Jill Duggar Dillard Pregnant With Baby No. 2, ‘Counting On’ Couple Says Baby Israel Is Ready To Be A Big Brother

Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick have just announced that they are pregnant with their second child. With Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald also prepping for baby No. 2, and Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo also ready to start a family soon, it seems like the Duggar family is about to get even bigger in 2017.

Jill Duggar Dillard and Derick Dillard announced Tuesday that there’s another baby on the way. In a video released by Lifetime, the Counting On couple shared that they were “really excited” when they found out that Israel would be having a younger brother or daughter soon.

Jill shared that she took several pregnancy tests to make sure that there really is another Duggar baby on the way.

“I got one of those big online value packs so I have been going through pregnancy tests, so whenever we got a positive pregnancy test, I took like, three, I was like [gasp] ‘Really?!’ I was so excited.”

Jill and Derick also believed that Israel is ready to welcome his younger sibling and is going to be a great big brother. The Counting On star shared that Izzy, who’s turning two-years-old in April, already likes being around babies. In an episode of the hit TLC series, Jill shared that it would be good for Israel to have a sibling, so he can “learn how to share.”

“He already loves, like, other little babies, and the only thing I think he’s gonna have to work on is learning that babies that are smaller than you, you have to be more gentle with.”

In an interview with People, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard shared that they are grateful for the addition of baby No. 2 to their family.

“We are so excited to be expecting Dillard baby No. 2. Children really are a wonderful blessing from God. Having Israel has been such a delight to us that we know a second sweet baby will only continue to add joy to our family. We are thankful to God for this sweet child and we cannot wait to see her or him face to face!”

Since November, fans of the Duggar family have been speculating that Jill is pregnant. In a photo she posted on Thanksgiving, many noticed that the Counting On star is noticeably looking “bigger” these days. While a few commented that she could still be carrying some of the baby weight from her C-section with baby Israel, others claimed that it will only be a matter of time before Jill and Derick confirm the pregnancy.

Some fans made the same observation after Jill posted another couple photo on Instagram, this time with her brother-in-law Daniel and his wife Deena. They wondered if Jill was taking time with her announcement, wanting to make sure that the baby was safe before confirming her pregnancy.

Early in December, The Stir speculated that Jill Duggar Dillard getting pregnant could be the reason why the Counting On stars were taking an extended vacation from their mission trip in Central America. Given that the developing country is a hotbed for Zika virus, the couple could be taking extra precautionary measures to keep the baby safe.

2016 has definitely been a big year for the Duggar family. Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo got engaged after a month of courtship and Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald announced that they are expecting baby No. 2. Now that Jill and Derick confirmed that they are also pregnant with their second child, the Duggar family just keeps getting bigger.

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Counting On Season 3 premieres January on TLC.

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