Baby Felicity: Everything You Need to Know about Jinger Duggar’s Daughter
Fans of the reality tv show "Counting On," were ecstatic to find out that Jinger and Jeremy welcomed baby Felicity on July 19, 2018, after having induced labor. But how much do we actually know about baby Felicity?
In January last year, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, who married in November 2016, announced that they were expecting their first child together. The couple was married for fourteen months at the time.
The on July 19, 2018, they finally welcomed their bundle of joy into the world. Unlike her mother and sisters, Jinger opted to have her baby at a hospital.
Choosing a hospital birth:
Ahead of Felicity’s arrival, Jinger and Jeremy looked at all the options available to them for the birth of their child. Jinger’s mother and some of her sisters had home births.
However, Jinger revealed that “my mom and sisters have had long labors.” She went on to admit that she didn’t “feel comfortable” with following their footsteps for the birth of baby Felicity.
“My mom and quite a few of my sisters have done home births and for me, I don’t feel comfortable with it. I think I feel safer being in a birth center where they have a lot more things that you would need for care and also being closer to a really good hospital,” Jinger explained.
Instead, the couple chose a birthing center. Initially, this implied that Jinger would not be administered any medications during the labor however Jinger, 24, eventually went to a hospital in order to induce labor.
“The doctor recommended I come into the hospital and start the induction process,” she said.
Jinger says she didn’t want to wait another minute to become a first-time mom and "was so excited." She later added that after carrying the baby for "nine months" she was "just so excited, also a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect.”
While Jinger was more excited than nervous, her husband Jeremy Vuolo admitted he had some pre-baby nerves. He said:
“I’m not nervous or anxious for her, I know she’s strong and she’ll be fantastic. If anything, I’m anxious for myself. I hope I can handle it and be the strength I need to be for her.”
Birth of Baby Felicity:
While Jinger initially revealed she was "good with natural childbirth," things did not go exactly as planned. Instead, she was admitted into the hospital on July 17 to induce labor.
She was given Pitocin to induce her labor by causing and strengthening contractions. Unfortunately, while her contractions strengthened, she did not fully dilate. It took Jinger 18 grueling hours in labor, to fully dilate and start pushing.
During the labor, Jinger also received an epidural. She later opened up about the experience saying,
“So I got an epidural and I was sleeping quite well. I had some pressure and cramps and stuff, and so I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I felt pretty good considering the 12 hours of labor without that. And by the time I woke up, my nurse came in and she checked me and she’s like, ‘Wow, you’re dilated to 10!’ And I was shocked because I was like, ‘How did this happen? How did this happen? I was just sleeping!’ They had me rotating every 30 minutes and I think all those things really helped.”
“She went from hardly any progress at all and such hard work to ready to push her baby out! She pushed for 30 minutes and had this beautiful baby,” Alisa said.
At 4:37 a.m. on July 19, Jinger and Jeremy finally welcomed their baby daughter Felicity into their family. She weighed 8 lbs. and 3 oz. and was 19.5 inches long at birth.
From the day Jinger Duggar's baby was born, she has been the center of her parents' world. The adorable little girl has made more than one appearance on her mother's Instagram.
In fact, the page seems to be flooded with adorable pics of the tot. In August 2019, Jinger gushed about her daughter saying,
“We are so in love with this little doll!”
Jeremy, while also completely taken with his little girl, joked about parenthood on Instagram. In writing on a photo of an unmade bed, he wrote:
“To sleep, my dear friend and faithful companion, so long. It was a good run. Fondly, Jeremy,” He went on to caption the image, “Goodbye, dear friend… #parenthood.”