Jessa Duggar Seewald finally had her first baby! The popular Duggar daughter shared multiple photos of her pregnancy on social media for months, and even had a poll over the baby’s weight. But now Jessa and husband Ben Seewald finally got to greet their child and end the suspense over whether they were having a boy or girl: It’s a son for the Seewalds.
When Jessa’s due date, which coincided with their first anniversary, passed, the anticipation grew. Duggar even celebrated her 23rd birthday waiting for her first child to arrive. And now that little Seewald has arrived, the Duggars are celebrating (although it’s not known if Josh Duggar, who remains in a rehab for sex addiction, even knows).
In the days leading up to the birth of her baby, Jessa had confessed her fears on social media about having an extra-sized baby. Now the news is out that Duggar and Seewald had a baby boy who weighs nine pounds, eleven ounces, reported People.
At 21 and a half inches long, the new little Duggar grandchild is an impressive addition to the 19 Kids and Counting lineup. And whoever won the Duggar and Seewald poll that Jessa conducted on how much her baby would weigh might have gotten a clue from Jessa’s own hint. Duggar revealed that out of all her brothers and sisters, she was the largest baby at birth, weighing nine pounds, 15 ounces. That resulted in her own prediction that her baby would be “chubby” and enormous.
Since first revealing her pregnancy news, Jessa has found joy in sharing all the details of her progression on social media. But she’s happy that they had their first year of marriage with just 20-year-old Ben and Jessa having private time before the new baby arrived.
“I think having this first year together to share our lives, just the two of us, has been special,” said Jessa. “[We are] definitely excited to be parents.”
Going against the family tradition of ladies alone, her co-ed baby shower last month encompassed Jim Bob Duggar, who is 50, and Michelle Duggar, who is 49. But neither at the shower nor now, with the baby born, are Jessa and Ben sharing the name of the new little Seewald.
On the Duggar Family Facebook, the news that Jessa had her baby got an immediate response from excited fans.
“So excited!!!!! Ben and Jessa have had their sweet new baby! A beautiful baby BOY!!!!! More details soon. Mom and baby are both doing great! Thanks for all your prayer! Congrats Ben and Jessa, we love you!”
Twitter also was filled with news about the new Duggar addiction, and People shared the first photo on its tweet.
Fans shared their enthusiasm for Jessa and Ben’s baby too. In addition, many posted that they wished the family would return to TV.
“TLC get smart and put the Duggar Family back on TV. All of them so we can see how they are helping each other through this,” wrote one fan.
But that request will come true in a way when Jessa and Jill star in what’s variously being described as a 19 Kids and Counting reboot, spinoff, or Duggar sister special, reported CBS News.
Although their legal names are Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, the draw of the Duggar family that remains and appeal of these two sisters in particular have earned them a series of specials, called Counting On, with the first special debuting in December.
However, the series has drawn controversy after a preview showed Jessa and Jill discussing Josh. The oldest Duggar son shocked the world and the Duggar family with what became an ongoing confession. Josh admitted that he had molested five underage girls, four of whom were his sisters. Thus far, Jessa and Jill have self-identified, and TLC subsequently cancelled 19 Kids and Counting as advertisers fled from supporting the Duggars’ show.
Then, after the hackers revealed data showing Josh had paid for two accounts on the Ashley Madison site for infidelity, Duggar confessed that he had cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar, and developed an addiction to porn.
“The whole world was shocked. We were devastated,” recalled Jessa.
Her sister Jill offered similar comments, including her tears over the situation.
“I cried a lot of tears,” said Jill. “We still do. I know I’m hurting… We will come out of this fire stronger as a family unit.”
Included in the new series will be Jill and Derick’s mission trip with their little boy, Israel, as well as Jessa and Ben’s welcoming of the new baby boy.
More than 600 advertisers have confirmed that they will not advertise on Counting On, including Pepsi, Pillsbury, Maybelline, Kraft Foods, Fisher Price, and Payless, among others. The growing Facebook group, with more than 700 members, has worked to reach out to potential advertisers to get confirmation.
The reasons for desiring to cancel Counting On or other shows related to the Duggars include Josh’s transgressions as well as the attacks of the conservative family on topics such as the LGBT community.
As the Inquisitr reported, celebrities such as Montel Williams have slammed the Duggars for being sinister and hypocritical.
“Nothing about these people is real. Nothing about these people isn’t hypocritical,” stated Montel.
[Image via Jessa Duggar Seewald/Twitter]