Duggar sisters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald both have welcomed new babies into their homes in the last year. If you have ever had the chance to be pregnant at the same time as your sister was, then you are sure to relate to their experience.
There is nothing quite so special as swapping pregnancy stories, comparing baby bumps and trading maternity clothes with a sister.
When filming the premiere episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Jessa was pregnant with her first child with husband Ben Seewald — a son named Spurgeon, who was born on Nov. 5. Her older sister Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, had recently welcomed their son Israel, who was born on April 6.
In this sweet clip, the sisters talk about their baby bumps, and Jill shares just how “massive” she felt during her pregnancy.
“You are not as big as I was,” she says to younger sister Jessa.
“Yes, I am.” Jessa laughs while holding her bump. “I just wear lots of dark colors.”
Also seen in this clip is Jill, who is a licensed midwife, using a fetal Doppler to check the baby’s heartbeat and examining Jessa’s baby bump. Jessa also touches on their parenting style, explaining that she and Ben differ a little on how they will approach parenting their new baby.
In a previously released clip, the sisters and their siblings share the hardship they’ve experienced surrounding older brother Josh’s child molestation and infidelity scandals. During this season of the Duggar family’s life, fans have struggled to maintain their loyalty, and many have attacked the family for their decisions.
But watching two sisters talk raising kids, it’s hard not to relate. Cousin relationships are every bit as important as sibling relationships and last just as long for our kids. Who doesn’t love the idea of raising a family alongside their sister?
We can’t help but think how comforting it must have been to share something as special as pregnancy with a sister during such a difficult time.