Jessa Duggar shared a slew of sweet photos of her baby daughter Fern five days after giving birth.
Having a baby doesn’t always go according to plan. You can anticipate a ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀʟ delivery and wind up having a C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, go into labor before you’ve completed your nursery, find yourself very pregnant days after your due date has passed or, in rarer cases, you could end up having your baby before you’ve made it to the hospital or birthing center where you’d planned to deliver.
The Counting On star Jessa, 29, gave birth to Fern, her fourth child with husband Ben Seewald at a hospital – after having home births with her three other children. She posted a snap of the two-week-old sleeping in a light blue and white babygrow. Jessa put a sweet white bow in Fern’s hair and wrapped her in a pink blanket in the adorable shot. Giving birth in a hospital was a ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏᴠᴇʀsɪᴀʟ choice as all the Duggar mothers typically welcome their children at home unless there are ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs.
The Duggars are an extremely ᴄᴏɴsᴇʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ Cʜʀɪsᴛɪᴀɴ family, whose other values support no sᴇx before marriage, ɴᴏ birth control and ʜᴏᴍᴇ-sᴄʜᴏᴏʟɪɴɢ your children. Jessa said, “Even though I ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ get my ᴇᴘɪᴅᴜʀᴀʟ ᴛɪʟʟ the very last hour before she was ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ, I feel like it was still so worth it. Not only did it help with my ᴘᴜsʜɪɴɢ ᴘʜᴀsᴇ, it took the ᴘᴀɪɴ ᴏᴜᴛ of it. What I was really excited about was not being able to feel the after-ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴄʀᴀᴍᴘs. Because those things are awful and they get ᴡᴏʀsᴇ with each kid. So I was really excited not to be able to feel that and just be able to enjoy holding my baby.”
She added: “And then all that massaging that the ɴᴜʀsᴇs do on your ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs – didn’t feel it. It was nice! Was so thankful.” The couple first announced in February that they were expecting their fourth child together after Jessa experienced a pregnancy ʟᴏss last year.
They said: “After the ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ ʟᴏss ᴏf a baby last year, we’re overjoyed to share that another little Seewald is on the way. The pregnancy is going smoothly, and both baby and Jessa are doing well. We are so grateful to Gᴏᴅ for the precious gift of a new life! They continued. The kids are delighted, and we can ʜᴀʀᴅʟʏ wait to welcome this little one into our arms this summer.”
Fern baby weighed in at a little more than eight and half pounds, and measured 21 inches. The happy couple then spent some tender moments connecting with their new daughter. The famous pair also share sons Spurgeon, five, Henry, four, and daughter Ivy, one. On Monday morning, the little one was introduced to her siblings on FaceTime who were staying with Ben’s parents and they gushed in excitement.