Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jill Dillard: "We are Thrilled"

In the following video, Jill and Derick Dillard share their elation at finding out their baby's gender.

"I think it's really neat having a boy for the firstborn, and being able to teach him all that you know and raise him up to be a man," says the father-to-be.

Recap: "All About Jill"

Tonight on TLC...

19 Kids and Counting "All About Jill"
  • As Duggar Wedding #2 approaches, the family shares their thoughts about Jill and the memories they have shared with her. 
  • Jill was Michelle's first all-natural delivery. "She was so sweet," remembers Michelle. "The sweetest, easiest baby ever."
  • "She's like a little angel," adds Josh, who says he never remembers Jill doing anything wrong.
  • Jim Bob calls Jill "the ultimate best friend."
  • What words come to mind when the Duggars think about Jill?
    • Grandma Duggar: loving
    • Jim Bob: delightful
    • Michelle: sweet
    • Jackson: energetic
    • Jason: bubbly
    • James: giver
    • Michael: fun
  • Jill looks back on her favorite family memories, including the "perm phase" she and her sisters went through several years ago. For a period of time, the girls would regularly perm each other's hair. Looking back, they say the perms made their hair very poofy. Now that they are older, the girls prefer to use curling irons. (Click here to watch our Duggar Hair Tutorial.) 
  • Who will lead Jill's buddy team (Joy, James, and Jennifer) when she moves out? Joy says it's her turn to take over. 
  • "Jill has really always had a servant's heart," says Michelle. "She is very giving." The Duggars define "having a servant's heart" as "finding joy in serving others."
  • When they were in their late teens, Jana, Jill, and John received first responder training. Jill had the opportunity to put her skills to use when Jason fell into an orchestra pit at a church in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011. Jill was the first one to find her little brother, and looking back, Jason says Jill knew just what to do. 
  • When Josie was born at 25 weeks gestation, Jill was there to encourage her family and to help Michelle care for her "latest, precious edition." This experience sparked Jill's interest in midwifery.
  • "It has been a miracle watching Josie grow from such a tiny little baby...to a healthy and strong little girl with an attitude," says Jill. 
  • Derick's mom, Cathy Byrum, tells viewers about her son: "Derick was born March ninth of 1989. He was ten days late. When he was growing up, I never thought that he would marry into a family with 19 kids."
  • Derick has only one sibling, a strong contrast to Jill's 18 brothers and sisters.
  • "For the most part, Derick and I got along, but we were your typical brothers," says Derick's younger brother, Dan. "We had our moments."
  • During Derick's freshman year of college, his father, the late Rick Dillard, passed away. Derick says he learned what it truly means to lean on God. "I really knew that God was in control," he shares.
  • After college, Derick headed to Nepal to do mission work for two years. Before leaving, he reached out to Jim Bob to be his prayer partner because he knew the Duggars had a heart for missions.
  • Jim Bob mentored Derick for a year and a half before introducing him to Jill. At first, Jill remained guarded because she was unsure whether she wanted to pursue a relationship with Derick.
  • Many Skype conversations and phone calls later, and Jill had fallen in love. You know the rest of the story!
  • Tune in next Tuesday for a two-hour special of 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jill and Derick's wedding. 

Video: Jill Loves Babies

Tonight on TLC, Jill reunites with some of the mamas and babies she has helped while studying midwifery. "She just loves...people, babies, relationships," Michelle Duggar says of  her daughter. "It's just Jill." Tune in at 9pm ET PT/8pm CT. Video preview below:

Video: Dillard Gender Guesses

Tonight after 19 Kids and Counting, see footage of the moment Jill and Derick Dillard found out their baby's gender! Until then, hear from the couple and three of Jill's siblings in the following video:

Baby Dilly Details...It's a Boy


In five months, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will have four grandchildren, three grandsons and one granddaughter. The family announced today that Jill Dillard is expecting a boy.

"I was really excited," Derick Dillard told PEOPLE. "As a new dad, to have a firstborn son to be our first child and be the leader of his siblings, it is very special."

Before her ultrasound appointment last Saturday, Jill indulged in a sugary breakfast of waffles with syrup and whipped cream, fruit, chocolate milk, and lemonade. She wanted to make sure Baby Dilly would be active for his big debut.

"He stretched out his legs full length," said Jill. "He was trying to be like Dad."

Jill and Derick brought three Duggars--Joy-Anna, James, and Jennifer--with them to the appointment. Jill said there was "screaming in the room" when the gender was revealed.

Jill had predicted that Baby Dilly would be a girl, but both she and Derick agreed that, boy or girl, all they wanted was a healthy baby.

Both the Duggars and Dillards were thrilled to hear the news.

"We could have a giant," said Jill. "I called Derick's mom, and she was telling me that when Derick was born, he didn't fit into the newborn clothes, and his shoes were a size two."

According to Jill, her parents were "just elated."

"My mom and dad both thought it was going to be a boy and my grandma did, too," said the expectant mother. "They are all really excited,"

Jill and Derick don't plan on following a letter theme for their children's names, but they might choose a different theme, such as family names.


Photo Credit: PEOPLE Magazine