Former Counting On stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have made it clear since they got engaged back in 2014 that they want to have as many kids as God will give them – through pregnancy and adoption. And, since it has been nine months since she gave birth to the couple’s second son, Samuel, fans seem to think it’s time for another pregnancy announcement.
In a new social media post, Duggar shared a video of her sons Israel and Samuel trying pickles for the first time, and at the end of the clip, Israel asks his mom about the status of a third baby and seemingly confirms that a little brother or sister is on the way.
If Duggar is pregnant, it would be surprising that she hasn’t made an official announcement yet. Even though most women wait until after the first trimester to announce a pregnancy, the Duggar women usually share the news the first chance they get, despite the first trimester risks.
Instead, those risks are a reason to share baby news as soon as possible, because as Duggar has previously explained, “Understanding that the majority of miscarriages happen within the first trimester, and believing that every life is precious no matter how young, we decided to share our joyful news as soon as we could.”
So, if she really is expecting baby number three, we should hear from the 26-year-old soon. But, right now, Duggar continues to deal with her husband’s inability to stay away from social media. Dillard’s transphobic Twitter rants last fall led to TLC firing him from Counting On, but that hasn’t stopped him from posting hate-filled messages against people who live lifestyles he disagrees with.
Just last week he called out Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent for having a “travesty of a family” after TLC promoted their show Nate & Jeremiah: By Design on their Twitter page. The post caused immediate fan backlash, and now Duggar is speaking out.
This week, she wrote on Instagram that disagreeing doesn’t equal hate or judgment, and love doesn’t always equal approval. She went on to write that she can disagree with her child but that doesn’t mean she hates him, and just because she loves and forgives her child doesn’t mean she approves of everything he does.
To disagree doesn’t = hate, or judgement Love doesn’t always = approval Just because I disagree with my child on something doesn’t mean I hate him, and just because I love and forgive him doesn’t mean I approve of everything he does. You can be friends with, love and care for people you don’t agree with 100%.
Duggar concluded the post by writing that you can be friends with and love and care for people that you don’t completely agree with.
Meanwhile, in response to Dillard’s tweet, Berkus tweeted that his hope for his show – where he and Brent go into people’s home and welcome viewers into theirs – is that they can start to break down barriers and normalize the way his family looks and loves.
New episodes of Counting On – without Jill Duggar or Derick Dillard – return to TLC later this summer.