The eight season of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting finished airing last month and, while the network has not officially confirmed that the show will continue for a ninth season, it’s almost guaranteed given the amount of attention the wedding of Duggar daughter Jill garnered last month. Jill confirmed in an Instagram video that her wedding was, indeed, filmed and will be shown to viewers at some point.
Anyway, viewers seem to be fascinated by this show, and for good reason. With 19 children, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are certainly not the typical parents we see on reality shows. Since the show began in 2008, we have seen its name changed from ’17 Kids and Counting’ to ’18 Kids and Counting’ as the Duggar family grew.
The Ashley is fascinated with the family as well, so she has decided to break down the show by only using numbers.
So here, The Ashley brings you…’19 Kids and Counting: By the Numbers.”
0 Number of Duggars that eat pork
0 Number of real flowers present when Michelle married Jim Bob Duggar
0 Number of times Michelle says she’s turned down Jim Bob when he wanted to have sex
(She said in her TLC blog that she is “always joyfully available for him” sexually.)
1.5 Number of years, on average, in between each of the Duggar’s children’s births
2 Number of Duggar children that are allowed to kiss someone
(Only two Duggar kids are married)
2 Number of sets of twins the Duggar family has
(Jana & John-David and Jedidiah & Jeremiah)
2.5 Number of years since Michelle’s last pregnancy (which ended in a miscarriage)
4 Number of years Jim Bob and Michelle waited after getting married to have their first child
(Michelle was on birth control but quit using it after suffering a miscarriage around 1989. She hasn’t used it since.)
7 Number of months Michelle and Jim Bob dated before becoming engaged
8 Number of seasons the family’s reality show has been on the air
10 Number of months Jessa and Ben Seewald have been courting
10 Number of years old a family member has to be in order to chaperone the date of a sibling that’s courting
19 Number of children Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have
40 Number of days Michelle and Jim Bob say they abstain from sex after Michelle has a baby boy
48 Number of boxes of cereal the family consumes each month
80 Number of days Michelle and Jim Bob abstain from sex after Michelle has a baby girl
200 Number of wedding guests present at Jim Bob and Michelle’s wedding
700 Number of dollars the Duggars say they spend on utilities in a typical month
900 Number of square feet in the first house Jim Bob and Michelle bought
1000 Number of wedding guest present at Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s wedding
2000 Number of square feet in the home the Duggars were living in (with 17 kids!) when they first started their reality show
2398 Number of dollars the most expensive thing on Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s Walmart wedding registry cost
(It was a riding lawn mower, in case you were wondering!)
3000 Number of dollars the Duggars set aside each month to pay for food
87,000 Number of dollars (approximately) the Duggars spent to have their 7,000 square foot house built.