Jill Duggar's baby boy is here! The Counting On star welcomed son Samuel Scott on Saturday.
"We are excited to finally announce the arrival of Samuel Scott Dillard!" Jill and Derick Dillard wrote on their website. "The newest addition to our family arrived on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1:02pm. He weighs 9lb 10oz and is 22” long. After 40 hours of labor, he was delivered via C-section at the hospital. Thank you for your continued prayers and support!"
Samuel joins his older brother, Israel. The toddler was also born via C-section in 2015 after 70 hours of labor. But Jill believed her second delivery would be easier.
"There’s a level of ease that comes with your second pregnancy,” she previously told People. "Derick and I have been down this road together, so we’re comfortable. I’m just going to see how it goes, try to be healthy and prepare as much as I can. But this time I know that labor is unpredictable."
Jill and Derrick announced in December that they were expecting their second child together. "We are so excited to be expecting Dillard baby #2!" they said at the time. "Children really are a wonderful blessing from God. Having Israel has been such a delight to us that we know a second sweet baby will only continue to add joy to our family. We are thankful to God for this sweet child and we cannot wait to see her or him face to face!"
Just months after announcing her pregnancy, Jill and Derick returned to Central America for their mission work. That led to some criticism from fans who felt they were putting their unborn baby at risk, especially with the Zika epidemic. The couple did return to America before Samuel was born.
While continuing their work overseas, Jill and Derick also had to get ready for little Samuel's arrival. That meant preparing Israel to be a big brother. Luckily, they thought the toddler was up to the task.
"Israel’s going to be a great big brother," she told TLC. "He already loves other little babies. The only thing I think he’ll have to work on is just learning that babies that are smaller than you, you have to be more gentle with."
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