Sharing a pregnancy with your bestie or sister is all sorts of amazing – but what about going through the ups and downs of having a baby, at the same time as your daughter?

A 36-year-old mum of 11 is expecting her 12th baby, at the same time as her eldest child is expecting her first. And she says she couldn’t be more excited.

Veronica Merritt, from New York, had her first baby, her daughter Victoria, at the age of just 14. And now Victoria, 21, is expecting a baby of her own. At the same time, Veronica is pregnant with her 12th bub, due just a few weeks before her own daughter. Oh, and she homeschools all her children. Got all that?!

“I’ve never had twins so I’m excited about having same-age babies in the home that I can dress up in matching outfits,’ Veronica told The Sun. “I already have dragon pyjamas in my Amazon cart ready to buy. To be honest I think I’m more excited about my daughter’s pregnancy than I’ve ever been with any of my own!

“Becoming a grandmother is so exciting and it’s beautiful sharing the pregnancy journey alongside one of my favourite people in the whole world.”

Mum of 11

As well as Victoria, the expecting grandmother-to-be has 10 other children; Andrew, 16, Adam, 15, Mara, 13, Dash, 12, Darla, 10, Marvellous, eight, Martalya, six, Amelia, four, Delilah, three, and Donovan, one.

She shares her big family life on TikTok, where she answers questions about raising her larger than life brood.

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Veronica is due in April next year and her daughter Victoria in June 2022. And she’s not done having babies just yet.

“I haven’t ruled out more children. I would like to have six more. I have spent eight-and-a-half years pregnant.”

Have you been pregnant at the same time as someone close to you?

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  • I can’t believe she has a daughter old enough to have children and that she is pregnant herself, let alone that she also home-schools them all as well. I couldn’t do that but some Mother’s thrive on having a big brood. Congratulations on becoming a Mum again as well as a Grandmother.


  • Having come from a very large family, I find it really strange that some people choose to have this many children. I wonder who it really is about?


  • Wow.What a big family.


  • Oh my gosh, 11 children!!! I just cannot picture myself with this many kids, she has earnt a medal


  • OMG, as a Mum to a single child I cannot begin to imagine parenting so many children other than to think that the older kids might help parenting the younger kids. That’s what my grandparents and their families did.


  • Wow, that is a lot. I struggled to have the single one I have, but would have loved more, maybe not that many though.


  • I can’t imagine what raising that many kids would be like, but hey, so long as everyone is loved and happy, it’s her business not mine!


  • That’s nothing new or unusual. I met a lady at a Tupperware party who had 13 children (and wanted to had more), she also home schooled them & about to become a grandmother. She was so organised. She turned up on time & looked fabulous.

    • I know of a lady too who has a large number of kids and home schools them all, which was a life safer to her. The kids all have their role and responsibility in the household and are really loving and caring towards each other


  • Whow how does she do it – and Home Schooling all of them. She has her own little village. As long as she is happy, then good on her


  • Wow that’s just too many- I bet she’s never worked. How does she pay for all that?


  • Wow all those kids and no twins.


  • ????


  • Big families can be so beautiful. And what a bond for mum and daughter! Also what a bind the 2 babies will have.
    Personally I’m happy to stop at 2 kids and I’ll probably be in my 60s when I’m a grandmother

    • Me too ! I had my first at 40yrs of age. My eldest is 17 and I’m turning 58 this week ! But she had her first at 14 !! So young !


  • Wow a grandmother at 36 would be amazing. My mother-in-law had just turned 40 when we made her a grandmother & she loved it. I am 43 & still waiting ;)

    • Lol, I was 40 when I had my first child !


  • Aw, I can imagine that creates an extra special bond between mum and daughter being pregnant at the same time.


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