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Two weeks after her due date, 19 Kids and Counting star Jill Duggar finally gave birth on Monday night. She and husband Derick Dillard welcomed their son at 11:49 p.m. on April 6. The little boy was given the name Israel David Dillard and weighed in at 9 lbs., 10 oz.
Jill, who is a midwife herself, was due on March 24 but kept her fans up to date on Instagram with weekly pics of her belly progression. The new mom’s most recent post confirmed the happy news by saying, “So thankful to God for this handsome little guy! 9lbs 10oz, 23 inches long! #IsraelDavidDillard #babydilly.”
Before Israel’s debut, he gave his parents a few false alarms last week when the 23-year-old underwent some Braxton Hicks contractions. Daddy-to-be Derick shared his excitement in a blog post writing, “I can’t even describe right now the anticipation I am feeling, as I am about to get to meet my firstborn son for the first time face to face. So many people have already testified that nothing can quite describe that moment and that I’ll just have to experience it for myself. When I look around, I can see new life everywhere. The trees are budding, which means summer is near. My wife, Jill, is beginning to have contractions which means that the birth of our son is near.”
The faith-driven couple is not expected to slow down anytime soon when it comes to having children. They did welcome their first child less than a year after their wedding after all!
“We’re open to as many children as God will give us,” Jill shared. “We believe children are a blessing from the Lord and a gift from him.”
Congratulations to the happy couple on their first child! Welcome, baby Israel!