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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Recap: "Jill's Special Delivery"

19 Kids and Counting "Jill's Special Delivery"

  • Jill and Derick's midwives, along with Michelle and Jana, come over for a tour of the Dillards' house and to discuss Jill's extensive birth plan. They are planning for a home birth. Derick says he would like to help "catch the baby."
  • Jim Bob and Michelle and Josie look for Josie's crib so they can pass it on to Jill and Derick. Then they deliver it to the Dillards. "I've never been this close to a crib before," admits Derick.
  • Later, Jill and Derick take Derick's mom, Cathy, for a pedicure. Derick enjoys having his feet washed and massaged, but he doesn't have his toenails painted. "The pedicures were great," he says. "I recommend them with your wife."
  • Using baby dolls, Michelle shows the four youngest girls how to hold an infant. The Duggar mom shows them how to feed a baby with a bottle, but when it is Josie's turn to try, she attempts to nurse the doll.
  • Michelle shares advice for keeping a marriage strong when kids come into the picture. She says that one's spouse must come first. "Marriage came before motherhood, so my marriage needs to come first," says Michelle.
  • Jim Bob says he loves to show Michelle affection, but he admits he sometimes embarrasses the kids, and even Michelle.
  • Jill and Derick attend a women's basketball game at Oklahoma State University, where Derick and both his parents attended college. Derick and his dad both wore the school's mascot, Pistol Pete. 
  • Jill really enjoys seeing her husband put on the Pistol Pete costume and get the crowed excited about the game.
  • How will Jill and Derick handle college when their kids enter adulthood? "We're planning on encouraging out kids to do whatever God has called them to do," says Derick. If that involves college, then the Dillards will support that wholeheartedly.
  • "Maybe they will be Pistol Pete," adds Jill.
  • On the day of one of Jill's baby showers, a snow and ice storm rolls in, but it doesn't affect the attendance. This is Derick's first baby shower, and his brother, Dan, comes, too. "Guys don't typically do baby showers, but I am secure in my manhood," says the dad-to-be.
  • Michelle takes Jill out for tea to talk about labor. Jill admits she is a little nervous.
  • The youngest Duggars help Jim Bob wrap a few gag gifts for Derick's birthday, including a "Baby Owner's Manual" and a diaper changing tool kit.
  • The Duggars and Dillards, along with Josiah's almost-girlfriend, Marjorie, go over to Jill and Derick's house to celebrate Derick's birthday. His mom gives him an album of his baby pictures, his Oklahoma State bib, and a diary written by Derick's dad when Cathy was pregnant.
  • Jill's labor begins when her water breaks at 3am. She takes castor oil to jumpstart labor, and her contractions come on quickly.
  • 20 hours into labor: Michelle, Jana and the birth team arrive.
  • 48 hours into labor: Jill goes to the bathroom and notices a meconium stain.
  • 50 hours into labor: Jill arrives at the hospital, and the doctor checks her and says she and the baby are doing well. Jill refuses Pitocin, a medication that induces labor, at first but ends up taking some later on.
  • 60 hours into labor: Still no baby. Jill and Derick are both exhausted but are staying positive.
  • 70 hours into labor: The doctor advises Jill to have a C-section. Derick, Michelle, and Cathy all go into the operating room.
  • Through Jill's labor, the rest of the Duggars are gathered at home supporting her in prayer. When Israel arrives, everyone is thrilled. "He was worth every contraction, every pain that I had," says Jill.
  • Four days later, Jill and Derick leave the hospital. Before going home, they stop at the Duggars' house to introduce Israel to the family. Derick says to his wife, "Can we have another one?" And Jill says, "Yes!"

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