Jessa Duggar has returned home from the hospital, and is now talking about why she was rushed to the hospital. In an interview with People magazine, Jessa opened up about becoming a parent, and about her intense delivery.
After two days of labor, and a ride in an ambulance, Jessa Duggar is resting comfortably in her Springdale, Arkansas, home with husband Ben and one-week-old Spurgeon Elliot, who was born November 5. Jessa confessed to People that when she returned home, “it seemed like a dream” to have her baby with her.
Although overwhelmed, Jessa feels “blessed” to have the tiny baby, confessing “I can’t believe he’s really ours,” describing her son as a “miracle.”
Trying to adjust to being new parents has not been easy, and according to Ben, “Jessa and I are trying to call each other Mom and Dad just so this whole being-parents thing can sink in a little,” People reports, although Jessa thinks having a baby and becoming a mother is “so amazing.”
Like many new parents, Jessa Duggar and her husband are scared something tragic will happen to their baby in the middle of the night. Radar Online reports that at night, Jessa will “hear him breathe or something,” and to make sure the infant is safe, “I take out a flashlight and shine it on his face.”
Duggar explained that she did not “realize the responsibility of being a parent” until she had a baby herself.
Jessa also opened up about the name she and Ben chose for their baby. Although the name is not common, Jessa and Ben wanted to “give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning,” Jessa explained, according to Redbook, adding that she wanted to stick with Christian names.
Duggar and Seewald chose the baby’s name because Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who was a 19th century preacher, is one of Ben’s heroes.
Ben agrees with Jessa, stating that the newest Duggar will “have this name for the rest of his life,” so choosing the right name became a priority.
But according to Redbook, Spurgeon does have a nickname. Just as Michelle and Jim Bob Dugger chose a letter theme for their childrens’ names, Jessa and her husband discussed carrying on the tradition. As a joke, they came up with the letter “Q,” and started calling their baby “Quincy.”
Jessa Duggar confessed that when “we first found out that we were expecting a baby, Ben and I were talking about a letter theme for our kids and Ben suggested, ‘Why don’t we go with the letter Q?’ lol!”
During her pregnancy, Jessa referred to little Spurgeon as Quincy, and the nickname has stuck, Redbook reports.
Of course, like most new parents, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are taking a ton of photos. Most recently, they shared an adorable snap of their baby sleeping. In the photo, Quincy is wearing a blue baby hat while sleeping peacefully.
Jessa captioned the sweet photo, exclaiming that she “[c]an’t believe my baby boy is already 1 week old!” Duggar also expressed that she is “grateful to God for this precious little gift! #BabyQuincy #SpurgeonElliotSeewald.”
Jessa Duggar is also captivated by the “precious little face,” and she “can’t believe he’s really mine!” She ended her caption by telling fans that she feels “blessed beyond measure” and is “[s]o in love” with the darling infant.
Even though Jessa and Ben have settled on both a first name and a nickname, they haven’t “settled on his middle name,” but Jessa Duggar, of course, will let her fans know “as soon as we decide!”
So why did Jessa have to be rushed to the hospital? Radar Online reports that Duggar was not fully dilated after 10 hours of painful contractions. When she finally gave birth, she lost a lot of blood, and her mother called 911. Luckily, both Jessa and her son are doing great after the scary home birth.
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