The average British family has two kids. For some, one kid is enough. Others prefer a full house and decide to have three, four, five, or even a couple more. What is your ideal family size? Well, for one British couple, Sue and Noel Radford, it seems to be never enough. As of now, they have 21 (and counting?) children.
Ranging from infants to grown-ups with their own kids, the Radford children prove that their parents’ motto is “the more, the merrier.” What does it mean to have 21 children? What does life look like? Get ready for an in-depth look at Britain’s largest family.
Meet the Radfords
Even if you’re someone who is really good with names, your working memory might be strained trying to remember the names of all 24 of the Radford family members. Let’s start with the parents. As we mentioned, their names are Sue, currently 45, and Noel, currently 49.
The children, in descending order by age, are Chris (31), Sophie (26), Chloe (25), Jake (23), Daniel (21), Luke (20), Mille (19), Katie (17), James (16), Ellie (15), Aimee (14), Josh (13), Max (11), Tillie (10), Oscar (8), Casper (7), Hallie (5), Phoebe (4), Archie (2), Bonnie (1), and Heidie, who was born this April.
If you counted the kids’ names, you might have noticed that there was someone missing. Sadly, Alphie Radford, born July 6th, 2014, was stillborn and passed away shortly after the birth. It was a hard blow for the entire family and we can’t imagine the pain they felt.
Today, Alphie would have been six years old. Here, we see a picture of Alphie’s resting place, and beside him, we see one of the little Radford kids. The family frequently visits. On holidays, they decorate the gravestone, bringing flowers, and more little symbols of love.
Kids Just Keep on Coming
The first things you wonder when you look at Sue and Noel Radford and their gigantic family are “why?” and “how?” Did they always plan on having this many kids? At what point did they decide that they would just keep bringing kids into the world?
Noel has mentioned that in fact, he and Sue never planned on having this many kids and that he seriously doubts anyone sets out to have this many. Initially, they thought three children would be a good number. But they do love to have a huge family, Noel added. After having 21 kids, both parents agreed that they’re calling it quits. But then, they decided to have another.
Noel and Sue met at a very young age. Sue was only seven years old, and Noel was not much older himself. They were just kids, and they were neighbors. And even at this extremely young age, way before the age of romantic relationships, it was clear that the two got along very well.
Noel was friends with Sue’s older brother, and he would often be at their house hanging out. As the two kids started to grow up, they developed a serious puppy love, which would eventually blossom into a love-filled relationship. In the above picture, we see the young Radford parents well after childhood, and into adulthood, holding their first baby, Chris, in 1989.
This might not come as a surprise, but Sue was very young, pretty much a kid herself, when she had the first baby. Years later, when Sue was interviewed on television, she shocked the world when she revealed that she was only 14 and that Noel was 18 at the time of the first birth. Naturally, the age gap provoked some outcry.
One person, for example, commented, “They are lovely kids but I can’t help but feel a bit weird about the fact when he was 18 he got a 13 year old pregnant.” Since 1885, the age of consent in Britain has been 16. And though the initial age gap between Noel and Sue did raise questions, it became clear that the pair were happily in love.
Should We Keep the Baby?
Of course, when Sue, Noel, and their parents found out that Sue was pregnant, the big question popped up: Should we keep the baby? Sue had just started high school, and only Noel was just barely at an age where he could get a job and earn money. So the natural answer seemed to be “no.”
But as children, both Sue and Noel were given up for adoption. They cite this as a major factor in their decision to keep the baby and to raise him as teenage parents. Fast forward a couple of years, and the two are getting married and welcoming their second child into the world. The rest is history.
Day to Day Life
Finding out that Sue was pregnant the first time was, for obvious reasons, pretty scary. They were just kids themselves, how were they supposed to take care of their own kids? A lot of people, friends and family included, suggested they consider terminating the pregnancy because having the baby would not end well for them.
But even though it seemed like the odds were stacked against them, Sue and Noel, in light of their adoption backgrounds, and considering their determination and their love for each other, made their decision. They figured even though the circumstances were tough, they would be able to give the baby a great life and a warm home, and they’d be able to enjoy their lives as well. And at the end of the day, that’s what mattered the most.
The First of Many More
In the end, their difficult decision – having a baby as teenagers – worked out. It wasn’t easy, but luckily they had the help of family and friends who wanted nothing but the best for the exceptionally young couple. And on May 7th, 1989, Sue and Noel welcomed their first of many babies into the world. They named him Christopher.
When looking back on their youngest years as a couple, Sue and Noel don’t have regrets – it’s impossible for them to imagine their lives going any other way. But it wasn’t easy. In this photograph, we see their first child, Chris, all grown up and holding his own newborn baby, Maisie, in 2017.
Tying the Knot
At this point, still teenagers, with a considerable age gap, one baby, and deeply in love, it seemed that the next step was to get hitched. Marriage is certainly a big step in any relationship. And they made it happen. They invited family and friends (and of course the baby accompanied them) to watch them walk down the aisle and to celebrate.
There was, however, a legal issue. Depending on where exactly in the country, the law in the United Kingdom requires people to either be 16 or 18 to get married. But Noel and Sue weren’t quite there yet, so they waited. Finally, they got hitched in September of 1991. Sue was 18 and Noel was 22. And finally, they had put the considerable age gap behind them.
Baby Time, Round Two
By this point, Noel and Sue were a super young newlywed couple with a little boy. They had a somewhat turbulent start because of their extraordinarily young ages. So you’d expect them to settle down for a while in the kids department. But slowing down wasn’t on their agenda.
Shortly after they gave birth to Chris, before they even really had a chance to get into the swing of things, Sue found out she was pregnant again! In fact, by the time she and Noel were getting married, at 18 and 22 years old, Sue was carrying around baby Sophie in her stomach. A few short months later, they welcomed her into the world. Now, at 26 and all grown up, Sophie herself is also married with children.
No End in Sight
Having kids is a big decision. They require a lot of care, compassion, money, time, and love. So for the average couple in Britain (and in the West in general), two kids is the optimal number. But for the Radfords, there was no discussion of stopping after Sophie, their second child. Hence Chloe, their third. But what then?
After Chloe, came Jack. And then came Daniel, and then Luke, then Mille. At this point, in their 20s and already parents to a handful of kids, a pattern was emerging. Sue just kept getting pregnant and giving birth to children one after the other, with the minimum amount of time between each child. Of course, when we hear about it, we have lots of questions. One of the foremost is: How did Sue do it? How can she be pregnant for so long?
So Many Pregnancies
Most women will go through at least a couple of pregnancies in their life, but Sue is not like most women. As of today, she has been pregnant 22 times! But pregnancy is hard and it strains the body. So is it safe to get pregnant this many times? Medical professionals say that there could be problems when the pregnancies are so close together.
The medical community says that there should be at least 18 months between each pregnancy. Other studies say a year is enough time. With a very short wait between pregnancies, there is an increase in risk to the mother and the baby. Of course, other factors, such as age, weight, and general health, matter, but it seems that waiting less than a year between pregnancies isn’t usually ideal.
Sue Knows Her Own Body
The case of Sue Radford is extraordinary. On a few occasions, she defied her doctor’s advice and decided to get pregnant. Still, it seems like a part of her knew – or felt – that she could go through with it each time. And in the end, her intuition, her desire to have a huge family, and a little bit of luck won the day. Sue is perfectly healthy.
Most women never experience so many pregnancies. Usually, the first pregnancy is the most difficult. The body has never done it before, so the changes are felt drastically. Subsequent pregnancies may be easier. But in cases where there is a large number of children, repeated and frequent pregnancy can take its own toll. But thankfully, even after so many kids, Sue is in great shape!
Welcoming the 21st
Sue spent a large part of three full decades being pregnant. Every year and a half or so, welcoming a little bundle of joy into the world. Soon, Noel and Sue’s house was full of kids. And on November 6, 2018, Noel and Sue welcomed baby number 21 into the world, they named her Bonnie.
After the first time a mother gives birth, things get a little easier and they take less time. Active labor usually lasts between four and eight hours but it can be much longer. For Sue, seeing as this was her 21st time giving birth, labor only lasted 12 minutes! After 22 births, Sue is well accustomed to the experience and knows how to handle it.
Unique Every Time
After going through the experience of birth and pregnancy so many times, not to mention raising so many kids, you might things get a little repetitive, maybe the novelty wears off. But in fact, according to Sue and Noel, this isn’t the case. Each pregnancy, each birth, and certainly each child is different.
Every pregnancy has its ups and downs, and Sue, Noel, and their kids are at a different point in life when each new baby comes into the world. So the range of possible experiences is vast. Also, though Sue and Noel have been through the process many times, every sensation, sound, smell, and sight are always a brand new experience for the baby. Everything is a first for them.
Is It Time to Call It Quits?
Take into consideration that by the time Sue gave birth to their 21st child, she was already 43. Though not old in general, it’s definitely above the average age women are when they give birth. Throughout the years, people have wondered when the couple plans on calling it quits.
After Bonnie was born, the Radfords told the media that she would be their last. In 2018, Sue told The Sun, “We’ve both decided we don’t want any more. Bonnie has completed our family.” Noel added, “Some people decide to stop after two or three kids. We’ve made it after 21.”
Not the First Time They Say They’re Done
“Deciding” that their family was complete after Bonnie was born wasn’t the first time that they were calling it quits. After Sue gave birth to James, their ninth child, she and Noel said they were done having children. Noel even got a vasectomy to make sure.
But after Noel had the procedure, the couple had seconds thoughts. They regretted their decision and Noel got his vasectomy reversed. Years later, in an interview, Noel said, “Having it reversed is worse than going in the first time. I won’t be going back again. We’ll work something out.” And now here they are, 12 kids later.
Finally the Last?
After the vasectomy reversal, and then having many more children, Noel and Sue decided they were sure about stopping after the birth of their 21st child, Bonnie. When they were in the hospital for the 21st time, the midwives, whom they knew well by now, joked and wished them well until next year.
Sue even decided that when she got home, she would soon have to start getting rid of her maternity clothes. Many of the things they had in the house for newborns would also soon become obsolete. When they returned home, they remarked that this would be the last time they drove to their house from the hospital with a newborn. These assumptions would eventually prove to be incorrect.
Same Old Story
As Sue and Noel Radford kept having children, the size of the family swelled, a lot of people wondered when it would stop. By this time, the Radford family has quite the media presence. They had been on television in a show called 21 Kids and Counting. They had appeared on various talk shows. And they had very active Instagram and Facebook accounts. They also have an awesome YouTube channel.
People around the world, as well as family members (including their own children) and friends, could not believe they just kept having children. Some people even expressed concern. And despite their announcement after the 21st child, nobody – especially not the older kids – believed that 21 was the last!
While Sue and Noel were busy having and taking care of children, so were their children. On the 27th of August, 2012, their eldest daughter, Sophie, and her husband, Joe Broadley, welcomed their first baby into the world, Daisy. She was Noel and Sue’s first grandchild. She and Joe now have two more kids, Ayprill and Leo.
After Sophie, it was Chris’s turn. He and his wife Nicole said hello to their first baby, whom they named Maisie, on the 3rd of June, 2017. A couple of years later, Nicole gave birth to Jacob. On the right-hand side of the picture, we see Chris with his two little ones. Recently, the Radfords’ seventh child, their daughter Mille, who is now 18 and pregnant went in for her last scan before her September 2020 due date. The grandkids just keep coming!
The Big News
Now, after all the talks about calling it quits, and after 21 kids and five grandkids, Sue and Noel had a big announcement. In October 2019, they broke the news on their YouTube channel. Sue said, “So now you know guys – we’re having a baby. She added, “We’re just coming 15 weeks pregnant and we’ll be able to find out the gender of the baby soon.”
“I wonder if it will be 11 of each – I am feeling a bit boy,” said Sue excitedly. But her intuition turned out to be off. In April, she gave birth to a baby girl. They named her Heidie. This was the 22nd time Sue gave birth! After the 21st, they said they were done, but they went ahead and had one more.
Getting Ready for the Newest Member
By this time, through their many channels (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, T.V.) the Radfords had (and currently have) a huge following. Everyone was a little shocked when they announced their 21st pregnancy. So you can imagine the surprise people felt when the broke the news about their 22nd.
They delivered the news and they posted pictures of Sue, 44 years, posing with her baby bump. In a video posted on their YouTube channel, they showed Sue going in for an ultrasound monitor with Heidie in her stomach. They also showed still shots of the four-dimensional visual scan, where you could see the baby’s face.
Some Early Troubling Signs
Learning you’re pregnant can be a little scary, no doubt, but it’s exciting. After learning of a pregnancy, the journey is not without its struggles. For Sue, it’s true that she had been through the process many times before, but the older someone gets, the higher the risk of complications.
Early on in her 22nd pregnancy, there was some troubling news. Scans and checkups revealed that the baby was not developing at a regular rate. But fortunately, nothing was really wrong. After a couple of months, Heidie’s development returned to a normal, healthy rate and all was well.
The Average Day With the Radfords
Throughout the years, we’ve all wondered what it’s actually like to have such a big family. Having so many people under one roof is no joke. Let’s have a look at some of the ground truths. They wake up most days at 6:30 am. For breakfast, they go through three liters of juice, three boxes of cereal, and nine liters of milk! Their weekly food bill is £350 ($460) a week. Every time they go out for a meal, it’s about £150 ($200).
A night out at the cinema costs over £100 ($130). They do laundry three times a day in a huge 40 lbs washing machine. To pack the kids’ a snack, it’s two loaves of bread, three packets of sausage rolls, and 24 little bags of chips. These are just a few examples. Take also into consideration things like health checkups, school supplies, cleaning, cooking, among other day-to-day things.
Lots of Little Ones
With one baby after the other joining the family over a period of over 20 years, there’s an obvious outcome: the Radford home is packed with little kids. “Is it ever quiet?” one reporter asked Noel and Sue. They laughed. Having so many little munchkins roaming around is hard work, but it’s worth it, they say.
It’s more than a full-time job. With babies, parents need to wake up at all hours of the night. When they start crawling, the babies have no sense of personal safety, so parents need to keep a thousand eyes on them. And as they become toddlers and continue to develop unique personalities, the workload increases but so too does the fun.
Big Job for Big Kids
The Radfords have such a big family that the generations are staggered and people of all ages are present. Sue has even been pregnant at the same time as her daughter Sophie. Aunts and Uncles are the same age or younger than their nieces and nephews.
Of course, there are lots of little kids running around in the Radford residence. And it’s hard to keep eyes on all of them. Thankfully, there are a lot of big kids around that can help take care of the little ones. Without their help, it would be impossible to keep everything running smoothly. This also means that all the siblings are close.
How Much Does It Cost?
Having such a huge family is not cheap. They live in a big house, with over ten rooms. They drive large vehicles that can transport lots of people. Over the years, they’ve spent over £5,000 ($6,500) on strollers and buggies, and around £360 ($470) on “tooth fairy expenditure.” They spend about £500 ($650) on hairdressing annually.
They love to go trampolining together, which costs around £300 ($390). Throughout the busy journey of raising so many kids, Sue and Noel have changed a whopping estimated 91,000 diapers! You get the idea. The list goes on and on. And it all adds up.
The Family Business
So we know that the Radfords’ bills pile up. Also, keep in mind that in Britain, on average it costs a couple around £75,000 ($98,000) to raise a child until 18 years old. So with the Radfords, who (assuming they have no more babies) will have raised 21 children, you can imagine the numbers involved. The question soon comes to mind: How do they afford it?
Most of their income comes from their successful pie business, Radford Pies. They’ve been in business for over 25 years. Noel and Chloe work there full time. They claim minimal assistance from the government, about £170 ($225) per week in child benefits. But they also take in some income from their media presence. All in all, they don’t just get by paycheck to paycheck, they do really well and are relatively wealthy.
Sue and Noel Are Not Just Parents to Humans
In addition to their 21 children, Sue and Noel Radford are the proud parents of three cute doggies; their names are Lola, Ivy, and Bluebell. They are all French bulldogs and each one of them is adorable. If you’re following the Radford story on YouTube, then we’re sure you’re already well acquainted.
You’d think that getting some dogs might be the last thing the Radfords wanted to do because it’s more mouths to feed. But the dogs are so cute and everyone loves them. It’s a great source of love and friendship for everyone. The kids and the dogs spend hours playing together.
The Radford Home
Obviously, when you have such a gigantic family and so many people living under one roof (currently, 17 of the kids live at home), you can’t get by living in a shoebox. They live in a great big house in Morecambe, on the west coast of Britain, just north of Manchester. They bought the house in 2004 for about £240,000 ($312,000). It has a total of ten bedrooms.
The house is really nice inside. It has a large kitchen with an island in the middle. Of course, their fridge is massive. The interior is completely renovated and fresh looking, they even have some windows with colorful stained glass. Not every kid has his or her own room, but the little kids bunk up with each other in a few of the bedrooms.
Going On Vacation
In interviews, Sue Radford has admitted that going on vacation with the whole family requires the planning of a “military operation.” For starters, when they go on vacay, Sue needs to pack seven suitcases, with the clothes all neatly packed away and put in bags labeled with the name of each child. But hectic as it may be, the Radfords don’t let logistics scare them.
They go all over the place. They’ve been to the United States, Holland, all over Britain, and more. They go on vacation every year. It takes some hard work, and the parents have mentioned that “there are a lot of headcounts.” This year, they had a trip to Australia planned, but they had to cancel due to COVID-19. They opted instead for a road trip in a caravan in their home country.
There’s Always a Birthday
With the Radfords and their 21 kids, there’s always someone celebrating a b-day. Even though there are so many birthdays all the time, the Radfords take each and every one of them very seriously. The birthday kid gets a few presents, there are always birthday cakes, and every child is made to feel very special on their big day.
If you have a glance at the Radfords’ social media, you’ll notice cake after cake, celebration after celebration, and endless smiles. The Radfords love to share the happiness and the smiles with the rest of the world. So 22 times a year, they make sweet posts showing their kids unwrapping presents and eating cake! It’s all very cute.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
As we know by now, Noel is a loving and compassionate father, a shrewd business owner, and he’s also a masterful chef. As The Sun aptly put it, Noel is “a bit of a whizz when it comes to the kitchen.” Feeding all these hungry people every day is no small job, but he makes it look so easy.
On the Radford Family YouTube channel, Noel even has his own series of videos detailing his meal prep strategy. He calls the series “Cooking on a budget.” Some of his favorite meals are cheesy cauliflower pasta with crispy topping, sausage and egg pie, and potato bake. It makes us hungry watching his videos!
Pizza Time With Britain’s Biggest Fam
Noel is a great cook and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, no doubt. But every once in a while, the Radfords want to save the dishes, so they order in. Pizza is an easy choice and certainly one of their favorites. Does your work ever have a pizza day where they order tons of pizzas to feed dozens of employees? Well, that’s what pizza night looks like with the Radfords.
One day, shortly after Sue gave birth for the 22nd time, and at the high of the coronavirus lockdown, when it came to cooking, Sue said, “I couldn’t be bothered.” So they opted to order Dominoes. And as we see in this picture, the fam is sitting around the living room, happily munching away on their massive pizza order.
A few years ago, the Radfords decided to head to Florida. Amusingly (and maybe justifiably), the overseas excursion prompted some tabloids to wonder if the Radfords are actually secret millionaires. In reality, they are reasonably wealthy, but not filthy rich. Sue and Noel announced to their family that they were going to Florida on the Channel 4 documentary.
The announcement was adorable. Sue and Noel came home, and they presented each one of their little kids with a Mickey Mouse balloon. The kids squealed with joy when they realized that they would be going to Disney World. The logistics were challenging, but everyone had a great time.
Loading up for Easter
You might think that with so many kids and such busy lives, holidays would be a little stressful. They very well may be, but you wouldn’t have guessed by the pictures and the videos! For Easter, Sue and some of the girls took the family minibus to the grocery store and brought home a massive haul of chocolate and other tasty treats.
As if bringing home a busload of sweets wasn’t enough. The Radfords go above and beyond. Each one of the Easter eggs had one of their kid’s names on it! Have a close look at the right-hand picture, you’ll see all the eggs with names. On social media, Sue wrote, “Happy Easter everyone. We hope you have a lovely day eating lots of chocolate.”
With so many little kids, every year on Halloween, the Radford home looks like a costume party. Everyone gets dressed up, and the whole family takes trick or treat very seriously. At the end of the day, it’s a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of candy. As is the case for the other Radford outings, making sure everyone is safe and sound on Halloween does come with its challenges.
There are always over ten kids on a candy run, so the parents and the older kids need to carefully supervise. They need to be especially careful on Halloween because it’s dark out and the kids are wearing costumes, making it harder to keep tabs and watchful eyes.
Massive Christmas Load
This is what shopping for food for Christmas looks like at the Radford home. It’s quite the load. As you can see, they have drinks, all sorts of bread, chocolate milk, wine, cereal, cakes, and more treats. But what you see here is just a little glimpse of the holiday “chaos.” Luckily, they have two big fridges to accommodate all the Christmas grub.
This might be a big load of groceries, but with so many children, supplies go fast. Sue mentioned, for example, that four large cartons of apple juice barely last them a day. Even after bringing back all this food, Sue worried that they would run out of Yorkshire Puddings and shrimp. The Radfords say that what we see here in this picture will only last them a day or two.
When it comes to cooking on the holidays, leave it to Noel to take the culinary reigns of power. He always makes sure that the whole family is well-fed. Everyone together, including grandchildren and grandparents, adds up to 30 people. He always makes roast turkey(s), among other tasty dishes. They usually spend around £500 ($660) on the big dinner. But the madness doesn’t end there.
On each kid, they spend between £100 ($132) and £200 ($264) for a main present, in addition to all sorts of smaller gifts. Usually, the older the kid, the more expensive the gift. They go through about 70 rolls of wrapping paper. But the biggest challenge is hiding all the gifts: “We have them everywhere – even in the boiler cupboard. The trick is remembering where.”
As you can imagine, the Radford house is a super lively place. The only time is quiet is in the middle of the night. There’s always something to do or someone to attend to. “With so many people living in this house things get messy very quickly,” Sue mentioned. But Sue and Noel also say that it’s the happiest and most heartwarming place in the world!
For those of us without kids or just a couple of them, happiness notwithstanding, this may sound like pure chaos. It might also sound like an insurmountable amount of work. But contrary to the assumptions of some outsiders, Sue and Noel seem to always be energetic, upbeat, and in good spirits. No doubt things get tough sometimes, but at the end of the day, they love it, and they couldn’t imagine it any other way.
A Well of Optimism
One thing is for sure, Sue and Noel Radford would not have been able to do any of this if it wasn’t for their radiating optimism. Any pregnancy and child raising comes with a world of challenges. So for the Radford, it’s 21 times the challenge (but also 21 times the fun). Yet, throughout everything, they are always optimistic.
Their optimism and positivity do not go unnoticed. Around the world, fans of theirs applaud their amazing attitudes and compassionate parenting. No matter which media presence of theirs you look at, just go to the comments and you’ll see people giving them love for being so awesome. One Facebook user, for example, wrote “You have a beautiful and wonderful family, you are an incredible lady, you both are incredible parents.”
Fans from All Over
So we know the Radford family has a significant media presence. After all, they are Britain’s largest family. But just how famous are they, how big is their media presence? Well, for starters, the Radford Family Instagram page has over 300,000 followers. Their Facebook page has about 360,000 followers and 350,000 likes.
They have a YouTube channel, with 188 videos and 200,000 subscribers. And not least, they have been on television for years! They first came on the air around 2010 in a documentary called 15 Kids and Counting. It was based in Britain but it got some international attention. In 2019, the T.V. channel did a followup and aired another documentary featuring the Radfords called 21 Kids and Counting. So they have quite the following by now.
Not the Biggest Family in the World
The Radfords are a big family of course, but there are bigger families out there. As far as we know, the biggest family in the world is from Baktwang, India. Ziona Chana is the father. Overall, his family has a whopping 181 members. He’s 67 years old and he has a total of 39 wives. He has 94 children and 40 grandchildren.
They all live under the same roof – a four-story mansion on a hilltop in their village. It has over 100 rooms. Every day, they eat around 110 pounds of rice and 150 pounds of meat. The big numbers go on and on. Also, the family shows no signs of slowing down! Who knows how big it will get? True, the culture, the dynamics, the structure, and the relations are different than the Radfords, but this is one big fam!
Thankfully, today in the West in the 21st century, the bottom line is that women have the right to choose when and how many times they want to get pregnant. Still, it’s very important to get informed. There is a lot of research out there that can help people learn about proper nutrition, exercise, and other factors that can help ensure a safe pregnancy.
Everyone’s body and life are different. So what works best for one woman might not be ideal for another. The point is that people should use the information out there to help them make safe choices. If you’re looking on the internet, make sure your source is good. And never hesitate to consult with a medical professional.
What the Future Holds
So now that the Radfords have 21 healthy children and six grandkids, what does the future hold? Well, for now, it it doesn’t seem like they have plans for any more kids. But there are certainly anticipating more grandkids. But having just had a baby, and with tons of little kids, the Radfords still have years of child raising ahead of them.
But besides probably having more grandkids, the Radfords don’t expect any big changes any time soon. Of course, like the rest of us, they can’t wait for the pandemic to be over. They plan to continue enjoying life, developing and working on their business, and cooking good food. For now, their family vacations will be limited to destinations in their home country.
More Babies on the Horizon?
We all wonder whether the Radfords plan on having more babies. Sue is 45 and Noel is 49. So what do they say? During a Q&A with Sue, Noel, and some of the bigger kids, when asked about having more, Sue said, “Definitely no more – we are 100 percent done. Done, done, done.”
And we don’t blame them. It has to stop sometime. In reality, though Sue is perfectly healthy, 45 years old is approaching the older end of the baby-potential spectrum. Sue’s body has been through a lot, and both parents have worked hard for decades to successfully raise kids in a loving home. Heidie, born in April, might indeed be the last. But then again, the Radfords have cried wolf before and out came another baby. A few times.
Some Things Get Harder, Others Become Easier
Though having a full house of children is fun, heartwarming, full of love, and very rewarding, raising them can be challenging. There are the expenses, the logistics, the sleepless nights, the food prep, the need to supervise, the worrying, etc. The bottom line is that it’s not all fun and games and hugs. But it does come with its perks.
One of our favorite things we observed as we studied Britain’s biggest family is that having kids so young means that you will be relatively close to the older ones in age. Sue has been pregnant at the same time as her daughters, for example. And now that some of the kids are grownups, they can enjoy some of the same things as their parents. In this photo, for instance, we see Sue and her daughters together at the spa.