The Duggar family just keeps getting bigger. Aside from 19 kids, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also have a new grandson.
Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard welcomed their first child, Israel David Dillard late Monday night. It was a long wait for the couple as baby Israel was born more than 2 weeks past his due date. But everything ended well as the new mom and her baby are both doing well.
While the new parents have already announced the happy news, Tuesday’s episode of 19 Kids and Counting showed how the Dillard’s prepared for the birth. The couple initially planned to have a home birth and the episode showed them attending weekly birthing classes.
The episode also showed the Dillard’s finally finding out the gender of their baby and having a family “gender reveal” party.
At the party, the younger Duggar kids hit a question mark-shaped piñata until it broke open and scattered blue-colored candies.
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On a poignant note, Derick Dillard’s mom Cathy wasn’t able to join the festivities as she was undergoing cancer treatment in Omaha. But receiving the happy news about her first grandchild gave the brave mother “all the more motivation to get home.”
The recent episode also showed the family doing some re-organization of their own.
Fans know that every child in the household is assigned a “designation” – a set of chores that they’re charged to do. But with the new baby, as well as Jessa leaving the family home after getting married, changes have to be made.
17-year-old Joy Anna is now assigned as the official delegator of chores, and promptly drew flak from her siblings when she assigned 5-year-old Josie to collect the laundry every day. It’s a good thing she has lots of older brothers and sisters who’ll help her with it.
Like any other family, the Duggars are certainly experiencing big changes and additions in their household. It won’t come as a surprise to fans if the show’s name will be changed to 19 Kids, 3 Grandkids and Counting.