Jessa (Duggar) Seewald is a mom for a fourth time!
The former Counting On star welcomed her daughter, Fern Elliana, on Sunday.
Jessa took to YouTube Tuesday with part one of her birth story, which documents the week leading up to Fern’s arrival. The 28-year-old gives fans a glimpse into her life with hubby Ben Seewald, and their children, 5-year-old Spurgeon, 4-year-old Henry, and 2-year-old Ivy.
Jessa admitted that despite knowing the sex of the baby for months, she and Ben were still struggling with deciding on their baby girl’s name.
“Ben and I have been sitting on the [sex] here for forever — months and months — and you’d think we’d have a name by now. But it’s harder than it seems,” she said. “I feel like the more kids you have, the more you’ve used up, you know, the favorites. And I haven’t even always liked the same names from pregnancy to pregnancy. It’s kind of changed. I look back on my name list from previous pregnancies and I’m just like, they don’t really — none of them are just like, ‘Wow.’ So I kind of start from scratch. And Ben too.”
“[We] think we have a first name, we’re struggling with the middle name, we have about five or six different options, so we’ll see,” she added. “The first two kids were five days old before we settled on a name, which was a long time.”
In part two of the birth story, Jessa picks up where part one left off, with her and Ben entering the hospital at at 3:26 p.m. on Sunday, when her contractions were three minutes apart.
About an hour later, she and Ben were settled in the room with her doula. Jessa got an epidural that “didn’t work,” before getting another one around 6:45 p.m., which finally brought some relief “after 14 hours of contractions,” she wrote at the top of the video.
By 7:52 p.m., the mother of four was “ready to start pushing, and just after 8 p.m. sweet little Fern made her entrance into the world weighing 8 lbs., 5 oz.
The next day, Jessa and Ben FaceTimed their kids to introduce them to their new baby sister and reveal her name to them. Overjoyed, Ivy kissed the camera to show Fern some love.
The video ends with a “to be continued” as Ivy, Spurgeon and Henry enter their mom’s hospital room to meet Fern for the first time.
Proud grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shared photos holding their 10th granddaughter in a row, who happens to share a birthday with her grandpa.
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“Grandpa and his new birthday buddy!” They wrote on Instagram. “Jessa gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on July 18—our 10th granddaughter in a row!! 💕 Our hearts are full! We are so thankful for this precious new little life.”