The final episode of TLC's three-part docu-series saw the Duggar sisters get excited for more children

By Lanford Beard
Updated December 28, 2015 01:00 AM
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Credit: Courtesy Jill Dillard

The final episode of TLC’s special docu-series Jill & Jessa: Counting On was all about baby joy – though that’s not to say there wasn’t a whole lot of pain along the way.

As previously, exclusively reported by PEOPLE, Jessa (Duggar) Seewald experienced an exhausting, intense and very "painful" delivery of first child Spurgeon Elliott until the baby’s birth on Nov. 5.

Before she went into labor, Jessa (who turned 23 one day before her son was born) was admittedly “nervous” about the delivery itself – but she was also unreservedly excited about the idea of adoption, which she and husband Ben had openly discussed for some time.

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That said, when Ben and Jessa met with their neighbors the Napiers, who are parents to both biological and adopted children, Jessa was surprised as Ben dropped the bombshell that he envisions a future with “15 sons.”

Always one to take the ball and run, Jessa said in an interview later: “I think it’d be awesome. I’d love to have 15 sons.”

Adoption was also on the brain for Jessa’s older sister Jill, 24.

During her mission trip to Central America with husband Derick, 26, and baby Israel, 8 months, Jill joked that Jessa and Ben would “leave [Central America] with some little ones” if they had gone on the same mission. “[They’d] be like, ‘We’ll take that one and that one and that one! We’ll take ’em all!’ ”

On a more serious note, Derick – whose own mother Cathy was visiting this episode – said, “We can definitely relate to Jessa and Ben’s desire to adopt and want to just meet those [kids’] needs. I think we would definitely consider the idea of adoption.

He continued, “My mom’s adopted, so it kind of hits home with me. We both think it’s a wonderful thing. We’ve talked about it a lot, and we’re definitely considering it.”

That said, Jill and Derick confirmed they are – as of the end of the Counting On finale – neither actively adopting nor expecting another child.

Back in Tontitown, Jessa was doing everything she could to bring her own little one into the world, including long speed-walks through the Arkansas countryside: “If you’re going to try to have a baby, just do it. I mean, don’t mosey on down the trail at a snail’s pace,” she said. “Power walk it – walk the baby out.”

About an hour and an estimated 12 contractions later, Jessa confirmed, “It was on.”

After many hours of labor (48, in fact – which Ben uncannily predicted earlier in the episode during a pre-parenthood, guys-only pizza party), Jessa welcomed her beautiful baby boy. Mom Michelle, 49, affirmed: “You’re a champ, Jessa,” And baby sister Jordyn, 7, was the first to find out that she would be an aunt once more to a baby boy.

And that’s when things got scary: Jessa “had a gush of blood” that frightened even Michelle and made Ben “a lot nervous.” Jessa’s 25-year-old sister Jana, who has plenty of experience in midwifery, admits she went “into panic mode” at seeing the amount of blood her sister had lost.

As we all know, Jessa and Spurgeon ultimately came through that trial happy and healthy, with Jessa acknowledging that her son’s 9-lb., 11-oz. birth weight might have had something to do with her difficult delivery.

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Meanwhile, the theme of birth struck a deep chord with Jessa’s sister-in-law Anna Duggar, who has weathered many storms this year in light of her husband Josh‘s admission that he both behaved inappropriately with five underage girls as a teen and also had been unfaithful and become addicted to online pornography.

Earlier in the episode, mom-of-four Anna likened the tough times she’d gone through in the past several months to the experience of childbirth.

“When you’re in labor, you just make it through the next contraction and go on,” she said in an interview. “I think there’s been a lot of that lately, of just taking the next step and going on.”

Now, seeing the joy Jessa was experiencing on the other side of the pain, Anna added, “Children are such a blessing, and I think God knew that, for this season of life that we’re in, with all that we’ve walked through this year – especially this summer – to have a new baby going into the fall, just [gives] the time to say, ‘Okay, breathe. Start fresh.’ “