Countdown to Baby: How Jill and Derick Dillard Are Getting Ready for Their Little One
The stars of 19 Kids and Counting are planning a home birth
Get out the booties, blankets and birthing tub, “Baby Dilly” is coming any day now!
The newest addition to the expansive Duggar clan featured on TLC’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting is already past his due date – and his parents Jill and Derick Dillard are getting into ready-mode, they told PEOPLE exclusively back in February. “Baby Dilly” is the nickname the couple has been calling the baby throughout her pregnancy.
“I feel great, I feel really good,” said Jill, 23. “He’s moving around a lot and doing a lot of rolling.”
She and her husband Derick, 25, revealed her pregnancy exclusively to PEOPLE two months after their June 21, 2014, wedding. They attended birthing classes and have been getting the house ready for their planned home birth since Jill was around 35 weeks.
“[We got a] birthing pool, things like that,” says Derick. “We have a bassinet and a crib.”
While Jill has years of experience with babies as a sibling to 18 kids, she is also a midwife. Along with her midwives, her sister Jana, 25, will be available for support, she said.
“And my sisters, mom and Derick’s mom are available as errand runners,” she said.
Jill’s younger sister Jessa, 22, who was married Nov. 1, and her husband, Ben Seewald, 19, shared their hope to adopt children as well as have biological children of their own – something that Jill and Derick have also said they would like to do. But in the meantime, they are ready to welcome their new boy into the world.
Derick, who has just one sibling – his younger brother, Daniel – said he is looking forward to both of them changing their first diaper.
“I think my brother will be a great uncle,” Derick said. “He has as much baby experience as I do, but he has lined things up already, planning to take our son camping someday. We’ll both get to change our first diaper.”
“I can’t even describe right now the anticipation I am feeling, as I am about to get to meet my firstborn son for the first time face to face,” Derick wrote in a blog post on the Dillard family website. “So many people have already testified that nothing can quite describe that moment and that I’ll just have to experience it for myself.”
Though Baby Dilly will be coming into the world past his original due date, Jill was in good spirits on a lunch date with her husband on Friday. “Maybe this spicy Mexican food will make the baby come,” she joked in the caption of an Instagram photo.
19 Kids and Counting airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.
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