Jessa Duggar was raised in a household with 19 siblings, and she got used to the Duggar childcare method—older Duggar daughters took care of their younger brothers and sisters, making life easier for mom Michelle. Because child-rearing duties were spread out among numerous girls, Jessa probably grew up believing that taking care of a baby is a breeze. If Michelle Duggar wanted to go out on a date with her husband, all she had to do was hand off her baby to a “sister mom” like Jana, Jill, or Jessa and head out on her merry way.
However, Jessa Duggar is only on her first baby, which means that the 23-year-old doesn’t have any live-in nannies to help her take care of little Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. In a promo for the Duggars’ new TLC show, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Jessa Duggar seems a bit overwhelmed and surprised by how much work goes into raising a baby without aid from her sisters.
“Having the full 24-hour care of an infant – every diaper change, every feeding, it’s all on you,” Jessa says, according to People.