Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband, Derick, welcomed their baby boy last night and named him Israel David. Their baby weighed a whopping 9 lbs., 10 oz ., and 23 inches. The new parents shared an exclusive first photo with People magazine and posted two more photos later on Jill's Instagram, along with the announcements:
Israel David Dillard, born last night at 11:49 pm!
So thankful to God for this handsome little guy!
9lbs 10oz, 23 inches long! #IsraelDavidDillard #babydilly
The proud grandparents Bob and Michelle revealed more photos on the official Duggar Family Facebook page. From the looks of it, Jill may not have had the home birth she hoped for, but the birth experience will air on the May 5th episode of 19 Kids and Counting.
This is the first child for the couple, who met in 2013 (when Jill's dad introduced them) and got married in 2014. Jill is the fourth oldest child in the Duggar family, and her child is also the fourth grandchild to join the family. (Older brother Josh has three kids.)
The couple first announced their pregnancy news in August, and they revealed the baby's gender in October. They even posted another clever pregnancy announcement that shared the spotlight with sister Jessa's marriage to Ben Seewald. Since the announcement, both Derick and Jill kept track of her growing baby bump and posting pregnancy updates. And even after her due date came and went, the couple stayed busy by volunteering at their church's thrift shop.
Speaking to US Weekly after announcing their pregnancy, Jill shared, "We were super excited. We prayed together, and thanked God for this new little life. I was screaming and everything."
Jill, who has been training to be a midwife, has even helped deliver 30 babies and will take her midwife exam later this year. No doubt Jill also has experience caring for babies, so she'll have no problem raising hers -- plus, she'll have plenty of family babysitters as well!
Congratulations to the first-time parents!
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.
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Photo of baby Israel David via Jill Duggar's Instagram