Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard–along with their new baby, Israel David Dillard–appear in a new video clip congratulating Jill’s sister Jessa Duggar Seewald on her pregnancy. The 19 Kids and Counting family members are always happy to celebrate exciting news, and new members are the biggest excitement of all in the Duggar family.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald only recently announced that they are expecting. The couple tied the knot back on November 1st.
Jill Duggar is especially happy knowing her son Israel and Jessa’s baby will grow up as friends as well as first cousins.
“Hey everybody, we’re the Dillards. I’m Derick and this is Jill, and our newest member Israel. We wanted to send congratulations to Jessa and Ben on your recent pregnancy announcement,” Derick Dillard says in the video clip. “We love you guys and we think you’ll make awesome parents.”
Derick Dillard is adapting nicely to fatherhood, but that’s not to say there haven’t been a few trials thrown at him since Israel’s birth back on April 6th. He wrote about fatherhood in his most recent blog post on April 28th.
“My son Israel nursed 20 min, threw up 4 times, and went through 3 diapers… all within the span of about an hour and a half last night,” Derick wrote. “I’m sure this scenario is all too familiar to millions of parents who, at one time, have had the joy of caring for their infant child. I have much more respect for those dads who have gone on before me and experienced those early stages of fatherhood.”
Derick Dillard continued, reminiscing about his days as a fraternity brother.
“In college I was in fraternities, and I compare my last two weeks to somewhat of an initiation into fatherhood,” he wrote. “The learning curve has been pretty steep since Israel was born. Unlike my wife, I only have one sibling, my brother Dan who is 24, and there are no kids under 18 in my extended family. Being the father of a newborn isn’t always easy, but taking care of my son is so rewarding. I’ve learned that since babies can’t talk or walk, they communicate by crying. Whenever he’s crying, I’ve started just going down a list of possible solutions: 1) Ask him what’s wrong, and then remember that babies can’t talk 2) Change diaper 3) Burp him 4) Bounce him 5) Give him to momma Jill to feed 6) Repeat until crying stops. It has been a fast and furious transition, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Hopefully Derick’s blog post doesn’t scare Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald. Their foray into the parenting world won’t come for a few more months.
Derick is very positive, however, regarding Jill Duggar’s handling of parenthood.
“She is a champion,” he says.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are likely encouraged by the congratulatory clip Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard made for them. The two families will likely spend lots of time together in the future–raising their children as first cousins and close friends.