Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald compare baby bumps in a new sneak peek for Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and Jessa reminds Jill of a dead dream that she possibly had to give up on because of her family’s religious views.
The latest footage from Jessa and Jill Duggar’s upcoming special shows Jill commenting on the size of her younger sister’s baby bump. In the teaser clip shared by Us Weekly, Jill says that her baby bump was much bigger than Jessa’s, but Jessa disagrees.
“She looks great,” Jill Duggar says while eyeing her sister’s belly bulge. “You are not as big as I was.”
Jessa tries to argue that she’s the same size that Jill Duggar was when she was pregnant with baby Israel, insisting that her seemingly smaller bump is simply the result of her fashion choices.
“I just wear darker colors,” Jessa says in the video below.
She also reveals that she’ll likely be the disciplinarian of her family, whereas her 20-year-old husband, Ben Seewald, will act more like a kid himself by goofing off with son Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. Even though Jessa might be a bit strict, Ben says that he thinks she’ll be an “awesome” mom.
You can judge for yourself whether Jill Duggar’s bump was actually bigger. The photos below show how Jill and her sister looked when they were 39 weeks and four days along.
Jessa Duggar told People that her husband wanted to make sure that she kept her body in shape during her pregnancy. According to Jessa, one of Ben’s main concerns about his wife’s pregnancy was the effect it would have on her workouts. He told his wife that they would adjust her exercise routine, and Jessa promised that she would try to eat healthier. However, she later revealed that fetus Spurgeon was a big fan of fast food from restaurants like Arby’s, In-And-Out, and Chick-fil-A. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar also decided to “eat mor chikin” while she was pregnant with Israel — she enjoyed her Chick-fil-A so much that she declared that the fast food chain must exist in Heaven.
Jessa and Jill Duggar don’t just talk babies in the Jill & Jessa: Counting On sneak peek above. Jessa also brings up a big dream that Jill eventually had to give up on.
“Growing up, Jill always liked to pretend that she was a nurse,” Jessa says.
According to Jill Duggar, she used to play nurse by pretending that Kool-Aid was medicine and administering it to her siblings using an eyedropper. As Jill grew older, she became serious about pursuing a career as a nurse. In a 2011 post on the Duggar Family Blog, Jill revealed that she was taking general education classes at home and taking CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams to earn college credit.
“After I’ve CLEPped out of all the classes I can, I’ll be transferring in to a local fully accredited nursing school to complete my degree,” Jill Duggar revealed.
However, in a 2013 blog post on the TLC website, Jill revealed that her plans changed after she “spent a lot of time in prayer.” Jill ultimately decided to pursue a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) license instead, which didn’t require Jill to enroll in any classes in a brick-and-mortar college. Jill Duggar succeeded in becoming a Certified Professional Midwife earlier this year, but she has revealed that she doesn’t plan on working as a midwife while she’s raising kids. If she never gets the chance to turn her CPM license into a career, Jill hopes she’ll find some other way to make use of the skills that she’s learned.
“I may be able to use them in other ways, such as teaching, down the road,” Jill Duggar revealed.
Some longtime Duggar fans on the Duggars Without Pity blog think that Jill Duggar’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, had something to do with her decision to trade her dream of becoming a nurse for obtaining a Certified Professional Midwife license that she may never make use of. There was speculation that Jim Bob didn’t want his daughter touching male hospital patients, being exposed to teachings about the Theory of Evolution in college, or becoming friends with “worldly” people who don’t share his family’s religious views.
“Jill wasn’t allowed to go to nursing school because she might have been defrauded by seeing an undressed man while doing clinicals,” one commenter wrote. “Also, she would have taken a sibling along to her classes which would have messed up the buddy system at home and forced Michelle to actually do something around the house.”
Jim Bob and Michelle are ultra-conservative Independent Baptists who are very strict when it comes to the way their kids interact with members of the opposite sex — Duggars aren’t even allowed to front-hug their non-spouse family members (side-hugs only!). This is why some Duggar fans think that Jim Bob and Michelle would have a problem with Jill Duggar touching male patients.
It was also pointed out that Jill Duggar would have to wear scrubs with pants if she became a nurse, and Duggar fans know that Jill and her sisters follow a strict skirts-only dress code. According to Patheos, Jim Bob once told oldest son John David that he couldn’t pursue a career as a commercial pilot because he’d have to spend too much time away from his family, so it’s also possible that Jill’s dad said something similar to her.
Do you think Jill & Jessa: Counting On would be more interesting if it followed Jill Duggar pursuing a career as a nurse? And do you think it’s sad that Jill gave up on her dream?
[Image via TLC]