The Jill Duggar birth rumors have turned into a Jill Duggar birth reality.
Which is to say the following, if you haven’t heard already:
The TLC star has given birth to her second child!
Following a few days of speculation of whether or not Duggar and husband Derick Dillard had welcomed baby number-two into the world, the famous couple has come out and confirmed the miraculous truth.
“We are excited to finally announce the arrival of Samuel Scott Dillard,” Jill and Derick wrote on their website Saturday afternoon, adding in exciting detail:
“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 of labor, he was delivered via C-section at the hospital.
"Thank you for your continued prayers and support!"
Forty hours. They do not come easy for Jill!
This precious bundle of joy joins two-year old brother Israel, whose birth was also a marathon event, as part of the immediate Duggar-Dillard family.
Jill and Derick have been married since 2014 in their native Arkansas and announced their second pregnancy this past December.
They opened up about their second child (and first child) in a TLC video in January, excerpts of which went as follows, courtesy of Dillard:
"Israel didn’t really understand what was happening, but he’s just excited because other people are excited, so he’s just excited about his new little baby brother."
As were his loving parents. Added Jill at the time:
"We’re really excited about having another son."
"I know that Israel and this little one will be best friends. …Thank y’all for your well wishes. We’re so excited about this new blessing from God."
The birth of little Samuel comes just over one month since his mother spoiled his name for the world, telling the world in a blog post on June 7:
"We are so excited to announce the name of Baby Dillard #2! Samuel Scott Dillard. We can’t wait to welcome him to the world and have him join our family very soon!"
Yes, Samuel Scott. It’s not Spurgeon or Israel. But it is biblical.
Israel David Dillard was born in April of 2015, while sister Jessa Duggar has kids named Spurgeon Elliot and Henry Wilberforce.
The Duggars aren’t just known for having many kids, they are known for having many kids with unusual first or middle names.
(No judgment here, it’s worth noting. We’re just stating some facts. Jim Bob and Michelle picked 19 straight names beginning with J!)
"Children really are a wonderful blessing from God," Jill previously told unofficial family PR firm People Magazine, adding:
"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," the 26-year-old gushed, "and we cannot wait to see her or him face to face!"
And we can’t meet to see the first photos of Samuel Scott.
We’d expect them to hit the Internet any day now and we’ll be sure to share them on The Hollywood Gossip as soon as they go live.
In the meantime, we hope Jill recovers quickly and settles into a normal routine again (hopefully in Arkansas for awhile).
The Dillards have taken considerable flak for traveling to Central America for mission work while she’s been pregnant.
Still, it hasn’t deterred them to this point, and Jill seemed remarkably sanguine about the lifestyle the second time around.
"There’s a level of ease that comes with your second pregnancy,” Jill said of the prospect of going through this again.
“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."
Until we’re privy to pictures of the latest Duggar baby, we send our very best wishes to Jill, Derick and their entire family!
We wish nothing but the best for their newborn son.