Jill Duggar Dillard, the 23-year-old daughter of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, has loaded up on baby supplies thanks to 50 people who turned out for a very nice baby shower.
Even though the community had been recently hit by an ice storm that made travel treacherous, Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick were not left sitting by themselves at a baby shower hosted by Jill's friend Venessa Giron.
"It was an amazing turnout even though the weather was bad," Jill said of the event. "Venessa knows how to throw a party. There were lots of baby decorations around and it was really special."
Of course, there were gifts. But the guests also collaborated on a couple of projects that aimed to help Jill and Derick through the tough labor and first few weeks ahead. One of those was a "labor board" with words of support on it that can be read when Jill goes into labor.
"Many of the women there were ones I helped through labor as a midwife," Jill says. "The board says labor of love, and Derick or one of my midwives can read those to me when I'm in labor."
Others wrote notes to the Dillard couple on diapers. If the couple is "up at two in the morning" changing diapers, "we will have words that will inspire us from all these moms," says Jill.
Often, men are not allowed at baby showers, but Derick was there for this one. "He wanted to experience everything and he hadn't been to a baby shower at all," Jill explained. "It was a fun time."
After all, Jill has kept Derick hopping lately with her food cravings.
"I woke up completely hungry the other night and figured I needed protein," says Jill. "Derick ran downstairs and got me a glass of milk. He is the sweetest guy. We are so excited and very happy."