Jessa Duggarand Ben Seewald are officially parents. Jessa, 23, gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday evening, a rep tells People. Ben’s sister Jessica also confirmed the news with this sweet Instagram message:
This is the first child for Jessa and 20-year-old Ben. The couple just celebrated their first wedding anniversary on the baby’s due date, Nov. 1.
“I think having this first year together to share our lives, just the two of us, has been special,” Jessa told People back in April when the couple announced their pregnancy.
“We are definitely excited to be parents.”
The happy news comes just months after Jessa’s brother Josh was accused of molesting five minors including Jessa and sister Jill. His Ashley Madison accounts were later exposed and in the wake of the controversy, TLC pulled the family’s popular series 19 Kids and Counting. Sort of. The network has since announced a new series of specials called Counting On, which will spotlight Jessa and Jill’s lives after the family scandal. Jessa’s birth will also be featured on the show.
Launch the gallery, above, to see which other celebrities became parents this year.
Lead photo courtesy of Instagram/Ben Seewald.