The newest member of the Duggar family has finally arrived. "HE'S HERE!!!! Welcome to the world, Israel David Dillard!" the family's 19 Kids and Counting Facebook page announced.
Israel is the first child for Jill Duggar and her husband, Derek Dillard, who married last June. Baby Israel didn't come on Easter as the family thought might happen, but made his arrival at 11:49 p.m. on Monday night. He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces.
Jill had been planning to have a home delivery, and the couple had been taking classes. However, Daily Mail is reporting that she was not able to have a natural home birth as planned and instead delivered her healthy baby boy at the hospital. The fact that he was two weeks late reportedly meant she needed some medical intervention, but the happy couple look to be ecstatic to be holding their son Israel as they sit on a hospital bed in the first baby photo that was posted above.
Israel is a boy name of biblical origin that means "who prevails with God." The middle name of David is also Hebrew in origin and means "beloved or friend." The name Israel is a rather unique name, as the Social Security Administration ranks it at number 245 on its list of most popular baby names in the United States.
Jill had said she was not planning to continue with mom Michelle Duggar's "J" names (all 19 Duggar kids have names that start with the letter "J"), but she did hint she was thinking of another baby name theme, and it sounds like they decided on a biblical name.
Israel — or "Baby Dilly," as they called him throughout her pregnancy — was overdue, and Jill had given herself two dates, including the original due date of March 24 and April 5 because she was expecting him to come late. She recently shared a photo of her overdue baby bump with a sign that said, "41 weeks 4 days."
"I have told myself, 'First-time moms often go a week and a half over, so don't get discouraged,'" she told People. "When everyone else is asking you, 'When are you going to have that baby?' The baby will come when the baby comes."
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