They are called the Duggars of Britain, and it's easy to see why. Sue and Noel Radford have 18 children, and just announced they are expecting another!
Ready to "meet" their brood? The Radfords are already parents to Chris, 25, Sophie, 21, Chloe, 19, Jack, 17, Daniel, 15, Luke, 14, Millie, 13, Katie, 12, James, 11, Ellie, 9, Aimee, 8, Josh, 7, Max, 6, Tilly, 4, Oscar, 3, Casper, 2, and Hallie, just eight months old, according to the Gloucestershire Echo.
You can see the moment the soon-to-be mom and dad of 19 told their kids to make room for one more in a video uploaded to YouTube. They also captured their gender reveal. Amid crying and screaming, Sue is seen polling the children as to who thinks it's a boy, and who thinks it's a girl. All the while I'm thinking, wow, she has the patience of a saint!
Soon, Sue pulls out a bag, inside which will reveal the true gender. More screaming. Where's the Tylenol?
The kids clamber over and on top of one another, clawing at the wrapped gift. Eventually one pulls out a multicolored teddy bear, wearing a shirt that proclaims another girl is on the way.
Meanwhile, you may be wondering, as I did, how these parents can support 19 children? The Gloucestershire Echo reports they are not on any public assistance, and work hard to provide for their super-size family. But get these stats: They spend approximately $425 a week on groceries, and blow through two boxes of cereal and 18 pints of milk each and every day! The Radfords also wash 12 loads of laundry a day. That's right—every day!
Okay, I'm exhausted just thinking about being these parents. But I will say from my experience as a mom of three, the bigger your family, the more everyone has to help out to make it run smoothly. That's really how we survive. I can't do it all on my own, so my girls help with chores, and I constantly ask the older ones to help their little sister. I'm sure this is how the Duggars of Britain do things, just on a much, much larger scale. Which is about to get even larger.
Can you imagine having 18 going on 19 kids?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.