Jill Duggar: '19 Kids and Counting' Star Hits March 24th Due Date, No 'Baby Dilly' Yet

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Jill Duggar of 19 Kid and Counting fame is pregnant, and today--March 24th--is her due date. 'Baby Dilly,' as she and hubby Derick Dillard refer to their unborn baby boy, hasn't arrived yet, but Jill Duggar knows he'll come on his own time and not theirs.

Jill Duggar Dillard recently told People magazine that she believes the baby will come late.

"If you have it in your head that way, you won't get discouraged," she explains. "When everyone else is asking you, 'When are you going to have that baby?' The baby will come when the baby comes."

That's a great attitude for a first time mom. Many are discouraged when their due date hits and they haven't already delivered their baby and brought him or her home. First-time babies often arrive a bit later than predicted, and there isn't much that can be done to speed the process--unless a doctor deems medical intervention is necessary.

That definitely isn't the case for Jill Duggar, and besides, she already marked what she predicts will be 'Baby Dilly's' actual birthday anyway.

"I have told myself, 'First-time moms often go a week and a half over, so didn't get discouraged," she says.

Jill thinks she'll give birth on April 5th.

Jill Duggar has a bit more of an inside scoop than many first time mothers. Since she is studying to become a midwife, Jill has sat with mothers during their labor and delivered their babies.

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Derick Dillard is taking good care of his wife as they count down the days until their blessed arrival.

"He's doing amazing. He gave me a foot massage and painted my nails last night...He asked me what color I wanted, and we decided on pink nails. He picked out a bright pink and he said, 'Here we go--this will be your labor color,'" Jill says.

Derick plans to serve as Jill Duggar's coach during labor and delivery, too.

"Derick will be my coach as I like to say," she says, "so [he'll be] helping me through the process."

The couple is using the Bradley method of childbirth.

"[It's] husband-coached childbirth," Jill explained, "so that he can know how to help me in labor and in pregnancy—and that's what I want the most, is [for] him to be able to know what to do when that comes."

Grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are no doubt counting the days right along with Jill and Derick. This will be the fourth grandchild for the 19 Kids and Counting patriarch and matriarch. Son Josh Duggar and his wife Anna are expecting their fourth child, but he or she won't be born until after Jill Duggar gives birth.

Are you counting the days as well until Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard welcome 'Baby Dilly' into their lives? What day do you predict Jill will give birth?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.