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Duggar family awaits kid number 20

Michelle Duggar, left, surrounded by her children and

Michelle Duggar, left, surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark. Credit: AP, 2007

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," have another baby on the way -- and some gentle words for their critics.

After the couple announced on the "Today" show Tuesday that they are expecting their 20th child, Jim Bob said in a video on the family blog, "I know a lot of you out there probably think, 'Wow, what have they done here? They've had 20 babies.' But y'know, each one of our children [is] so thankful to be here and we're so thankful for each one of them, and we consider each child a gift and a blessing from God."

He told People magazine each child gets adequate parental attention. "We home-school, so we are around our children day in and day out," he said. "Because I am in real estate, I am home and can be with the children a lot. When we go to the store or run errands, we take the kids one on one and we get to spend more time individually than a lot of parents do."

As for trying again after a high-risk pregnancy -- daughter Josie was born prematurely at 25 weeks in December 2009, and is fine now -- Michelle Duggar, 45, told People, "That whole mind set, that you stop after a problem pregnancy, isn't realistic. You may encounter struggles along the way. You may not have a perfect pregnancy, but each child is a precious gift."

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