Jessa Seewald says she had to make a sudden change of plans when her daughter unexpectedly arrived nearly two weeks early.
In a new episode of “Counting On,” the 26-year-old said that she was making a smoothie on May 26 when her water broke 10 days ahead of her due date.
Jessa’s midwife was away on vacation at the time, meaning that they had to go with their backup plan. She explained:
“Our birth plan through this whole pregnancy was that we would deliver at a birthing suite at the hospital with a midwife there. However, the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife had left town for a week.”
The reality star called another midwife and her sister, Jill, to help her deliver at home instead.
Jessa’s two older children, 3-year-old Spurgeon, and 2-year-old Henry, were both born late. She thought her third child would follow in their footsteps:
“I was not expecting to go early. We thought we had two weeks left.”
She was in labor for three hours before successfully welcoming her baby girl, Ivy Jane, in the comfort of her own home.
However, the new mom had to be rushed to the hospital a short time later because she didn’t stop bleeding after birth.
Thankfully, medication was able to help Jessa stabilize.
Jessa and her husband, 24-year-old Ben Seewald, introduced their two older children to their new sister at the hospital.
Jessa’s grandmother, Mary, also got a chance to meet the baby girl before she passed away in a tragic drowning accident earlier this month.
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It didn’t matter who you were, she was “Grandma” to you. That’s most often how she would introduce herself. “Hi, I’m Grandma!” Everybody called her Grandma. She took a genuine interest in people. She would converse with you in a way that made you feel special and loved and cared about. She had a knack for remembering details, and the next time she saw you, she would inquire about things told to her in past conversations. She was so excited about the many new great-grandbabies due this coming fall and winter, and it never got old for her. She welcomed each new baby with joy and would hold them with such tenderness and delight. We will keep her stories and memories alive for these little ones, but we’re sad that they will not have the blessing of knowing her in person as we have. She was always available. When we kids were young, she would often babysit so Mom and Dad could go out on a date. If Mom needed something from the grocery store, she was happy to pick it up. She always had time for a conversation with the teenager and never passed over the toddlers either. Each one of us was made to feel valued and loved by Grandma. She was our biggest cheerleader, coming to every music recital, birthday party, and graduation celebration— and with 21 grandkids and 13 great-grandkids, that was quite a feat! She was an exhorter. If we ever doubted our gifts or abilities, Grandma was there to spur us on. She’d pull the classic “grandma move” and have us putting on impromptu talent shows for complete strangers. “Why don’t you get up here and perform that song you’ve been working on?” “Aww, Grandma, really? Do I have to?” We’d say, glancing at mom, but we knew Mom would back her every time. We’d reluctantly get up and do a number, and it didn’t matter how terrible we thought we sounded, Grandma would beam with pride and start the applause. She believed in our gifts and abilities more than we did at times, and she spurred us on to do our best and to give God the glory for all our talents and achievements. Click :LINK IN BIO: or swipe left to read the rest of the tribute to Grandma Duggar ❤️—
Jessa shared a photo of the Duggar matriarch cuddled up with her new baby as a tribute to her beloved grandmother.
As Dearly previously reported, Mary passed away after slipping and falling into a pool. A service for the 78-year-old was held earlier this week.
Though the family is going through a devastating time, it seems the new baby girl is helping to bring them some light.