Thursday, September 20, 2018

AC is a Non-Negotiable in Laredo

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo

"I'm 21 weeks along, and having this little one inside of me, I think it's like an in-built heater. And not having AC, that would be a challenge. My mom was always hot all the time when she was pregnant with us. She would always be cranking the AC super low."
-Jinger Vuolo

Just as they are leaving for a midwife appointment in San Antonio, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo notice that their air conditioning unit is leaking (video below). But thanks to a good friend, they might not have to suffer through the Laredo heat after all.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dillard Cousin #1

A little less than two weeks ago, Israel Dillard and Samuel Dillard met their first Dillard cousin! Jaxon Michael Dillard was born to Derick's brother, Dan, and sister-in-law, Deena, on September 5th. Derick and Dan don't have any other siblings, so the Dillard side will always be small compared to the Duggar side.

Samuel Dillard, Israel Dillard, Jaxon Dillard
Samuel Dillard (14 months), Israel Dillard (almost three-and-a-half), Jaxon Dillard

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wedding Gowns, Skiing, and an Ultrasound

Did you catch last night's new episode of Counting On? In case you missed it, you can check out our written recap. TLC has also made the show available on the TLC website to those who have TV service.

Duggar wedding dress shopping

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Monday, September 17, 2018

'Lauren Finds Her Dress' Recap

Counting On "Lauren Finds Her Dress"
  • Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo visit the San Antonio Birth Center, where they are planning to deliver their baby. The center is two-and-a-half hours from their home but is near multiple hospitals.
  • Jinger was one of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's two children to be delivered at home, but she and Jeremy have decided that they don't want to go that route.“My mom and quite a few of my sisters have done home births, and for me, I don’t feel comfortable with it," says Jinger. 
  • Later, they have their gender reveal ultrasound at Amazing Baby. When the ultrasound technician informs the parents-to-be that they are having a girl, they are overjoyed. “We just could not believe it,” says Jinger. “I think my family is going to be thrilled to find out this news.”
  • Some of the Duggars (Jana, John, Jim Bob, Michelle, the Seewalds, the Forsyths, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, Josie, Tyler, Mackynzie, and Michael) plus friends Elijah and Laura arrive at cabins in Granby, Colorado, to celebrate Jana and John’s 28th birthday. They have traveled from Arkansas in their bus.
  • “It’s really hard to get people together these days,” says Jana. “It kind of ends up being, whoever can make it for this or that can come.”
  • How do Jana and John compare? “She was pretty rowdy growing up,” says John. “She’d get in trouble a lot.” Jana clarifies: “Well I’d take up an offense for him. If someone wasn’t being nice, I’d be like…’You don’t do that to my twin. You don’t mess with him.’”
  • “As they’ve gotten older, I think their personalities have morphed into being more similar,” says Jessa. “They both are pretty opinionated.”'
  • “She used to pull the, ‘I’m older than you’ card all the time on me…but now, I pull it on her,” says John. “She doesn’t like that.”
  • After a birthday lunch, during which the family sings “Happy Birthday to Y’all” to Jana and John, it’s time to hit the slopes. While the Bates ladies wear skirts while skiing, the Duggars do not. “My sisters and I typically wear skirts, but there are certain activities where it’s more appropriate to wear something else,” explains Jessa.
  • The Duggars take ski lessons on the first day and then have a chance to practice what they learned on the second day. The little kids, especially Justin and Josie pick it up quickly. When asked who is the worst skier, Austin replies. “I’m going to plead the fifth. You know, we have to live together. Not live together as far as it’s my wife. I don’t mean that."
  • While everyone else skis, Michelle and Joy hang with the littles at the lodge. Gideon is one month old. “I really missed not having Joy there, skiing,” says Austin. “I mean, it’s fun going with the guys, but it’s just not the same.”
  • One evening, all the older siblings and spouses meet up for food and Pictionary. The words have to do with the twins and things they have done. It turns out to be a very competitive game. Most of the siblings, including John, agree that Jana is more competitive than John. 
  • One of the words is chicken coop, since Jana and James built the family’s chicken coop. “Jana has a whole bunch of chickens, or she had a whole bunch of chickens, in our garden,” says Jinger. “I think some of them got attacked by animals, so I don’t know. May they rest in peace, or many pieces.” Jana now has ducks.
  • John’s team ends up winning, and it takes competitive Jana a minute to compose herself.
  • Everyone has a blast on the ski trip. “Out of the different birthdays that we’ve had, this one definitely ranks up there as a great one, just spending family time together” says Jana.
  • Back in Arkansas, Lauren goes wedding dress shopping at The White Dress Boutique with Michelle, her bridesmaids, her mom, and her dad. “When I shop…I have a purpose,” says Lauren. “I go in there, it’s 15 minutes, and I’m out.” She has been to multiple places but hasn’t found “the one.” But she does know what she wants: crepe material, fitted, beads but no lace, and a modest high neckline. Lauren is going for elegant and classic.
  • After trying on three dresses with lots of details, Lauren comes out in a simple gown made of crepe material. The front has no embellishments on it, but the back has beads. She says she wants a gown that draws attention to her face, not to her body. “It’s more you, Lauren,” says Dwain. But he says he loves all of them. “My dad, he’s very thoughtful,” says Lauren. “He’ll put his opinion out, but he knows when to do it for me, but then sometimes he knows where I just want to hear, ‘I think it looks pretty,’ or something like that.”
  • “This dress is something I’ve really been looking for, but I was a little scared, just thinking, ‘In three more months, I’m going to be married, and this could be the dress I wear down the aisle.” Lauren tries on a fifth dress but ends up going back to the fourth one and choosing it. “I really couldn’t have asked for a better dress,” she says.

Why Jinger Opted Out of Home Birth

 Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo decline home birth

“My mom and quite a few of my sisters have done home births, and for me, I don’t feel comfortable with it."
-Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

When faced with the decision of how and where to deliver their daughter, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo initially choose a midwife-assisted birth at the San Antonio Birth Center. Located two-and-a-half hours from their home in Laredo, the center is within close proximity to multiple hospitals.

Ironically, Jinger was one of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's two children (the other being Joseph) to be delivered at home, but she and Jeremy have decided that they don't feel comfortable with a home birth. Ahead of Felicity Vuolo's arrival, the plan is to deliver at the San Antonio Birth Center, but closer to the time, they decide to deliver at a hospital with their midwife present.

Below is a preview, courtesy of People Magazine, of tonight's episode. Counting On "Lauren Finds Her Dress" premieres at at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC.

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