Following months of anticipation and numerous updates on Instagram, Jinger Duggar and husband Jeremy Vuolo welcomed their first child into the world very early on Thursday morning.
She was born at 4:37 a.m., according to the very proud and exciting father himself.
“God is so kind. Jinger gave birth to Felicity Nicole Vuolo this morning at 4:37 a.m.,” Vuolo said in a statement not too long ago, adding:
“Felicity weighs 8 lbs and 3 oz, and is 19.5 inches long. Both mom and baby are healthy, doing great, and resting well.
“We are very thankful for her safe arrival and look forward to life as parents!”
The couple got married in November of 2016 and announced in January of this year that they were expecting.
They did so via a message that read as follows:
The past fourteen months have been the best of our lives as we have had the wonderful privilege of beginning our journey through life together in marriage.
We both looked forward to the joys of marriage but neither one of us fully understood just how amazing the start of this journey would be.
Truly, the Lord’s mercies are new every morning! Now, the journey has taken an exciting turn: we are expecting our first child.
We are praising God for this beautiful gift and ask that you join us in praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
A few months later, in April, Jinger and Jeremy revealed that they were expecting a girl.
Citing their own parents this time around, the TLC star said:
“We could not be more excited and are eagerly anticipating meeting our little lady this Summer.
“We especially love thinking forward and realizing that she will have excellent role models in both of her grandmothers, who cannot wait to shower her with love.”
Just a few days ago, Jinger posted her final baby bump photo on social media, making it clear to followers that she was so very close to popping.
Previous to this update, Duggar had posed with a chalkboard and her growing stomach on a near-weekly basis, keeping fans apprised of her progress by comparing the size of her fetus to cantaloupes, bell peppers and pumpkins.
You can see what we mean here:
Jinger seemed to have a relatively calm and healthy pregnancy overall.
(Easy for us to sit back from a distance and say, we know.)
“I do think probably what surprised me most is just being so tired all the time,” she told Us Weekly at one point in her journey, adding that Jeremy had been a massive help in terms of being in charge of meals and:
“I was never a napper, like having to take a nap, and now it’s like, ‘Ooh! I think I want to nap every day!”
She’s been catching up on her sleep prior to likely not getting any for awhile.
Felicity Nicole Vuolo, meanwhile, will be in good company:
Duggar’s sister, Joy-Anna, welcomed a son named Gideon with husband Austin Forsyth in February of this year.
Also, their sister-in-law, Kendra, gave birth to a son named Garrett David with husband Joseph Duggar on June 8.
You’ll be able to learn plenty more about Jinger’s pregnancy and first child when Counting On returns with new episodes in July 30 at 9/8c.
Here’s a preview:
Oh, and one more thing of course:
CONGRATULATIONS TO JINGER AND JEREMY!
Your baby is absolutely adorable and we wish you the best of luck as parents.