Jill (Duggar) Dillard: Motherhood Is Different Than I Thought

The new mother to baby Israel opens up about asking for advice, how Derick is doing as a dad and her son's sleep schedule

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Though Jill (Duggar) Dillard has had years of experience with babies, both as a student midwife and as a sister to 15 younger siblings, she’s found out there are some things you have to go through yourself.

“There are a lot of things that seem different than I thought they would be,” says Jill, 23, who gave birth to son Israel David on April 6. “I have just asked my mom a lot of questions about what is normal and what to expect.”

Jill’s mom Michelle, 48 – who has 19 kids with husband Jim Bob, 49 – has been through pregnancy, birth, recovery from cesarean sections (she’s had four) and nursing.

“I call out to my mom and ask things like, ‘Is this feeling normal?’ and, ‘How long should I nurse?’ ” Jill says. “Israel’s a little boy, he will eat all the time, so I was asking if 20 minutes a feeding was long enough or too much, and how all of it should go.”

Jill and husband Derick, 26, went through a 70-hour labor together, which Jill says brought them closer as a couple. Israel’s birth will be featured on TLC’s 19 Kids in the 2-hour special 19 Kids and Counting: Jill’s Special Delivery airing Tuesday (8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT).

While Jill continues figuring out the new mom thing, she says that Derick is “such a good Dad.”

“He is doing an amazing job helping out with nighttime diaper changes,” Jill says. “I’ll start nursing and when I’m done, he’ll take the baby and change his diaper and put him to bed. That is his little routine.

And is Israel giving his parents any kind of sleeping break now that he’s nearly a month old?

“During the night, he’s done pretty good,” Jill says. “He actually slept for a seven-hour stretch, he’s done that a couple of times. You never know. I’m not counting on it.”

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