Jill and Jessa have been compared and contrasted in so many ways over the years. Growing up, getting married, and having baby boys in the public sphere, the two Duggar sisters were rumored to have some serious rivalry between themselves. But it looks like Jessa is ready to clear up that sister feud rumor up by visiting Jill in Central America.
“In a sneak peek at Tuesday’s Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and her husband Ben prepare their 5-month-old son for a journey to Central America, where he’ll meet his cousin Israel, 1, for the first time,” reports People Magazine. “The new parents – who could probably use some help from the Duggars’ most organized sibling (Jill herself!) – go down the list of all the day-to-day necessities baby Spurgeon will need, including bug spray, sunscreen, wipes and diapers.”
By bringing the baby along with her, Jessa and Ben Seewald are hoping that the press stops pitting the two sisters against each other as rivals.
This is a momentous time for Jessa as she has never been to Central America before and because Jill has not yet met her sister’s baby boy.
Meanwhile, Jill Duggar has been too busy to upload many pictures on her Instagram. The last time she posted was a week ago when her husband, Derick Dillard, brought her a breakfast so that she could enjoy it in her bed.
But the last time that she posted about her baby boy Israel was even longer ago, when she had a small celebration for his first birthday. The fact that they had to spend it away from their big family in Central America must have been a lonely experience for both Jill and Derick.
Happy belated birthday to our sweet Israel! (We did not have wifi on his birthday.) We loved having Grandma C here for Israel's birthday. She even brought Derick's first birthday candle for Israel to use! See pictures of Israel's first taste of cake and read our note to Israel on our website: www.dillardfamily.com
However, loneliness may be the last thing on the missionary’s mind as she deals with some other issues surrounding her practice as a midwife. Recently, a woman accused her of her baby girl being born with complications.
“[T]he mother of a baby girl born with complications under the care of Jill Duggar’s old boss says that Jill may be unfit to be a midwife,” reports In Touch Weekly. “Venessa Giron — an Arkansas midwife with whom Jill worked as an apprentice — is being blamed for the complications during the February 2014 birth of Tiffany Nance’s daughter Jozzie.”
The story alleges that Tiffany begged Jill (who was assisting Venessa during her daughter’s birth and had assisted Venessa with more than 100 births while training for her midwife certification) to call 911 at least three times during her brutal 14-hour labor, but Venessa wouldn’t let her, even though “I was crying and screaming out in pain,” said the mother.
Let’s hope that the new mother is not practicing midwifery during her mission trip. Sounds like she needs to be trained for a longer period of time before she can handle the responsibilities of delivering a baby.
While the press is not sure if the mother will press legal charges against Jill Duggar, it is a good thing that the reality TV star is far away in Central America with her small family.
At least Jill has her sister’s visit to look forward to now.
But this trip to introduce baby Spurgeon and baby Israel may not solve the sister rivalry. The two girls, just born a year apart, have led very similar lives — engagement, followed by wedding, followed immediately by sons. While they are both trying to play cool, they are quickly realizing that whatever they do, they will be held up for comparison their entire lives.
Do you think Jill and Jessa will join forces to bring Duggar clan back from the scandals that it has endured through? Let me know in the comments below!
[Photo by Jill Dillard/Instagram]