‘Counting On’ Stars Jessa & Ben Seewald Welcome Third Child: See the First Pics!

“We are being fruitful and multiplying!”

Jessa Seewald and her husband Ben just welcomed another child and, this time, it’s a girl!

The Counting On stars— who are already parents to two sons— are known for giving their kids, um, “interesting” names that tie to their religious faith. (Spurgeon, anyone?) However, they went with a shockingly “normal” name for their daughter: Ivy Jane!

On the official Duggar Family website, Jessa described Ivy’s birth. (Hopefully Jana was there to drag out the Duggar Family’s trusty birthin’ tarp!)


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Introducing ❤️Ivy Jane Seewald❤️ Click the link in my bio to read the details!

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“Ivy Jane Seewald was welcomed into the world Sunday, May 26th,” Jessa wrote. “We were getting ready for church when my water broke, and we were thinking ‘Well, I guess we have a change of plans!’

“After three and a half hours of labor, Ivy was born at 5:57 p.m. Her due date was June 5th, and since both of our boys went five days past their due date, we thought we would go late again. We were so surprised when she came two weeks earlier than her brothers. We definitely weren’t expecting that! Ivy was born at home weighing 7 lbs 14 oz and 20.5 inches long.”

Ivy is the smallest baby to shoot out of Jessa yet. Jessa’s oldest son Spurgeon tipped the scales at almost 10 lbs., while her second son Henry was almost 9 lbs.

“She feels so tiny compared to her siblings!” the couple said in a statement released Tuesday. “We’re so grateful to God for this precious gift. She is already so loved. Her big brothers adore her!”

While Jessa and Ben stated that Jessa had Baby Ivy at home, it appears that she and the baby may have ended up at the hospital at some point following the baby’s birth. Ben’s mother posted a photo to her family’s Instagram account that showed her holding Ivy in what appears to be a hospital room. She did not answer fans’ questions about it, however.


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Ivy Jane captured our hearts the moment we first met her. Beautiful just like her momma. @jessaseewald @ben_seewald

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(As ‘Counting On’ fans know, Jessa had an extremely difficult delivery with Spurgeon. Although she delivered him at home, she was hemorrhaging blood after the birth and had to be rushed to the hospital. Her second son, Henry, was delivered quickly at home without incident.) Both births ended up being featured on ‘Counting On.’

The other Duggars were quick to congratulate Ben and Jessa on their new blessing.

“Congrats, I love the name,” Jessa’s sister-in-law Anna Duggar wrote on Instagram.

“Auntie can’t wait to meet this little doll baby!” Jessa’s sister Jinger Vuolo wrote.

“Congrats y’all! She is the cutest,” Jessa’s other sister Jana Duggar posted.

“The new baby is sleeping so Jessa says we have to use our indoor voices! SHHH!”

Jessa and Ben haven’t revealed why they chose the name Ivy for their daughter. In the past, they have stated  that they will be naming their children after religious leaders and figures they admire. Their son Spurgeon was named after Christian preacher Charles Spurgeon, while they chose their second son’s name– Henry Wilberforce Seewald—to pay tribute to Matthew Henry (whom Ben called  “a great man of God”) and William Wilberforce, a 1700s-era British politician whom Ben said “really walked with God.”

Jessa and Ben have made it no secret that they plan to continue to “be fruitful and multiply” and are hoping to have many more children. They have expressed their desire to adopt children, and are also sticking to the typical Duggar birth control regiment: not using any birth control and “allowing God to decide” how many children they will have.

“I wanted to name the baby Spurgena but Jessa said no. Maybe we can use it for the next one!”

Next up in the stirrups is Jessa’s sister-in-law, Kendra Duggar, who is pregnant with her second baby by Joseph Duggar. Those birthin’ tarps will be getting plenty of use this year, as there are four more Duggar grandkids coming in 2019. In addition to Kendra, Joy ForsythLauren Duggar and Anna Duggar are all due to give birth later this year.

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12 Responses

  1. I don’t know what’s creepier; the constant breeding like rabbits and Teen Mom cast members, or the dead eyed expression of all the women in that family. I do have a legitimate question though. Why do the Duggars and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding cast members drone on and on about how they’re perfect housewives who cook and clean for their families, but are only shown cooking things like Hamburger Helper? You’d think that perfect 1950s housewives wouldn’t consider grilled cheese “cooking from scratch.”

  2. “Jessa and Ben haven’t revealed why they chose the name Ivy for their daughter”.

    I’ll tell you right now why they chose that name (Duggars are easy to read). The ‘English’ meaning behind the name Ivy is “Faithfulness”. The Hebrew meaning is “God’s Gift”. I’m sure there will be a two paragraph instagram post on why they chose the name, and what a blessing from The Lord she is within 24 hours.

  3. Wish people would wait months, hell even a year, until they post photos. Newborns are not cute at all. Let’s hope Jessa and all of them for that matter, don’t follow their birth factory of a mother and make their kids raise each other.

  4. A 10 pound baby with a home birth?! I could not imagine having a 10 pound baby with no drugs! I just had my first (and only) baby in March, and he was only 6lb8oz, and I was begging for an epidural by the time I hit 4cm, God bless these women that naturally birth 8, 9, 10 lb babies.. ??

  5. At some point Spurgeon has to be like “WTF!? why are my siblings names Henry and Ivy and I’m stuck with this horrid name!?”

    1. You beat me to it. I was going to say I’d be pissed that my siblings were Henry and Ivy and I was Spurgeon.

  6. Poor little girl, being born into that cult. Jessa will make a slave out of her, just like her own mother has with her oldest daughter. Cute little thing, though.

    1. Yeah, how do you turn the 3rd child into a “buddy” for her older brothers? Since only the girl children have to raise their siblings…

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