesn’t have an ear infection. I’m not cheating on my diet, I should be losing weight.’ Then, I put two and two together and wondered if I could possibly be pregnant.”
Michelle, who is now in her 12th week of pregnancy says she’s been experiencing some morning sickness: “I’m feeling nauseous right now and I’m tired. I am happy for the feelings for morning sickness and I’m happy for every day I get to play with my kids. We don’t know what tomorrow holds and so I try to enjoy every moment.”
The Duggars, who live debt free in a home they built for themselves, have been married for 25 years and one month. They couple recently renewed their wedding vows saying that the ceremony was a great way for their kids to understand the commitment of marriage.