"You never realize the responsibility of being a parent until you have a baby yourself," Jessa tells PEOPLE

By Alicia Dennis and Lanford Beard
Updated November 12, 2015 01:00 PM
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A week after Jessa (Duggar) Seewald welcomed her first child, son Spurgeon Elliot Seewald, she and husband Ben are basking in the glow of new parenthood.

“Jessa and I are trying to call each other ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ just so this whole being parents thing can sink in a little,” Ben, 20, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

And the reality of one particular (and smelly) task might be sinking in especially quickly for Jessa’s husband of one year.

“Ben is changing all the diapers,” she reveals with a smile.

For much more on Jessa and Ben Seewald – including exclusive photos of their son, a glimpse into their lives as new parents and their plans for baby number two – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

While Jessa, 23, is still nursing, she’s enlisted a few more reinforcements: Grandma Duggar and sister Jana, 25, have been staying nights so the new parents can sleep – or at least try.

Admits Jessa, “I thought I’d sleep at night, but I hear [the baby] breathe or something, and I take out a flashlight and shine it on his face to make sure he’s okay.”

Despite being one of the oldest children in a famously large family, Jessa says parenthood is even more awesome than she ever expected: “You never realize the responsibility of being a parent until you have a baby yourself.”